Medical & Consumer Health

Consumer & Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS)
The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association provides websites you can trust. These general websites for consumers and professionals are usually lists of links to other sites, although some contain original material. To find information on a particular disease, each site has either a search engine or a list of topics.

This database contains the licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other health care practitioners in Iowa. This site is based on data from the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners.

Hardin MD
At the Hardin MD site, you will find a "list of lists" to comprehensive resources in health related subjects, published by Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. There are pictures of diseases and conditions as well as links to other web resources.

This site offers a free gateway to consumer health and human services information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Spanish and English. HealthFinder links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,500 health related organizations. There is health news, consumer guides, and information on diseases, injuries, and prescription drugs.

Household Products
On this site you will find health and safety information on household products. It discusses safety hazards and adverse effects. You can enter the name of a household product and the site provides explanations and health information related to:
  • Automotive products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Home maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Materials relating to arts and crafts
  • Personal care
  • Pesticides
  • Pet care products
This is a consumer health information website from Harvard’s Medical School. There is a medical dictionary, drug resource center, and information on diseases and conditions. There is information on healthy lifestyles, nutrition and fitness.

Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals' (DIA) Health Facilities Division (HFD)
This website includes a directory of long term care facilities and inspection report cards for a wide variety of health care facilities in Iowa. Visitors to this website will find a variety of useful information to assist them in the selection of a long term health care provider.

KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. There are sites for parents with practical parenting information, a kids site with homework help, and a teen site with answers, advice and straight talk.

Mayo Clinic Health
This consumer health website from the Mayo Clinic contains an extensive database on diseases and conditions, a Healthy Living Center, healthy lifestyle planners, and drug information. There is a symptom checker and a first aid guide.

MedlinePlus provides up-to-date, quality healthcare information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health in English and Spanish. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Merck Manual
Based on the Merck Manual, this Merck and Company publication explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated. Information about prognosis is also provided.

Nutrition Data
On Nutrition Data, you'll find detailed nutrition information, plus unique analysis tools that tell you more about how foods affect your health and make it easier to choose healthy foods.

PubMed provides access to over 14 million citations in Medline, PreMedline and other related databases, with links to participating online journals. Medline contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The database contains dating back to the mid-1960s. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English language sources or have English abstracts.

Resources for Health Consumers
This webpage suggests guidelines for finding the highest quality health information on the web. There are recommended websites and information on patients’ rights and health records.

The WebMD content staff blends award winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible. Our esteemed colleagues at MedicineNet are frequent contributors to WebMD and comprise our Medical Editorial Board. Our Independent Medical Review Board continuously reviews the site for accuracy and timeliness.

Iowa Department for the Blind
The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides books and other materials in alternative formats to Iowa residents who are unable to read standard print materials.