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Welcome to is a free guide to reliable health information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site provides an easy-to-use topic index of carefully reviewed health information from over 1,500 government agencies, nonprofit and professional organizations, and universities. Our Google-powered search uses innovative search technology to increase the number of Web pages we can index, while restricting search results to health information most relevant for consumers. You won't find any 'mystery' Web sites here!

On the Home Page

At the top of each page

  • You'll find our Consumer Health Information Search powered by .
    Just enter what you want to search for and select the "Google" button to start your search.

  • A handy navigation menu linking you to our 4 main areas, plus our Espanol and Kids special sections, About Us, and Contact Us pages.

At the bottom of each page

Finding Your Way Through the Site

  • As you move through the site, the title line on each page will show you where you are and where you've come from--for example, on this page the title line is—

    Home > Help > First Visit?  

    You can select help to return to the main help page or home to go back to the home page. 

  • When you are searching, you might see a title line like this—

Home > Health LibraryPrevention & WellnessB > Back Injury

You can select any linked part of the title line to go back to a previous page quickly.

  • A to Z topic lists are a key part of's navigation, too.  As you browse the main sections of the site, you will see lists like this—

      B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  Z 

    • Choose a letter from the list above to see topics that start with that letter.
    • Then choose a topic to search for information. You may need to scroll to see all the topics.

About the Search Results

  • For an explanation of the search results pages, see search tips.


  • is a guide to reliable health information from government agencies, nonprofit and professional associations, patient organizations, and universities.  It provides links to carefully reviewed Web sites.  When you select a link to a Web resource or organization, you leave the site. logo USA dot Gov: The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal
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