Oz-Approved Medical Websites

Doctors don't always have all the answers. In fact, they regularly look up your symptoms using the same search engines and popular medical sites that you do! The difference, however, is they know how to sort through the misinformation to get you the right diagnosis. If you want to know what your doctor is reading, try these sites.

Oz-Approved Medical Websites

Medline Plus, From the National Institutes of Health

A great place to learn about disorders, parts of the body and various diagnostic and medical procedures. There’s also an extensive section on prescription drugs, herbs, and supplements.


http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

Sharecare 

All you have to do is ask a question, and a panel of medical experts give you the answers. You can also check out the topic pages to learn more about things like fitness, weight loss, healthy eating, diabetes, HPV and more.

https://www.sharecare.com

Mayo Clinic

A great overview of common and rare diseases, with symptoms, causes and treatments - including lifestyle suggestions and alternative treatments.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health-information

National Institute of Mental Health

Every doctor, especially non-psychiatrists, needs this to brush up on mental illnesses and review the latest treatments.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/index.shtml

CDC-Traveler’s Health 

When traveling, what do you need to do to prepare? What shots do you need? Doctors depend on this website whenever patients ask these questions. It includes up-to-date information about how to prepare for different parts of the world.  

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Ready.gov

This is a great place to find out about how to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. All medical professionals, not just emergency room docs, must know about emergency procedures.

http://www.ready.gov

InnerBody 

Even doctors have to relearn their anatomy from time to time. This website is a great place to explore different anatomical maps of the human body and diagrams of important organs like the brain or the heart.

http://www.innerbody.com

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