Medical Information Websites

Sponsored by Hospitals or Medical Schools

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC's Child Health Library Provides information about childhood injuries, diseases, developmental issues and treatment options with links to additional related online resources.

Genetic and Rare Conditions Site — Offers parents, health professionals and educators easy access to information on a wide variety of genetic conditions and birth defects; identifies support and advocacy groups. Translation services available for non-English-speaking users. From the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Patient Education Program: Tests and Procedures — Information for parents about a variety of pediatric tests and procedures and home-care instructions; from Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. 

Virtual Children’s Hospital — Produced by the Children’s Hospital of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, this site offers a wide variety of information for parents, general consumers and health care providers; site is practical and easy to navigate.

General Medical Reference Resources

Common Health/Disability Acronyms — Provides brief meanings for more than 100 acronyms related to health conditions and syndromes, as well as developmental disabilities.

Dictionary: For Parents of Children with Disabilities — Dictionary of terms and acronyms related to disabilities and special education; maintained by South Dakota University/Center for Disabilities.

Center for Disability Information and Referral — A library of over 8,000 disability-related books, videos, and kits. Part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University.

The Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary — Spelling and meaning of medical words.

Medical Encyclopedia — MedlinePlus, the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook — Searchable, consumer-oriented version of this standard medical text uses everyday language to present information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.