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ACR Patient Education
See: Patient Education
Advice for the patient
See: Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™
AgeLine
Source: EBSCOhost Research Databases (paid site license)
Coverage: 1978 to date; with selected coverage from 1966-1977.
Note: Public access to this resource is available only by visiting one of the TTUHSC Libraries. Remote access (i.e. internet access) is not available to the general public. (This database is available to TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students both on-campus and off-campus.)
Description: "AgeLine focuses exclusively on the population aged 50+ and issues of aging. AgeLine is the premier source for the literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. This database indexes over 600 journals, books, book chapters, reports, dissertations, consumer guides, and educational videos."
Note: Click here for more information about AgeLine.
AIDS Knowledge
See: HIV InSite Gateway to HIV and AIDS Knowledge
American College of Rheumatology Patient Education
See: Patient Education
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
See: Influenza (Flu)

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Bird Flu
See: Influenza (Flu)

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Cancer Genetics Services Directory
Source: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (open access)
Description: "The Cancer Genetics Services Directory is a directory of individuals who provide services related to cancer genetics (cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic susceptibility testing, and others). These professionals have applied to be listed in this directory."
Note: click here for more information on the Cancer Genetics Services Directory.
See also: Cancer.gov
Cancer Literature in PubMed
Source: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (open access)
Description:
  • Search Cancer Literature in PubMed [Enter specific terms or phrases into the PubMed search form and search the PubMed database]
  • Cancer Topic Searches [Retrieve literature citations on more than 100 major cancer topics. Search results can be refined using PubMed search options]
See also: Cancer.gov
Cancer Topics
Source: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (open access)
Description: Cancer Topics contains NCI information arranged as follows:
  • Types of Cancer
  • Treatment
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • PDQ® (Physician Data Query)
  • Clinical Trials and Genetics Services
  • Coping with Cancer [Managing side effects and complications caused by cancer and its treatment]
  • Support and Resources [Support organizations, finances, insurance, home care, and hospice care]
  • Prevention, Genetics, Causes
  • Screening and Testing
  • Cancer Literature
  • Cancer Terminology Resources
See also: Cancer.gov
Cancer.gov
Source: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (open access)
Description: "This Web site provides current and accurate information from the National Cancer Institute, the Federal government's principal agency for cancer research. You will find a wide range of cancer information, including treatment options, clinical trials, ways to reduce cancer risk, ways to cope with cancer, and resources for researchers and health care professionals."
Note: Go directly to some of Cancer.gov's component databases:
Note: Also available in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
CANCERLIT®
See: Cancer Literature in PubMed
CancerNet™
See: Cancer.gov
CAPHIS
See: For Health Consumers
CDC
See: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign
Source: Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign (open access)
Description: "Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. An estimated 1 percent of all Americans suffer from celiac disease, though many have never been diagnosed and are not receiving treatment.
"The Awareness Campaign provides current, comprehensive, science-based information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy."
Note: "From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH."
Note: Click here for more information about the Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign.
Note: Includes some information in Spanish.
See also: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (open access)
Description: Searchable Web site.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
CHC
See: Consumer Health Complete
Clinical Trials
Source: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (open access)
Description: Clinical Trials contains NCI information on cancer clinical trials arranged as follows:
  • Recent developments
  • Learning About Clinical Trials
  • Conducting Clinical Trials
  • Finding Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Trial Results
See also: Cancer.gov
Clinical Trials.gov
See: ClinicalTrials.gov
ClinicalTrials.gov
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) (open access)
Note: ClinicalTrials.gov is also searchable as a component of NLM Gateway.
Description: "ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals."
Note: Click here and here for more information about ClinicalTrials.gov.
Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS)
See: For Health Consumers
Consumer Health Complete
Source: EBSCOhost Research Databases via TexShare Core Databases (paid site license)
Note: Public access to this resource is available only by visiting one of the TTUHSC Libraries. Remote access (i.e. internet access) is not available to the general public. (This database is available to TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students both on-campus and off-campus.)
Description: "The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc. CHC offers a unique search interface designed to call attention to the full text content available from many important source-types, and provide an intuitive means for searching this specific information."
Note: Click here for a user tutorial from TexShare.
Note: Click here for an EBSCO Flash Tutorial (runtime 3.25 minutes)
Note: Download Adobe Flash Player
Note: Most full-text journals from this database are available in
Consumer Product Information Database
See: Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products

