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Salud en Espanol (TexShare)

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Provider: EBSCO
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Descriptions: This is an interface designed for the consumer of Spanish-language health care information, with convenient access to the same health and medical information found in the Consumer Health Complete database.
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Información de Gripe H1N1 – Ciudad de Houston

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Provider: City of Houston Dept. of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: Informacion en espanol del Ciudad de Houston que incluida una lista de signos clave de emergencia que requieren atención médica inmediata.
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Houston Area Red Cross

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Provider: American Red Cross
Descriptions: The Houston Red Cross provides location and contact information for its area chapters and indicates how to get help after a disaster, including an international service for finding family members. A number of downloadable, printable brochures are provided in English and Spanish, to aid citizens in preparing for various kinds of disaster situations, from hurricanes to hazardous substance releases to pandemics. The "Spotlight Links" give quick access to a number of these. The website includes safety tips for aquatic recreation, and information on classes in CPR and First Aid.
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Global Library of Women’s Medicine (GLOWM)

website Descriptions: This website contains both open-access and restricted-access content. Available to all are 44 "chapters" written by professionals on gynecology and obstetrics, gynecologic oncology, maternal/fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, genetics and fertility. For medical professionals, free registration provides access to a medical atlas, laboratory tests, a video library and patient education materials. All content is said to be peer-reviewed.
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Gene Gateway: Exploring Genes and Genetic Disorders

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Provider: genomics.energy.gov
Descriptions: The Gene Gateway is a collection of guides and tutorials for the investigation of various aspects of genetics data and information through databases located on the Worldwide Web. Guide sections include links to the resources, and are as follows: Gene and Protein Database Guide; Bioinformatics Tools; Genetic Disorder Guide; Sample Profiles of Genes and Genetic Disorders; Chromosome Viewer; and Evaluating Medical Information on the Web.
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Flu.gov

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: This DHHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) website presents a wealth of information on the Avian and Swine Influenzas. This is, as the site declares, "one stop access to U.S. Government swine, avian and pandemic flu information." The site provides sections on: planning and preparation, from government to family level; tests, vaccines and medications; bird and animal issues; research activities; global activities; news and multimedia resources; economic impacts; and links to state government websites and contacts.
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Finding Help in Texas

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Provider: Health and Human Services Commission's Information and Referral Network
Descriptions: This database contains comprehensive information about health and human services programs in Texas. This includes (but is not limited to) assistance for food, housing and shelter, education, legal, childcare, emergencies, physical and mental health, financial assistance, and transportation. The system is designed to inform you about the health and human services that are available in your community. Programs are geographically indexed by zip code, by city, and by county.
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World Institute on Disability

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Provider: World Institute on Disability
Descriptions: From the website: "The World Institute on Disability is an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. It works to strengthen the disability movement through research, training, advocacy and public education to help people with disabilities throughout the world enjoy increased opportunities to live independently."
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PubMed Health

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Provider: National Library of Medicine/National Center for Biotechnology Information
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Descriptions: PubMed Health, covering 2003 to the present, provides summaries and full texts of selected systematic reviews in one place. There is also information for consumers and clinicians based on those reviews. A search on PubMed Health runs simultaneously in PubMed. A filter is used to identify all the indexed scientific articles at the NLM that might be systematic reviews. This search includes articles from before 2003. Information partners selected by PubMed Health to contribute clinical effectiveness information are:

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)
  • The Cochrane Collaboration (CC)
  • German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines program (NICE)
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme (NIHR HTA)
  • Oregon Health and Science University's Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs' Evidence-based Synthesis Program from the Veterans Health Administration R&D (VA ESP)
England's Behind the Headlines service is from the National Health Service (NHS Choices). Also contains information from the A.D.A.M. Illustrated Medical Encyclopedia and Micromedex Consumer Medication Information.
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User’s Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

