Our new version of MedlinePlus uses Responsive Web Design to provide a consistent user experience from a desktop, tablet, or phone. All users, regardless of how they access MedlinePlus, will find the same trusted health information.
What is responsive design? It’s an approach that optimizes the experience of using a Web site by adjusting each page for the device you are using, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen. Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.
This new version is the final step in a phased plan to redesign MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively. Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of MedlinePlus.gov optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile sites at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/spanish/. These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of MedlinePlus.gov.
Features of the New Design
MedlinePlus users will notice a refreshed design throughout the site. The homepages have a streamlined appearance, and still provide access to the three main areas of the site – Health Topics, Drugs & Supplements, and Videos & Tools - plus links to the Medical Encyclopedia, Medical Dictionary, current health news, and more.
Health Topic pages boast a new architecture, with the table of contents now appearing above the topic summary for easy access. The Overviews section has also merged into the Start Here section, now found just below the topic summary.
Mobile and tablet users will find these new features helpful:
- Collapsed Menu and Search options at the top of each page
- Section headings that open and close areas of a page for easier reading on a smaller screen
- Text that is readable on each device without zooming, and links that are spaced for easy tapping
Send us your feedback on the new version
We invite you to try out MedlinePlus's full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at https://medlineplus.gov/. Take a tour of the redesigned site at https://medlineplus.gov/tour/tour.html.
We welcome your comments. Use the Contact Us link on any MedlinePlus page to send us feedback about the redesigned site.