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Health Conditions

When your health changes, your needs change. Sometimes these changes are welcome, as in the case of starting a family. Other times, you may be facing an acute illness, or trying to manage a chronic condition. New resources and tools to address these issues seem to appear every day, and this trend is likely to continue in the future.

However, patients and family caregivers aren’t just using the Web to find more information from doctors and drug companies. They’re using the Web to find communities of patients and caregivers like themselves. When patients and caregivers find each other, they can share information, advice, and support.

For family caregivers, the sharing features of some of these tools may provide an opportunity to stay aware of a loved one’s health even while away. For example, if your spouse has diabetes and uses a glucose monitor that uploads readings to the Internet, you can keep an eye on how he or she is doing with every measurement.

The list below contains just a fraction of the resources available to help individuals and families deal with common health concerns. The Department of Health and Human Services or the U.S. Government does not endorse any product, service or general policies of any non-Federal entity nor is responsible for the content of any individual organization’s material or web pages found at these links.

Below, learn more about:

General Condition-Specific Resources
General Disease Information Mayo Clinic Information about specific diseases from the Mayo Clinic.
Patient Communities

While you probably put a lot of trust in the advice your doctor gives you, you might also think, "I wonder what other patients who have this same problem have done?" The web is a remarkable resource for people to share information, strategies for problem solving, and emotional support about their health concerns. These sites don't replace doctors, but they can help you exchange information about treatment options and experiences; disabling conditions; care facilities; dealing with complications; current research; and many other topics.

Mayo Clinic Online communities focused on a number of conditions and treatments sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, but open to patients anywhere.
Patients Like Me Online communities covering a wide range of health conditions and treatments.
National Organization for Rare Disease Online Communities Online communities specifically focused on less common health conditions.
Heart Health and Blood Pressure
Personal Monitoring Devices (i.e. devices that measuure something about your pysical conditiona like your blood pressure or heart rate) iHealth Blood Pressure Dock Blood pressure cuff and monitor for iOS devices. Integrates with smart phone and tablet apps.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor Blood pressure cuff and monitor for iOS devices. Integrates with smart phone and tablet apps, and can sync with some third-party personal health web sites.
Heart360 American Heart Association-sponsored site offering several online tracking tools related to heart health.
Thumpr Interactive tool for creating a heart health action plan. Winner of the Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps Challenge.
HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker Blood pressure tracking software for smart phones.
Information Sites HeartHub Heart health information portal from the American Heart Association.
Million Hearts Heart health information portal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Asthma and Respiratory Health
Apps and Online Tools Asthmapolis Innovative applications and sensors to track triggers for asthma attacks.
AsthmaMD Smart phone based asthma management tools.
AsthmaSense Smart phone and Kindle-based asthma management tools.
Information Sites NHLB Institute Lung Disease page Public information page on lung health from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
My Fighting For Health Community Respiratory health information from the American Lung Association.
Diabetes
Personal Monitoring Devices iBGStar Blood glucose monitor that connects with iOS devices and integrates with management software.
Telcare Blood glucose monitor that uses cellular technology to automatically upload data to compatible web sites and apps.
Apps and Online Tools Glucose Buddy Online and smart phone connected diabetes management tools.
dbees Online and smart phone connected diabetes management tools.
Txt4Health Text based tools for diabetes management and health tips sponsored by American Diabetes Association, currently limited to pilot areas.
BantApp Smart phone based add for glucose and diet management. Integrates with HealthVault.
Information Sites American Diabetes Association Diabetes information from the American Diabetes Association.
Smoking Cessation
Apps and Online Tools Freedom From Smoking Online tools for quitting smoking from the American Lung Association
LiveStrong.Org/My Quit Coach Smart phone app offering support for quitting smoking
SmokeFreeTXT (for young adults) Text-based tools for quitting smoking aimed at young adults.
Information Sites CDC Smoking and Health Page Information about smoking and health from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pregnancy and Reproductive Health
Apps and Online Tools iPeriod iOS-based menstration tracker.
BabyBump Pregnancy Smart phone based pregnancy tracker. Connects to online communities.
iPregnancy iOS-based pregnancy tracker.
Text4Baby Text-based service providing reminders and health tips timed to your pregnancy.
Information Sites CDC Reproductive Health page Portal for reproductive health information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cancer
Information Sites LiveStrong Resources and services for the cancer patient community
American Cancer Society Information portal from the American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute Information portal from the U.S. Government-sponsored National Cancer Institute.
Association of Cancer Resources Collection of online communities related to specific types of cancer.
Apps LiveStrong Cancer Guide and Tracker App iPad app designed to help cancer patients easily find information related to their condition as well as store and track information related to their care.
Clinical Trials Ask Dory An interactive web site to help patients and caregivers find clinical trials near them related to a given type of cancer.
My Cancer Genome An interactive web site to help patients and caregivers find clinical trials related to particular genetic variant of a cancer type.
Information About Other Health Conditions
Sexual Health and Family Planning CDC Sexual Health Page Information portal about sexual health from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Planned Parenthood Sexual health and family planning information for women and men.
HIV/AIDS AIDS.gov Portal compiling U.S. government resources related to HIV and AIDS.
CDC HIV/AIDS Page Portal page about HIV and AIDS from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health and Aging AARP Health Page Health information portal from the American Association of Retired Persons.
Health in Aging Health information portal from the American Geriatrics Society Foundation.
CDC Health Aging Page Portal page about aging and health from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alzheimer.gov Portal compiling U.S. government resources related to Alzheimer’s Disease.
See also: Caregiver information  
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Portal compiling U.S. Government resources related to substance abuse and mental health issues.