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General Sites for Health & Disease

CDC-Disease Links
This site, part of the Centre for Disease Control website, contains a list of diseases, injuries and disabilities listed in alphabetical order, which makes what your looking for very easy.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists.The Institute is one of the world's largest philanthropies, with labs across the US and grants programs throughout the world.
NIH: Science Education
This website is run by the National Institute of Health, and contains links to many health related educational resources, NIH news, careers and more.
NIH: Curriculum Supplements Grades 9-12
The NIH Curriculum Supplement Series are interactive teaching units from the National Institutes of Heal th.Each supplement is a teacher’s guide to two weeks’ of lessons on science and human health.
(NZ) Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Science
Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Science: This site provides contact details for the university departments and research groups. Health and study information is available at each of the further department links.
(NZ) Ministry of Health
The New Zealand Ministry of Health website links to a wide variety of health related organisations.
(NZ) University of Auckland: Contacts
Contact listing for various enquiries to the University of Auckland.
WHO/OMS: Health Topics
Find out more about diseases from the World Health Organisation website which has an extensive list of infectious and non infectious diseases, plus more.

Infectious Diseases

Disinfectants 'train' superbugs to resist antibiotics
Disinfectants could effectively train bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, research suggests.
BBC NEWS | UN Warns over swine flu in birds
The discovery of swine flu in birds in Chile raises concerns about the spread of the virus, the UN warns.
CDC - Avian Influenza
This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides links to further information and several articles under the topic headings of Overviews and Updates, Travel, and Professional Guidance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Covers a wide range of infectious and non-infectious disease occurrences and prevention.
A fact sheet on cholera, part of the WHO site, which contains much more information on communicable disease.
CJD Information
This site gives information and statistics from the National CJD surveillance unit in Edinburgh.
Communicable Disease Australia
The Australian government section which maintains this site manages and liaises with other communicable disease monitoring programs, providing advice and fostering collaboration on national strategies. Data on various programs is published on this website fortnightly.
Tracking the Ebola Outbreak
How the Ebola outbreak began with one boy's death. Tacking the spread of Ebola.
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Emerging Infectious Diseases is a journal published by the CDC to provide information in 3 broad areas: factors that underlie disease emergence, summaries of specific diseases or syndromes, and brief lab or epidemiological reports.
Health Map: Global Disease Alert Map
An interactive map that makes notes of areas around the globe with a disease problem or concern.
Infectious Diseases
A comprehensive listing of infectious diseases, including vector-borne and non-vector borne.
Insect Vectors of Human Pathogens
An excellent site which brings together much information about the role of insects in the spread of diseases and pathogens into the human system, A great store of links and further related articles, it is categorised by insect type.
HIV Insite: Gateway to AIDS Knowledge
From this site learn about medical information and latest research findings, prevention and education, and social issues relating to AIDS. Also read about the latest statistics and trends in HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as links to other related sites.
Koch's Postulates
Robert Koch identified microorganisms as agents of disease. Wikipedia shows this brief summary of Koch's postulates.
(NZ) MOH FAQs: Meningococcal Disease
Part of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, This page lists some of the common questions about the disease, and provides links to the answers.
NIH: Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease
Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases—developed with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)—is a creative, inquiry-based instruction program, designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics
Prion Diseases
Concise summary of the relevant features of prion diseases: the types of diseases, mode of infection, and evidence of a protein as the infective agent. Also applies to noninfectious disease.
Public Health Laboratory Service
Provides factsheets on various infectious diseases. General information as well as data of notified incidences of infectious diseases for England and Wales.


SARS: from WHO information on  Severe Acute respiratory Syndrome
The Body: A Multimedia AIDS and HIV Resource
Find out about HIV and AIDS, what AIDS is, symptoms, causes, treatments, plus the demography of the disease.
The Irish National Virus Reference Laboratory
This site provides links to other sites concerned with: virology, infectious disease, and epidemiology.
The Malaria Genome
In this sub-site Nature publishes the complete genome sequence of Plasmodium falciparum, the main cause of human malaria.
The Science of HIV
Examines the HIV retrovirus: its structure, life cycle, course of infection, the role of cytokines in fighting infections, treatments and vaccines against HIV, and the origins of the disease.
Traveler's Health - Diseases
Part of CDC website, this section lists diseases which are of particular concern to travelers. Learn more about these diseases which include cholera, Giardiasis, malaria, tuberculosis, plus more.
This site, a joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, gives details on world AIDS campaign, publications and the latest HIV/AIDS statistics are available for download.
Warts Information Center
Warts are caused by a viral infection known as human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. As it stands now, there are over 120 types of HPV circulating in the human population today.
WHO: Avian influenza
WHO site on Avian influenza, which WHO is monitoring in collaboration with Member States. This page contains links to the latest information and news concerning this particular communicable disease.

