Using the internet to diagnose symptoms is fraught with problems. First. you would need to have a list of symptoms and signs that were obtained with some thoroughness and objectivity. Then you would need to prioritize those concerns so that the computer could try to give you real information with out a lot of false directions. Better to get the diagnoses from the professionals and then read about that diagnosis.
Below is a list of trusted sites for general health information
Aetna InteliHealth, a subsidiary of Aetna, partners with Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine to provide health information on this website. It’s important to note that Aetna InteliHealth’s editorial policy states that it maintains absolute editorial independence from Aetna. That said, the site is content rich on disease and treatment information and includes nice additional features such as its Interactive Health Tools, Ask the Expert, Personalized Health E-mail service, and Discussion Boards.
Produced by the Cleveland Clinic Department of Patient Education and Health Information, this site offers information on over 900 health topics. Podcasts and webcasts of health information are available along with transcripts of web chats with physicians answering health questions. The Cleveland Clinic Patient Education and Health Information provides a live chat service Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm EST (except holidays) where health educators are available to provide general health information and recommendations of web sites.
This web site is offers clear and concise patient hand-outs for common medical concerns and conditions. All information has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Conditions A-Z”, make finding a hand-out easy. Handy buttons translates the site into Spanish and increases the type size. Other helpful features are a medical dictionary, health calculators, the Healthy Living Guides, a Smart Patient Guide, Health Tools section and a Health Tip of the Day.
This subject directory of health web site links is maintained by the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa. A special focus on medical pictures makes this site unique.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. There’s a wonderful children’s interface with age-appropriate health information and much of the web site’s information is available in Spanish. Their Drug Interaction Checker, Online Checkups, and health newsletters in Spanish and English provide useful additional features.
Provides links to credible health web sites recommended by the Information Services staff of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Information in Spanish is also available. Their Ask-Us-Now feature provides real-time access to reference librarians to answer questions.
MayoClinic.com offers a wealth of easy-to-understand health and medical information. In addition to diseases and conditions, the site has a number of healthy living guides and helpful resources such as Health Tools, Treatment Decision Guides, blogs and pod casts, and Ask a Specialist feature. Mayo Clinic experts review web site content for accuracy.
Med Help International is a non-profit organization whose focus is to provide medical information in non-technical language and to an online health community through over 200 medical forums. The People section is where you can get advice and support from other patients while the MyMedHelp has forums led by doctors where you can get answers and medical information online. Registration is required but free.
MedicineNet.com is owned and operated by WebMD and part of the WebMD Network. The web site provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers through its user-friendly, interactive web site. The content is produced and edited by a nationally recognized network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians. Web videos, daily health news, an email newsletter and a symptom checker are additional features.
MedlinePlus offers over 18,000 links to accurate and current medical information on the Internet that has been evaluated by the National Library of Medicine. It includes drug information, an illustrated medical dictionary, the latest health news, directories of doctors, dentists and hospitals, surgery videos, and interactive health tutorials. Brief information is available in the Medical Encyclopedia with more in depth information on over 750 Health Topics. A handy toggle feature translates the site into Spanish with links to Spanish-language information on the Internet. The GoLocal initiative adds links to local resources in over 18 states with hospital information available in the other states.
NetWellness, a non-profit consumer health web site, has been in operation for over ten years. It provides over 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University. Its “Ask An Expert” feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities, who volunteer their time as acommunity service.
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English, NOAH provides links to high quality consumer health information that is accurate, timely, relevant and unbiased.