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Covering Ebola

Journalist's Resource: Ebola Preparedness

WHO: Ebola Facts

CDC Ebola Fact Sheet

NY Times: Ebola Facts

CNN: Ebola Fast Facts

Poynter: Five Ebola Falsehoods

Ebola Deeply
A single-subject news site that focuses on Ebola outbreaks.

ABC News: Ebola Facts and Myths

Vox: Ebola Facts

More Medical/Health Sites
A database of federal inspections of hospitals in the U.S. See how the ones in your area stack up.

PubMed Medical Library
Search a large database of journal articles by title, author, publication, etc.

Hospital Comparison Database
Type in your ZIP code to get mortality rates for a limited list of illnesses at hospitals in your area.

The Environmental Impact of Human Addiction

Hospital Select
Search a national database of hospitals.
A National Institutes of Health Web site with more than 4,000 federal and private medical studies involving patients and others at more than 47,000 locations.
Claims it provides "a convenient, unbiased and reliable source of drug information at one of the most easily remembered Web site addresses on the Internet." Of particular interest is the drug interaction program.

Medical Symptoms Database

PubMedia Central
A "free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)."

Health Policy Tracking Service
This site maps cold and flu symptoms by ZIP code. Users can log their ailments.

County Health Rankings
Use this image map to track how healthy your county or surrounding counties are.
Doctors database, research, announcements, etc.

America's Health Rankings
Pick a state to find stats, rankings in various categories such as immunizations, heart attacks, cancer deaths, etc.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Studies, stats, links, newsletters, contacts and more.

CNN: Health Library
A great library of dozens of multimedia packages on diseases and health-related issues. Great for quick-reference.
Look up facts about drugs.

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library
A great database from Cal-San Francisco that contains 20 million fully searchable documents from the1930s to the 1990s -- previously secret stuff from tobacco industry files obtained as part of the Minnesota AG and Blue Cross lawsuit settled in 1998.

Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health PolicyFrom Kaiser Family Foundation, this is an easy-to-use online reference for the media covering global health.

Sports Injuries
This handout from the National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease.

State Health Facts Online
A super collection of statistics.

Drug Dictionary Search

American Association for Homecare

Healthmap: Global Health, Local Information

Open Access Eprint Archives in Science, Technology and Medicine
Research and reports on hundreds of topics.

Radiation Dose Chart

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Features a research clearinghouse so you can track what experts, drug companies say about imported medicines.

Medline Plus: Memory Impairment

Public Citizen: Questionable Doctors
A non-profit watchdog organization that keeps a list of 6,700 "questionable" doctors in 12 states. Cost is $10.

Fact Sheets from NCHS
Healthy weight, overweight, and obesity among U.S. adults. A .PDF file.

Informed Patient Institute
Ranks healthcare websites on content, timeliness, presentation to help people find more reliable information. Good for sourcing for reporters.

American Chronic Pain Association

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network

U.S. News: Top American Hospitals 2009

Kaiser State Health Facts
From Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff on the Net: Find out how well your state is doing in regard to health coverage and the uninsured.

Kaiser Family Foundation: The Uninsured
Resources for writing about people without medical insurance.

Calypte Biomedical
Resources, news and research on cancer, heart disease, AIDS, neurological diseases, etc.

eMedicine Journal
A fee-based medical index of online peer-reviewed journals, reference books, and articles.

NIH Research Matters
Weekly medical news update with podcasts, videos and more.

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

U.S. Census: Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
Download data and map of households with and without health insurance. Sort by county, area, etc.

Cholesterol Status Among Adults in the United States

BBC: Human Body Site
A walk through human anatomy 101.

Allergy Action Plan

Medical World Search
Searchable database of 100,000+ documents, reports, papers on medical research and diseases from universities, teaching hospitals, research centers.

Merck Manual

Health Square: PDR
Myths about viruses.

Gray's Anatomy at

Pubmed Medical Studies Database

Health A to Z
A comprehensive health guide that features links, interactive tools, info centers and e-mail updates. Good for some quick research.
Evaluates hospitals, doctors, executives, managed care, etc.
Links to dozens of research stats, etc.

DocFinder Doctors Database
American State Medical Association Data from state medical boards, which provide data on licensed doctors, including their specialties, medical school, license number and whether there is regulatory action pending.

Martindale's The Reference Desk
An extensive set of health science links.
This site presents the latest drug-related information to help writers quickly locate and research critical information on specific drugs and provides writers with the opportunity to e-mail specific questions to a select list of drug experts. Also, the site features interviews with people whose lives have been affected by drugs, as well as summaries of Writers Roundtables on specific drug-related topics.

