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University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is a teaching hospital with 757 beds based in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides the full range of health care to people throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. It gets more than 35,000 inpatient admissions and 165,000 outpatient visits each year. UMMC has approximately 6,500 employees as well as 1,000 attending physicians, and provides training for about half of Maryland’s physicians and other health care professionals. All members of the medical staff are on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The University of Maryland Medical Center was named one of the nation’s best acute-care hospitals in patient safety and quality of care in 2006 and 2007 by the Leapfrog group. It is part of the University of Maryland Medical System, a private, not-for-profit health system that includes nine acute care, specialty and rehabilitation hospitals as well as outpatient facilities throughout Maryland.

Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic is a multispecialty academic hospital located in Cleveland, Ohio that is owned and operated by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, an Ohio nonprofit corporation established in 1921. In addition to their flagship hospital in Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic also operates affiliated facilities in Florida, Nevada, Canada, and United Arab Emirates.

John Hopkins Medical

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), located in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins has consistently been among the nation’s top medical schools in the number of research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Its major teaching hospital, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was ranked the best hospital in the United States for 22 years by U.S. News & World Report.

UK National Health Service (NHS)

Each of the four countries of the United Kingdom has a publicly funded health care system referred to as the National Health Service (NHS). The terms “National Health Service” or “NHS” are also used to refer to the four systems collectively. All of the services were founded in 1948, based on legislation passed in 1946, 1947 and 1948, implementing the Beveridge Report recommendation to create “comprehensive health and rehabilitation services for prevention and cure of disease”.

Southern Cross Healthcare Group (New Zealand)

Southern Cross Healthcare Group, a collection of independent, health-oriented businesses in New Zealand, operates on not-for-profit principles and is New Zealand’s largest non-public healthcare organization. The Group’s main areas of business include health insurance, private hospitals, travel insurance and pet insurance.


Healthy Children is an online magazine published quarterly by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The magazine was started in August 2012. Target audience is parents. It publishes topics related to children’s health, guidelines on immunization, common illnesses in childhood, issues on behavior and development of children, and recommendations regarding children’s fitness and nutrition. The magazine is published in English and Spanish languages.

Merck Manuals

The Merck Manuals are medical reference books published by the American pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. (known as MSD outside the United States), that cover a wide range of medical topics, including disorders, tests, diagnoses, and drugs. The manuals have been published since 1899, when Merck & Co. was still a subsidiary of the German company Merck.

These manuals were originally developed in book form, and have been updated and converted to online multimedia formats that also include audio, 3D models, and animations.

Stanford Health Library

The Stanford Health Library provides scientifically-based medical information to help people make informed decisions about their health and health care. All of our services are free, and they are sponsored by Stanford Hospital & Clinics.


iTriage is an easy-to-use website that allows users to locate vital medical information and local medical services.


MedlinePlus is an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine. The service provides curated consumer health information in English and Spanish. The site brings together information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other U.S. government agencies, and health-related organizations. There is also a site optimized for display on mobile devices, in both English and Spanish. In 2015, about 400 million people from around the world used MedlinePlus. The service is funded by the NLM and is free to users.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, a few miles northeast of the Atlanta city limits.

Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens. In addition, the CDC researches and provides information on non-infectious diseases such as obesity and diabetes and is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

Home Remedies For You

The site Home Remedies For You has a comprehensive list of medical remedies you can perform at home.

First Aid

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St. John Ambulance

St John Ambulance is a trade name used by a number of affiliated organizations in different countries, counties, states or provinces dedicated to the teaching and practice of medical first aid and the provision of ambulance and community volunteer services, all of which derive their origins from the St John Ambulance Association founded in 1877 in the United Kingdom.

Mayo Clinic First Aid

The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota. It employs more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 57,100 allied health staff. The practice specializes in treating difficult cases through tertiary care.


MedlinePlus is an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine. The service provides curated consumer health information in English and Spanish. The site brings together information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other U.S. government agencies, and health-related organizations. There is also a site optimized for display on mobile devices, in both English and Spanish. In 2015, about 400 million people from around the world used MedlinePlus. The service is funded by the NLM and is free to users.

Medical Research

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PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database as part of the Entrez system of information retrieval.

From 1971 to 1997, MEDLINE online access to the MEDLARS Online computerized database had been primarily through institutional facilities, such as university libraries. PubMed, first released in January 1996, ushered in the era of private, free, home- and office-based MEDLINE searching. The PubMed system was offered free to the public in June 1997, when MEDLINE searches via the Web were demonstrated, in a ceremony, by Vice President Al Gore.

The Encyclopedia of Surgery

The Encyclopedia of Surgery has been written by various experts in the field of surgery and has been written specifically for healthcare students and patients. The Encyclopedia covers 450 surgical procedures and topics such as laser surgery, hysterectomy, endoscopy, cryosurgery, anesthetics, biopsy, angioplasty, medications and postoperative care, and many related subjects. Each entry in the Encyclopedia of Surgery consists of a standardized format which includes the definition, purpose, diagnosis, aftercare, risks, mortality rates, and alternatives.

