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This guide will provide links to medical resources available on the web. The resources are educational and should be used to supplement information provided by healthcare providers, not intended to replace it.



  • American Cancer Society - Website features: news, information on types of cancer, patient services, treatment options, sections on children with cancer and living with cancer, cancer statistics.
  • - Website features: tips for lowering risk, information on symptoms and diagnosis, news and research, library of terms, interactive discussion lists, treatment options, and downloadable brochures.
  • Cancer Care - Website features:  online support groups, webcast/telephone workshops, resources, links to support, educational, treatment, and information services.
  • Foundations for Women's Cancer - Website features: the types of cancer that affect women, cancer risks for women, and search engine to locate gynecologic oncologist; includes links to related sites, publication, and support groups.
  • HealthMatch- HealthMatch's mission is to accelerate medical research by providing a more efficient way of accessing health information. By enabling the patient to have a say in their health conditions and provide an efficient way to find and access clinical trials, and research HealthMatch meets their mission.
  • National Cancer Institute - Website features: information on types of cancer; treatment options, clinical trials; genetics, causes, risk factors, and prevention; testing; and coping and support resources.
  • OncoLink - Website features a collection of web resources on the prevention and treatment of cancer maintained by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania; includes news, book reviews, and disease and patient support links.
  • Recommended Websites for Cancer Information - The resources listed provide general information for patients, caregivers, and librarians. Members of the MLA Cancer Librarians Section have reviewed these resources for quality (currency, credibility, content, audience, etc.). Some resources will contain information that is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily that of your healthcare providers. Please consult your healthcare provider for individual information on your specific condition. Copyright @ 2019 Medical Library Association.

Heart Disease Websites

  • American Heart Association - features heart attack warning signs, latest news, disease statistics, nutrition tips, medical encyclopedia, Spanish language information, and links to additional resources.
  • MedlinePlus: Heart Diseases - features latest news, overviews, diagnoses/symptoms, treatment, prevention, alternative therapy, clinical trials, research, genetics, and glossaries.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - features diseases and conditions index, clinical trials information, health assessment tools, healthy recipes, and educational tutorials.

Around the Web

  • Guide to Browsing Web Sites - Millions of consumers are using digital media to get health information, applications to monitor health conditions, and social media to find people who share similar health-related concerns and experiences. Some of this information will be up-to-date and trustworthy; some will not. How can you tell the good from the bad?
  • FDA U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Trust It or Trash It? - Who said it? When did they say it? How did they know? This tool will help you critically about the quality of health information found on web sites, in handouts and booklet, and more.

Diabetes Websites

  • American Diabetes Association - Website features: news section, overview of the disease, risk test, statistics, nutrition, and health recipes section.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School - features news section, discussion boards, library of terms, online classes, Spanish and Asian-American sections.
  • Children with Diabetes - features news section, library of terms, children's section, parent's section, and 'ask the experts' section.
  • MedlinePlus:  Diabetes - Features overviews, latest news, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention, medical encyclopedia, related topics, alternative therapy, disease management, tutorials and videos.  Available in many languages.
  • National Diabetes Education Program (US National Institutes of Health [NIH] and Centers for Disease Control [CDC] 
  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH) - features treatment options, complications and prevention, statistics, clinical trials, Spanish-language information, and links to additional resources.

Eye Disease Websites

  • American Foundations for the Blind - features living with vision loss, information for seniors and kids, eye conditions, blindness statistics, and Spanish translations.
  • MedlinePlus: Eye Diseases - features overviews, latest news, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention, and research.
  • National Eye Institute (US National Institutes of Health) - features clinical studies, statistics, fact sheets, news and events, an interactive eye diagram, and a cataract resource guide.
  • Women's Eye - features facts for women, causes of vision loss, eye basics, prevention, and care.


  • AIDSInfo - features the latest federally-approved information on HIV/AIDS clinical research, treatment and prevention, and medical practice guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, health care providers, scientists, and researchers.
  • The Body - Body Health Resources Corporation - features basic information, prevention and testing, 'ask the experts' page, statistics, policy and advocacy, hotlines, personal stories, and local organization listings.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - features national list of HIV testing sites, best-evidence interventions, basic information, fact sheets, brochures, journal articles, and special reports.
  • HIV Insite - features comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy.
  • MedlinePlus: Living With Aids - features the latest news, overviews, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention, clinical trials, research and glossaries.

Stroke Websites

  • American Stroke Association - features warning signs, recovery, glossary, risk factors, and Spanish translations.
  • American Stroke Foundation - features risk factors, symptoms, prevention, tips for stroke survivors and families, survivor stories, and caregiver resources.
  • MedlinePlus: Stroke - features latest news, overviews, diagnoses/symptoms, treatment, prevention, alternative therapy, clinical trials, research, genetics, and glossaries.
  • National Stroke Association - features information on symptoms, risk factors, prevention and recovery, and Spanish/French translations.