Resources-Non-infectious Health Conditions

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This resource is not meant to list every known non-infectious disease, but rather to provide some links to reliable information on some of the more common conditions. Information on other diseases and illnesses are found throughout the support curricula for problem-based and case-based learning modules and in the Table for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases.

Resources for infectious conditions can also be found in the Key Resources section.

We hope you and your students find this information to be helpful.

Allergic conditions       

NIH Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Allergic Reactions

Center for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC—Fast Facts: Allergies and Hay Fever

CDC—Food Allergies in Schools

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America—Allergy Facts and Figures

Mayo Clinic—Allergies

Mayo Clinic—Allergies Treatment

Teens Health from Nemours—Allergies


Alcoholic Heart Disease

NIH—Heart Diseases (general) Medline Plus

NIH—National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—The Cool Spot: The Young Teen’s Place for Info on Alcohol and Resisting Poor Pressure

NIH—Medline Plus—Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

NIH—National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)—Alcohol: A Woman’s Health Issue

NIH—National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—Alcohol Alert:  Alcohol and Tobacco

Nemours Foundation—Teens Health—Alcohol

American Cancer Society—Alcohol Use and Cancer

American Heart Association—Alcohol and Heart Health




NIH—Medline Plus—Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation—Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

NIH—MedlinePlus—Juvenile idiopathic arthritis



Alzheimer’s Disease

NIH- Medline Plus—Alzheimer Disease

NIH—Medline Plus—Alzheimer Disease video

NIH—Medline Plus—Alzheimer’s Disease

NIH—National Institute on Aging—Alzheimer’s Disease Information and Fact Sheet

NIHSeniorHealth—Built with You in Mind—Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Association—Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

CDC—Alzheimer’s Disease

Mayo Clinic—Alzheimer’s Disease—Overview

Mayo Clinic—Alzheimer’s Disease—Symptoms and Causes

Mayo Clinic—Alzheimer’s Disease: Self-management

WebMD—7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease



NIH-Medline Plus-Anorexia    

NIH—Eating Disorders—Anorexia

NIH-National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)—Eating Disorders

NIH-National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)—Eating Disorders: About More Than Food

National Eating Disorders Association—Eating Disorders: General Information

Mayo Clinic—Anorexia Overview

Mayo Clinic—Anorexia: Symptoms and Causes

Web MD—Anorexia Nervosa Health Center

TeensHealth from Nemours—Eating Disorders



NIH—Medline Plus—Aneurysm

NIH-Medline Plus-Aneurysm in the Brain

NIH—Medline Plus-Aneurysms

American Heart Association-What is an Aneurysm?

Brain Aneurysm Foundation-Warning Signs/Symptoms

America Stroke Association—What You Should Know About Cerebral Aneurysms



NIH—Medline Plus-Appendicitis

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Appendicitis

NIH—National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD)—Appendicitis

Mayo Clinic—Appendicitis

Healthline—Everything You Need to Know About Appendicitis





NIH—Medline Plus—Asthma

NIH—Medline Plus—Asthma in Children

NIH—Medline Plus—Asthma-What To Ask the Doctor (for adult asthma)

NIH—Medline Plus—Asthma-What To Aske the Doctor (for child asthma)

NIH—National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—What is Asthma

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology—Asthma

Mayo Clinic—Asthma



Autoimmune Diseases

NIH Medline Plus—Medical Encyclopedia-Autoimmune Diseases

NIH—Medline Plus—Autoimmune hepatitis

NIH—Medline Plus-Autoimmune Diseases

NIH—National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

NIH—Juvenile Arthritis

NIH-National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Kid’s Health —Juvenile Arthritis

American College of Rheumatology—Juvenile Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation—What is Juvenile Arthritis?

Arthritis Foundation: Kids Get Arthritis, Too—Early Signs and Symptoms

WebMD—Diagnosing Juvenile Arthritis



NIH—Medline Plus—Medical Encyclopedia-Bronchitis

NIH—Medline Plus-Acute Bronchitis

NIH-U.S. National Library of Medicine—PubMed Health—Bronchitis

NIH-U.S. National Library of Medicine—PubMed Health—Bronchitis: Treatments

NIH-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-What is Bronchitis?

