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.
(Note: Post was updated 3/17/20 to include coronavirus-related news sections for some sites.)
The realm of health news includes a wide range of topics.
Nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, mental health, and research are just a few of the fields that journalists on a healthcare beat may cover.
These health news sites are some of the most trusted for up-to-date information for consumers, healthcare professionals, and executives.
Healthline is a fast-growing consumer health and wellness information site that’s been around more than 10 years. According to the site, there are 85 million visitors to Healthline.com each month.
Healthline’s clinical content is reviewed by a large network of clinicians.
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, Find an Online Doctor, and DiabetesMine, a “mix of the latest diabetes news, views, and reviews.”
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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.
Modern Healthcare is a weekly publication that covers healthcare business news, research, and data.
“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.
Modern Healthcare’s 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.
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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.)
“Stories are integrated with photographs and illustrations, links to journals and academic studies, related research and topics, and encyclopedic terms,” the site says, “to provide a wealth of relevant information on almost every science topic imaginable.”
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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 “useful information for making important life decisions” to more than 20 million unique visitors each month.
The publisher also hosts the annual Healthcare of Tomorrow conference, which brings together “medical experts, hospital executives, policymakers, insurers, consumer advocates and industry analysts to exchange ideas, share best practices, and set new standards for patient care.”
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Medical News Today, a sister site of Healthline, publishes almost 200 articles every day.
The site has a mix of news, reference materials, features, and in-depth reporting.
Visitors to the Knowledge Center can find reference pages about specific conditions and topics as well as long-form articles.
According to the site, “The editorial team provides news from evidence-based, peer-reviewed studies, along with accurate, unbiased, and informative content from governmental organisations (e.g. FDA, CDC, NIH, NHS), medical societies, royal colleges, professional associations, patients’ groups, among others.”
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Health.com is the website for the popular print magazine Health, which has been published since 1987.
The site posts news and information on food, weight loss, fitness, and more.
Content is written with consumers in mind and tends to avoid industry jargon.
“Through medical content, insights from experts and real people, and breaking news, we answer: how it happened, what it feels like, what you can do about it, and why it matters,” the site explains.
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Everyday Health is a digital media company covering health and wellness on a consumer-friendly website.
Everyday Health boasts 44 million monthly unique visitors and 5.9 million followers across social media channels.
According to the site, “At Everyday Health, we bridge the gap between lifestyle and medical sites, delivering trusted health information as well as fun-to-read tips and insights that make life a little easier.”
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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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 Image Library (PHIL) 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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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 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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