General Health Resources
The Public Library has selected these reliable and trusted health resources.
You should not act or rely upon any of the resources and information available in or from this website without seeking the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider.
MedlinePlus en Español
MedlinePlus has medical information in English and over 45 other languages for patients and their families and friends. Find drug information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, the latest health news, and tools such as calculators, quizzes, and questionnaires.
Healthfinder is designed to be easy to use. Find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
KidsHealth is divided into three main sections about children’s health for parents, kids, and teens.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
What questions should you ask your doctor or health care provider? The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) helps you understand medical treatments, patient safety, staying healthy, and patient-doctor communication.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC works to protect Americans from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Find information about diseases and conditions, healthy living, and emergency preparedness, and use tools to access data and statistics.
Are you interested in participating in a research study or finding the results of a completed trial? ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies of human participants. Search trials by condition, location, intervention, eligibility requirements, and other criteria.
PubMed contains more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
Easy to Understand and Multilingual
All of the MedlinePlus easy-to-read items are listed on this page.
MedlinePlus Videos and Cool Tools
Watch—instead of read—videos on health and surgery topics. Learn from health games, calculators, quizzes, and questionnaires.
Health Information in Multiple Languages
Access MedlinePlus articles written in over 45 languages, accompanied by an English translation.
Health Information for Special Populations
MedlinePlus Topics for Special Population Groups
Use these links to quickly find health information for groups based on age, gender, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds.
National Indian Council on Aging
The mission of NICOA is to advocate for improved health, social services, and economic well-being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
African American Health (MedlinePlus)
This page provides health information specifically for African Americans.
Seniors and Healthy Aging
National Institute on Aging, Health Information
This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information of interest to older adults.
Health and Aging Publications from the National Institute on Aging
The NIA provides clearly written health and medical information for topics of interest to seniors.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The CMS site is the essential resource for information about Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing answers to common questions, information about applying for different programs, regulations, and guidance on many topics.
The databases and resources on this site allow seniors to discover benefits available to them, get help with food and prescription drug costs, and locate housing options. This site is provided by the National Council on Aging.
Children and Adolescents
KidsHealth is divided into three main sections about children’s health for parents, kids, and teens. Each section has content available in Spanish, accessible by clicking the “En Español” button.
This comprehensive site from the American Academy of Pediatrics for parenting kids from prenatal until adulthood covers diseases, staying healthy, mental and social concerns, school problems, and safety. Parents of prospective and new teen drivers will appreciate the site’s Teen Driving Agreement.
When Do Babies, Children, Teens, and Adults Need Vaccinations?
This site provides useful charts with schedules for all vaccinations for various age groups and health conditions.
Girlshealth.gov – Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be You. Beautiful.
If you are a girl age 10-16, here is a site just for you. Learn how to be healthy and stay healthy as you grow up. You can also get tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home. Included are message boards, quizzes, interactive games, and other fun stuff to help you deal with emotions, bullying, safety, and much more.
Teens can get honest, accurate answers to their questions about sex and relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more from this site. Answer, a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and teachers, developed the site as part of their Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project.
WomensHealth.gov en Español
Full of informative resources for women, this site from the US Department of Health and Human Services has tools such as anatomical illustrations, health-related calculators, and tool kits. Topics of special interest include healthy lifestyle, body image, sexual and reproductive concerns, and violence prevention.
Women’s Health Checkup (MedlinePlus)
This Health Topic page discusses health exams and tests that are specific to women at different ages and life stages. It includes many easy-to-understand and multilingual resources, plus links to videos and related topics.
Age Page: Menopause
This National Institute on Aging site is a good overview on menopause. Brochures can be printed for free.
Men’s Health (MedlinePlus)
Learn about men’s health including common diseases affecting men; healthy lifestyle tips; sexual, prostatic, and urological problems; and health screening guidelines.