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DailyMed
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) via DailyMed (open access)
Description: "DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts."
Deciphering Medspeak
Source: Medical Library Association (MLA) via MLANET (open access)
Description: "Like millions of Americans, you have probably read a newspaper or magazine article, tuned into a radio or television program, or searched the Internet to find answers to health questions. If so, you have probably encountered 'medspeak,' the specialized language of health professionals. The Medical Library Association has developed Deciphering Medspeak to help you translate common 'medspeak' terms. You'll also find some tips on how to identify quality health care information on the Internet."
Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™ [updated monthly]
Source: MICROMEDEX® Healthcare Series (paid site license)
Note: Public access to this resource is available only by visiting one of the TTUHSC Libraries. Remote access (i.e. internet access) is not available to the general public. (This database is available to TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students both on-campus and off-campus.)
Source: Thomson Healthcare via STAT!Ref [TexShare TexSelect Databases] (paid site license)
Note: Public access to this resource is available only by visiting one of the TTUHSC Libraries. Remote access (i.e. internet access) is not available to the general public. (This database is available to TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students both on-campus and off-campus.)
Description: "Easy-to-understand, in-depth materials to help educate your patients about medications and their proper use.
"Today's patients are informed patients. Now you can give them an educational resource to match their proactive role in their care. Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™ - Drug Information in Lay Language provides patient-oriented drug information to help patients understand and successfully follow their drug regimens. Written at a 12th-grade literacy level, documents provide greater detail than most patient education leaflets and include brand names, descriptions, proper use, precautions, and side effects. Instructions for how to handle missed doses are included, as are guidelines for when to seek medical assistance or supervision."
Note: Formerly known as USP DI. Advice for the patient.
Note: Click here for more information about Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™.
Note: Also listed as an electronic book.
Diabetes Education Program
See: National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
See: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
See: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
Directory of Information Resources OnLINE
See: DIRLINE® (Directory of Information Resources OnLINE)
DIRLINE® (Directory of Information Resources OnLINE)
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM). Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) (open access)
Note: DIRLINE® is also searchable as a component of NLM Gateway.
Description: "DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online) is the National Library of Medicine's online database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine. This information may not be readily available in bibliographic databases. Each record may contain information on the publications, holdings, and services provided."
Note: Click here for more information on DIRLINE®.
DNA Learning Center
See: Dolan DNA Learning Center's Gene Almanac
DNALC
See: Dolan DNA Learning Center's Gene Almanac
Dolan DNA Learning Center: Genes in Education
See: Dolan DNA Learning Center's Gene Almanac
Dolan DNA Learning Center's Gene Almanac
Source: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (open access)
Description: "The Dolan DNA Learning Center: Genes in Education . . . web site contains a wide variety of online DNA resources as well as information on workshops, field trips, courses and educational products for students, teachers and other educators at the pre college and college levels (middle schools, high schools, junior, 2-year and community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities) as well as for professional development workshops. The Dolan DNA Learning Center is affiliated with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and offers programs and products to provide training and education. This website answers questions such as 'What is . . . ?' and 'Where can I find information on . . . .'"
Note: Click here for more information on the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC).
Drug Information in Lay Language
See: Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™
Drug Information Portal
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) (open access)
Description: "The Drug Information Portal . . . is a free web resource from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that provides an informative, user-friendly portal to current drug information for over 15,000 drugs. Links to sources span the breadth of NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS-related drug information, MeSH® pharmacological actions, PubMed® biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug-related information is also available from displayed subject headings."
Note: Intended for use by "the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers."
Note: Click here and here for more information about the Drug Information Portal.

