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Medical/Health Studies


Journalist’s Resource: Covering Medicaid During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journalist’s Resource: How to Combat Health Misinformation


Washington Post: Digging into the DEA’s Pain Pill Database
Graphics team tells you how to use the data and visualize it from the opiod piece the Post did in summer 2019.

Washington Post: How to Download the DEA Pain Pill Database

Tipsheet: Covering the Opiod Crisis with Data
Great resources from Charles Ornstein at ProPublica.
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.

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


Reporting on Suicide
The Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The recommendations are based on more than 50 international studies on suicide contagion.

Dart Center: Resources for Covering Suicide

Association of Health Care Journalists: Covering Suicide

RTDNA: Guidelines for Reporting on Suicide

American Association of Suicidology

EIC: Social Media Guidelines for Covering Suicide Prevention


Poynter: How to Make Sense of Numbers in Science and Health Reports

Health Systems Facts
Health Systems Facts provides data and statistics related to healthcare systems and policy in the US and several OECD nations. Fact items are curated from reliable sources and include full citations and links to the source materials in order to facilitate further research.
A database of federal inspections of hospitals in the U.S. See how the ones in your area stack up.

The ICIJ’s International Medical Devices Database

The ICIJ’s International Medical Devices Database

BBC: Ongoing Hospital Tracker

Journalist’s Resource: Three Tips for Reporting on Rural Health

Journalist’s Resource: Covering Medicaid During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Learning Lab: Solutions Journalism for Covering Health Issues
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.
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.

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

Radiation Dose Chart

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.

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

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.
Myths about viruses.

Gray’s Anatomy at

Pubmed Medical Studies Database
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.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
A searchable database of more than 1,100 diseases.

MedlinePlus: Diets

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.

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

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

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.

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

Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Another WebMD-like site.

Google eHealthcare Bot

Quit Heroin: Drug Abuse in Middle Schools


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