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The following searchable websites are some of the most reliable, up-to-date sources for health information on the Internet. However, surfing the web is NOT a substitute for visiting your doctor. Before you surf, check these guidelines to help you evaluate the quality of web information
- HealthLinkBC gives you access to information on health topics, medication and health services available in your area. You can also dial 811 to speak with a nurse about your symptoms, consult with a pharmacist about your medication questions, or get healthy eating advice from a dietitian. Both the phone line and the website are available 24 hours a day. Special features of the website include:
HealthFiles Public health fact sheets, regularly updated with BC-specific information. Some have been translated into Chinese, Farsi, French, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- Interactive tools: Quizzes and calculators to help manage health such as finding out if you are at risk for a heart attack or how well you handle stress
- Useful forms and checklists, such as questions to ask at your doctor’s appointment or before undergoing a medical test
- HealthiNation Easy-to-find online health videos, organized alphabetically
- MEDLINEplus From the US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health. Special features include:
- Medbroadcast Special features:’Human Atlas videos’ on how diseases, disorders, procedures and medications affect the human body; etalk forums and list of support groups.
- Mayo Clinic Special features: health tools such as self-assessment and quizzes; first aid guide; healthy living including healthy eating; blogs and podcasts
- Psychcentral is a mental health network created and run by professionals that presents information on conditions and disorders; drugs; news and research.
- MedSafe - Consumer Medicine Information Hosted by the government of New Zealand, this site provides information on the regulation of medical devices in New Zeland and the safe use of medicines.
- Wellsphere Consumers can link to websites, articles, a "Wellpedia" and more simply by typing in their health or medical topic. The site features online videos and interactive tools such as "Ask a Health Maven" and connecting to other users.
- We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition
Tools for individuals, families, and communities interested in improving their health, including nutritional guidelines, tips for exercising and getting away from desks and screens (including a printable "screen time log"), and plans for organizing community programs for group support. From the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.