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Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
See: National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service

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Family Doctor.org
See: familydoctor.org
familydoctor.org
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) (open access)
Description: Family health information organized as follows:
  • Conditions A-Z
  • Healthy Living
  • Women
  • Smart Patient Guide
  • Health Tools
  • Parents & Kids
  • Seniors
  • Men
  • Over-the-Counter Guide
Note: Also includes health-related Web Site Reviews.
Note: Click here for more information about familydoctor.org.
Note: Also available in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
Flu
See: Influenza (Flu)
Food Pyramid
See: MyPyramid.gov
For Health Consumers
Source: Medical Library Association (MLA). Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) (open access)
Description: "The purpose of the CAPHIS Top 100 List is to provide CAPHIS members and other librarians with a resource to use in their daily practice and teaching. Secondly, it is our contribution to the Medical Library Association so that the headquarters staff can refer individuals to a list of quality health web sites. Our goal is to have a limited number of resources that meet the quality criteria for currency, credibility, content, audience, etc., as described on our website."

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Gene Almanac
See: Dolan DNA Learning Center's Gene Almanac
Genes in Education
See: Dolan DNA Learning Center's Gene Almanac
Genetics Home Reference : Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) (open access)
Description: "The Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions."
Note: Click here for more information on the Genetics Home Reference.
Girl Power
See: Retouch
G!rlpower
See: Retouch

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Haz-Map : Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM). Specialized Information Services (SIS) (open access)
Note: Haz-Map : Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents is also searchable as a component of TOXNET : Toxicology Data Network.
Description: "Haz-Map . . . is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It is one of the products and services made available by the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program . . . ."
Note: Click here or here for more information about Haz-Map.
See also: TOXNET : Toxicology Data Network
HazMap
See: Haz-Map : Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents
Health and Safety Information on Household Products
See: Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products
Health Finder
See: Healthfinder® : Your Guide to Reliable Health Information
Health Finder Kids
See: Healthfinder® Kids
HealthCare.gov
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Open Access)
Description: According to Todd Park, the site's Chief Technology Officer, HealthCare.gov is "the first website to collect both public and private health insurance options across the nation in a single place. Even better, our insurance options finder automatically sorts through this huge catalog of options to help you identify the ones that may be right for you.
"Other highlights of the site include extensive information about your rights as a consumer, how to navigate the health insurance marketplace, and how the Affordable Care Act can help you - all tailored to you."
Note: "Take health care into your own hands."
Healthfinder® : Your Guide to Reliable Health Information
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (open access)
Description: "healthfinder® is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder® has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder® links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations."
Note: Click here for more information about healthfinder®.
Note: Also available in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
See also: Healthfinder® Kids
Healthfinder® Kids
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (open access)
Description: Health resources for children organized as follows:
  • Cool & Uncool Stuff
  • Games
  • Safe Surfing
  • Art Contests
See also: Healthfinder® : Your Guide to Reliable Health Information
Healthlinks.net
Source: Healthlinks.Net Ltd. (open access)
Description: "A complementary resource site for healthcare consumers and professionals providing links to services and products, alternative health, education, dental and medical resources, hospitals, employment, healthcare publications, mental health and much more!"
Hematologic Diseases Information Service
See: National Hematologic Diseases Information Service
HIV InSite Gateway to HIV and AIDS Knowledge
Source: Center for HIV Information (CHI), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (open access)
Description: "Launched in March 1997, HIV InSite's mission is to be a source for comprehensive, in-depth HIV/AIDS information and knowledge. The site has an extensive collection of original material, including the HIV InSite Knowledge Base, a complete textbook with extensive references and related links organized by topic. Unlike many commercially oriented sites, HIV InSite's policy is to link to the best of the Web, and thousands of links to external Web sites are incorporated into the site's original content. It is the policy of HIV InSite to allow free, anonymous access to all of the site's content."
Note: Click here for more information about HIV InSite.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
Household Products Database : Health and Safety Information on Household Products
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM). Specialized Information Services (SIS) (open access)
Note: Household Products Database : Health and Safety Information on Household Products is also searchable as a component of TOXNET : Toxicology Data Network.
Description: "This database links over 6,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by the manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients."
Note: "The Household Products Database of the National Library of Medicine is based on the Consumer Product Information Database ©2005 by DeLima Associates. All rights reserved."
Note: Click here for more information about the Household Products Database.
See also: TOXNET : Toxicology Data Network

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Influenza (Flu)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (open access)
Description: Includes information for clinicians and consumers.
  • Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
    "Avian flu is caused by avian influenza viruses, which occur naturally among birds."
  • Pandemic Influenza
    "Pandemic flu is flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness that spreads easily from person to person. Currently there is no pandemic flu."
  • Seasonal Influenza
    "Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses."
Note: Also available in Spanish.

