Alternatives to WebMD

If you've searched for health information on WebMD and want a second opinion, here are some similar websites for you to try.

Mayo Clinic

(www.mayoclinic.org)

Probably one of WebMD's most often-cited competitors, the Mayo Clinic is an actual hospital based in Minnesota, but with other major campuses in Arizona and Florida, and several smaller branches across the United States.  Therefore, it has functions for finding a doctor at a Mayo Clinic outlet, as well as for booking an appointment at one.  It also has a symptom checker function like WebMD does.  Also similar to WebMD, it is funded by advertisements, sponsorships, and grants, but is a not-for-profit company that specializes in medical research and alternative care.

Healthline

(www.healthline.com)

Healthline is another private corporate provider of health information that is funded by advertisements and corporate sponsorships, much like WebMD.  The main thing that stands out about Healthline is that it places an increased focus on interactive content, such as educational videos and animations, as well as a suite of tools for consumers.  These include a symptom checker, doctor directory, body explorer, pill identifier, drug comparer, and more.

Drugs.com

(www.drugs.com)

Despite what you might think from the title, no, this is NOT a website for purchasing drugs, legal or otherwise.  It is an information website that specializes in news and information related to pharmaceutical treatments, including what they treat, potential side effects, dosage guidelines, and more.  It also includes tools like a symptom checker, pill identifier, and a drug interaction checker.  Some of its information is provided by the Mayo Clinic, or by Harvard University.

Medline Plus

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

Medline Plus is a project of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health in the United States.  In addition to having general information on health conditions, symptoms, and pharmaceutical treatments, it also has some neat interactive content.  This includes videos on how certain medical tests and procedures are performed; tutorials on how to understand, check, and treat various health conditions; and games, quizzes, and other resources on how to read, understand, and evaluate health information.  They even have a series of videos dedicated to older adults like you!

Everyday Health

(www.everydayhealth.com)

Everyday Health is a health website that brings together health information and advice from trusted sources, including celebrity endorsements from the likes of music mogul and diabetes patient Randy Jackson, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels. In addition to having general information on common medical conditions, pharmaceutical treatments, as well as general healthy living and eating advice, Everyday Health has a series of health-related tools.  These include a symptom checker, drug finder, calorie counter, meal planner, and an index of healthy yet yummy recipes.  As you can maybe tell, this website has a slight focus on health related to food and nutrition.

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