From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. These are sites that produce out of this world coverage in a crowded arena. In case you’ve missed some of these, you can find them here. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why.
It may be a new year, but the coronavirus is still a part of daily life and will be for some time. And there are new updates on the crisis seemingly several times each day.
In addition to COVID-19 updates, many people may be searching for health-related news on nutrition (hi, resolutions), pharmaceuticals/vaccines, medical equipment like PPE or wearables, mental health, and clinical research, among other topics.
These health news sites are some of the most trusted for up-to-date information for consumers, healthcare professionals, and executives.
A major arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC “fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.”
The CDC’s site contains research, data, and statistics, as well as news and statements from the agency.
Helpful resources for travel and emergency preparedness also are available.
The Public Health Media Library has a vast selection of health-related assets that are high quality and free to use – a great resource for anyone reporting on health news.
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Everyday Health is full of consumer-friendly health and wellness content. The site boasts 44 million monthly unique visitors and 5.9 million followers across social media channels.
According to the site, Everyday Health “bridges the gap between lifestyle and medical websites by delivering trusted health information and resources along with the stories, tips, tools, and insights of the day’s most influential and compelling voices, role models, and celebrities.”
It has a wide ranging target audience, referred to as the “Chief Wellness Consumer,” which includes millennials, boomers, parents, and caregivers.
Content is reviewed by active physicians and healthcare providers and includes news and features on topics like fitness, sleep, pharmaceuticals, and numerous health conditions.
A symptom checker, drug finder, and meal planner are just a few of the tools available to site visitors.
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Health.com is the website for the popular print magazine Health, which has been published since 1987. The magazine, site, and social channels have a predominantly female audience.
Content includes first-person essays, explainers, reports on the latest science or social trends, interviews, and more. There’s also an A-Z directory for health conditions if you’re looking for something specific. Content is written with consumers in mind, so readers don’t have to deal with excess industry jargon.
Health’s goal is “To reveal the human story behind health care and to distill the latest research and trends for readers looking for a safe place to get answers.” And with new diversity/inclusion efforts, the outlet aims to “put a spotlight on people and communities that have been marginalized in medicine and provide resources for anyone looking for support in regard to their health and well-being.”
Healthline is a fast-growing consumer health and wellness information site that’s been around for more than 10 years. According to the site, there are more than 200 million visitors to Healthline.com each month.
The site aims to make its health content understandable and accessible and works hard to ensure it’s accurate. Healthline’s clinical content is reviewed by a large network of doctors, nurses, and subject matter experts.
Content topics range from depression and acid reflux to nutrition and skin disorders. News covers “emerging research, new treatments, diet, exercise, and trending topics in health and wellness.”
Other tools on the site include BodyMaps, an online doctor search, and DiabetesMine, a “mix of the latest diabetes news, views, and reviews.”
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Medical News Today, part of Healthline Media UK, publishes more than 250 pieces of content each month.
The site has a mix of news, reference materials, features, and in-depth reporting.
Visitors to the Knowledge Center directory can find reference pages about specific conditions and topics as well as long-form articles.
The site works with a network of medical practitioners and researchers to “help ensure that the information we publish is accurate, evidence based, current, person centric, and trustworthy.” The “Through My Eyes” series features people’s real-life stories of dealing with issues like COVID-19, miscarriages, cancer, and more.
Modern Healthcare is a weekly publication that covers healthcare business news, research, and data. In addition to the magazine, readers can also find new content on the website and via podcasts, newsletters, and events.
“Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a ‘must-read’ by the who’s who in healthcare,” according to the site. Content is geared toward executives in the healthcare industry and covers legislation, insurance, and safety, among other topics.
The Transformation Hub has stories about healthcare organizations that are providing “higher quality, safer, more patient-centric and more affordable care” to transform the industry.
Paywalled copy is clearly marked, another feature I really appreciate. Digital-only subscriptions are available for $15/month.
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We’ve recognized ScienceDaily before for its solid offering of tech news. Health-related news is another major feature of the site.
ScienceDaily, started in 1995, provides visitors with research articles in a user-friendly format. (Source, summary, and citation examples are included with each article.)
The site is targeted to journalists, students, researchers, and anyone else interested in science. Most content comes from news releases from not-for-profit sources that are scholarly or focused on research and education.
Obesity, addiction, sexual health, fitness, and alternative medicine are just a few of the wide-ranging health-related topics covered on the site.
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Also under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety of food, human and animal drugs, biological products, medical devices, and more.
Content is organized by industry (food, drugs, vaccines, tobacco, etc.) as well as the intended audience, such as consumers, patients, and scientists.
News on recalls, safety alerts, and drug approvals also are available on the site.
Visitors to the site can search the FDA’s FOIA logs, a helpful tool for journalists.
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U.S. News & World Report is probably most recognized for its rankings that cover several industries, including healthcare and education.
The site includes these popular rankings as well as news and information for healthcare topics like health insurance, senior care, wellness, and pharmaceuticals.
U.S. News & World Report provides “empowerment and guidance that improves the quality of life for consumers and communities at the local, national and global levels” to more than 40 million visitors each month.
The publisher also hosts the annual Healthcare of Tomorrow conference, which brings together “hospital and health system executives and other industry leaders to discuss common priorities, best practices and perspectives on the future of the country’s health system and care delivery.” It’s been updated as a series of virtual events due to the pandemic.
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WHO is made up of 194 member states and “staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.”
The organization has more than 100 offices across the world in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
“Together we strive to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease,” the site says.
Readers can find information on outbreaks, upcoming events, fact sheets, and feature stories on different health-related topics. I’d also recommend checking out the Science in 5 podcast series for quick weekly COVID-related discussions on vaccines, symptoms, and more.
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