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Kidnetic.com
Source: International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation (open access)
Description: "A healthy eating and active living Web site for kids and their families, Kidnetic.com is part of ACTIVATE, an educational outreach program of the International Food Information Council Foundation. Developed rship with the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association, International Life Sciences Institute Center for Health Promotion, and National Recreation and Park Association." [description from familydoctor.org]
Note: Click here for more information about Kidnetic.com.
Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
See: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
Kidney Disease Education Program
See: National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
KidsHealth®
Source: Nemours Foundation (open access)
Description: "KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. KidsHealth has been on the Web since 1995 . . . . KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are literally thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games, and resources - all original and all developed by experts in the health of children and teens."
Note: Click here for more information about KidsHealth.
Note: Also available in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
See also: KidsHealth for Kids
See also: TeensHealth®
KidsHealth for Kids
Source: Nemours Foundation (open access)
Description: Health information for kids.
See also: KidsHealth®
See also: TeensHealth®

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Lab Tests Online
Source: American Association for Clinical Chemistry (open access)
Description: "Lab Tests Online has been designed to help you, as a patient or family caregiver, to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. If you are a medical professional, this site can serve as a quick reference tool or as a resource for keeping up with advances in laboratory science."

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Mayo Clinic Medical Information and Tools for Healthy Living - MayoClinic.com
Source: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER) (open access)
Description: "Our mission is to empower people to manage their health. We accomplish this by providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic."
The site is organized as follows:
  • Diseases & Conditions
  • Drugs & Supplements
  • Treatment Decisions
  • Healthy Living
  • Ask a Specialist
  • Health Tools
Note: Click here for more information about Mayo Clinic Medical Information and Tools for Healthy Living - MayoClinic.com.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
MayoClinic.com
See: Mayo Clinic Medical Information and Tools for Healthy Living - MayoClinic.com
Med Help International : The Patient Medical and Health Information Center
Source: Med Help International (open access)
Description: "Med Help International is dedicated to helping patients find the highest quality medical information in the world today. We offer patients the tools necessary to make informed treatment decisions within the short time lines dictated by their illness or disease. Our 'Virtual Medical Center for Patients' is a collection of information and professional medical support gathered from the best medical organizations and experts in the world."
Medem Medical Library
See: Medical Library - Medem Network
Medhelp International
See: Med Help International : The Patient Medical and Health Information Center
Medical Library - Medem Network
Source: Medem, Inc. (open access)
Description: "Medem's award-winning Medical Library represents the full range of patient education information from our partner medical societies and other trusted sources, and is unsurpassed in quality, breadth and depth of health care information."
The site is organized as follows:
  • Life Stages
  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Therapies and Health Strategies
  • Health and Society
Note: Other Medem information for patients is available here.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
Medical Library Association: For Health Consumers
See: For Health Consumers
Medical Student.com
See: MedicalStudent.com™
Medical words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) (open access)
Description: "This tutorial teaches you about medical words. You'll learn about how to put together parts of medical words. You'll also find quizzes to see what you've learned."
Note: "You will need Flash Player to view the programs."
Note: Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Flash Player.
See also: MedlinePlus® Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
MedicalStudent.com™
Source: MedicalStudent.com™ (open access)
Description: "MedicalStudent.com is a digital library of authoritative medical information for all students of medicine." It is organized as follows:
  • Medical Textbooks
  • Patient Simulations
  • MEDLINE and Medical Journals
  • Handheld Computer Resources
  • Continuing Education and Board Exams / Review Questions
  • Medical Organizations
  • Patient Education / Consumer Health Information
  • Internet Directories and Search Engines
  • About MedicalStudent.com
