You want the best up-to-date information for health and wellness issues for you and your family. The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's most extensive medical library, offers a consumer health and wellness website. It's called MedlinePlus. This database provides easy-to-understand information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, any time, on any device, for free.
Use this authoritative health and wellness website to:
Learn about the latest treatments for a variety of medical issues.
Look up information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbs, and supplements.
Watch informative videos, like surgical procedures.
Learn all about medical tests and the reasons your doctor orders them.
Find links to thousands of clinical trials.
Explore genetic conditions, genes, and more.
Use the medical encyclopedia.
Get delicious healthy recipes.
MedlinePlus is updated daily, and the home page showcases important health news. You'll also find a link for subscribing to the My MedlinePlus newsletter. Select Health Topics to find information on disease symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention. You'll also see a section for Older Adults under Health Topics.
MedlinePlus is a non-commercial site. There's no advertising, and MedlinePlus doesn't endorse any company or product. Doctors, medical professionals, librarians, and other experts recommend MedlinePlus for consumer medical information. You're going to want to bookmark MedlinePlus as a go-to health and wellness resource.
The search box is at the top of every MedlinePlus page. Searching MedlinePlus is like using a search engine. One way to get better search results is to put quotation marks around your search phrase. For example, "high blood pressure" retrieves pages containing that exact phrase. Using quotation marks will help you find the most relevant results to your query in less time.
The default display for MedlinePlus searches is a comprehensive list of 'All Results.' You can focus your search on one part of the site by selecting a specific collection of results. These collections are on the left of your search results.
Don't worry if you're unsure of the best term to use in your search. A built-in thesaurus automatically expands your search to include synonyms. The thesaurus contains a list of synonyms. These synonyms come from NLM's MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) and other sources. When you get a match between a search term and a thesaurus term, the thesaurus adds the synonym(s) to your search. For example, if you search for the word swelling, results are also retrieved for edema.
MedlinePlus publishes a quarterly magazine produced by the NLM and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH MedlinePlus Magazine provides updates on the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research and health and wellness information vetted by NIH doctors and experts. You can search for articles on health and wellness topics, access earlier magazine issues, watch educational videos, and more. Receive the latest news from NIH MedlinePlus magazine when you subscribe with your email address.