Taking Care of Your Health

The Family Doctor
There are many medical websites out there, but Family Doctor stands out for its ease of use. Visitors to the site can view it in English or Spanish, and the site contains a prominent link to make the text bigger. An impressive list of health tools complements a browsable list of symptoms and conditions by age and gender. These tools include:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) physician directory
  • Calculators
  • Dictionaries
  • Immunization schedules
In addition to information on diseases, the site also contains recommendations for healthy living.

Genetics Home Reference
This valuable resource targeting health consumers describes itself as "Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions." The homepage presents a clean look and features 6 main sections in a centralized table:
  • Chromosomes
  • Genes
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Glossary
  • Handbook
  • Resources
The left-hand area of the homepage provides quick access to timely and frequently requested information packaged under the following headings:
  • In the Spotlight
  • Newborn Screening
  • What's New
The site also addresses the important question of "How can I find a genetics professional in my area?"

PDR Health
Drawing on the trusted Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR®), this site provides information for prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbals/supplements. Included are recommended dosage, side effects, possible food and drug reactions, and in many cases pictures to assist with drug identification.

Disease Information
PDR Health extends far beyond drug information. It also offers excellent overviews of numerous diseases and conditions, from kidney stones and migraines to teething and Cushing Syndrome. There is even of listing of clinical trials, searchable by region and illness, for those living with cancer or rare diseases. This well organized, authoritative, and attractive site is a must have for anyone needing drug information.

Health Info Iowa
Health Info Iowa is a single, Iowa-focused website, with authoritative content that ranges from national health and medical databases to regional, state and local links. This website serves as a simple and trustworthy 1st stop for Iowans, to which both information consumers and providers can turn for dependable support.

Medline Plus
This service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health includes topics on conditions, diseases and wellness, information on your prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs and supplements. The site includes:
  • Current health news and press announcements
  • Health information in over 40 languages
  • Lists of Doctors, dentists and hospitals
  • Local resources for health-related issues
  • Pictures and diagrams
  • Spellings and definitions of medical words
Mayo Clinic
More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.

Consumer Health Guide
The Consumer Health Resource Guide provides information on:
  • General health topics
  • Mental health
  • Patient resources
  • Substance abuse