Health Sleuth Lesson 2: Researching Symptoms

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In this lesson we will look at sites that help you determine what your symptoms might mean. For this lesson we will use the site

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Researching Symptoms

Using specific medical websites will garner much more accurate information quicker than starting with a general search on a search engine. It is a particular concern with symptoms because it is common for some symptoms to be cross referenced in several different diseases.

Type in: . You will see a page that looks like this:

Screen shot of Seniors' Health Website from NIH

In the top right hand corner you will find a search box.  In that search box type in a symptom or two.  In this case, we will search for fever and urge to urinate.  You can type in two or more symptoms, just separate them with a comma.

Search box on NIH Seniors' Health website

Once you have that typed in, click search. You will then see a list of possibilities to choose from.

Results from NIH Seniors' Health website


Only a qualified physician can diagnose and treat diseases and disorders. Please consult your physician with any concerns you may have.

More Information

Agency for healthcare research :

Find information and services:

A comprehensive site that encompasses all three types of searches we talk about in this course:

Find a family physician:

Portal to sites of various service and agencies:

Doctor Finder site from the American Medical Association:

New York State doctor profiles:

Search for nursing homes in New York State:

Hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities in New York State:

NYS Department of Health, with links to services:

A site dedicated to senior health issues:

A guide to National Library of Medicine online content:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

National Library of Medicine:

PubMed, a Database of Medical Journal Articles:

American Cancer Society:

A Site Devoted to Health Communities and Individuals:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:, part of WebMD:

Mayo Clinic:


To visit the previous websites, place your mouse over the underlined link above then click. You must be connected to the internet in order for the link to work.

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