The U.S. Health Agencies
Perhaps surprisingly, the government runs a network of linked first-rate sites (including those for the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health) that cover common diseases and treatments, with information that’s seemingly unbiased and frequently updated. “With the exception of the roll-out of ObamaCare,” Welch says, “the government runs some damn good websites.”
How to Navigate
- Go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site, cdc.gov, and type in the disease or condition you want to learn about in the search box, top right corner of the homepage.
- Or click on “Diseases and Conditions” slightly lower down on the left hand side to see the range of what’s covered.
- It’s the same deal with the National Institutes of Health at nih.gov. Type in the problem in the search box or, slightly lower down on the left, click on “Health Information” to survey the landscape.
- In both cases, your search will turn up lists of relevant government health websites, great for casting a wide net, not so great for a targeted search with the clock ticking.
- If you’re looking for sensible, middle-of-the-road health advice, of the “do this, don’t do that” variety, check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ healthfinder.gov site.