Note: Curated by Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Note: "MedicalStudent.com uses the following criteria for World-Wide Web site selection: 1) The site is selected by a process of peer review by accreditation, because accreditation models are designed for works that change over time. To become accredited, a site must clearly display four core quality standards: a. Authorship, including the author's name, affiliation, and credentials. b. Attribution of facts through the listing of references. c. Disclosure of site ownership and sponsorship. d. Currency of the site by listing dates of content posting and updating. 2) The site must be free to use, in part or in whole. 3) The site's information must be primarily in Hypertext Markup Language format (HTML) so that it can be read by users with the lowest common denominator World-Wide Web browser."
MedlinePlus® Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (open access)
Note: MedlinePlus® is also searchable as a component of NLM Gateway.
Description: "MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news."
Note: Click here and here for more information on MedlinePlus®.
Note: Also available in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
See also: Medical words A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
See also: MEDLINE
See also: MedlinePlus® Información de Salud de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina
MedlinePlus® Información de Salud de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (open access)
Description: "MedlinePlus le ayuda encontrar las respuestas que usted busca en temas de salud. MedlinePlus ha recopilado la información más confiable proveniente de fuentes autorizadas tales como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina y los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, así como otras agencias gubernamentales y organizaciones de servicios para la salud. MedlinePlus también le ofrece mucha información sobre medicamentos, una enciclopedia médica ilustrada, programas interactivos para el paciente y las más recientes noticias acerca de la salud."
Note: Click here for information on MedlinePlus® in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.
See also: MedlinePlus® Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
M.H.I.
See: Med Help International : Med Help International : The Patient Medical and Health Information Center
MHV
See: My HealtheVet - The Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness
Multilingual glossary of technical and popular medical terms in nine European languages
Source: Commissioned by The European Commission (DG III) and executed by Heymans Institute of Pharmacology and Mercator School, Dept. of Applied Linguistics via Universiteit Gent (open access)
Description: "This system contains the electronic form of eight glossaries, in which you can find 1830 technical and popular medical terms in eight of the nine official European languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Danish.
"There are four kinds of documents on this system :
1. Lists of technical and popular medical terms : these lists contain an index of all the medical terms, with cross-references between technical and popular terms (one list for each language).
2. Glossaries of technical and popular medical terms : these glossaries contain notes and comments from translators and users for each of the 1830 terms in the selected language. This is where your comments will eventually find their place.
3. Multilingual lemma collection : this list contains 1830 pages, one for each of the 1830 concepts in this system. On each page all the technical and popular terms from the all languages are brought together.
4. Dictionary : this list contains a short description (in English) of each term.
"These lists are connected with each other."
Note: Click here for the List and Glossary of medical terms: English.
Note: Click here for the List and Glossary of medical terms: Spanish.
Note: Click here for more information about the Multilingual glossary of technical and popular medical terms in nine European languages.
Note: Also listed as an electronic book.
My HealtheVet - The Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (open access)
Description: "My HealtheVet (MHV) is the gateway to veteran health benefits and services. It provides access to:
  • trusted health information
  • links to Federal and VA benefits and resources
  • the Personal Health Journal
  • online VA prescription refill
"In the future, MHV registrants will be able to view appointments, copay balances, and key portions of their VA medical records online, and much more! My HealtheVet is a powerful tool to help you better understand and manage your health."
Note: Also available in Spanish.
My Healthy Vet
See: My HealtheVet - The Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness
My Pyramid
See: MyPyramid.gov
MyPyramid.gov
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (open access)
Description: "One size doesn't fit all. MyPyramid Plan offers you a personal eating plan with the foods and amounts that are right for you. . . .
"MyPyramid Tracker offers a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level. . . .
"Use the advice 'Inside MyPyramid' to help you
  • Make smart choices from every food group.
  • Find your balance between food and physical activity.
  • Get the most nutrition out of your calories.
  • Stay within your daily calorie needs.
"MyPyramid food patterns are designed for the general public ages 2 and over. They are not therapeutic diets for specific health conditions. Those with a chronic health condition should consult with a health care provider to find a dietary plan that is right for them."
Note: Also available in Spanish.

