With the addition of “eye health” and “tonsillitis,” NIH’s website for patients, families, and consumers now covers 1,000 topics.
Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus.gov provides reliable, up-to-date health information on conditions, symptoms, diseases, and medications.
Each health topic page provides a description of a condition or issue and directs users to vetted information from NIH and other trusted sources. All content is regularly reviewed and meets strict quality guidelines.
Topics from A to Z
From asthma to Zika, the public can find reliable, quality, free information on health at MedlinePlus.gov.
“We’re the public’s starting point for information on diseases, conditions, medications, and wellness issues,” says Stephanie Dennis, head of the MedlinePlus team. “Our most frequently visited health topic pages tend to be medical conditions that affect many people, such as STDs, high blood pressure, and diabetes.”
The site also covers important public health issues, including bullying, child abuse, divorce, and first aid.
MedlinePlus by the Numbers
The year Medlineplus.gov launched
The number of topics in 1998
The year MedlinePlus en Español went live
Average number of people who access MedlinePlus.gov or MedlinePlus.gov en Español every day
Just how popular is MedlinePlus?
Every 24 hours, one million people turn to MedlinePlus.gov or MedlinePlus.gov en Español.
MedlinePlus includes a medical encyclopedia, health news, surgery videos, a medical dictionary, and much more. A Spanish language version of the site, MedlinePlus en Español, premiered in 2002.
MedlinePlus Connect, a service that links electronic health records, patient portals, and other health IT systems to targeted information from MedlinePlus, began in 2010.
Three words that describe MedlinePlus.gov
Quality, accessible, and free.
The people behind MedlinePlus.gov
“I want people to know that we have a team of medical librarians who care deeply about bringing quality medical information to the world,” said Dennis. “We are here to serve.”
MedlinePlus.gov and the future
“We’re continually evolving to better meet the needs of the public,” said Dennis.
Her team is looking for ways to provide more immediate responses and customized information. They ask, “How can we better serve NIH, HHS, and the world?”