Non-Infectious Diseases

Sickle Cell Disease
Straight forward animation showing cause and effect of sickle cell disease.
BBC NEWS: Neonatal Diabetes - They have given me my life back
Diagnosed with neonatal diabetes at age 10 weeks, now at aged 32, doctors have discovered a revolutionary treatment, which means the patient is no longer reliant on the insulin injections that have dominated his life.
BBC NEWS: New malaria 'poses human threat'
It had been thought the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi infected only monkeys. But it has recently been found to be widespread in humans in Malaysia. The latest study shows that P. knowlesi can easily be confused with P. malariae under the microscope. Professor Singh said: "The increase in tourism in South East Asia may mean that more cases are detected in the future, including in Western countries."
Chemicals and Human Health
This site at The Biology Project, allows the browser to learn about a topic of interest using a question and answer format. The associated tutorials and very informative, and provides additional activities and links to related sites.
Frequently Asked Questions about Diabetes
Part of the CDC web site, this web page provides information on what diabetes is, the symptoms, causes, and treatments.
MS Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Provides a good explanation of what multiple sclerosis is, who gets it, and what treatments are available.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
The SAD Association is a voluntary organisation and registered charity which informs the public and health professions about SAD and supports and advises sufferers of the illness.
Smoking and Your Digestive System
NIDDK have put together a fact sheet on the harmful effects of smoking on the digestive system.
The American Diabetes Association
Provides diabetes information, research initiatives and links to other diabetes sites.
Your Genes, Your Health
This site provides excellent information on a multitude of genetic disorders, ranging from Cystic Fibrosis to Polycystic Kidney Disease. requires Flash player.

Cancer Related Topics

Mesothelioma Resource Online
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos and has long been considered a mystery and incurable. However, over the past two decades, physicians, scientists and researchers have begun to unravel this mystery and help people diagnose mesothelioma in its earlier stages, while providing more extensive forms of treatment, vast resources, and general information to make coping and survival more about optimism rather than uncertainty.
Mesothelioma Guide
Mesothelioma Guide is a great resource for anyone seeking information about mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly disease that is usually causes by exposure to asbestos fibers. We provide access to top treatment centers, doctors, support for family members, as well as information about mesothelioma itself.
BBC News: Scientists crack 'entire genetic code' of cancer
Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers - skin and lung - a move they say could revolutionise cancer care.
American Cancer Society
Provides a good account of the various types of cancer (click on cancer Information).
BBC NEWS | Virus linked to prostate tumours
A retrovirus that is known to cause cancer in animals has been found for the first time in human prostate cancer cells. This is the first report to link XMRV (Xenotropic murine leukaemia virus-related virus) to human cancers.
Cancer Group Institute - Information Center
Provides background information on all major types of cancer.
Cancer News on the Net®
Provides a long list of links devoted to various kinds of cancer. For each section, there is background information on the cancer, diagnosis and possible treatments.
Cancer Research UK
A great source of current cancer information and statistics for the UK.
NCI's CancerNet
This site from the National Institute of Cancer (NCI) provides a wide range of information on cancer including: treatment, detection, prevention, genetics information, clinical trials information, and general information on cancer.
NIH: Cell Biology and Cancer
Cell Biology and Cancer—developed with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)—is a creative, inquiry-based instruction program, designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics
A comprehensive site including information on research and clinical trials, cancer causes, screening, prevention, and frequently asked questions about cancer.
Australian Prostate Cancer Website
This resource is a good place to turn to for information about prostate cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and support.

Cardiovascular related topics

American Heart Association
A directory site that directs the user to a variety of web sites investigating various aspects of heart physiology including heart diseases and disorders.
Heart Diseases
Part of the 'Health Square' website, this article gives excellent broad coverage of Heart Disease. Consisting of several pages and titled with headings such as 'What can go wrong' and 'How to stave off Disease', it provides an excellent introduction to the topic.
NOVA Online: Cut to the Heart
This site looks at how the heart works, how blood flows through the heart, has a photo gallery of diseased hearts, and learn about the pioneers of heart surgery.

