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Easy-to-Read Health Information

Find links to health information that is easier to read, understand, and use. These materials are designed to be clear and to follow best practices in health literacy. The links on this page are arranged alphabetically by health topic.

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A

Acne

  • What Is Acne? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Alcohol

  • Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) Also in Spanish
  • Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) Also in Spanish

Alzheimer's Disease

  • 8 Frequently Asked Questions about Alzheimer's Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)

Aortic Aneurysm

  • Talk to Your Doctor about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Arthritis

  • Arthritis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

B

Back Pain

  • Prevent Back Pain (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Blood Sugar

  • Your Glucose Meter (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Blood Thinners

  • What Are Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents? (American Heart Association) - PDF

Bone Diseases

  • Healthy Bones Matter From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeed Your Baby (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

Bursitis

  • What Are Sports Injuries? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

C

Cancer

  • Adjusting to Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)
  • Emotions and Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)

Cancer--Living with Cancer

  • Adjusting to Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)
  • Emotions and Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)

Caregiver Health

  • What Is Caregiver Burnout? (American Heart Association) - PDF

Caregivers

  • What Are the Caregiver's Rights? (American Heart Association) - PDF

Cervical Cancer Screening

  • Get Screened for Cervical Cancer (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Child Dental Health

  • Take Care of Your Child's Teeth (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

Child Development

  • Bladder Control Problems and Bedwetting in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse) Also in Spanish

Child Nutrition

  • Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Colorectal Cancer

  • Get Tested for Colorectal Cancer (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

COPD

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Path to Breathing Better From the National Institutes of Health Infographic (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF

Corns and Calluses

  • Diabetes and Foot Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Cosmetics

  • Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
  • Tattoos and Permanent Make-Up (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

D

DASH Eating Plan

  • Getting Started on DASH From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF Also in Spanish

Diabetes

  • Take Diabetes to Heart From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF

Diabetes Complications

  • Diabetes, Gum Disease, and Other Dental Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Diabetes in Children and Teens

  • 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Diabetes Medicines

  • Insulin (Food and Drug Administration)
  • Insulin, Medicines, and Other Diabetes Treatments From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Diabetes Type 1

  • 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Diabetes Type 2

  • 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Diabetic Foot

  • Diabetes and Foot Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Dialysis

  • Eating and Nutrition for Hemodialysis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Dietary Supplements

  • Dietary Supplements (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Drug Reactions

  • Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) Also in Spanish

E

Evaluating Health Information

Exercise and Physical Fitness

  • Get Active (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
  • How Can I Keep Track of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating? (American Heart Association) - PDF
  • Tips to Help You Get Active From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Exercise for Children

  • Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Exercise for Older Adults

  • Health Tips for Older Adults From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Eye Wear

  • Contact Lens Care (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

F

Fibromyalgia

  • What Is Fibromyalgia? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

G

Gangrene

  • Diabetes and Foot Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Guide to Good Posture

  • Prevent Back Pain (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Gum Disease

  • Diabetes, Gum Disease, and Other Dental Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

H

Hair Loss

  • What Is Alopecia Areata? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Hair Problems

  • Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Health Literacy

Health Screening

  • Get Screened (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Healthy Aging

  • Health Tips for Older Adults From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Protect Your Health as You Grow Older (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Healthy Sleep

  • Sleep Diary From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF

Heart Attack

  • How Will I Recover from My Heart Attack? (American Heart Association) - PDF
  • Learn What a Heart Attack Feels Like -- It Could Save Your Life From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF

Heart Diseases

  • Take Diabetes to Heart From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF

Heart Failure

  • How Can I Live with Heart Failure? (American Heart Association) - PDF Also in Spanish

Heart Surgery

  • Why Do I Need Heart Valve Surgery? (American Heart Association) - PDF Also in Spanish

Heart Valve Diseases

  • Why Do I Need Heart Valve Surgery? (American Heart Association) - PDF Also in Spanish

Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis A From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

