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This guide provides consumers, patients, families, caregivers, and the general public with links to reliable and freely available health information.


The Bernard Becker Medical Library is happy to provide resources to help you make informed health care decisions. This guide is designed to make it easier for you to find current and reliable health resources. Remember that these links are for informational purposes only. All health questions and concerns are best answered by a health care provider. If you have suggestions for other helpful websites, contact Judy at

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  MedlinePlus directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also contains extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, the latest health news, and surgery videos.

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Are you looking for reliable health information? Try MedlinePlus first! If you don't find the information you need, look at the links below and the tabs at the top of the page for more specific information.

General Health Information

Centers for Disease Control

Part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC works to prevent and control disease, injury, and disability. This searchable site is rich in information and colorfully illustrated. Information is also available in Spanish. 

Find clear and concise information sheets for common medical concerns and conditions written and reviewed by professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Healthfinder links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.  Additional features include a Drug Interaction Checker, Online Checkups, and newsletters in Spanish and English.


Find information about health, behavior, and development from birth through the teen years.  There are articles written specifically for parents, children, and teenagers.

Lab Tests Online

Improve your understanding of the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment. Find answers to common questions and summaries of tests and explanations of results. 

Mayo Clinic

Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists.

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat diseases. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new clinical trial or treatment works and is safe. Healthy volunteers participate in order to help others and to move science forward. Find out how to find a clinical trial if you are interested in participating.

NORD: National Organization for Rare Disorders 

NORD provides reports in patient-friendly language about more than 1,200 rare diseases along with research and support group information.




The links on these pages have been carefully selected by the staff at the Becker Medical Library to assist you in finding quality health information. These links are provided for general informational purposes only. Please do not use these resources as a substitute for consulting with your doctor.

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St. Louis, MO 63110


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