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National Cancer Coalition (NCC)
Source: National Cancer Coalition (NCC) (open access)
Description: "NCC's mission is to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and their families through programs that provide knowledge, assistance, and relief. NCC seeks to reduce the incidence of cancer by distributing cancer education and prevention information, thereby empowering individuals to make better choices regarding health and wellness. NCC supports research, medical assistance, and programs throughout the world in an effort to improve the cancer patient's quality of life."
Organized as follows:
  • Background
  • Research & Programs
  • International Relief
  • Kid's Korner
  • Education
  • Patient Care
  • Giving
Note: Available in HTML and Flash versions.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
See: Cancer.gov
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
Source: National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) (open access)
Description: "Founded in 1997, the National Diabetes Education Program is a federally-sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners in efforts to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. . . .
"NDEP's target audiences include:
  • People with diabetes and their families.
  • People at risk for type 2 diabetes, with special attention to African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, older adults, and women with a history of gestational diabetes and their children.
  • Health care professionals.
  • Health care payers, purchasers, and policy makers."
Note: "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Diabetes Translation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the support of more than 200 partner organizations."
Note: Click here for more information about the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).
Note: Includes materials in Asian and Pacific Islander languages.
Note: Includes materials in Spanish.
See also: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) (open access)
Description: "The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"NDIC was established in 1978 to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients, health care professionals, and the general public. To carry out this mission, NDIC works closely with NIDDK's Diabetes Research and Training Centers; the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP); professional, patient, and voluntary associations; Government agencies; and State health departments to identify and respond to informational needs about diabetes and its management."
Organized as follows:
  • Diabetes (A to Z list of topics and titles)
  • Introduction to Diabetes
  • Treatments for Diabetes
  • Complications of Diabetes
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Trials, Guidelines, and Research Reports
  • National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
  • Awareness and Prevention Series
  • Additional Resources
  • Order Publications
  • About the Clearinghouse
  • Información en español
Note: Click here for more information about the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC).
Note: Also available in Spanish.
See also: National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
Source: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) (open access)
Description: "The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"NDDIC was established in 1980 to increase knowledge and understanding about digestive diseases among people with these conditions and their families, health care professionals, and the general public. To carry out this mission, NDDIC works closely with a coordinating panel of representatives from Federal agencies, voluntary organizations on the national level, and professional groups to identify and respond to informational needs about digestive diseases."
Organized as follows:
  • Digestive Diseases (A to Z list of topics and titles)
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Trials and Guidelines
  • Awareness and Prevention Series
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign
  • Additional Resources
  • Order Publications
  • About the Clearinghouse
  • Information in Spanish
Note: Click here for more information about the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).
Note: Also available in Spanish.
See also: Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
Source: National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (open access)
Description: "The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"The NIDDK conducts and supports biomedical research. As a public service the NIDDK has established information services to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals and the public."
Organized as follows:
  • Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases (A to Z list of topics and titles)
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Trials, Guidelines, and Research Reports
  • Additional Resources
  • Order Publications
  • About This Information Service
Note: Click here for more information about the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service.
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Hematologic Diseases Information Service
Source: National Hematologic Diseases Information Service (open access)
Description: "The National Hematologic Diseases Information Service is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"The NIDDK conducts and supports biomedical research. As a public service the NIDDK has established information services to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals and the public."
Organized as follows:
  • Hematologic Diseases (A to Z list of topics and titles)
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Trials, Guidelines, and Research Reports
  • Additional Resources
  • Order Publications
  • About This Information Service
Note: Click here for more information about the National Hematologic Diseases Information Service.
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (open access)
Description: "The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields as well as many basic science disciplines."
Includes "Health Information for the Public" and "Resources for the Scientific Community."
"Health Informtion for the Public" is organized as follows:
  • Health & Disease Topics
  • Campaigns & Programs
  • Clinical Trial Information
Note: Click here for more information about the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Note: Health Education information is also available in Spanish.
See also: Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign
See also: National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
See also: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
See also: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
See also: National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
See also: National Hematologic Diseases Information Service
See also: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
See also: National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
See also: NIDDK Image Library
See also: Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
National Insitutes of Health Senior Health
See: NIHSeniorHealth.gov
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
Source: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) (open access)
Description: "The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"NKUDIC was established in 1987 to increase knowledge and understanding about diseases of the kidneys and urologic system among people with these conditions and their families, health care professionals, and the general public. To carry out this mission, NKUDIC works closely with a coordinating panel of representatives from Federal agencies; voluntary organizations on the national level; professional groups; and State health departments to identify and respond to informational needs about kidney and urologic diseases."
Organized as follows:
  • Kidney and Urologic Diseases (A to Z list of topics and titles)
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Trials and Guidelines
  • National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
  • Awareness and Prevention Series
  • Additional Resources
  • Order Publications
  • About the Clearinghouse
  • Información en español
Note: Click here for more information about the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC).
Note: Also available in Spanish.
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
See also: National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM) (open access)
Description: "NKDEP is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by kidney disease and its complications.
"NKDEP aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing those at high risk (those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure), and the availability of treatment to prevent or slow kidney failure."
Organized as follows:
  • Kidney Disease: Are You at Risk?
  • Tools and Resources for Health Professionals
  • Creatinine Standardization Program
Note: "NKDEP is an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)."
Note: Click here for more information about the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP).
Note: Also available in Spanish.
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
See also: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal
See: Drug Information Portal
NCI
See: Cancer.gov
NDDIC
See: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
NDEP
See: National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
NDIC
See: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
New York Online Access to Health
See: NOAH: New York Online Access to Health
NIDDK
See: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
NIH Senior Health
See: NIHSeniorHealth.gov
NIHSeniorHealth.gov
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) (open access)
Description: "NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
"NIHSeniorHealth features authoritative and up-to-date health information from Institutes and Centers at NIH. In addition, the American Geriatrics Society provides expert and independent review of some of the material found on this web site. Each health topic includes general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs). New topics are added to the site on a regular basis."
Note: "Featuring Health Information from the National Institutes of Health."
Note: Click here for more information about NIHSeniorHealth.gov.
NKDEP
See: National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
NKUDIC
See: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
NLM Drug Information Portal
See: Drug Information Portal
NOAH: New York Online Access to Health
Source: NOAH (open access)
Description: "NOAH provides access to high quality full-text consumer health information in English and Spanish that is accurate, timely, relevant and unbiased."
The site is organized as follows:
  • Health Topics
  • Index A to Z
  • Page of the Month
Note: Click here for more information about noah New York Online Access to Health.
Note: Also available in Spanish.
Note: One of the Medical Library Association's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites For Health Consumers.

