The Age UK website has a Health and Well Being section. This includes material on Conditions & Illnesses, Finding and using health services, Healthy eating; Keeping fit; Looking after your body; Relationships and family.
Bandolier is a public health website created by the University of Oxford Medical School. Sections include Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Older people’s health. Its ‘Healthy Living’ section includes Bandolier’s 10 tips for healthy living; Risk prediction – chance of cardiovascular mortality; and Changing behaviour – weight control.
The Better Health Channel was established by the Victoria State Government in Australia. There are extensive sections on Healthy Living and also on Conditions (categorized both by medical condition and by parts of the body) and Treatments (including First Aid, Medications, Medical Tests, Medical Procedures and Surgery, as well as complementary and alternative health).
Boots, the UK pharmacist, has partnered with the USA’s WebMD, to provide extensive health information (covering a wide range of medical conditions and a medicines A - Z) as well as health news and features. There are also quizzes and slideshows, covering areas from Back pain myth and facts to Surprising causes of headaches and Self screening for alcohol abuse.
BUPA is probably best known as a provider of health insurance. However, the Health Information section of its website is a useful free resource. It covers topics as diverse as Ageing and Pregnancy, Smoking and Sleep, Healthy mind and muscles, joints and bones. There is also a Health age calculator and a free Fitness iPhone/iPad app
Mayo Clinic - Physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to help you to manage your health, in the Health Information section of their website. Material includes an A - Z guide to Diseases and Conditions, a Symptom checker, and sections on Healthy Living, Drugs and Supplements and Treatments and Procedures.
The Nature magazine is one of the world’s leading scientific journals. The two main sections likely to be of interest are Life Sciences (Genetics, Neuroscience, Cancer etc) and Clinical Practice and Research (Cancer, Gastroenterology, Hepatology etc).
The NHS (UK National Health Service) website is a rich source of health related information, including sections on Child Health, Men’s Health and Women’s Health. There’s a range of information on preventative health, including exercise, diet, weight loss and giving up smoking, as well as useful tools, including a diabetes at risk test. NHS Smoking Helpline 0800 022 4332
The NHS website also has a news section, providing a guide to the medical stories that make the headlines, from genetics and stem cells to lifestyle and exercise, from brain scans to superbugs and mental health to obesity.
NHS Scotland provides ‘fitfortravel’ - travel health information for people travelling from the UK. This includes vaccination, disease and malaria advice for your chosen destination.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - The mission of the US government's NIH is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The range of specialist Institutes and Centres which make up the NIH include the National Institute on Aging and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The UK Food Standards Agency provides food safety information, including hygiene ratings whether eating out or getting food in.
Yahoo LifeStyle provides Health and also Diet and Fitness sections in its Lifestyle section. Its Health Zones include material on 50+ health, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Mental wellbeing and a Health A – Z.
Age Watch Web Links – A note from our Editor
We hope you will find the information on Age Watch helpful, including these web links. However, like any health related website Age Watch should not be treated as a substitute for professional medical advice. Check with your health care provider before acting on information you have read on Age Watch or any other website. If you have an urgent medical problem please call your doctor, or NHS Direct immediately - or in the case of emergencies dial 999.
Published 14/08/2011, Review date March 2014