Finding trustworthy health information can seem challenging, but there are many reliable resources if you know where and how to look! You can try the suggestions here with confidence. This list includes the following kinds of information, in this order: how to evaluate health websites; lists made by folks in the know; Seattle Public Library research databases; health calculators; resources for kids and teens; information from physicians, hospitals and medical schools, and professional associations and societies. This list was created by a librarian at the Seattle Public Library for health consumers in Seattle and beyond.
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Evaluating Health Information
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This site is a gateway to resources that will help you get started in determining which sites are trustworthy. Each one is selected by the librarians at the National Library of Medicine. This site is a gateway to resources that will help you get started in determining which sites are trustworthy. Each one is selected by the librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Show less
Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
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One of the best sites we know for the nitty-gritty of assessing the reliability of any site you come across. One of the best sites we know for the nitty-gritty of assessing the reliability of any site you come across. Show less
Top 100 List Health Websites You Can Trust
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Created by a national group of patient education librarians, this list provides one-stop shopping. There are sites for groups of people, types of health ...Show more Created by a national group of patient education librarians, this list provides one-stop shopping. There are sites for groups of people, types of health concerns, drug information and sites that discuss complementary and alternative (natural) medicine. Show less
MedlinePlus
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MedlinePlus has health and wellness content covering more than 900 topics (including videos and materials in other languages). Each search result has alr...Show more MedlinePlus has health and wellness content covering more than 900 topics (including videos and materials in other languages). Each search result has already been evaluated by the National Library of Medicine, so you can trust it. Don’t forget to visit other “dot gov” sites, such as cancer.gov, flu.gov, nutrition.gov, and many more! Show less
ProQuest Family Health
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Articles from a wide range of topics and publications, from scholarly journals to popular newspapers and magazines, can be found in this database. It's us...Show more Articles from a wide range of topics and publications, from scholarly journals to popular newspapers and magazines, can be found in this database. It's useful for gettting a quick idea of how a certain topic has been covered in print and on the Internet but you can also use it to perform more in-depth research. Requires a valid Seattle Public Library card number and PIN to access outside the library. Show less
Health and Wellness Resource Center
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This database has everything from concise and easy-to-read overviews of general topics to detailed research articles on specific conditions. There are mo...Show more This database has everything from concise and easy-to-read overviews of general topics to detailed research articles on specific conditions. There are modules for general searching, for health news, for drugs and supplements and for finding a health care provider. Requires a valid Seattle Public Library card number and PIN to access outside the library. Show less
Natural Standard
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If you are thinking about taking herbal and natural supplements, use this database to find detailed articles about hundreds of supplements (including vita...Show more If you are thinking about taking herbal and natural supplements, use this database to find detailed articles about hundreds of supplements (including vitamins). The articles contain information about how the supplements interact with other medications, and “grades” for how strong the evidence is for using them for a particular concern. Requires a valid Seattle Public Library card number and PIN to access outside the library. Show less
Consumer Lab
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The information in this database is provided by an organization which actually tests the vitamins and supplements sold, by brand, and then gives the resul...Show more The information in this database is provided by an organization which actually tests the vitamins and supplements sold, by brand, and then gives the results. You can check out products by amount of ingredient, cost, brand, and approval rating. Requires a valid Seattle Public Library card number and PIN to access outside the library. Show less
Your Disease Risk: The Source on Prevention
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Developed by respected researchers, this site gives you the tools to calculate your risk for a variety of conditions, and offers useful tips for preventing disease. Developed by respected researchers, this site gives you the tools to calculate your risk for a variety of conditions, and offers useful tips for preventing disease. Show less
Adult BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculator
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Use this tool to calculate your Body Mass Index, an indicator of health and wellness. Use this tool to calculate your Body Mass Index, an indicator of health and wellness. Show less
Go Ask Alice
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Columbia University supports this site, which gives straightforward information on physical, sexual and emotional health aimed at young adults. Pretty muc...Show more Columbia University supports this site, which gives straightforward information on physical, sexual and emotional health aimed at young adults. Pretty much any question you can imagine has been answered there, directly and respectfully. Information is kept updated. Show less
KidsHealth (from Nemours)
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With sections for kids, teens, parents, and educators, this popular site offers health information and advice in kid-friendly language, and with interactive components such as animations and games. With sections for kids, teens, parents, and educators, this popular site offers health information and advice in kid-friendly language, and with interactive components such as animations and games. Show less
Tell Me the Truth, Doctor
Easy-to-understand Answers to your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions
Book - 2013
Author Andrew Weil
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Andrew Weil is known for the health recommendations he makes which integrate traditional and complementary medicine systems. In books such as “Eight Weeks...Show more Andrew Weil is known for the health recommendations he makes which integrate traditional and complementary medicine systems. In books such as “Eight Weeks to Optimum Health,” he gives wellness and lifestyle advice that is grounded in scientific evidence. Show less
Mayo Clinic
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These titles, from the Mayo Clinic, include guides ranging from back pain to insomnia. These titles, from the Mayo Clinic, include guides ranging from back pain to insomnia. Show less
Cleveland Clinic
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These titles, from the Cleveland Clinic, focus on specific conditions such as thyroid disorders and osteoporosis. These titles, from the Cleveland Clinic, focus on specific conditions such as thyroid disorders and osteoporosis. Show less
Johns Hopkins Medicine Patients' Guides
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This series of titles deals mainly with a variety of cancers (brain, lung, etc.) and discusses each in detail. This series of titles deals mainly with a variety of cancers (brain, lung, etc.) and discusses each in detail. Show less
Merck
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Merck, a pharmaceutical company, publishes the best-selling textbook “The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy”, along with a highly-respected series of guides on other topics, including veterinary medicine. Merck, a pharmaceutical company, publishes the best-selling textbook “The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy”, along with a highly-respected series of guides on other topics, including veterinary medicine. Show less
American Medical Association
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These titles cover a range of topics, and include one of the top two journals used by American doctors, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These titles cover a range of topics, and include one of the top two journals used by American doctors, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Show less
American Heart Association
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These titles relate to heart disease and heart health. Most of these items are cookbooks focused on heart-healthy cooking. These titles relate to heart disease and heart health. Most of these items are cookbooks focused on heart-healthy cooking. Show less
American Diabetes Association
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These titles are about both preventing and living a healthy life with diabetes. These titles are about both preventing and living a healthy life with diabetes. Show less
American Cancer Society
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These titles include information for cancer survivors and family caregivers. These titles include information for cancer survivors and family caregivers. Show less
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