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Skeptical/Medical/Science Sites

Interesting Web Sites

Links are added to this list each month. Most of the sites listed below have substantial original information or valuable archives. The bracketed dates indicate the most recent time we checked each site. Our goal is to select links that provide accurate and practical information. We have carefully inspected each site and believe—unless otherwise noted—that they are trustworthy.

Because Web addresses often change, you may find that some of the links on this page no longer work. If that happens, you can probably visit the site by using the domain address instead of the longer URL we provide. You can also use Google to search for the current location or The Wayback Machine to search for an archived version.

Please contact us[1] if you find that a link does not work, encounter questionable information on any site listed on this page, or would like to recommend a science-based site for us to consider. If you are an expert and would like to join our web site review team, [../09Advisors/advbd.html please let us know].

General Medical Information

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ): Information on many topics [1/22/08]
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: Hundreds of articles plus a medical dictionary, a large drug information database, and flow charts that advise when to treat symptoms at home when to call the doctor [1/22/08]
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Position statements and articles about children's health and disease [8/2/09]
  • Gabe Mirkin, M.D., provides advice on hundreds of health, fitness and nutrition topics. [8/2/05]
  • HealthSquare: Comprehensive health information that includes searchable copies of PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs, PDR Family Guide Encyclopedia of Medicine, and PDR Guide to Women's Health [4/5/05]
  • InteliHealth: Contains a wealth of information and answers individual questions. [10/31/13] Warning: The information on "complementary and alternative medicine" is not trustworthy.
  • Keep Kids Healthy: Pediatric parenting advice [1/22/08]
  • Many brief articles about children's health matters [8/2/05] Warning: The information on "alternative medicine and your child" is not trustworthy.
  • Mayo Experts from the Mayo Clinic have posted information on many topics. They also answer individual questions. Warning: Some of its articles about "complementary and alternative" methods are poorly written because the editors appear unwilling to say that worthless methods are worthless. [8/2/05]
  • MedicineNet: Discussions of many diseases and treatments. Written by physicians. [8/2/05]
  • MEDLINEplus: Free searching of the National Library of Medicine database of medical journal articles [8/2/05]
  • MEDLINEplus Drug Information: Database of 9,000 prescription and nonprescription drugs [8/2/05]
  • Medpie: Health news analyses [8/2/09]
  • The Merck Manual: This highly respected medical textbook covers most diseases, but much of it is too technical for laypersons. The consumer version is called the Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition [6/30/05]
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse: Index to more than 1,000 published guidelines [1/7/05]
  • National Institutes of Health Consumer Health Information: Links to more than 250 reports [1/22/08]
  • NetWellness: The University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and Ohio State University offer information for consumers and an "Ask an Expert" service. Ohio residents can access a huge amount of additional information through their public libraries. [10/14/06]
  • Physicians Health Study: Harvard's studies of widely used preventive health measures [1/22/08]
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Analyzes the scientific basis and cost-effectiveness of interventions for more than 80 potentially preventable diseases and conditions. The third (2000-2005) edition is being posted as segments become available. [8/2/05]
  • Multimedia/0/200000 University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics: Health library for consumers [10/31/13]

Food and Nutrition


Arthritis and Related Diseases


Cardiovascular Disease


Gastrointestinal Diseases

Mental Health Topics

Other Diseases and Conditions (listed in alphabetical order by condition or service)

  • Allergies: Position papers and other advice from American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology [4/30/03]
  • American Academy of Dermatology: Skin care [8/29/02]
  • Birth defects: Advice from the March of Dimes Resource Center [2/3/04]
  • United Cerebral Palsy [10/20/05]
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: Facts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [10/30/02]
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders [7/30/08]
  • National Down Syndrome Congress
  • Down Syndrome: Health Issues: Information from a pediatrician who is a Down parent [9/26/03]
  • National Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome Network: Comprehensive information on the L-tryptophan tragedy) [11/20/03]
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology: Eye diseases [3/28/04]
  • GeneTests·GeneClinics: Comprehensive information about genetic diseases [12/4/03].
  • Kidney diseases: Advice from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases [11/20/03]
  • Latex Allergy Links [11/20/03]
  • American Liver Foundation [10/20/05]
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society [10/20/05]
  • National Neurofibromatosis Foundation [10/20/05]
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation [10/20/05]
  • American Pain Foundation [1/22/08]
  • Worldwide Congress on Pain: Huge site [6/15/03]
  • Psoriasis Hall of PShame: Information on questionable psoriais treatment [1/22/08]
  • Self-help groups: American Self-Help Clearinghouse database. [6/15/03] Warning: This site contains links to a few groups that are on our nonrecommended list. The site is hosted by and intertwined with Mental Health Net, which has more links to organizations and web sites we consider unreliable. Some are not self-help groups. You can spot most of the unreliable ones by applying the criteria in our article [../01QuackeryRelatedTopics/quackweb.html How to Spot a "Quacky" Web Site].
  • Stuttering Foundation of America [11/20/03]
  • National Sudden Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Resource Center [7/30/08]
  • American Thyroid Association [10/20/05]


Dental Care

Tobacco Issues

Recommended Blogs

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Consumer Protection/Government Regulation

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