Health Information from the Government

Learn more about the best ways to find health information from the government.

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Find Answers to Your Medical Questions

The MedlinePlus search tool is from the National Library of Medicine. Find easy-to-understand information you can trust about diseases and medical conditions, drugs and supplements, and medical research and clinical trials. You’ll also find helpful videos and medical illustrations. MedlinePlus is ad-free and does not endorse any products.

How to Use the Search Tool: Type a word or phrase into the search box, and then click the search MedlinePlus button or press the enter button on your keyboard.

Note: The search results are for general informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are having a medical emergency, CALL 911.

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Health Resources and Information

There is a wealth of government resources and websites for health information, whether you’re researching a particular illness or condition, need to find insurance options, or want tips on healthy eating. Find trusted health information at some of the following top government websites:

Specific conditions:

  • Alzheimers.gov - Learn about symptoms, treatment options, building a financial and legal plan and ways to help caregivers. English and Spanish. For General public and People taking care of someone with Alzheimer's. 
  • Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center - Find out about rare medical conditions, new treatments, and drugs. English and Spanish. For General public, Health care providers, researchers, social workers, and teachers and Community leaders and advocacy groups.
  • Indian Health Service - Get information about the programs included in the Indian Health Service Health Care system, health topics, and health insurance. English. For American Indians and Alaska Natives, General public, Health care providers and Communities. 
  • MentalHealth.gov - Learn about on mental illness, including where to find help, and research. English and Spanish. For General public, Health care providers and Emergency preparedness professionals. 
  • Local communities Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association - Get substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research.  English and Spanish. For General public, Health care providers and Local communities. 
  • Smokefree.gov - Find information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking. English and Spanish. For General Public, Health care providers and Organization.  
  • Vaccines.gov - Learn about vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. English and Spanish. For General public, Health care providers and Organizations. 

Seniors: 

  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov - Find a wide variety of aging-related health topics and articles created especially for seniors. English. For Older adults.  
  • National Institute on Aging - Get research-based information on aging and senior health and wellbeing. English and Spanish. For Older adults. 

General Health Information: 

  • CDC.gov  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) - Learn about public health prevention and control services and guidelines, as well as access the A-Z Index of Diseases and Conditions. English and Spanish. For General public. 
  • HealthFinder.gov - Get information about health services, disease prevention, and health topics and news.English and Spanish. For General public. 
  • Health.gov - Find government guidelines for diet and physical activity, and learn about iniatives to improve health literacy and health care quality and safety. English. For Health care providers, researchers and policymakers. 
  • MedlinePlus - Powered by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this site provides descriptions of and current consumer information on hundreds of medical terms and conditions, drugs, herbs, and supplements. Find helpful videos and health check tools. English and Spanish.  For General Public. 
  • WomensHealth.gov - Read online publications  and find information on health topics specifically geared to women. English and Spanish. For General public and Health care providers. 

Health Insurance: 

  • HealthCare.gov - Find health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace. English and Spanish. For General public and Small Business. 
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Learn about health care options with Medicare,  Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). English and Spanish. For General public and People eligible for Medicare, Medicaid/CHIP.

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Zika Virus - What You Need to Know

Find trusted information about Zika virus disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Topics include: 

  • Prevention
  • Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Zika virus disease
  • Pregnant women- Q&A
  • Travel alerts
  • Countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission

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Resources for People with Disabilities

The following organizations provide services and information to people with disabilities:

  • The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the President and Congress to improve the quality of life for Americans with disabilities and their families. The NCD works to empower individuals with disabilities and to promote equal opportunity
  • The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) provides legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities in the U.S.
  • The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) provides training and information to parents of disabled children and to people who work with them. 
  • The U.S. Department of Education has a list of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies that coordinates and provides counseling, evaluation, and job placement services for people with disabilities.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity offers resources and answers questions about the housing rights of people with disabilities, and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals according to the federal law.
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) administers a free loan service of recorded and Braille books and magazines, music scores in Braille and large print, plus specially designed playback equipment. Service is also extended to eligible American citizens residing abroad. While NLS administers the program, direct service is provided through a national network of cooperating libraries.
  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a resource center that works to help people with disabilities get healthier by participating more in all types of physical and social activities. NCHPAD also trains service providers to make their programs more inclusive. 
  • Special Olympics is a global organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion among people with and without intellectual disabilities through year-round sports, health, education and community building held around the world.
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Telecommunications Relay Services

Telecommunications relay services for people with hearing or speaking disabilities link telephone conversations between individuals who use standard voice telephones and those who use the text telephones (TTYs). Calls can be made from either type of telephone to the other type through the relay service. 

Local Relay Services

States provide relay services for local and long distance calls. Consult your local telephone directory or list from the FCC for information on the use, fees (if any), services, and dialing instructions for your area. 

Federal Relay Service

The Federal Relay Service (FRS) is a program of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). It provides access to TTY users to conduct official business nationwide with and within the federal government. The toll-free number is 1-800-377-8642. For more information on relay communications or to obtain a brochure on using the FRS, please call toll-free 1-800-877-0996.

Other Telephone Services

It you use a TTY, you can receive operator and directory assistance for calls by calling toll-free 1-800-855-1155. Check the introductory pages of your local telephone directory for additional TTY services. 

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Health Resources for Native Americans

The federal resources below can help you find health insurance options, look up an illness or condition, locate an Indian health care facility, and learn about other health issues and services related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Health Care Benefits and Services

Health Issues

Health Issues for Specific Populations

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Last Updated: December 19, 2016

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