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Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents
See: Haz-Map : Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents
ORPHANET
Source: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) and Direction Générale de la Santé (DGS) via ORPHANET [France] (open access)
Description: "ORPHANET is a database dedicated to information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge. ORPHANET aims to improve management and treatment of genetic, auto-immune or infectious rare diseases, rare cancers, or not yet classified rare diseases. ORPHANET offers services adapted to the needs of patients and their families, health professionals and researchers, support groups and industry."
Note: Click here for more information about ORPHANET.
Note: Also available in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Pandemic Influenza
See: Influenza (Flu)
Patient Education
Source: American College of Rheumatology (ACR) (open access)
Description: "The ACR [American College of Rheumatology] and ARHP [Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals] have prepared information for patients about 22 rheumatic diseases, about the caregivers who treat patients with arthritis, and about several common medications used to treat rheumatic diseases."
The Patient Medical and Health Information Center
See: Med Help International : The Patient Medical and Health Information Center
PDQ® (Physician Data Query)
See: Cancer Genetics Services Directory
See: Cancer Topics
See: Clinical Trials
People Living With Cancer (PLWC)
Source: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) (open access)
Description: "Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology & The ASCO Foundation."
PLWC
See: People Living With Cancer (PLWC)
The Public Health Digital Library
See: Public Health's Digital Library
Public Health's Digital Library
Source: Public Health - Seattle & King County (open access)
Description: "The Public Health Digital Library is Public Health - Seattle & King County's gateway to online public health resources, including free and fee-based full text articles, links to authoritative public health websites and searchable databases, and access to document delivery and reference assistance."
PubMed Health
Source: PubMed Health (open access)
Description: "PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions."