National Institute of Health: U.S. Health Care Research
Use this to keep up with what's going on at the company.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
A searchable database of more than 1,100 diseases.
National clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information.
A search engine dedicated to searching the Web for cures for specific diseases. Also has a news search feature.

National Trauma Data Bank Data Center
Claims to be "the largest aggregation of trauma registry data ever assembled." The goal of the NTDB is to inform the medical community, the public, and decision makers about a wide variety of issues that characterize the current state of care for injured persons.

OmniMedicalSearch: Medical Image Search Engine

MedlinePlus: Diets

College Drinking Study (April 2002)
A study by the federally supported Task Force on College Drinking estimated that drinking by college students contributes to 1,400 deaths, 500,000 injuries and 70,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape a year.

Medical Privacy State Laws

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation presents premiere prizes in basic and clinical medical research (America's Nobel's), and has built a site with lots of information and links about biomedical research issues, leaders, etc. It recently connected with to provide info/research/tools for journalists, elected officials, etc.
From the National Council on Parent Information and Education, this site is a coalition of health-related organizations to help people better understand over-the-counter medicines. Good background information on drug contents and interactions.

American Social Health Association: STDs
Background and history of sexually transmitted diseases.

Treatment Advocacy Center
Studies on mental illness, treatments, and various laws and legal interpretations.

Global Health Facts
Data on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more. You can search data by country and create customized data sheets.

Global Health Reporting
Information on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more.

State Health Facts
Use image map or category to mine statistics by state.

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics

The National Library of Medicine Dietary Supplements Labels Database
Labels from more than 3,000 brands of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc.

American Hospital Directory
Search for a hospital by name, city, zip code, phone number, etc.

Legacy Drug Industry Document Archive
More than 2,500 documents from drug companies about industry-sponsored clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive

U.S. Public Interest Research Groups
Transportation, healthcare, money and politics, media reform, tax and budget, law, higher education and environmental issues.

Cochrane Reviews
Database of free, searchable abstracts of medical treatments.


Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Another WebMD-like site.

Omni Medical Search
Search news, images, discussion forums, MedPro, etc. A great quick-search tool.

Google eHealthcare Bot

Medical/Health Associations

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Journal of the American Medical Association Online Abstract

American College of Emergency Physicians

Association of Health Care Journalists

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Standards, practices and policies site. Issues special alerts to the medical community, has a great resources page and legislative efforts page.

Academy for Eating Disorders

ACL Injury Prevention

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Alzheimer's Association

AMA Psychology Archives

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Academy of Opthalmology

American Academy of Emergency Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Apitherapy Society

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Deep site that offers a media center, links, publications, experts and more.

American College of Chest Physicians

American College of Sports Medicine

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Media page, statistics, related web sites and experts.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

American Association of Diabetes Educators

The American Association on Mental Retardation

The Arc: National Association for Retarded Children

American Association of Pediatrics

American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation

American Federation for Aging Research

American Legacy Foundation
Foundation that runs edgy anti-smoking campaign.

American Chemistry Council

American Dental Association

American Association of Orthodontists

Association of Safety Net Hospitals

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

American Veterinary Medical Association
Links to journals, studies contacts and more.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

American Dietetic Association
Several studies and background stories.

Brain Injury Resource Center

Convenient Care Association
Association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality healthcare in retail-based locations.

CNN: How Stem Cell Research Works

American Podiatric Medical Association

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

American Council for Drug Education
Links to some great drug studies.

American Public Health Association

American Hospital Association

American Association of Medical Colleges

American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Covers all professions, including journalism.

American Psychological Association
Several interesting studies and news items.

American Heart Association

American Hospital Association
Has advocacy, news, resources and calendar of events.

American Lung Association

American Psychological Association

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Collecting multi-specialty procedural statistics since 1997.

American Sociological Association

American Sociological Review
Online component to the publication. Includes announcements, press contacts, etc.

American Social Health Association

American Sports Medicine Institute
Dr. James Andrews' practice in Birmingham, Ala.

ANRED: Anarexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders

Association of Health Care Journalists
From the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Barth Syndrome Foundation

Center for the Advancement of Health
Works to ensure that knowledge about where we live, how we are educated and what we eat, drink, breathe and do is used to improve health.

Brain Injury Association

Association of Health Care Journalists
An independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. There are more than 1,000 members of AHCJ.

Brain Trauma Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Health Statistics -- infant mortality, AIDS, drug and other mortality stats.

