Harvard Heart Letter

Searching for health information

Searching for health information is one of the top things people do on the World Wide Web. Some want more information than they can get from their doctor or nurse. Others want to investigate a symptom, find a new doctor, or track down a new treatment. If you are new to this, the vast amount of information on the Web can be like drinking from a fire hose.

The Consumer Health Information portal assembled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine is an excellent starting point for a search. You can also see what your doctor is reading, or do a more in-depth search on a condition, using the library's PubMed engine. It looks through millions of articles published in medical journals. Other good resources include:

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  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
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