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Retouch
Source: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs [Sweeden] (open access)
Description: "The media world is becoming increasingly fixated on appearances. And the number of tricks used to achieve the increasingly exaggerated ideals is growing. Many models have plastic surgery and even more are retouched so they appear to have bigger breasts, smaller stomachs or fuller lips. We wanted to show how easy it is to change someone's appearance in this campaign."
Note: This interactive Web site allows users to make a feature-by-feature comparison of the "before" and "after" pictures of a magazine cover girl.
Note: Part of the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs Girl Power Project.
Rheumatology Patient Education
See: Patient Education

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SARS
See: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Seasonal Influenza
See: Influenza (Flu)
Senior Health
See: NIHSeniorHealth.gov
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (open access)
Description: Includes information for clinicians and consumers.
Note: Also available in Spanish.

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Tar Wars
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) (open access)
Description: " An award-winning national children's tobacco education program. Tar Wars is an effective, innovative, and fun program that teaches fifth graders about the short-term, image-based consequences of tobacco use and how to think critically about tobacco advertising." [description from familydoctor.org]
Note: "A tobacco-free education program for kids from the American Academy of Family Physicians."
TeensHealth®
Source: Nemours Foundation (open access)
Description: Health information for teens.
See also: KidsHealth®
See also: KidsHealth for Kids
Tox Town: Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Health Risks Where You Live, Work and Play
Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM). Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) (open access)
Description: "Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds and animation to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. Tox Town's target audience is students above elementary-school level, educators, and the general public. It is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals."
Note: "An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places."
Note: "Tox Town was created using Adobe Flash. You must have the Flash Player plug-in version 7 or above to view the site. The plug-in can be downloaded for free from Adobe."
Note: "A text version of Tox Town has been created in order to allow the content to be accessible in a non-visual format."
Note: Click here and here for more information about Tox Town.
Note: Also available in Spanish.

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United States Pharmacopeia drug information. Advice for the patient
See: Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™
U.S. Pharmacopeia drug information. Advice for the patient
See: Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™
USP DI. Advice for the patient
See: Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer™

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WebMD®
Source: WebMD, Inc. (open access)
Description: "WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information."
Note: Click here for more information about WebMD®.
Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
Source: Weight-control Information Network (WIN) (open access)
Description: "The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues."
Note: "An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)."
Note: Click here for more information about WIN - The Weight-control Information Network.
Note: Includes some information in Spanish.
See also: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
WolframAlpha
Source: WolframAlpha
Description: "Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers - not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.
West Nile Virus
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases (open access)
Description: Includes information for clinicians and consumers.
Note: Also available in Spanish.
WIN - The Weight-control Information Network
See: Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
Global Library of Women's Medicine
Source: Sapiens Global Library Limited (open access)
Description: "The primary feature of this site consists of 442 specialist chapters on women's medicine, plus 53 supplementary chapters, authored by over 650 expert contributors citing more than 40,000 references."
Note: "The basic text on this site is universally accessible and FREE to all users. But, because the site is specifically designed for the use of the medical profession, all the other features are reserved for their exclusive use including access to:
  • "The ability to comment on the text or submit other material (see 'Comment and Contribute')
  • "The ability to contribute correspondence (see 'Views')
  • "A News and Alert service, tailored to each registrant's special interests
  • "Laboratory Tests
  • "Videos
  • "Atlas Image Library
"For access to these, and other features, members of the medical profession (doctors, nurses, midwives, sonographers etc) must register. Registration is FREE.
"(NB Medical Students will be given intermediate registration status allowing access to some, but not all, of the above features)."

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