NIH-Medline Plus-Chronic Bronchitis

Mayo Clinic—Bronchitis Overview, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

Web MD    Acute Bronchitis



NIH-Medline Plus-Cataract

NIH—Medline Plus-Catarct-adult

NIH—Medline Plus-The Magazine—Cataracts and Other Common Eye Diseases

NIH—Medline Plus-Cataract Removal

NIH—National Eye Institute-Facts About Cataracts

NIH—National Eye Institute-Cataract

Johns Hopkins Medicine—Cataracts FAQ

American Academy of Ophthalmology-What Are Cataracts?

Mayo Clinic—Cataracts-Overview, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

WebMd—What Are Cataracts?


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome    

NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke-(NINDS)-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet

NIH-Medline Plus-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

NIH-Medline Plus-Medical Encyclopedia-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

American Academy of Neurology

Mayo Clinic—Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Mayo Clinic-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome—Self-management

Mayo Clinic—Carpal Tunnel Anatomy

Medicinenet-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


NIH-Medline Plus-Cellulitis

NIH-Medline Plus-Medical Encyclopedia—Cellulitis

Mayo Clinic—Cellulitis

MedicineNet. Com—Cellulitis



Merck Manual-Consumer Edition-Cellulitis



NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Acute Cholecystitis

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Gallstones

NIH—Medline Plus—Gallbladder Disease

Mayo Clinic—Gallstones

The Merck Manual Online Medical Library

Web MD—Cholecytitis

Healthline—What is cholecystitis?

Merck Manual—Consumer Version—Cholecystitis



NIH—Medline Plus–Cirrhosis

NIH—National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases–Cirrhosis

American Liver Foundation–Cirrhosis

Web MD—What is Cirrhosis?

Mayo Clinic–Cirrhosis




NIH—Medline Plus—Concussion

NIH—U.S. National Library of Medicine—Traumatic Brain Injury

NIH—Medline Plus-the magazine—Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Concussion

CDC Injury Center—HEADS UP to Brian Injury Awareness

CDC—What is a Concussion?

CDC—Heads Up to Parents

CDC—Basic Information about Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion

Mayo Clinic—Concussion Overview

Teens Health—Concussion: What To Do

Web MD—Concussion:  Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention


Corneal Ulcer

NIH—Medline Plus—Corneal Ulcers

NIH—National Eye Institute—Facts About The Cornea and Corneal Disease

Cleveland Clinic Foundation—Corneal Disease

Mayo Clinic—Corneal Abrasion (scratch) First Aid

American Academy of Ophthalmology—EyeSmart—Contact Lens-related Infections



CDC—Diabetes Home

NIH—Medline Plus-Diabetes

NIH—Medline Plus-Type 1 Diabetes

NIH—Medline Plus-Type 2 Diabetes

NIH—Medline Plus-High Blood Sugar: Self-care

NIH—Medline Plus-Gestational Diabetes

The Merck Manual Online Medical Library-Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

Mayo Clinic-Diabetes



NIH—National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

NIH-Medline Plus-Diverticulitis

The Merck Manual Online Medical Library-Diverticulitis

Web MD-Diverticulitis



NIH—Medline Plus—Emphysema

NIH-Medline Plus—How To Breathe When You Are Short of Breath

American Lung Association—Lung Health and Diseases—Emphysema

American Lung Association—Lung Health and Diseases—COPD

Mayo Clinic—Emphysema

Cleveland Clinic—Emphysema

Medicine Net—Emphysema

Web MD—Emphysema



NIH—Medline Plus  Fibromyalgia

NIH—National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)—Questions and Answers About Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic—Fibromyalgia

National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association—What is Fibromyalgia?

American College of Rheumatology—Fibromyalgia

Web MD—Fibromyalgia Health Center



NIH—Medline Plus-Fractures

Medline Plus—Fracture Types

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center-Preventing Falls and Related Fractures

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center-Once is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Future Fractures

NIH—National Institute on Aging-Prevent Falls and Fractures

Web MD—Understanding Bone Fractures-the Basics

The Merck Manual Online Medicine Library-Overview of Fractures

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons—Fractures


Gastric ulcers

NIH—Medline Plus-Peptic Ulcer

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia-Peptic Ulcer

The Mayo Clinic

The Merck Manual Online Medicine Library

WebMD—What is a Peptic Ulcer?