Harvard Health Online

Harvard Health Online a subscription website created by the Harvard Medical School. The school has a large and distinguished faculty to support its missions of education, research, and clinical care. These faculty hold appointments in the basic science departments on the HMS Quadrangle, and in the clinical departments located in multiple Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions in Boston. There are approximately 2,900 full- and part-time voting faculty members consisting of assistant, associate, and full professors, and over 5,000 full or part-time, non-voting instructors.


UpToDate is marketed as an evidence-based clinical resource. It includes a collection of medical and patient information, access to Lexi-comp drug monographs and drug-to-drug, drug-to-herb and herb-to-herb interactions information, and a number of medical calculators. UpToDate claims to have been written by over 5,700 physician authors, editors and peer reviewers. It is available both via the Internet and offline on personal computers or mobile devices. It requires a subscription for full access. The cost is $53/day or $500/month.

The company was launched in 1992 by Dr. Burton D. Rose along with Dr. Joseph Rush out of Rose’s home. They started with nephrology and have since added over twenty other specialties, with more in development.

UpToDate’s articles are anonymously peer reviewed and it mandates the disclosure of conflicts of interest by the authors of its articles. In 2014 an article was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics which scrutinised six articles on UpToDate and DynaMed focusing on conditions where the best means of management is contested, or which are treated mostly by branded drugs. The authors found that all six articles examined from UpToDate contained numerous potential conflicts of interest, with contributors having worked as consultants for or received research grants or speaking fees from manufacturers of drugs mentioned in the relevant UpToDate entry.


Medscape is a web resource for physicians and health professionals. It features peer-reviewed original medical journal articles, CME (Continuing Medical Education), a customized version of the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database, daily medical news, major conference coverage, and drug information—including a drug database (Medscape Drug Reference, or MDR) and drug interaction checker. All content in Medscape is available free of charge for professionals and consumers alike, but registration is required.

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a biomedical research facility primarily located in Bethesda, Maryland. An agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, it is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is the professional body for general practitioners (GPs) in Australia. The RACGP is responsible for maintaining standards for quality clinical practice, education and training, and research in Australian general practice. The RACGP has the largest membership of any medical college in Australia, representing both urban and rural GPs


Healthline Media is a privately owned provider of health information headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2006 and established as a standalone entity in January 2016, Healthline Media’s digital properties help people better understand and live with medical conditions.

Skin Deep Cosmetic Database

The core of Skin Deep is an electronic product database that contains ingredients in 63,055 products. The Environmental Working Group obtained detailed information on these products from online retailers, manufacturers, product packaging, and, to a lesser extent, through other methods described below. In most cases the information we obtain includes a brand name, product name, directions for use, warnings, ingredients, package/advertising text, and indications (cosmeceuticals).

In order for Skin Deep users to easily find the most current products on the market, EWG will mark any products that have been in the database for longer than 3 years as “old formulation.” Products that have not been verified in the last 6 years will be removed from the database. This will ensure that the most up-to-date products show up first on when consumers search the database.


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DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term.

DuckDuckGo emphasizes getting information from the best sources rather than the most sources, generating its search results from key crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia and from partnerships with other search engines like Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing, and Yummly. Read more at Wikipedia.

  • Triggers

    Add, “news” to your searches to generate instant-answer news results. For example, LeBron James news

  • Go Directly To Other Sites

    Use \ to go to directly to the first search result. For example, \futurama

  • !Bangs

    Use ! to search other sites’ search engines directly. We call these bangs. For example, !a blink182 searches for blink182. There are literally thousands of sites covered.

  • Group Search Terms

    If you want to include one term or another, use the uppercase keyword OR in between terms. OR will only operate on adjacent words. Foo bar OR baz is equivalent to Foo ((bar)OR(baz)).Use double quotes to include an entire phrase inside a syntax block. “foo bar” OR baz is equivalent to ((foo bar)OR(baz)).


Google Search, commonly referred to as Google Web Search or simply Google, is a web search engine developed by Google. It is the most-used search engine on the World Wide Web, handling more than three billion searches each day. As of February 2016 it is the most used search engine in the US with 64.0% market share.

Google Maps

Google Maps is a desktop web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.


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Bing is a web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. The service has its origins in Microsoft’s previous search engines: MSN Search, Windows Live Search and later Live Search. Bing provides a variety of search services, including web, video, image and map search products.


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Reddit is a social media, social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Reddit’s registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the front page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. The subreddit topics include news, science, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing, among many others.


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Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that allows its users to edit almost any article. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet[and is ranked among the ten most popular websites. Wikipedia is owned by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation.