Healthcare Information

Medical and Consumer Health

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This website has a lot of resources on it for a variety of medical needs. You can find a doctor, make a complaint to the medical board, find information out about a diagnosis, many other important information.

Health Finder

This site offers a free gateway to consumer health and human services information from the US Department of Health and Human Services in Spanish and English. Helathfinder links to carefully selected information and web sites 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, landscaping , pesticides, cleaning supplies, pet care products, materials relating to arts and crafts, personal care and home maintenance.

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals' (DIA) Health Facilities Division (HFD)

This site 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 web site will find a variety of useful information to assist them in the selection of a long-term health care provider.

Kids Health

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 web site from the Mayo Clinic contains an extensive database on diseases and conditions, a healthy living center, healty 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 at the Nation Institutes of Health in English and Spanish. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive inflormation about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Merck Manual

Based on the Merck Manual, this Merck & Co. 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.


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 that 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The database contains dating back to the mid-1960's. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.

U of I Consumer Health

THis site contains consumer health resources form the Hardin Health Sciences Library at the University of Iowa. There are Iowa cancer resources, medical tests and procedures, drug information, and links to other consumer health web sites.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.