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MedlinePlus' Interactive Health Tutorials

MedlinePlus offers Interactive Health Tutorials in English and Spanish on over 165 health topics, such as Diabetes and How to Prevent Heart Disease. These Interactive Tutorials provide easy-to-understand information through animation with audio and subtitles, making the tutorials ideal for patients with lower literacy levels. Patients are prompted with review questions throughout the tutorials to reinforce learning.

To view a complete listing of the Interactive Health Tutorials by their category, i.e., Diseases and Conditions, Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, Surgery and Treatment Procedures, and Prevention and Wellness go to www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorial.html.

Health Literacy and MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date information on over 700 health topics. The health information in MedlinePlus ranges in specificity and complexity from easy-to-understand introductions, such as Interactive Health Tutorials (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorial.html) or designated "Easy to Read" pages (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/easytoread/all_easytoread.html), to detailed, advanced information, such as pre-formulated PubMed/MEDLINE searches for each health topic. MedlinePlus provides accurate information to meet a wide variety of patient needs.

Today's Health News in MedlinePlus

Let MedlinePlus be your source for the latest in health news. Every day the MedlinePlus team at NLM analyzes current news stories addressing health topics and adds them to MedlinePlus based on their content. The news feature provides patients with an opportunity to learn about the latest in prevention and treatment, and provides physicians with an easy way to keep up with what their patients are reading. Today's health news is listed on the MedlinePlus home page and the latest news about specific health topics is available on the corresponding health topics pages.

MedlinePlus - a new Preventative Health Care Tool

In addition to the many health topic pages on conditions and diseases, MedlinePlus offers health topic pages on preventative health care topics. A few examples of the many preventative health care topics available are, Healthy Living, Heart Diseases - Prevention, Nutrition, and Exercise and Physical Fitness. Achieving and maintaining health is an important part of health care and quality of life, so visit MedlinePlus to find preventative health care topics useful for your patients.

MedlinePlus has Drug, Herbs and Supplements Information for Patients

MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date information on thousands of prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbs, and supplements through three drug resources:

  • MedMaster®, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and
  • USP DI® Advice for the Patient®, a product of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Your patients can learn more about the drugs they are taking through MedlinePlus.
  • Natural Standard©, is an evidence-based, peer reviewed collection of information on alternative treatments. It contains information on over 100 herbs and supplements.

MedlinePlus' Medical Encyclopedia is a great tool for Patient Education

The A.D.A.M. Health Illustrated Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations. The medical encyclopedia is an excellent tool to help patients understand a health condition and an excellent way for physicians to begin patient education. The articles are succinct and printable, to quickly enable you to access and print for your patients during their visit. To see the articles available on the MedlinePlus encyclopedia, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html.

Low Vision and Senior Health Information

MedlinePlus offers health information in formats featuring large fonts, easy-to-read language, and audio, through the Interactive Health Tutorials and NIHSeniorHealth.gov. These pages allow patients with low vision to use MedlinePlus for health information. To learn more about the health information available for low vision users, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lowvision.html.