Just because a site is on the Internet does not mean that it is accurate or that you should trust what it says. Listed below are medical websites that you can trust. These sites are recommended because of their legitimacy and accuracy. Having said that, however, please be advised that the medical information provided by Caryville Public Library and its staff is not offered as and does not constitute medical advice. In no way are any of the materials presented meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Should any questions arise, please consult with your physician or healthcare provider for clarification about how this information may or may not apply to your unique clinical situation or overall health.
Created by the National Library of Medicine, this is the first place to go with ANY consumer health related question. Sites are current, reviewed, reliable, and accurate. Includes an encyclopedia, dictionary, drug database, several directories, and current news items.
Clinical Trials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
National Library of Medicine
A complete list of National Library of Medicine databases and web resources.
National Institutes of Health site for health information for senior citizens. This site has special capabilities so that you can make the text size larger, change the contrast, or have the computer read the text to you out loud.
Doctor, Hospital and Nursing Home Ratings
Drug Information Portal
One of the best Internet sites for information on pharmaceutical, interactions and herbals. Includes photographs of drugs and information for the physician and patient. You can also enter in the medicines you are taking to check for drug interactions between them.
DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. Drug labeling on this site is the most recent submitted to the FDA and currently in use. The labels have been reformatted to make them easier to read.
Dietary Supplements Labels Database
Offers information about label ingredients from 4,000 brands, enabling users to compare ingredients in different brands. Ingredients are linked to NLM resources like MedlinePlus and PubMed as well as other government online resources.
National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
NCCAM is 1 of the 27 institutes and center that make up the Nation Institutes of Health. This site includes information about treatments and therapies for Complementary and “Alternative Medicine. Learn about how to be an informed consumer of CAM and stay advised on the latest new alerts.
This site offers up-to-date research about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, which is provided by the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. The site also offers free access to selected medical journal articles and provides plain-language explanations of what the studies mean, how they compare with what’s already known, and how patients should weigh them in making treatment decisions. These conditions account for nearly two out of every three deaths in the United States. More disease groups may join in the future.