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AHRQ for Patients & Consumers
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information on diagnoses, treatments, disease prevention and questions to ask your doctor.
CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to prevent and control disease, injury, and disability. Their website offers good general health information.
This site is provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians and has an extensive section on heart disease and stroke covering diseases and conditions, reducing risk, drugs and devices, recovery, and heart problems in kids. The information is provided in concise, easy-to-read overviews.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides this site which has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations.
MedlinePlus Health Information in Other Languages
Provides health education materials in a variety of languages.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
Merck Manual Consumer Version
Provides information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more. All written in everyday language.
Michigan Medicine: Care Guides from Your Clinician
These Care Guides are materials from the Michigan Medicine Patient Education Clearinghouse intended for patients and their families. The Clearinghouse is a resource with videos, websites and handouts created or endorsed by University of Michigan clinicians.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes List of Centers and Offices
The NIH Centers and Offices provide health information related to their topic.
UpToDate Patient Information
Detailed, comprehensive overviews of medical conditions and treatments based on professional literature reviews written by physicians and updated regularly. The overviews include some medical terminology. They are suitable for readers seeking to gain a more in-depth understanding of a topic.
This Information Guide may contain information and/or instructional materials developed by Michigan Medicine for the typical patient with your condition. It may include links to online content that was not created by Michigan Medicine and for which Michigan Medicine does not assume responsibility. It does not replace medical advice from your health care provider because your experience may differ from that of the typical patient. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about this document, your condition or your treatment plan.