By Becky Quinten
MedicineNet includes a pill finder to help identify medications, a medical terms dictionary, a section on symptoms, a pictorial section showing what symptoms may look like, procedures and tests, medications, a section to look up various medical conditions and even a section on pet health.
HealthLeaders Media covers medical news, technology, sponsored reports and research, and health plans which are of interest to the consumer. Some articles require a subscription to access. HealthLeaders Media Council includes health care provider organizations executives. While geared to health care providers the web site provides insight into how health care organizations work and trends shaping health care. This is an excellent tool to discover what is happening in health care and what health care providers think. Nursing and health care aides will find this information very useful.
PubMed is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. It is the premier medical resource for health care providers, and it is free to the consumer. It links to Old PubMed and goes back decades into medical literature. PubMed links to full-text articles found in PubMed Central, publisher websites, and other resources specifically written for the consumer. The goal of the National Library of Medicine is to bring health resources to the public. The website is robust and covers all aspects of medical research.
Be certain you take your research with you to your primary care provider. They will know how your articles will or will not pertain to you individually.
NetDoctor’s strength is its overview of 3,000 medications which include generics. It includes information about how to take your medications and use ointments and drops such as ear drops. It is produced in England so some prescription formulas may vary in the United States. The use of alternative medicines has been more common in Europe, and they have been more widely studied there. Always consult your health care provider when considering using over-the-counter and alternative drugs. They may not be as harmless as perceived.