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Provider: Medical Library Association
Descriptions: This resource provides tips on how to judge whether a website purveying medical information is trustworthy and authoritative. It also presents links to high quality sources of such information. The guide "...outlines the collective wisdom of medical librarians who surf the web every day to discover quality information in support of clinical and scientific decision making by doctors, scientists, and other health practitioners responsible for the nation's health."
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: The Food and Drug Administration states the main points of its very broad mission as: "...protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation." This website presents a large amount of useful consumer information and health-related news, as well as providing a public account of the FDA's many activities and efforts on behalf of the citizenry.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Provider: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Descriptions: This website emphasizes the Environmental Protection Agency's pledge to "protect human health and the environment." The latest EPA news is featured here, but more importantly, the site provides numerous in-depth topic sections: acid rain, asbestos, global warming, hazardous waste, human health, oil spills, etc.. Click at upper right to read the EPA's website in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean. Some topics include links to the text of relevant laws and regulations.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Disasters and Emergencies

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Provider: DHHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Descriptions: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disasters and Emergencies page covers specific types of natural and man-made disasters, and is a portal linking to information resources for citizens, health professionals, federal, state and local governments, and businesses.
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Treatment Advocacy Center

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Provider: Treatment Advocacy Center
Descriptions: The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This site provides a guide to each state's laws governing the eligibility criteria that must be met for commitment for inpatient and outpatient mental illness treatment. A "Library" of free documents is also filterable by state and topic. A searchable section called "Preventable Tragedies" chronicles incidents involving individuals with neurobiological disorders.
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Texas Influenza Surveillance Information – Texas Department of State Health Services

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Provider: Texas Department of State Health Services
Descriptions: This page includes personal and family preparedness advice, information for health care professionals, and the Department's news on Swine Flu in the state of Texas, including school closings. Links to updated CDC information are also provided.
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Texas Department of State Health Services

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Provider: Texas Health and Human Services System
Descriptions: A very broad spectrum of useful health-related resources and information for Texas residents is presented or linked to by this website. Browse or search for information on state regulations, diseases, statistics, consumer product safety, food and drug safety, immunization, professional licensing, social services- and much, much more.
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Fight the Flu Houston

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Provider: City of Houston Dept. of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: Local information on Influenza from the City of Houston, including where to get vaccinations, how to prevent the spread of the infection, and information for special segments of the population.
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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

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Provider: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Descriptions: FEMA's website contains guidelines for stocking basic emergency supplies, protecting one's home, property and pets, communications, evacuation routes, as well as on participating in an evacuation, and on how to apply for post-disaster help, with forms for doing so. Includes the complete booklet, "Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" as a free download.
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DocFinder (Texas)

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Provider: Texas Medical Board
Descriptions: Texas DocFinder enables the user to research individual physicians. Find the number, status, type and expiration date of a physician's license; check on whether the Texas Board of Medical Examiners has taken disciplinary action against a physician; and learn details of the physician's education and credentials for the stated medical specialty.
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Disaster Planning for Home Health Care Providers

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Provider: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Descriptions: This document provides some checklist items and guidelines for assisting the homebound patient in preparing for disasters and in evacuation readiness. A form is included for entering essential data like personal medical information and a personal emergency contacts list.
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ConsumerMedSafety.org

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Provider: Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Descriptions: This website comes from the nonprofit organization ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) in partnership with the FDA, the American Hospital Association, the Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations and others. The ISMP aims to help prevent medication errors through collecting and analyzing reports of medication-related hazardous conditions, near-misses, errors, and other adverse drug events and making the information available to consumers and the health care community. Consumers are encouraged to contribute information here via a forum for reporting medication errors. This site offers a feature (free registration required) called "Get Your 60 Second Medication Check," which lists potential side effects, treatment duplication and drug interactions for various medications. Patient information inserts are also available full text, in .pdf format.
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ClinicalTrials.gov

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Provider: National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: Provides information on clinical trials sponsored by federal agencies like NIH and on trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Most clinical trials in the database are located in the US and Canada. Included: purpose of the trial, who may participate, locations, and contact information for learning details.
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CenterWatch: Clinical Trials Listing Service

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Provider: CenterWatch
Descriptions: In addition to furnishing information about clinical trials to patients and healthcare or research professionals, CenterWatch publishes newsletters, books and directories, and conducts custom research for patients and professionals. CenterWatch presents one set of resources targeted to patients and the general public, and another for medical and pharmaceutical professionals.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: A good source of up-to-date consumer health information, as well as practitioner- and research-oriented and statistical public health information.
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CDC Travelers’ Health

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Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: Travelers’ Health provides information on required vaccinations, travel-related diseases and the latest news updates on disease outbreaks, for health care professionals and the general public. Under Resources, links to CDC podcasts on travel health topics are available.
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CDC Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

