Last week, I heard a horror story of a coworker who was a hospitalized for two weeks after a surgery for a burst appendicitis and then later was kept for another two weeks because of sepsis. Being a hypochondriac, I immediately started to feel a ting of pain in my lower left abdomen and my first response was to check online where exactly the appendix is located in our bodies. To my relief, mine was not an appendix pain but that led me to question the validity of different health related images online and I started sifting through the health websites that are not only user-friendly but also scientifically correct. Here is a list of my favorite health sites:
This site provides a wealth of health information that is selected, organized and presented by health professionals in easy to understand words for parents, kids, teens and educators. This site addresses different topics for kids such as “How the body works”, “Staying Healthy and Safe” and it also has a “Kids’ Medical Dictionary” which has easy to understand definitions and colorful images. The teen section discusses more mature issues, like relationships, drugs and sexual health, etc.
This site managed by US Department of Health and Human Services can be easily navigated for health information organized by different topics such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, asthma etc. This site also provides up to date about NIH supported research studies. Each of the articles has related pictures and references to peer reviewed publications. I really like NIH’s Ask a Scientist segment where renowned scientists and health professionals answer children’s questions about how they can become a scientist and the kind of jobs available in this field.
In addition to the above sites, Mayo Clinic’s site also has different tabs on the top of the home page, and my favorite tab is “Patient Care & Health Info” which provides an “A-Z” encyclopedia of “Symptoms, Diseases, Conditions, Tests and Procedures, Drugs and Supplements”. Most importantly, this sites not only caters to English speakers but gives an options of translating the content in other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Arabic.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention website managed by CDC which “focuses its attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens”.