CDC: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Background

CDC Diabetes Program

CDC Oral Health

Center for Mental Health Services

Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Center for Science in the Public Interest
A nutrition action newsletter. Food safety tips, sourcing contacts, links, news releases and more.

CDC: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Center for Studying Health System Change
A nonprofit research group based in Washington.

The Charles Ray III Diabetes Association

Child Study Center's pediatric studies and stats.

Chochrane Collaboration
Non-profit healthcare group has many studies on efficacy of medications, etc.

City of Hope
Biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with a focus on cancer research.

Cleveland Clinic Research Center for Headaches

COBRA Learning
Part of EHealthInsurance, this site focuses on COBRA insurance background for people who have been laid off.

Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy

Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Industry association provides links to publications, studies, laws, efficacy of medication, government affairs and other issues.

Eating Disorders Awareness and Protection
Blogs, statistics and many other helpful resources.

Tips and research on health insurance plans, COBRA, etc.

Environmental Working Group
Research on health and the environment.
A medical consumer advocacy site with various studies and statistics.

The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, formed under the Milken Institute, has a mission "to identify and implement global solutions to accelerate the process of discovery and clinical development of new therapies for the treatment of deadly and debilitating diseases." The site features a media center and resources guide.

Flu Shot Locator

Food and Drug Administration
FDA's site features listing of regulated products, contact information, news alerts and safety information.

Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Government Pandemic Flu Site

Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation
Site about a disease that attacks the immune system.

Health Insurance Association of America
An outspoken group on the Patient's Bill of Rights.

Health Privacy Project

Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Association

Health on the Net Foundation

Infectious Disease Society of America

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

International Rare Diseases Support Network

Johns Hopkins University Medical Center
Use doctor search tool to find experts.

Journal of Family Psychology

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Journal of Neurosurgery
Past issues, podcasts and information on journal authors, which can be helpful for sourcing.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Studies and research on safety and health issues for kids.

Life Extension Foundation

March of Dimes
Site includes a health library, online resources, studies and press releases.

Mayo Clinic
Resources from the famous research hospital.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
This link goes to the main page. Click on education and research tab.

Medical Writers Discussion Area

Midwest Heart

Monell Chemical Senses Center
News, events and a faculty page that can be helpful for finding experts.

National Academy of Sciences
Links to publications, news and other resrouces.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

National Association of State Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
A good contact site as unemployment rises and workers move off COBRA plans.

National Coalition on Health Care
A non-profit, non-partisan organization that has great world healthcare statistics, health insurance statistics and other research. Click on the "Facts About Healthcare" link.

National Institute of Medicine
News, reports and experts in a number of medical areas, including obesity, aging, environment, diseases, global health, etc.

National Institute of Mental Health

National Community Pharmacy Association

National Federation of the Blind

National Institute of Medicine

National Institute of Mental Health
Media Government site is largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

National Library of Medicine

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

National Eye Institute

National Funeral Directors Association
Stats and other resources.

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
News, studies, expert sources and more from the National Institutes of Health.

National Toxicology Program
Background, fact sheets, studies and other research from the National Institutes of Health.

National Mental Health Association

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute Atlas of Cancer Mortality

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations
A variety of resources on advocacy, coping, treatment, detection, support, etc.

National Breast Cancer Coalition
Research and contacts for stories on this topic.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Launched in October 2001, this Boston-based institute lists clinical trials and information on dozens of cancers.

National Association of Free Clinics

National Cancer Institute: Cervical Cancer Page

National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury
Stats, studies and media contacts from the University of North Carolina. Includes annual reports, definitions and more.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
A government site that investigates alternative healthcare practitioners.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

National Center for Health Statistics

National Council on Aging

National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association

National Eye Institute

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Research findings for the public, science and medical communities. Several services and publications offered at this site.

National Institutes of Health

National Organzation for Albinism and Hyperpigmentation

National Osteosporosis Foundation

National Safety Council
Accident statistics, safety prevention material and a great research for health information.

National Patient Safety Association: Online Patient Safety Resources

National Sleep Foundation
Studies and stats on sleeping disorders, drowsy drivers, etc.

National Organization for Rare Disorders

NIH Office for Rare Diseases

National Sarcoidosis Resource Center

National Vaccine Information Center
Search for a board-certified neurosurgeon. Also includes a library, research and media center.

North American Spine Society

Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health

Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Parkinson Disease Portal
This site is a great resource for articles, JAMAstudies, Q&A in English and Spanish -- great for someone writing an article who needs a quick explanation or more.

