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Question: What is MedlinePlus?


  • The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist you in locating authoritative health information.

  • MedlinePlus pages contain carefully selected links to Web resources with health information on over 900 topics. MedlinePlus follows a list of guidelines for the inclusion of Web sites.
    • The MedlinePlus health topic pages include links to current news on the topic and related information. You can also find preformulated searches of the MEDLINE/PubMed database, which allow you to find references to latest health professional articles on your topic.

  • The A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia brings health consumers an extensive library of medical images and videos, as well as over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries.

  • The Merriam-Webster medical dictionary allows you to look up definitions and spellings of medical words.

  • Drug and supplement information is available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) via AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version.
    • AHFS® Consumer Medication Information provides extensive information about more than 1,000 brand name and generic prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including side effects, precautions and storage for each drug.
    • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version is an evidence-based collection of information on alternative treatments. MedlinePlus has 100 monographs on herbs and supplements.

  • Interactive tutorials from the Patient Education Institute explain over 165 procedures and conditions in easy-to-read language.

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