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Top Health Websites

MLA's Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) evaluates websites based on credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers.

Check out websites that have been deemed particularly useful (in each area, sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order).

Find general health websites, and also sites recommended for

  • breast cancer | diabetes
  • eye disease | heart disease
  • HIV/AIDS | stroke

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What websites should I trust?

You just searched for a health term and got 2.2 million hits. Don't be discouraged! Connect to MLA's guide and learn to find and evaluate health information.

  • Find tips on filtering health-related web pages in search engines;
  • Learn to use quality electronic finding tools from trusted sources; and
  • follow our guidelines to evaluate the content of health-related websites.

What did my doctor say?

  • ENZYME-LINKED IMMUNOABSORBANT ASSAY (ELISA)–
    This is a test to see if the blood has HIV in it. Most often it is the first test done. If the test shows HIV in the blood, a second test is done to make sure.
  • LEUKOCYTES
    These are white blood cells.
  • HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT)
    These are drugs made up of hormones used to offset or stop the effects of menopause.
  • NEURO
    This is part of a word. It means nerve. Nerves send messages about pain, heat, cold, and other feelings. Neurology is the study of the body’s nervous system, including the brain. Neurologists are doctors that treat problems with the nervous system.

Health information for older adults

As we age, our health needs change. Connect to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. The site offers tips on healthy aging, videos, stories, and information focused on the health of older adults.

Find good health information now

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Find a Medical library

  • You may be able to get health information at your local public library. Some public librarians have been trained to help you with your health questions.
  • You can also try to find a local health or medical library that serves the public. Visit the MedlinePlus library locator page to find libraries in your state (US) or Province (Canada).
  • If a library is not close by, you may try their website or call to see if they can help you with information.