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Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: This web page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maps influenza activity around the world, updated weekly. It also provides guidance for health care professionals and the public.
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CDC Radiation Emergencies Fact Sheets

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Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: This sector of the CDC website on radiation emergencies is a prime resource on radiation disasters for public health professionals, emergency responders and individual healthcare practitioners. It presents patient and management information, guidelines and recommendations, and links to additional online training resources, including short videos. Some fact sheets contain general information suitable for the layman: being prepared, sheltering in place and other protective measures, facts about contamination levels and substances in food and water, the difference between contamination and exposure, and more.
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CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: Hurricane Information for Health Care Professionals

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Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: This is the area of CDC's disaster resources for the use of health care professionals, dealing with infection control, public health surveillance, displacement and licensure issues, handling of human remains, and safety considerations for bringing equipment and facilities back into service after a hurricane or other disaster.
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Merck Manual Home Health Handbook for Patients and Caregivers

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Provider: Merck
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Descriptions: This manual is a valuable medical resource for the layman, explaining medical conditions from every aspect, with introductions giving background information on the biology of body systems and organs, and providing supporting anatomical and 3-D visual aids. Causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are defined. The Drugs section, with information on pharmacokinetics, drug interaction and adverse reactions, herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs. The Special Subjects area contains information on medical decision-making, limb prosthetics, common imaging tests, travel health, women's health, alternative and complementary medicines, and more.
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Assisted Living Directory: Facilities Information & Senior Care

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Provider: Assisted-Living-Directory.com
Descriptions: This directory covers assisted living facilities in all 50 states. Search by state or ZIP code. Contact information, photographs and links to the facilities' websites are provided. The compilers of this directory have screened out questionable entries, based on news items and user feedback, but first-hand investigation is of utmost importance in this context.
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Asian American Health

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Provider: National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: This Web resource on Asian-American Health is designed as an information portal for issues affecting the health and well-being, and to increase public awareness of the health concerns of this sector of the U.S population. Provides links to an assortment of documents, websites, databases and other resources.
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HealthReach – health information in many languages

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: This website (Formerly RHIN, Refugee Health Information Network) provides links and full-text patient education materials in many hard-to-find and currently relevant languages. (Not all topics are available in all languages.)
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MedlinePlus

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Provider: National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine
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Descriptions: MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for the layman, offering free and authoritative current health and medical information. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it provides information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues in everyday language. Use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on drugs (by generic or brand name) and supplements, learn the meanings of medical terms, or view medical videos and illustrations. Includes links to the latest medical research on numerous topics and information on clinical trials, and interactive tutorials on diseases, diagnostic tests, preventive medicine and surgeries. Also available here are anatomy videos in English and Spanish, from the A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia and other sources. QuickTime player is required for some videos. Mobile Access: All MedlinePlus content is now available in both English and Spanish versions, at  http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol .
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Ready America

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Provider: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Descriptions: "Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed" are the main headings here. Content is viewable in twelve languages other than English. Numerous checklists, brochures and documents are available for free download, to help citizens of diverse population groups in planning and preparing for a wide variety of disaster situations.
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PHPartners

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Provider: PHPartners Editorial Board
Descriptions: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. Collaborating organizations include: the American Public Health Association, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medical Library Association, National Library of Medicine, and the Public Health Foundation. The site serves as a portal for information compiled with the intention of helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to the end of improving and protecting the public's health. The site provides links to information in several categories, including: health promotion and education; literature and guidelines; health data tools and statistics; grants and funding; and education and training.
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Office of Rare Diseases Research

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: "The ORDR [Office of Rare Diseases Research] Web site aims to answer questions about rare diseases and the activities of the ORDR for patients, their families, healthcare providers, researchers, educators, students, and anyone with concern for and interest in rare diseases. The site provides information about ORDR-sponsored biomedical research, scientific conferences, and rare and genetic diseases. It also serves as a portal to information on major topics of interest to the rare diseases community."
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AnesthesiaPatientSafety.com

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Provider: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Descriptions: This website informs the consumer or patient about preparing for anesthesia, including possible complications, drug and herbal interactions and anesthesia in children, and provides links to other anesthesia sites with useful information for the consumer.
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American Veterinary Medical Association: Disaster Preparedness