Prevention and Treatment

BBC News: Rinderpest virus has been wiped out, scientists say
Scientists working for the UN say that they have eradicated a virus which can be deadly to cattle.
BBC News: Sub-Sahara Africa leads global decline in new HIV cases
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said.
BBC News | Trial drugs 'reverse' Alzheimer's
US scientists say they have successfully reversed the effects of Alzheimer's with experimental drugs.
BBC News | Birth control to combat malaria
The idea is to produce large numbers of male mosquitoes that are sexually sterile. "Those males will be released into the wild and find virgin female mosquitoes and they will mate with them." A female usually only mates once in her life so if her partner has been sterilized none of the hundreds of eggs she lays will hatch.
BBC News | Antibiotic resistance clue found
US scientists have uncovered a defence mechanism in bacteria that allows them to fend off the threat of antibiotics. It is hoped the findings could help researchers boost the effectiveness of existing treatments.
BBC News | Key gene 'controls disease fight'
Ken Campbell, of the charity Leukaemia Research, said: "This study helps shed more light on the behaviour of NK cells, which is vital because if we understand how these cells function we can hope to exploit this knowledge to improve treatments for cancer patients."
Antibiotic resistance
Overuse antibiotics and bacteria can become resistant to them. But could use of household disinfectants cause the same problem? That's what a New Jersey high school student suspects.
Antimicrobial Agents
Hotlinked from the Bacteriology Homepage, this site examines the nature of antimicrobial agents: how they work and what they can and can not be used for.
Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration in the USA monitors food quality, ensures that medicines and medical devices are safe and effective, and that radiation emitting products are safe.
How severe is antibiotic resistance?
This article looks at today's society of usage of antibiotics and the evolution of antibiotic resistance. Includes a case study on antibiotic resistance in tuberculosis.
Immune Defense against Microbial Pathogens
Part of Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology, this article provides a significant amount of information on Inducible defenses, Antibody-mediated Immunity and Cell-mediated Immunity.
Monoclonal Antibodies
An introduction to monoclonal antibodies, the procedure, the uses and problems associated with monoclonal therapy.
Monoclonal Antibody Technology
Part of the Access Excellence site, this page gives a brief introduction to what monoclonal antibody technology is, and how this technology can be used in the prevention of diseases.
Resistance to Antibiotics
Hotlinked from the excellent Bacteriology Homepage, this site examines the nature and extent of bacteria resistance to antibiotics, including a history of antibiotic use.

Human Health Issues

Ask the Dietitian
An excellent site dealing with many aspects of nutrition, including vitamins, minerals, healthy body weight, diabetes and more.
British Nutrition Foundation
Go to Food and Nutrition information from the homepage, and explore topics such as diet and health, energy and nutrition requirements, foods and food science technology.
Eating Disorders
A site looking at many aspects of eating disorders including definitions and symptoms.
Food Additives Guide
Extensively lists the various forms of food additives and what they are used for. Includes preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, plus more.
Food Safety and Nutrition Information
A comprehensive site covering many aspects of food biotechnology, including: What is Food Biotechnology, Nutrition and Health , Food Allergens, Food Safety and Nutrition.
Food Safety Information Council (Australia)
This website displays the goals,data and events relevant to the prevention and awareness of food poisoning in Australia. Containing such topics as: Fact sheets, Media Releases and Educational material.
Food Science Central
A gateway to information relating to the world of food science, food technology and food related human nutrition.
Plant and Food Researh
Crop and Food Research provides research, technologies and services to support the development of products in the following areas - Arable Foods, Vegetable Foods, Seafood, Ornamentals, Animal Feed, Plant Products and Forestry.
National Eating Disorder Association
Provides general information on eating disorders. Lists danger signs associated with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge eating. May take a while to load.
NIH: Sleep Disorders
The National Institute on Chemical Dependency (NCID) provides information on alcoholism, drug addiction/addictions and addresses in depth many related issues, including self help, interventions, prevention, teen problems and many more.
NIH: Study of Addiction
The National Institute on Chemical Dependency (NCID) provides information on alcoholism, drug addiction/addictions and addresses in depth many related issues, including self help, interventions, prevention, teen problems and many more.
National Institute on Chemical Dependency
Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms—developed with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)—is a creative, inquiry-based instruction program designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics.
Choose my Plate
The USDA's giuide to selecting a balanced diet. Includes information for specific audiences and some multimedia resources.
What Shape is Your Pyramid?
A fun way to determine the number of servings you consume each day and work out your own your own food pyramid and see if you are on target.