Quality Health Information
Web sites - Highlights

This page goes more in-depth into the types of information you can find on our "Quality Health Information Websites" list on the Consumer Health home page.

 BadgerLink

The BadgerLink Web site contains a variety of different databases with articles on many issues, including some on health care. The full text articles available through BadgerLink can only be accessed by computer users in Wisconsin.

Start by clicking on the link labeled "Health" (under the "I want to learn about..." heading). This will bring you to a list of health databases, including several specifically for consumer health. Click a database title to start a search or click on the TV icon to get some online training on how to use the database.   

  • The Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database from Ebsco contains articles about health from nearly 550 journals. Type in a word or phrase in the search box and click "enter." If there are articles on your topic in the database, you will see a list of articles. Click on the HTML or PDF icons from the list to read the articles.
  • The Frequently Asked Questions section of BadgerLink will help you better understand what is available through this free database. If you are having a problem accessing full text articles in BadgerLink, this section can help.
 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The Web site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • Going on a trip? Learn important facts in Travelers' Health about staying healthy when traveling. People traveling outside the United States will find the information on these Web pages especially helpful.
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response is an important section of the CDC's Web site. Learn what to do to prepare before and after emergencies.
  • If you're looking for health statistics and facts, try the Data & Statistics section of the CDC site.
 Drug Information Portal

The Drug Information Portal provides a search engine to help users find drug information from Web sites sponsored by the U.S. government. In addition, the site contains special features for the public, students and educators. A few of these highlights are explained below.

  • The Drug Information for the Public page includes links to useful online resources organized by category. Find links related to Medicare Prescription plans, drug information in Spanish, clinical trials, and much more.
  • The Drug Information for Students and Educators page contains links to teaching materials and information for teens and parents.
  • The FAQ section of this site give search tips and describes the many resources available from the Drug Information Portal.
 familydoctor.org

The familydoctor.org Web site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • Use the Prevention & Wellness section to prevent health problems before they start. Topics include avoiding stress, getting more physical activity, and much more.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) Medicines helps you learn more about drugs that don't require a prescription.
  • The Healthcare Management section covers health insurance, end of life issues, and other important health care topics.
 Genetics Home Reference

The Genetics Home Reference Web site contains information on health issues related to genetics. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • The Genetic Conditions page contains information on over 200 health conditions, diseases, and syndromes.
  • The Handbook section of this Web site contains useful facts on such topics as genetic testing, cells and DNA, and how genes work. Use the links on this page to find illustrations and useful explanations.
  • The Resources and Patient Support part of this site includes links listed by categories. The "Directories" and "Patients and families" links are just two examples of the many useful categories included.
 healthfinder

The healthfinder® Web site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • Organizations provides links to federal and state agencies related to health care. Nonprofit agencies and professional groups are also included.
  • Health A-Z contains information on over 1,600 health-related topics. 
  • The News section of healthfinder is updated frequently and includes articles on a variety of health topics.
 Lab Tests Online

The Lab Tests Online® Web site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • The News Index Page is a list of interesting headlines from the Web site's news stories. Scroll through the many titles to find articles on several health topics.
  • The Test Index is available as a Web page or can be found as a dropdown menu on the site's homepage. Learn more about specific clinical lab tests by clicking on the name of a lab test in the A-Z list.
 MedlinePlus

The MedlinePlus® Web site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • NIH MedlinePlus® magazine is a free, new guide for patients that is published four times a year. Latest news from the National Institutes of Health is featured in this magazine.
  • Videos and Cool Tools contains videos and tutorials on surgical procedures, diagnostic procedures, diseases and conditions. 
  • Health Topic Pages for over 900 diseases, illnesses, health conditions and wellness issues are available on MedlinePlus.  For example, the Nutrition Topic Page  contains overviews, research, patient handouts, and a "latest news" section on food and nutrition. Find many links to help you and your family stay healthy.
  • Wellness and Lifestyle will help you find information on many topics that will help you stay well. Learn about exercise, staying healthy while traveling, and much more.
  • Drugs and Supplements provides information on side effects, dosage, special precautions and more for prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications and herbs and supplements.  This is also a great source for information on dietary supplements and herbal remedies.
 Milwaukee Health Department

The Milwaukee Health Department Web site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • Use the Services & Programs page of the Milwaukee Health Department to find out where service centers are located around the city. Learn where you can have your baby immunized. Find out where to get HIV/AIDS treatment. Learn about blood pressure screening. There are many other services offered in the list as well. There is also information about bus routes to the various centers.
  • The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program page is very informative. Important tips on how parents can keep their children from getting lead poisoning is provided. The page includes guidelines on how to remodel or paint a house safely.
 NIH Senior Health

The NIH Senior Health Web site contains good information on many consumer health topics and conditions specific to older adults. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • Use the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Information page. You will find links to learn more about the Medicare Drug plan.
  • Go to the Videos page to see videos on many topics related to seniors. You can watch the videos on your computer (some software required). There is a link by each video title to the "help section" if you need information to get started.
  • Get general information on taking medicines from the Taking Medicines page of the NIH Senior site.
 U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

The Web site from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • The A-Z Index of the site makes it easy to find health information for specific groups of people or on specific topics.
  • The Preparedness section of this Web site will help you get ready for an emergency. Hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and disease outbreaks are just a few of the topics included.
  • The HHS Information and Hotline Directory provides Web site addresses and phone numbers for many help agencies and hotlines.
  • Use the Hospital Compare section to discuss health care options with your doctor if you need to go to a hospital. Learn more about hospitals in your area.
  • Keep track of your family's health history with the U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative. This is a Web-based program. To learn more, go to the U.S. Surgeon General's History Initiative informational page.
 U.S. Food & Drug Administration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Consumer Health InformationWeb site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

 Wisconsin Department of Health Services

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Web site contains good information on many consumer health issues. Below are just a few of the highlights from this site.

  • Consumer Guide to Health Care has information on locating health care providers and how to pay for health care. In addition, you can learn about dealing with special health care situations.
  • Para Información en Español provides 'Consumer Guide to Health Care' information in Spanish.
  • Telephone Hotlines is a list of phone numbers to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services many hotlines. Some examples include the AIDS hotline, Adoption Assistance, and Poison Control. Over 20 hotlines on many important issues are included.

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