Planned Parenthood

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Lobbyist group for pharmacy industry. Gives status on drugs before the FDA, also features a news room, issues, publications and other resources.

Population Reference Bureau
World health, environment, population and other issues.

Presidents Challenge: Obesity

Quizzes to measure mental health needs, Ask the Therapist section.
Collects information about self-injury and includes personal stories.
Founded by Ralph Nader, this group's site feature's a global trade and Congress watch, health research and other helpful studies.
Run by a psychiatrist, this site blasts chiropractors and acupuncturists. Helpful lists of questionable organizations and individuals. The tone is pretty harsh, though.

Radiological Society of North America
Publications, statistics and trends.

Reproductive Health Technologies Project

Roswell Park Cancer Research
Features groundbreaking research on cancer and major advances for diagnosis.

School of Public Health and Health Sciences
From the University of Massachusetts.

The Skin Cancer Foundation

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation

Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiologists

Stateserv: Health Policy
Source for state legislative information on policy and analysis on select issues, such as health and immigration.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Sun Safety Alliance
Newsletter, safety tips, media center and expert sources on sun and the risks of skin cancer. It includes a good kids section as well.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes

The Sister Study
A 10-year observational study of women ages 35 to 74 whose sisters have had or have breast cancer. It is the largest study of its kind and is conducted by the National Institutes on Environmental Health Sciences. The organization can provide journalists with interviews with researchers, study recruiters and study participants nationwide for human interest stories/features etc.

United Network for Organ Sharing
This site features a organ-recipient waiting list, data on transplants and a resources page.

WebMD Cancer Resources Page

Wilderness Medical Association

Women in Neurosurgery
Organization that's recruiting more women into neurosurgery.

World Health Organization

Flu Resources

Google Flu Trends
Maps and other tools for tracking the flu. Uses aggregated search to track the flu.

Flu Shot Locator
Type in your zip code and find where to get a shot.


FluStar: Flu Tracker
Tracks flu outbreaks by city. From drug company Roche.
Works similar to flu finder. Nice image map of the U.S.

MedLine Plus
This site "brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations." News archives, press releases, research, etc.

Mashable: Five Ways to Avoid Getting the Flu at Work

Swine Flu Swine Flu

Centers for Disease Control: Swine Flu

World Health Organization Disease Outbreak News Center

CDC Travel Notices

Nieman Foundation Guide to Covering Pandemic Flu

HealthMap Global Disease Alert Map

Swine Flu Outbreak News

Medical Symptoms Database: Swine Flu Symptoms
A good government health news clearinghouse site. Takes feeds from several departments and agencies.

WebMD: Swine Flu FAQ

Flu Myths and Realities

Wellsphere:Swine Flu Resources

CNET: Resources for Covering Swine Flu
A great list of links and social-networking sites covering the Swine Flu.

Health Law Prof Blog: Swine Flu
Articles, links and other helpful information on the outbreak.

FluWiki Forum
Links, tips and news on the new flu. Swine Flu Symptoms, Treatments, Facts

Google Flu Trends Map

Google Maps Swine Flu Outbreak Map Stories from Survivors, Families and Friends

Association of Health Care Journalists: Covering Flu and Pandemics

Dart Center: Tips for Covering Swine Flu Swine Flu Facts

National Pork Producers Council: Pork Safe to Eat

Science Magazine: Naval Researchers Spot Swine Flu Swine Flu -- What You Need to Know Blog: Swine Flu a Bioterrorist Virus?

Nieman Foundation: Reporting from the Front Lines of Flu
A 2007 report from Harvard University.

Nieman Foundation: Communicating News of a Flu Outbreak

LA Times: How Swine Flu Spreads in Humans

New York Times Health Guide: The Flu
Tips on dealing with the flu and new outbreaks, definitions, etc. Preparing Newsrooms to Cover Swine Flu as Pandemic, Local Story

Foreign Policy: Net Effect -- Twitter Misinformation on Swine Flu

Tweetmeme: Flu Outbreak

Twitter: StopSwineFlu
Be careful with the accuracy of information found on these tweets.

Twitter: Track Swine Flu
Be careful with the accuracy of information found on these tweets.

Facebook: Swine Flu
One of several Facebook pages on the topic.

Swine Flu Outbreak in 1976

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 1918 Pandemic Flu Map

MSN: Swine Flu Scams

Avian Flu

Avian Flu Pandemic
Updates from the federal government on the pandemic.

CDC: Bird Flu Facts

CDC: Current Bird Flu Situation

Miscellaneous Medical/Health Sites

Supreme Court Affordable Health Care Act Ruling
A .PDF of the June 28, 2012 ruling.

