Because I get an email with the daily health news headlines from Healthfinder.gov, I must admit I don't visit their main site much. I had forgotten what a great portal to a wide variety of health information is available there. There really are enough features here to provide a good hour of browsing just to familiarize and explore.
If you want to quickly find specific health information, select Healthfinder's Health: A to Z. It's one of many options available on their site. Choose a topic from the comprehensive list and you'll be linked to other reputable government-sponsored, health-related sites. Browse the choices available on this A to Z listing for some compelling options.
This is one of the useful sites that the Healthfinder blog linked me to: Questions Are the Answer. My Florence Nightingale quote (see upper right-hand corner of my blog) is the absolute truth so I certainly advocate for patients who want to know what's going on! The tide is not turning in healthcare yet in spite of the abundance of information that is available to share with patients. Therefore, patients are often still kept in the dark (not on purpose, but because of the "hurry up and wait" attitude that still prevails in patient care, treatment, and education.) I can implore you to get more involved with your healthcare, but please be assured that it's up to YOU to do that in order to help yourself and your loved ones. Knowing what questions you should ask your doctor is a great first step towards being informed and able to make the best decisions. NO ONE will care more about your health needs and those of your loved ones than YOURSELF and those who are closest to you.
Another site that Healthfinder linked me to which pertains to being a more informed patient: Ask Me 3. The National Patient Safety Foundation recommends asking at least three basic questions: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this? There are plenty of other great suggestions for patients and their doctors and nurses on this site.
Healthfinder Prevention Tips: Here you'll find a quick guide to healthy living recommendations.