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MLA Top Health Websites

The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of MLA evaluates websites based on the following criteria: credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers. The following websites have been deemed particularly useful (in each area, sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order).

General Health | Breast Cancer | Diabetes | Eye Disease | Heart Disease | HIV/AIDS | Stroke 

General Health Sites

Breast Cancer Websites

  • American Cancer Society
    Website features: news, information on types of cancer, patient services, treatment options, sections on children with cancer and living with cancer, and cancer statistics.
  • Association of Cancer Online Resources
    Website features: links to cancer email lists, resources, cancer topics, treatment options, clinical trials, and publications.
  • Breastcancer.org
    Website features: tips for lowering risk, information on symptoms and diagnosis, news and research, library of terms, interactive discussion lists, treatment options, and downloadable brochures.
  • Cancer Care
    Website features: online support groups, webcast/telephone workshops, resources, links to support, educational, treatment, and information services.
  • Foundation for Womens' Cancer
    Website features: the types of cancer that affect women, cancer risks for women, and a search engine to locate gynecologic oncologists; includes links to related sites, publications, and support groups.
  • Intercultural Cancer Council
    Website features: cancer statistics and fact sheets about minotities and underserved populations, news, and resource links.
  • National Cancer Institute
    Website features: information on types of cancer; treatment options; clinical trials; genetics, causes, risk factors, and prevention; testing; and coping and support resources.
  • Oncolink
    Website features a collection of web resources on the prevention and treatment of cancer maintained by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania; includes news, book reviews, and disease and patient support links.

 

MLA's Cancer Librarians Section website has tips on evaluating websites, additional recommended websites, and a list of patient cancer libraries in the US and Canada.

Diabetes Websites

  • American Diabetes Association
    Website features: news section, overview of the disease, risk test, statistics, nutrition, and health recipes section. Also available in Spanish.
  • Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School
    Website features: news section, discussion boards, library of terms, online classes, Spanish and Asian-American sections.
  • Children With Diabetes
    Website features: news section, library of terms, childrens' section, parents' section, and 'ask the experts' section.
  • MedlinePlus: Diabetes
    Website features: overviews, latest news, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention, medical encyclopedia, reltaed topics, alternative therapy, disease management, tutorials and videos. Available in many languages.
  • National Diabetes Education Program (US National Institutes of Health [NIH] and Centers for Disease Control [CDC])
    Website features: information for minorities, Spanish-language and Asian-American information, tips on how to control and prevent diabetes, resources for children and adolescents.
  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH)
    Website features: treatment options, complications and prevention, statistics, clinical trials, Spanish-language information, and links to additional resources.

Eye Disease Websites

  • American Foundation for the Blind
    Website features: living with vision loss, information for seniors and kids, eye conditions, blindness statistics, and Spanish translations.
  • MedlinePlus: Eye Diseases
    Website features: overviews, latest news, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention, and research.
  • National Eye Institute (US National Institutes of Health)
    Website features: clinical studies, statistics, fact sheets, news and events, an interactive eye diagram, and a cataract resource guide.
  • Women's Eye Health.org
    Website features: facts for women, causes of vision loss, eye basics, prevention, and care.

Heart Disease Websites

  • American Heart Association
    Website features: heart attack warning signs, latest news, disease statistics, nutrition tips, medical encyclopedia, Spanish language information, and links to additional resources.
  • MedlinePlus: Heart Diseases
    Website features: latest news, overviews, diagnoses/symptoms, treatment, prevention, alternative therapy, clinical trials, research, genetics, and glossaries.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Website features: diseases and conditions index, clinical trials information, health assessment tools, healthy recipes, and educational tutorials.
  • Womenshealth.gov: Heart Health and Stroke
    Website features: risk factors, symptoms and signs of a heart attack, fact sheets, prevention guidelines, news; also available in Spanish.

HIV/AIDS Websites

  • AIDSInfo
    Website features: the latest federally-approved information on HIV/AIDS clinical research, treatment and prevention, and medical practice guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, health care providers, scientists, and researchers.
  • The Body / Body Health Resources Corporation
    Wesite features: basic information, prevention and testing, 'ask the experts' page, statistics, policy and advocacy, hotlines, personal stories, and local organization listings. Also available in Spanish.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Website features: national list of HIV testing sites, best-evidence interventions, basic information, fact sheets, brochures, journal articles, and special reports.
  • HIV Insite
    Website features: comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy.
  • MedlinePlus: Living With AIDS
    Website features: the latest news, overviews, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention, clinical trials, research and glossaries.

Stroke Websites

  • American Stoke Association
    Website features: warning signs, recovery, glossary, risk factors, and spanish translations.
  • American Stroke Foundation
    Website features: risk factors, symptoms, prevention, tips for stroke survivors and families, survivor stories, and caregiver resources.
  • MedlinePlus: Stroke
    Website features: latest news, overviews, diagnoses/symptoms, treatment, prevention, alternative therapy, clinical trials, research, genetics, and glossaries.
  • National Stroke Association
    Website features: information on symptoms, risk factors, prevention and recovery, and Spanish/French translations.
  • WomensHealth.gov
    Website features: the latest research, fact sheets, and risk factors

More Information

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