Life Expectancy Calculator
Answer questions to project how long you might live.

Database of Individual Patient Experiences
A not-for-profit organization that provides information from a patient's perspective.

MEDLINEplus: Evaluating Health Information
Background on how the laws work, etc.
Papers and other resources on medical issues. Links
A must bookmark for any health writer and includes tips for health writers.
This site provides physicians (and media) with a searchable database of patients, malpractice attorneys, etc. through court records.

WebMD: Common Cold and Remedies

eMedicine Health
Health statistics, studies, etc.

University of Iowa: Student Health Survival Guidelines

Virtual Hospital
From the University of Iowa, this site offers booklets, links, databases, etc.

Skin Deep
A site about skin care products and what goes in them from the Environmental Working Group.

CDC: Concussion in Youth Sports

Tips, research and statistics on concussions. Great resource.
This site offers a wealth of information about nurses and nursing students with disabilities for journalists writing stories on this topic. The nursing shortage is an important story, and this site provides information regarding the number of nurses with disabilities who are often unable to find employment.

National Eye Institute

Government-run site on medical/health issues. Research and studies galore.

Journalist's Resource: Sports-Related Concussions Research
A collection of studies, stats and stories.

HealthGrades: Find a Doctor
Good for finding expert sources in various fields of medicine.

Plants for a Future: 7,000 Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants


National Library of Medicine Rapid Research Notes
Access to research shared through online forums. Great for health and science writers scanning for latest research. Low-graphic, so it works well on mobile media.

Nova's Secret of Photo 51 Site
Includes 'Journey into DNA,' a Java presentation that explains where DNA is and what it does.

All About Vision
Includes an OPAC that deals with limb loss, its secondary conditions and causes. A useful source for health reporters.

PBS: The Forgetting, A Portrait of Alzheimers

PubMedia Central
A "free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)."

BBC: Your Amazing Brain
A brain anatomy site.

Asbestos Resource Center
Links, definitions, history, litigation, etc.

Arthritis Central

Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Links to about 10-12 good sites.


Cancer: Prostate Cancer Research Institute

Captain Dave's Survival Center
Tips and guidelines on burn treatments, wildnerness survival.


All Refer Health
Medical resource provides comprehensive and authorative information and news on diseases, symptoms, tests, surgery, injuries, nutrition, medications, and poisons. Focuses on family and community health.

Doctors of the World

Doctors Without Borders

Family Medicine Notes
Notes from a family physician. Some helpful tips. Written as a weblog.

Public Safety: Household Products
Check this National Library of Medicine database (4,000 items) about health risks of products you might have around the house.

FDA: Drug Interactions
Helpful database.

Kaiser Health Reform Gateway

Annals of Internal Medicine

American Massage Therapy Association
Sets ethical standards. Good background reading.

Hepatitis Central

Mepedia Health Wiki

Male Health


Naval Health Research Center

Medical Post
Explores different cultural ideas of sickness and health and offers a lot of information on medical beliefs and practices.

National Council of Interpreting in Health Care

Center for Cross Cultural Health

Medstory - Intelligent Search for Health & Medicine
Type in your search term and you're given both a set of results and numerous suggestions on ways to narrow your focus and find your exact issue (conditions or procedures) or the type of resource you need (clinical studies, news media, clinical trials, research articles).

Medstory: Intelligent Search for Health & Medicine
Type in your search term and you're given both a set of results and numerous suggestions on ways to narrow your focus and find your exact issue (conditions or procedures) or the type of resource you need (clinical studies, news media, clinical trials, research articles). Understanding Your Medical Bills

AARP Bulletin Today: A User's Guide to Health Care Reform

Informed Medical Decisions
Resources galore on various diseases, medical procedures, etc.

Diversity Rx
Promoting cultural competence in health care.

Limited English Proficient
Federal government working group on issues.

Net Connections for Communications Disorders and Sciences

Partners Online Specialty Consultations

The Physician and Sports Medicine

Reflexology Research Project

British Medical Association: Worldwide Smoking
Studies, stats, etc.

Spine Universe

Dr. Weil
Many alternative health tips, including the Vitamin Advisor.
Eating and dieting tips.

WebMD: Compare Presidential Candidates' Health Stances

American Heart Association: Cardiac Rehab Site

American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Research and Treatment Information

Cancer and Men

Disease Risk Index
From the Harvard School of Public Health.

