Information for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and health professionals make this the comprehensive resource on Alzheimer’s disease. Fact sheets, information on diagnosis and management, planning ahead, a glossary, link to research center, and information in multiple languages are included. Message boards provide support and additional information sharing.
American Academy of Dermatology
On this site, "Dermatology A-Z" gives extensive information on the most common skin and nail conditions from acne to warts. Also included are sections on health and beauty, about dermatology and one “For Kids;” a video series; and a find a dermatologist search tool.
American Cancer Society
Provides basic information about cancer and what causes it, as well as in-depth information about specific types of cancer, their risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options. Includes a search tool for finding a local chapter by zip code or city and state. The site links to several online communities. Comprehensive information provided in Spanish; limited information provided in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. A telephone help line, live online chat service and email help are also available.
American Dental Association-Mouth Healthy
Mouth Healthy is the American Dental Association’s consumer website. Arranged by life stage, sections include healthy habits, top concerns, nutrition, and fact or fiction information. Includes list ADA Seal of Acceptance products, A-Z dental health topics, dental concerns, and a symptom checker. Links to MouthHealthKids.org, a website for kids and educators with videos, games, and activities to help kids learn the importance of good oral health care. . Also provides find a dentist search tool and a section in Spanish.
American Diabetes Association
Extensive interactive tools add value and interest to this lively website. Diabetes assessment tools, recipes, weight-loss and exercise advice, latest diabetes research and a professional section provide additional information. Also includes information about ADA books, a message board, an email newsletter, and information in Spanish.
American Heart Association
Extensive information on heart disease and stroke, children’s health, healthy lifestyle, care giving, a heart and stroke encyclopedia and information in Spanish make this the premier source for information on these conditions. There is also a link to the website of American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which shares some of the same information on its website at www.strokeassociation.org. Local area events and local chapters are covered and some scientific and professional materials are also available.
American Lung Association
This is an excellent site with information on lung diseases, tobacco control, and air quality. Attractive and easy to use, it has special sections on lung cancer, asthma, COPD, influenza, how the lungs function and a lung disease finder tool. There is a search by zip code for local chapter information, sign-up for a free email newsletter, information in Spanish, and a section on finding cures.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Information, advocacy, research and "Ask the Allergist" email feature make this an extremely useful website. Also included are a pollen count by zip code feature and information on clinical trials, new treatments, and local chapter and support groups. Some patient brochures can be downloaded as well as ordered via the mail (with a few of them in Spanish).
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness. Its website provides excellent information on mental health conditions, treatment, and support. Information for caregivers and families is provided. Includes toll-free helpline, fact sheets, videos, and a local chapter finder. Information is also available in Spanish.
National Cancer Institute
Extensive information on types of cancer, treatments, coping with cancer, a dictionary of cancer terms, the NCI drug dictionary, cancer statistics, clinical trials, cancer prevention, genetics, and full text of NCI fact sheets form this important website. There is a link to PDQ (Physicians Data Query), NCI's comprehensive databases of cancer information and treatment for physicians. A telephone help line, live online chat service and email help support the extensive information found here. Information is also available in Spanish.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
The NDDIC is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Its website has an A to Z list of digestive disease topics and titles illustrated with drawings, statistics, list of clinical trials, links to patient organizations, and government agencies and resources. Information in Spanish is included.
National Eye Institute Health Information (NEI)
A diagram of the eye, a glossary of vision-related terms, fact sheets and videos on eye diseases and disorders make this site especially useful. A database of eye health organizations, tips on finding an eye care professional and on financial aid for eye care, as well as information in Spanish, add to this site’s value.
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI)
The NHLBI site provides extensive information on conditions that affect the heart, blood vessels, lungs and blood, as well as related tests and procedures. Health assessment tools, educational tutorials and videos provide useful additional information. Selected publications in Spanish are also available.
National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
The NIAMS site offers an alphabetical index in English and Spanish for fact sheets on specific conditions and disorders. Selected fact sheets in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese are provided. Publication and revision dates are included to ensure up to date information. Links to clinical trials and journal articles are also available.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
This site provides information about the causes, signs and symptoms, treatment and resources available for mental illnesses. Booklets, easy-to-read brochures, and fact sheets are provided in English and Spanish. The latest news on mental illness, help in locating services, and a link to clinical trials add to the usefulness of this site.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Extensive information on neurological disorders is provided at this website. Disorders A-Z provides an alphabetic list of hundreds of neurological conditions, their treatments, prognosis, clinical research and contact information for organizations concerned with the condition. A news feed, list of patient resources and organizations and Spanish versions of some fact sheets on disorders can also be found at the NINDS website.
National Stroke Association
This site provides excellent information on the symptoms of stroke, risk factors, prevention, and recovery. Information for stroke survivors, caregivers and families, and healthcare professionals is provided. Includes informational fact sheets, brochures, decision guides, and StrokeSmart E-news. Materials available in Spanish.
The consumer site of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo’s information is presented by body site and by category. Injury prevention, osteoarthritis, sports and exercise, joint replacement, and tumors are covered thoroughly. Materials in Spanish and a directory of orthopaedic specialists by name, city, zip code and country are also provided.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. This website provides information about substance abuse and mental illness prevention, treatment, recovery, and several treatment finding tools.