Health & Wellness
GO DIRECTLY TO: Cautions | One Stop Resources | Quick Reference & Directories | General Health & Disease Sites | Specific Diseases, Conditions and Procedures | Diet & Nutrition | Medications & Therapies | Facilities Evaluations | Senior Health | Eating Disorders | Miscellaneous | Substance Abuse
Where can I read about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? - Visit healthcare.gov and learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace scheduled to launch October 1, 2013.
What are my Health Insurance options in Michigan? - From the Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services... Understanding Health Coverage, Consumer Education & Outreach, Shopping for Health Care Insurance, Understanding the New Health Care Law, and so on.
How do I choose Health Insurance? - Information to help you to find out how to choose a health insurance plan that best meets your needs and your pocketbook (prior to 2014).
Where can I read about Influenza and the Flu Vaccine? - Find key facts about influenza (flu), the contagious respiratory illness, at the CDC website (Centers For Disease Control & Prevention).
What should I do after I have a Diagnosis? Resource to help you to use research and other information to make the best treatment decisions for you.
Where can I find more information? The National Library of Medicine can help you find health information resources.
Which questions should I ask my doctor before having Surgery? Find out about the questions to ask your surgeon about the operation; if you should have it, when to have it, and where you should have it.
Medline Plus - Evaluating Internet Health Information: A tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
Avoid Frauds - How to recognize a quack or scam and how to report a complaint.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Answers to questions about medical devices, medicines, and food supplements that are mislabeled, misrepresented, or in some way harmful.
Quackwatch - Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions
U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts.
Council of Better Business Bureaus - Publications and advice on health products.
Federal Trade Commission - This organization looks into charges of false advertising in publications or on the radio and TV.
One Stop Resources
Medline Plus - One stop for patient consumer users provided by the National Library of Medicine.
NIH SeniorHealth.gov - This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.
Michigan Department of Community Health - One stop site for information on health care assistance for seniors, adults, pregnant women, children, and the disabled.
iSafetyNet.US - A free, comprehensive directory of web links and online services for all sectors of the public and private health and human services field.
Merck Manual of Medical Information - Home Edition - On-line home edition of The Merck Manual.
Directory of Michigan's Certified Poison Control Center - Other state centers also listed!
Tox Town - an interactive guide to common toxic substances encournered in everyday places - from the National Library of Medicine.
Womenshealth.gov - The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Consumers & Patients From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 19 clinical practice guidelines to assist consumers.
Family Doctor.Org - Health information handouts provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Health & Medical Library - A University of Michigan site for consumers seeking information and access to health care services.
healthfinder - A gateway to consumer health and human services information from the U.S. Government.
KidsHealth - Devoted to the health of children and teens - accurate, up-to-date info on growth, food, fitness, diseases, medical and surgical conditions, and the latest treatments.
Mayo Clinic Health - Reliable, daily news on diseases, treatments, drugs & diet for the whole family.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Informational pamphlets on heart & lung diseases available full-text on line.
PubMed - Searches Medline for articles on diseases, drugs, treatments. etc.; many full-text.
Senior Health Resources
AARP Resources on Aging - Web sites for older adults, searchable by topics like health, work, free time.
Medicare - The official U.S. Government site for Medicare.
NIH SeniorHealth - Aging-related health information easily accessible and designed especially for seniors.
Medicare & You: 2012
American Cancer Society - Cancer Treatment decision tools
CDC's Diabetes and Public Health Resource
Detroit Community AIDS Library - Gateway to HIV/AIDS Information for Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.
MSU's Study on Breast Cancer Sites - Hosted by Cornell University
National Cancer Institute - All information has been reviewed by oncology experts and is based on the results of current research; For the patient, health professional, or basic researcher.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse - Information on issues and products related to arthritis.
Patient Education Resource Center (University of Michigan Cancer Center)
TransWeb - All about transplantation and donation.
MD Support - Offers free information for people dealing with macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases.
Diet & Nutrition
The American Dietetic Association - Organization's site for promoting optimal nutrition, health & well being for diabetics and their families.
Food and Nutrition Information Center of the US Department of Agriculture - Comprehensive source of food composition and nutrition links.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). Discover how BMI affects your risk of heart attack and stroke. Try the interactive menu planner to select foods that fit your calorie allowance for the day.
Nutrition.gov - Provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition.
MedicineNet - A free medical reference to diseases and treatments, a medical dictionary, medical news, and an alphabetical listing of drugs. (commercial site)
Medline Plus Health Information Drug Information - A guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Common Drugs of Abuse Information.
NIDA - Club Drugs Home - Information on "club drugs" such as MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD.
Partnership for a Drug-Free America - Information to help kids and teens reject substance abuse.
Drug Abuse Statistics - From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
MEDLINE Plus: Drug Abuse - News, research, and treatment from the National Library of Medicine.
MEDLINE Plus: Alcoholism - News, research, and treatment from the National Library of Medicine.
National Eating Disorders Association - Comprehensive site that covers all aspects of eating disorders with referrals for treatment.
Something Fishy: Website on Eating Disorders - The personal project of a recovering anorexic, this site discusses not only the disorders, but also cultural roles and the part the media plays in promoting positive body images.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders - This site focuses on immediate support, direction and help for those with eating disorders.
Teen Health and the Media: Body Image and Nutrition - Fast facts, resources, and current examples of teen body images in the news
Kids Health - Search this site under "eating disorders" and find over 30 articles written specifically for children, teens and parents on eating disorders, exercise, and body image.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre - Professional, informative site that offers positive images and coping strategies for those with eating disorders.
America's Best Hospitals - Annual report from U.S. News & World Report of top medical centers in various specialities.
Hospital Compare A tool to compare hospitals, provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Home Compare Information from Medicare regarding choosing a nursing home, a checklist to help in comparing homes and much more.
Save Lives Save Dollars An online hospital comparison tool that provides consumers with information about the quality of care provided by 40 hospitals located in southeast Michigan.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association - The world's leading Adult AD/HD Organization
Disability Resources on the Internet - Lists resources by geographic location or topic.
Genetics Home Reference - Find answers to your genetic questions, genetic conditions, and the genes responsible for those conditions.
FirstGov for Consumers - Health information.
ClinicalTrials.gov Current information about clinical research studies.
Peace of Mind - A do it yourself guide to medical & legal decisions (prepared by the Michigan Legislature).
FASTATS - National Center for Health Statistics provides statistics on health topics A-Z
Your Child - A Parent's Guide to Health and Safety (prepared by the Michigan Legislature).