Understanding the different health search engines that are available online is helpful for anyone alive in a human body, but especially helpful if you are doing your own detective work about health issues that you may suspect you are experiencing due to electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).
The first ones that online searchers usually turn to are those provided by the government and, while each country has its own, in the USA the two public health search engines are MedlinePlus and MEDLINE (the data search resource used by PubMed).
Because their names are so similar, MedlinePlus and MEDLINE® are often confused. However, these resources can help you find different kinds of health and medical information.
MedlinePlus and MEDLINE/PubMed are both resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is itself a department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition to MedlinePlus and MEDLINE, its parent – the National Institute of Health — has own official NIH website and its own NIH News In Health newsletter and it is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research.
Although MedlinePLus and MEDLINE are separate resources of health information, they are also interconnected. For example, health topic pages on MedlinePlus contain links to topic-specific searches of PubMed. These searches, which are created by medical librarians, can help you find references and abstracts for the latest articles in the professional biomedical literature. Some studies, however, are not included or removed with no explanation. If you cannot find what you need do not hesitate to contact them for personalized assistance.
MedlinePlus – Federal Healthcare Resource
MedlinePlus.gov – A health information website for patients and the general public. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It can provide info on diagnostic tests, medical procedure or medicine costs, health statistics, genetics, rare diseases, and a Customer Service Help Desk for health questions.
PubMed (Medline) – Medical Journal Articles
PubMed.gov – · PubMed is comprised mainly of MEDLINE, an online, searchable, database of research literature in the biomedical and life sciences. PubMed includes links to many full-text journal articles via PubMed Central. Currently offering citations from worldwide journals in about 40 languages. For further information contact NLM customer service or call toll-free 1-888-346-3656. For the nearest local medical library in your area contact the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) at 1-800-338-7657.
WebMD – Info for Health and Wellbeing
WebMD is an American corporation known primarily as an online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being. It is traded on the stock market, and is financed by advertising (ie advertisers who use the keywords you are searching on), third-party contributions, and sponsors, in particular pharmaceutical sponsors.
Online it publishes content regarding health and health care topics, including a symptom checklist, pharmacy information, drugs information, and blogs of physicians with specific topics, and it also provides a place to store personal medical information. They publish WebMD the Magazine, a patient-directed publication distributed bimonthly to 85% of physician waiting rooms. The WebMD Health Network operates WebMD Health and other health-related sites including: Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicine, eMedicineHealth, RxList, OnHealth, and theheart.org. These sites provide similar services to those of WebMD.
Mayo Clinic’s Public Health Search Engines
Mayo Clinic in the USA, the renowned medical facility, which was a gift of the Mayo brothers in 1919, is a leading example of worldclass hospitals offering various Health Search Engines such as: Symptom Checkers, Tests and Procedures, Drugs and Supplements. Check to see if your favorite hospital makes the list of world’s most highly respected hospitals, Most hospitals are nonprofit organizations, and like Mayo Clinic rely on donations to advance their patient care, innovative research to meet the needs of patients, and medical education to train the health care workforce of tomorrow.
Alternative Health Care Search Engines
If your preference runs more towards alternative medicine, such as natural or self-care therapies, the member/subscriber financed GreenMedInfo.com is dedicated to “providing evidence-based natural medical information”, and offers both member and free subscription versions.
Green Med Info’s Founder, Sayer Ji, is the curator of his website’s Research Dashboard, in which nearly 50,000 research abstracts on over 10,000 health topics can be searched, and as the curator his bias in favor of “natural medical information” research studies is evident. GreenMedInfo’s Research Dashboard is comprised of scientific studies and literature that meet its own stated criteria.
The online Research Dashboard is sold (i.e. it is included in a paid subscriber membership) as a “new workspace for results-driven, evidence-based natural medicine research.” You can pick a therapeutic substance or a disease, for example, and see a list of relevant research articles extracted from PubMed, the search engine of biomedical research papers run by the National Institutes of Health, and you will also find studies that are not included in PubMed.
EMF and EHS Related Research Studies
The BioInitiative Working Group), and releases its BioInitiative Report on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health. This website is hosted by an international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals who document serious scientific concerns about current limits regulating how much EMF is allowable from power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of EMF exposure in daily life.
New Studies are added periodically, and include Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF), Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), Radio/Microwave Frequency Radiation (RFR).
- ELF-EMF and Static Field Free Radical (Oxidative Effects) Abstracts
- RFR Free Radical (Oxidative ) Abstracts
- ELF-EMF Neurological Effects abstracts
- RFR Neurological Effects abstracts