To Your Health
10 Top Health Web Sites
These days, great guidance for staying healthy and trouble-shooting problems when they occur is just a mouse click away.
Sites for staying healthy:
consumermedsafety.org Information on prescription and OTC meds, including alerts on dangerous drugs and similarly named ones that could be mixed up, sponsored by The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit run by pharmacists, nurses and doctors. Type in the pharmaceuticals you take, and the institute will e-mail you information on drug safety, side effects and potential interactions.
healthcentral.com Portal for a number of specialty sites owned by this health information company. Most are disease-specific; a few are more general, such as wellsphere.com, where you sign up to receive daily heath and fitness tips, and receive reminders take your meds.
livingto100.com The founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study created this site, which uses 40 questions about lifestyle, family history and medical care to estimate your lifespan. You can save your results and retake the test after making healthy changes.
mayoclinic.com Easy-to-navigate site from one of the nation’s top medical centers, offers primers on diseases and condition, briefings on drugs and supplements, and guidelines for healthy living.
qualityhealth.com This commercial site doles out info on various conditions, has an interactive symptom checker to evaluate aches and pains, and hosts communities where members can share advice and experiences.
visualdxhealth.com Got a rash? This commercial site posts images to help identify more than 170 skin diseases.
Sites to help you choose medical care:
whynotthebest.org Eavesdrop on this site, created for health professionals by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, to find the top-performing hospitals in America.
hospitalcompare.hhs.gov At this site run by the Department of Health and Human Services, you can check a hospital’s performance in treating various medical conditions and surgical procedures. Ratings include patients’ evaluation of the medical staff (communications skills, promptness etc.) as well as statistical success.
hospitalinfection.org A clearinghouse for information on infection rates at hospitals in the 25 states that have mandatory reporting, the site offers other information gathered by The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, a nonprofit.
castleconnolly.com This medical consulting firm does best-doctor rankings nationwide based on assessments by their peers. Access to their databank of 20,000 docs to find a specialist in your area costs $9.95 for a day, or $24.95 for a year. Which just might be the best money you ever spent.