Ask the Trainer
Patients pose questions to doctors. Fee-based.
Free site, but answers and publishes only a small percentage of questions.
Fee-based. Online health assessments. Lists of specific doctors.
A fee-based site that e-mails answers from three anonymous doctors.

Daily health news written for "consumers" (i.e. non-health professionals) and also have tons of medical reference material, message boards, live chats with health experts, and much more.

Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine provides in-depth information and resources about back pain, neck pain and spinal disorders, as well as a range of treatment options. The site is written and peer-reviewed by a multi-disciplinary group of leading spine specialists, and meets all of the quality criteria of the US National Institutes of Health.

Tools for Wellness
A product site for alternative medicine, but it does have some background helpful to the media.
Full of tips, suggestions, bulletin boards on alternative healing. Great for trend stories and finding sources for offbeat stories.

Medicine Malpractice Links
Part of the Electric Law Library.

National Scorecard on US Health System Performance
2011 rankings.

Index of State Malpractice Laws

Malpractice Litigation News

Princeton University Global Consciousness Study
The effect of global consciousness, from dozens of sites around the world, from the shocks and reverberations, recorded on Sept 11, 2001.
This government site offers tips and all sorts of nutritional facts, including dieting.

World Health Organization

Families USA Health Page
A non-profit, non-partisan perspective on health issues.

Medline Plus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

Eldercare Online

Administration on Aging

Kids Health

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

AACAP: Child Psychiatry

Clinical Trials Listing
Lists all of the places looking for patients.

Medical History of American Presidents
Chronicles illnesses of past presidents and other well-known people.

Virtual Museum of Bacteria
Tips on bacteria and keeping yourself safe, definitions, etc.

The PUSH Journal
Gain access to Nexis stories from 5,000 news sources back to May 2002. The acronym stands for "Periodic Updates of Sexual and reproductive Health issues around the world." Research on Headaches
Government database indexes more than 127,000 trials with locations in more than 175 countries.

National Institute of Health: Headache Information

Breast Cancer Action
An interactive site that lets the user track flu trends.
A fine online health guide.
AIDS and HIV resource sponsored by several pharmaceutical companies.

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Veterans Administration: National Center for PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder information and research.

Chemotherapy and You
This free online booklet from the National Institute of Health is for patients who are receiving chemotherapy for cancer. It describes what to expect during chemotherapy and what you can do to take care of yourself during and after treatment.

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

Harvard's Research Matters Site
A portal to news articles that span the range of research fields, from the humanities to social science to science to technology to medicine.
Locate clinics and find out local names for your medications.
Look up all kinds of information on sports medicine and science. Links, studies, e-mail lists, news and more.

Teen Pregnancy Facts offers dozens of factoids on the topic. Also check out the site's state-by-state map of teen pregnancy statistics.
This site offers legal, insurance and medical advice (regional and national) for people facing elder-care options.

Web MD: Back Pain Health Center

Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

Discovery Health

Washington Post: Archive of West Nile Virus Stories

Track and Animal and Human West Nile Virus

Choking: A First-Aid Refresher
Some good basic terms and steps if you're doing a graphic or how-to article.

MedLine Plus
This site "brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations." News archives, press releases, research, etc.
Tips, remedies and recipes for what ails you.

Children's National Medical Center
Based in Washington, D.C., this organization offers studies, links and backgrounds on pediatric medicine.

Institute of Motion Analysis and Research
University of Dundee site is helpful for stories on sports injuries.

Urban Institute
Non-partisan economic and social policy research. Covers issues such as crime, education, health, housing, economy, etc.

Leapfrog Group: Hospital Safety Score
Enter a zip code or location to get overall scores.

Health Issues for Parents

Autism Society of America

A community site for health issues.

State Legislation on Comprehensive Health Care Coverage

Health Effects of Wildfires
Links from the National Library of Medicine.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database
From the National Library of Medicine, this database offers information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

National Institute of Mental Health

American College Health Association

National Association of Athletic Trainers: Tips for Avoiding Concussions

Combined Health Information
A searchable database of health research.

Jimmy Fund
Launched in October 2001, this site is an offshoot of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute fundraising.

A good UK medical site.

Another good UK medical site.

A British biosciences site.

Accessible Society
Disability issues for journalists. Dozens of stories, studies, links and other resources for anyone covering this topic.
A great site for allergy sufferers or anyone writing about allergy season.