High Blood Pressure

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

HIV/AIDS

  • Get Tested for HIV (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
  • Get the Facts about HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • Get the Facts about HIV Medical Care From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • Get the Facts about HIV Medicines From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • Get the Facts about HIV Testing From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • How to Protect Yourself from Getting HIV through Drug Use From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • How to Protect Yourself from Getting HIV through Sex From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • How to Stay Healthy with HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • How to Take Care of Your Mental Health with HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • What to Do after Finding Out You Have HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish

HIV/AIDS and Infections

  • How to Stay Healthy with HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish

HIV/AIDS in Women

  • Women and HIV: Get the Facts on HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

HIV/AIDS Medicines

  • Get the Facts about HIV Medicines From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish

HIV: PrEP and PEP

  • What Is PEP? From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • What Is PrEP? From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish

How to Prevent Diabetes

  • Preventing Type 2 Diabetes From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish
  • Watch Your Weight (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

How to Prevent Heart Disease

  • How Do I Change Recipes? (American Heart Association) - PDF

I

Infectious Arthritis

  • What Is Reactive Arthritis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Ischemic Stroke

  • What Are Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents? (American Heart Association) - PDF

J

Juvenile Arthritis

  • What Is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

K

Kidney Failure

  • Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Kidney Stones

  • Kidney Stones From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

L

Leg Injuries and Disorders

  • What Are Sports Injuries? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Get the Facts about HIV Medical Care From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • How to Stay Healthy with HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • How to Take Care of Your Mental Health with HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish
  • What to Do after Finding Out You Have HIV From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) - PDF Also in Spanish

M

Marfan Syndrome

  • What Is Marfan Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Medication Errors

  • Use Medicines Safely (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Medicines

  • Using Medicines Wisely (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Men's Health

  • Men: Take Charge of Your Health (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

N

Nutrition

  • How Do I Change Recipes? (American Heart Association) - PDF

Nutrition for Older Adults

  • Health Tips for Older Adults From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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Obesity in Children

  • Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Over-the-Counter Medicines

  • Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) Also in Spanish
  • Using Medicines Wisely (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

P

Pacemakers and Implantable Defibrillators

  • What Is a Pacemaker? (American Heart Association) - PDF

Parenting

  • Talk to Your Kids about Sex and Healthy Relationships (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish
  • Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

Piercing and Tattoos

  • Tattoos and Permanent Make-Up (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Pregnancy and Medicines

  • Medicine and Pregnancy (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Pregnancy and Nutrition

  • Health Tips for Pregnant Women From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Prenatal Care

  • Have a Healthy Pregnancy (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

Prostate Diseases

  • Prostate Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

Psoriasis

  • What Is Psoriasis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Path to Breathing Better From the National Institutes of Health Infographic (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF

Q

Quitting Smoking

  • Quit Smoking (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
  • Smoking -- Medicines to Help You Quit (Food and Drug Administration)

R

Radiation Therapy

  • How Radiation Therapy Is Used to Treat Cancer (American Cancer Society) Also in Spanish

S

Sjogren's Syndrome

  • What Is Sj?gren's Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep Problems (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish

Sports Injuries

  • What Are Sports Injuries? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Sprains and Strains

  • What Are Sports Injuries? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Stress

  • Manage Stress (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

T

Talking With Your Doctor

Tooth Disorders

  • Diabetes, Gum Disease, and Other Dental Problems From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

U

Underage Drinking

  • Parents -- Talk with Your High School Grads about Celebrating Safely From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) Also in Spanish
  • Underage Drinking From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) Also in Spanish

Understanding Medical Research

Urinary Incontinence

  • Bladder Control Problems and Bedwetting in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse) Also in Spanish

Urinary Tract Infections

  • Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection -- UTI) in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish

V

Vaccines

  • Get Vaccines to Protect Your Health (Adults Ages 19 to 49) (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) Also in Spanish

W

Weight Control

  • Health Tips for Adults From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish
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