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Fact Sheet

What is MedlinePlus?
MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer health information. The site offers authoritative, up-to-date health information, without advertisements, and is available anytime, anywhere for free. A Spanish-language version, MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/esp), is also available.

What information is in MedlinePlus?

How are links selected for MedlinePlus?
MedlinePlus is not an exhaustive list of every health web resource. It is a selective list of authoritative health information sources from NIH and other government and professional organizations in the U.S. A link to the guidelines appears on every page.

MedlinePlus facts
Released October 22, 1998
Includes over 750 health topics
Over 130 million people from around the globe use the site every year.
The Web site is updated nightly (date on page indicates date of most recent change)

For more statistics, see the MedlinePlus Statistics FAQ (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/faq/stats.html)

Need more information?
NLM's toll-free number is 1-888-FINDNLM (1-888-346-3656)
NLM's e-mail address is custserv@nlm.nih.gov

A complete list of NLM Fact Sheets is available at:
(alphabetical list) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/factsheets.html
(subject list): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/factsubj.html

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Last reviewed: 21 January 2009
Last updated: 21 January 2009
First published: 22 October 2001
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