SARS Resources

The Centers for Disease Control: SARS Fact Sheet

World Health Organization: SARS Information Page

Government Views of SARS
This site concentrates on government documents and information about SARS both from the United States and from international resources. Topics covered include Blood Supply, Case Definitions, Cases Reported, Countries & Governments, General Background, Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Personnel, Laboratories, Legal Resources, Presidential Communications, Prevention & Precautions, Public Health Campaigns, Quarantine, Travel Advisories, Travel & Transport, the Virus and the World Health Organization.

Red Cross: SARS FAQ

National Institutes of Health: SARS Research

Health Canada: SARS Updates

Medline Plus: Latest SARS News

U.S. State Department: SARS Travel Warnings

FDA: SARS Info. Sheet

SARS World Map
Track the disease globally.

Yahoo! Site Listings for SARS

Washington Post: SARS Coverage

NPR: SARS Special Section

Lung Association Saskatchewan: SARS Updates SARS Growth Rate

NCAA Sports: Members Alert for SARS

Forbes: Disease Hot Zones
A handy chart showing what countries are dealing with certain lethal diseases.

JohnnyJet: SARS Concern Links for Travelers

The NewsMarket, Inc.
A journalist's resource for B-roll, this site provides thousands of images free to television newsrooms. Users can preview video, read press materials and order video clips online. Delivery options include digital file transfer via FTP, whereby the material moves from TNM's server to the user's server; satellite feeds via APTN or tape delivery can also be requested. There is no cost to news professionals. The NewsMarket's primary service is providing broadcasters with video from the world's leading companies and organizations; news stories and archived stock shots from a large and growing range of sources. Particularly helpful to business and medical-health reporters.
Access a database of more than 4,000 English-speaking doctors in 180 countries.

U.S. Pharmacopeia: Medication Errors Index
Type in a name of a medication and this index provides a list of drugs often confused with that drug.

Medi Clim
Weather health warning system offers research that ties health to climate changes.

American Lung Association: State of the Air We Breathe
.PDF format of 2009 report. Online Guide to Following the Health Care Legislation

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Government site, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Top 50 Health 2.0 Blogs

Medical/Health News and Journals

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Free Medical

BreakThrough Digest
This site delivers the latest health news and medical information.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Studies, facts, stats, etc.

Duke Medical News
A great site featuring news stories, medical controversies and expert databases. It's a slow download with flash, but be patient. It's worth it.

Global Health Reporting
Updated daily, this site offers an easy and efficient way to stay on top of breaking news, new reports and data, and events about HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. This free site is operated by the Kaiser Family Foundation with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

American Medical News
Full online text of the print weekly newspaper for physicians.

BreakThrough Digest
This site delivers the latest health news and medical information.

Reuters Health Information Site
A super site. News stories, research and several resource links for health and medical reporters.
Like WebMD, full of medical information.

New York Times Health Section

Revolution Health

Journal of the Agriculture Department
Lists 117 nutrient categories for more than 6,000 foods.

Health Affairs Journal
A medical and nursing journal.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

MDTV Medical News Now Inc.
A New Jersey-based organization that presents a television medical news program that airs on cable in about 20 states.

Stanford University's Highwire Press
Links to databases of 150,000 articles from medical and scientific journals. Many full text articles are free.

List of clinics, global diseases, inoculations, helpful links.

Annals of Internal Medicine

JPGM Online: Biomedical Periodical
A peer-reviewed biomedical periodical, official publication of the Staff Society of Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Mumbai, India, indexed with MEDLINE and EMBASE with free full-text access to articles from basic and clinical sciences.

Health News Review
Independent review of medical/health-related news stories.

Medline: Medical Journals
More than 4,500 journals in the United States and 70 other countries.

Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
The site provides free access to full text since 1980, and includes articles, current issue, search page, etc.

Journal of Postgraduate Medicine: Neurology India

Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology

Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine Ethics on Human Cloning

Archives of Internal Medicine Abstract

Health Behavior News Service
Provides free stories and experts for interviews on the latest research on the subject coming from peer-reviewed academic journals. The News Service is an arm of the Center for the Advancement of Health.

American Journal of Public Health
Database for free searching (full-text available for late 2001 only).

Medical/Health News Index Page
A great reference site with easy-to-find links to several helpful sites.

Yahoo! Medical Malpractice News
Great for quick-reference.

PBS Bloodlines
This is an independent discussion site that accompanies the show about how conflicts at the intersection of science and the courts are defining the ways Americans will deal with the ethical, legal and social dilemmas created by new life technologies. The official site for the show is at

Washington Post's Health Page
A great section for trend pieces, studies and federal legislation news. Features several Web-only features and columns.'s Health News
Updates every 15 minutes.

The Lancet Medical Journal
Cancer research and other kinds of studies.