WebMD—Understanding Ulcers



NIH—Medline Plus-Glaucoma

NIH-Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia-Glaucoma

NIH—Medline Plus the Magazine—Glaucoma

NIH-Medline Plus-Eye Diseases

The Merck Manual of Health and Aging

American Academy of Ophthalmology—What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma Research Foundation

The Mayo Clinic



NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia-Goiter

NIH-Medline Plus-Thyroid Diseases

The Merck Manual Online Medical Library—Consumer Version—Hyperthyroidism

The Mayo Clinic–Goiter

American Thyroid Association-Goiter

endocrineweb—Thyroid Goiter Basics: What They Look Like and How to Treat Them

WebMD—Understanding Goiter—The Basics




NIH—Medline Plus-Gout

NIH—National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases—Questions and Answers about Gout

NIH—U.S. National Library of Medicine—Gout

NIH—U.S. National Library of Medicine—Fast Facts about Gout



Heart Disease

NIH—Medline Plus—Heart Diseases

NIH—Medline Plus-How to Prevent Heart Disease

NIH—Medline Plus-Coronary Artery Disease

NIH—Medline Plus-Heart Failure-Overview

CDC—Heart Disease-Educational Materials for Patients

Fact Sheet—Heart Disease

Men and Heart Disease Fact Sheet

Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet

Heart Failure Fact Sheet

The Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

American Heart Association—Heart Valve Problems and Disease

Mayo Clinic—Heart Disease


Hiatal Hernia

NIH—Medline Plus-Hiatal Hernia

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Hiatal Hernia

Web MD—Hiatal Hernia

Mayo Clinic-Hiatal Hernia

eMedicine Health


Inhalant Abuse

NIH—National Institute on Drug Abuse—Inhalants

NIH—National Institute on Drug Abuse—Drug Facts: Inhalants

NIH—National Insitutue on Drug Abuse—What are the other medical consequences of inhalant abuse?

NIH-National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens:  Inhalants

Alliance for Consumer Education—Dangers and Effects of Inhalant Abuse

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Tips for Teens:  The Truth About Inhalants


Kawasaki Disease

NIH—Medline Plus—Kawasaki Disease

Kid’s Health from Nemours– Kawasaki disease

Mayo Clinic—Kawasaki disease

The Kawasaki Disease Foundation—Caring for Precious Hearts

CDC—Kawaskai disease

Mayo Clinic—Kawasaki Disease—Symptoms and Causes

Merck Manual Consumer Version—Kawasaki Disease

KidsHealth—Kawasaki Disease


Kidney stones    

NIH—Medline Plus

The Merck Manual Online Medical Library –Stones in the Urinary Tract

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

The Mayo Clinic

Web MD—Kidney Stones Health Center


Lead poisoning            

NIH—Medline Plus—Lead Poisoning

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Lead Poisoning

NIH—National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-Lead

NIH—National Institute of Environmental Health Science—Kids Environment Kids Health-The Lead Busters Club

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—Lead

Merck Manual Consumer Version—Lead Poisoning


Macular Degeneration

NIH Medline Plus Health Topics—Macular Degeneration

NIH-National Eye Institute (NEI)-Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Mayo Clinic—Dry Macular Degeneration—Symptoms and Causes

Mayo Clinic—Wet Macular Degeneration—Symptoms and Causes

CDC—Learn About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

CDC—Vision Health Initiative (VHI)—National Data and Statistics

CDC: The New Smoking Story—Going Blind


Meniscus Tear

NIH—Medline Plus—Meniscal Tears-Image and Overview

NIH—Medline Plus—Meniscus Tears Aftercare

NIH—Medline Plus—Knee Injuries and Disorders

NIH—PodcastMed—Arthroscopy for Treatment of a Meniscus Tear

Orthopedics—Options for Torn Meniscus Tear or Knee Cartilage Treatment

The Mayo Clinic—Knee Pain and Injuries



NIH—Medline Plus—Migraine

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Migraine

NIH Medline Plus-The Magazine—What is Migraine?

