Consumer Health -

Millions of consumers get health information from the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?

Consider the source.  Is it a .gov, .com, .edu, .org?  What is the author's bias?  When is the webpage updated - daily, monthly, annually? Is the content factual?  Look for evidence based research.  Be a cyber-skeptic!

Top Ten Consumer Health Sites

(Per the Consumer Health staff at SCCCLD*)

 

MedlinePlus

http://medlineplus.gov

Authoritative information on over 800 health topics, drugs, and supplements from the National Library of Medicine.

Also available as a web app at http://m.medlineplus.gov/

 


 

HealthCare.gov

http://www.healthcare.gov/

 

Includes access to the Health Insurance Marketplace, which allows you to compare insurance plans.

 

 


 

Healthfinder.gov

 

http://healthfinder.gov

 

Reliable, easy to understand information about a wide variety of common health topics.

The myfamily mobile app is available for tracking medications, finding pharmacies, and accessing health information on the go.

 


 

 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

http://nccam.nih.gov/

 

Information and scientific research on alternative and unconventional medical practices and products.

 

 


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

 

http://www.samhsa.gov/

 

Information and statistics about substance abuse and mental health, including treatment resources.

 

 


 

NIH SeniorHealth

http://nihseniorhealth.gov

Easy-to-use website that features basic health and wellness information for older adults.


Medicare.gov Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare

http://medicare.gov

Official government site for Medicare; provides information about the ins and outs of Medicare, including locating plans and providers.

MEDICARE QUESTIONS? CLAIM has Medicare Answers!- Get help with Medicare questions like:

  • Enrollment and billing
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
  • Medigap and supplemental insurance
  • Long-term care planning and insurance
  • Medicare Advantage plans
  • Public benefits
  • Appeals and grievances
  • Suspected waste, fraud, and abuse

KidsHealth.org

http://kidshealth.org

Pediatrician reviewed information about the health and development of children with separate sites for parents, kids, and teens.

 

 


 

St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment

The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment

http://health.sccmo.org/health/

Local health statistics and information about health services provided by St.Charles County.


 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.hhs.gov/

Contains links to services and information overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, such as:

  • HHS Healthcare - Contains a breakdown of the Affordable Care Act and associated benefits
  • CDC.gov - The Centers for Disease Control and Protection provides information on vaccines, emergency preparedness, and other health and safety issues.
  • Foodsafety.gov - Food safety tips and recall information. 
  • Household Products Database - Learn more about ingredients in common household products, potential health effects, and proper safety and handling.

 

* Alison Griffith, Allison Wisniewski, Nancy Pruitt, Beverlee Kaster, Denise Ulett