Alternative Health News Online
Links to news on many topics, including diet and nutrition.
Look up archived news stories on a variety of topics.

The Medical News

Medical Science Monitor

Modern Medicine

Journal of General Internal Medicine (UK)

Pharmacy Times Magazine

Pharmacy Week Magazine

Drug Topics

Access-able Travel Source
Search by state and country in this database on disability travel.

Med-Line Plus: Disabilities
U.S. National Library of Medicine explains managed care.

National Institute of Health HIV/AIDS Site
This page is full of research, history and other details of the battle against HIV and AIDS.

Annals of Internal Medicine

Medical Liability Monitor
A monthly online publication on trends and issues in medical malpractice.

American Psychological Association Journals
An easy-to-use index of journal articles and studies.

Media Awareness Product
Offers a permanent information resource on drug policy issues that benefits journalists, authors, researchers, and the public. Posts hundreds of drug-related articles from several newspapers.

Med Help International
In-depth explanations of cancer treatments.

Physician's Weekly Magazine's Health Page
Good packages on health issues and trends.
Transplant News Network site features articles, abstracts, studies, listservs and discussion groups.

HealthDay News

Ear, Nose and Throat Net

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts
A database that compares everything from health financing to legislation.

PBS: The Gene Hunters
Companion site to the documentary on the mysteries of human disease.

Harvard Health Letter
Search by state.

CDC: Obesity in America Map
Use this cool interactive map, along with a PowerPoint presentation of many more, to track obesity in the United States.

American Psychological Association 2008 Stress Study

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Online archives from AMA publication.

Association for Psychological Science
Part of Revolution Health, this site helps hospital patients share news about their health status with friends and loved ones. Sort of a social networking site for patients.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Trust for America's Health

National Library of Medicine

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Public Library of Science
A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

Discovery Health

University of Washington School of Medicine: Bioethics Topics

NCBI: Entrez
Search life sciences publications.

Biology and genetics research.

Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Create a log-in and access the publication online.

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Covers technology's impact on healthcare.
News, lists of players who have tested positive, etc.


CDC: West Nile Virus Facts

State Links on West Nile Virus
Track stats and stories by state's affected by the disease. West Nile Virus
Explains how the West Nile virus is transmitted.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: West Nile Virus
Warnings, background, recent cases in animals, etc.

West Nile Maps
Track the spread of the virus from these handy maps from the USGS.

National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII): West Nile Virus
Provides data, information, and maps related to outbreaks of the virus.

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC): West Nile Virus Resources
Dozens of studies, definitions and state-by-state breakdowns of how the virus has spread westward in the United States.

State of Maryland: West Nile Virus Information Page
Fact sheet, how to handle a case and links to other resources.

CNN: West Nile Virus Archive
Stories, backgrounders, maps, etc.

CNN FYI: Basics of the West Nile Virus
It's for science teachers, but journalists can use it too.


New England Journal of Medicine: Special Smallpox Report
The full report will be out Jan. 30.

Johns Hopkins University Biodefense Site

PBS: Bioterror
The companion site to the PBS documentary. Includes the history of biowarfare, weapons and vaccines.

Bioterrorism and Anthrax

Centers for Disease Control Anthrax Page
Bios of recent cases in .PDF format.'s Infectious Disease Page

Department of Defense Anthrax Immunization Program
There has been much controversy about this program.

Anthrax: A Possible Case History
Source: Walter Reed Army Medical Center. .PDF files, 12 pages.

Anthrax as a Biological Weapon: Medical and Public Health Management
Consensus Statement from the American Medical Association Journal of the American Medical Association Vol. 281 No. 18, 1999.

Gary Price's Bioterrorism Links
Part of the Special Issues list.

Biological and Chemical Terrorism Defense: A View From the "Front Lines" of Public Health
.PDF files from the American Journal of Public Health.

Bioterrorism as a Public Health Threat
From Emerging Infectious Diseases in 1998.

Preemptive Biopreparedness: Can We Learn Anything From History?
From the American Journal of Public Health (Vol 91, 2001).

Preemptive Biopreparedness: Can We Learn Anything From History?
From the American Journal of Public Health (Vol 91, 2001).

Bioterrorism Alleging Use of Anthrax and Interim Guidelines for Management -- United States, 1998
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Feb. 5, 1999.

Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Human Cutaneous Anthrax -- North Carolina, 1987
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 1987 Anthrax incident in North Carolina.

Improving Civilian Medical Response to Chemical or Biological Terrorist Incidents
Interim Report on Current Capabilities; includes a five-page bibliography.


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