NIH-PubMed Health-Migraine

Mayo Clinic—Migraine-Overview, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

WebMD—Migraine and Headaches Health Center

Merck Manual Consumer Version—Migraines


Oral Cancer

NIH—Medline Plus—Oral Cancer

NIH—National Cancer Institute— General Information About Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer

NIH—National Cancer Institute—Oral Cancer Prevention

NIH—National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research—Are You At Risk for Oral Cancer? What African American Men Need to Know

American Cancer Society—Learn About Cancer:  Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer Detailed Guide

Mayo Clinic—Mouth Cancer

Oral Cancer Foundation—Oral Cancer Facts



NIH—Medline Plus—Osteoporosis

NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia-Osteoporosis

National Osteoporosis Foundation—What is Osteoporosis and What Causes It?

Mayo Clinic—Osteoporosis


healthline—What do You Want to Know About Osteoporosis?



NIH—Medline Plus— Deep Vein Thrombosis

NIH—National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—Deep Vein Thrombosis

NIH—National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Mayo Clinic—Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

WebMD—What is Phlebitis?




NIH—Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia—Collapsed Lung

NIH—Collapsed Lung

NIH—National Heart Lung and Blood Institute—Explore How the Lungs Work

NIH—PubMed Health—Pneumothorax

Mayo Clinic—Pneumothorax

American Lung Association

eMedicine Health—Collapsed Lung Symptoms, Causes, and Outlook


Pulmonary Fibrosis

NIH—Medline Plus—  Pulmonary fibrosis

NIH—National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)—How the Lungs Work

NIH—National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)—What is Respiratory Failure?

Mayo Clinic—Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation


Retinal Detachment

NIH—Medline Plus—  Retinal detachment

NIH—Medline Plus—Retinal Detachment

NIH—Medline Plus—Retinal detachment repair—Series and Indications

NIH—Medline Plus—Eyes and Vision

NIH—PubMed Health—Retinal Detachment

Mayo Clinic—Retinal Detachment


Reye Syndrome

NIH—Medline Plus—Reye Syndrome

NIH—National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke—Reye Syndrome

Mayo Clinic—Reye Syndrome

American Liver Foundation—Reye Syndrome



NIH—Medline Plus—Scoliosis

NIH—National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases—Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents

Spine-health—Scoliosis: What You Need to Know

Spine-health—Scoliosis Video: What is Scoliosis?

Kid’s Health from Nemours—Treating Scoliosis

WebMD—What is Scoliosis and What Causes It?

Skin Cancer

NIH-National Cancer Institute —Skin Cancer, Patient Version

NIH—Medline Plus—Skin Cancer

NIH-News in Health-Sun and Skin, The Dark Side of Sun Exposure

NIH-National Cancer Institute—Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer

American Academy of Dermatology—“Suntelligence” Survey

The Skin Cancer Foundation

MedicineNet—Skin Cancer

American Academy of Dermatology—Types of Skin Cancer

Web MD—Precancerous Skin Lesions and Skin Cancer Slideshow—The Warning Signs of Skin Cancer


Skull fracture

NIH—Medline Plus—Skull Fracture

NIH—Medline Plus—Head Injuries

Healthline—Skull Fractures

Merck Manual Consumer version—Skull Fracture

Medscape—Skull Fracture Treatment and Management

John Hopkins Medicine—Health Library—Head Injury,P00785



NIH—National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—What is a Stroke?

NIH—Medline Plus—Stroke

NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke—Definition, Treatment , Prognosis, Clinical Trials

NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke— What You Need to Know About Stroke

NIH-Medline Plus—Stroke

NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders—Know Stroke

National Stroke Association—Effects of Stroke: Physical, Emotional, Cognition



Toxic shock syndrome

NIH—Medline Plus—Toxic Shock Syndrome

Mayo Clinic—Toxic Shock Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Complications and Prevention

Teens Health for Nemours—Toxic Shock Syndrome

Web MD—Understanding Toxic Shock Syndrome—The Basics

Kid’s Health—Toxic Shock Syndrome

Medicine Net—Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

eMedicine Health—Toxic Shock Syndrome