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Provider: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Descriptions: The AVMA has posted a large amount of detailed, very useful information on providing for pets and livestock in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency- before, during and after- in the form of printable brochures and a comprehensive booklet for animal owners called "Saving the Whole Family." These documents are provided in Spanish as well as English. For veterinary professionals, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide (over 400 pages) is freely available from the website for download or printing. A brochure aimed at veterinary practices and helpful for disaster planning is provided. See the AVMA Collections page for more publications and information on disaster preparedness. Selected links for both pet owners (pet care, FAQ's) and professionals (associations, government agencies) can be found here also.
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American Lung Association

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Provider: American Lung Association
Descriptions: Provides consumer information on pulmonary diseases and conditions, clinical trials, smoking cessation, current research activities, statistics and more.
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American Indian Health

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Provider: National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health
Descriptions: This website is designed as an "information portal to issues affecting the health and well-being of American Indians." The website provides links to information on health topics, statistical information and health programs and services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Also includes links to tribal government websites and information on traditions and practices of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
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NIH Health Information

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Provider: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: Developed by NIH, the U.S. Government's health research agency, this site provides links to articles, research, news, and guides to finding reliable Internet health information. The site is divided into sections on body systems, health and wellness, conditions and diseases, and procedures. Also provides information organized according to user category: children and teens, men, women, minorities, and seniors.
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NeedyMeds

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Provider: NeedyMeds
Descriptions: This website provides information about assistance available to help with the cost of generic and brand-name drugs, as well as links to disease-based programs providing financial assistance with health care costs.
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National Pesticide Information Center

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Provider: Oregon State University and US Environmental Protection Agency
Descriptions: NPIC provides comprehensive, objective scientific information on pesticides and related topics to enable citizens to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. The website provides links to many resources, including MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets); product label information; fact sheets from various government agencies; contact information for manufacturers; EPA regulations; and emergency resources.
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National Institute of Mental Health: Mental Health Topics

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Provider: NIH National Institute of Mental Health
Descriptions: From the website: Mental disorders are common health conditions. Information about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for: * Anxiety Disorders * Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD) * Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) * Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness) * Borderline Personality Disorder * Depression * Eating Disorders * Generalized Anxiety Disorder * Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) * Panic Disorder * Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) * Schizophrenia * Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) Getting Help: Locate Services Locate mental health services in your area, affordable healthcare, NIMH clinical trials, and listings of professionals and organizations.
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports research on a broad spectrum of metabolic diseases: diabetes, obesity, inborn errors of metabolism, endocrine disorders, mineral metabolism, digestive and liver diseases, nutrition, urology and renal disease, and hematology. Health information for the public (in English and Spanish) and details about research and funding are included here.
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National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

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Provider: National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Descriptions: The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. NCCS believes in evidence-based advocacy for systemic changes at the federal level in how the nation researches, regulates, finances, and delivers quality cancer care. NCCS organizes Cancer Advocacy Now!™, a legislative advocacy network that engages constituents across the country in federal cancer-related issues. Patient education is also a priority of NCCS.
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MyHealtheVet

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Provider: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Descriptions: The Veterans Administration's site for veterans' healthcare and personal medical records access.
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My Family Health Portrait

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Provider: Office of the Surgeon General and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)
Descriptions: A family health history can help to identify genetic health risks. This website enables consumers to create a personal online family health history, which can then be saved to one's own computer to print or to share with other family members or health care providers. Privacy is assured- the data entered is available only to the user.
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Medicare.gov – Nursing Home Compare

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: This website provides a means to research and compare the quality ratings of nursing homes. Search for local facilities and view their ratings based on health inspection, staffing and quality measures that reflect the general well-being of residents. A link to the free "Medicare's Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home" is provided under Help & Resources/Publications.
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Medical Product Safety Network (MEDSUN)

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Descriptions: MEDSUN "...is an adverse event reporting program launched in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The primary goal for MedSun is to work collaboratively with the clinical community to identify, understand, and solve problems with the use of medical devices. Over 350 health care facilities, primarily hospitals, participate in the entire MedSun network." There are MEDSUN sub-networks for various conditions and clinical settings in which medical devices are commonly used: HeartNet, HomeNet, KidNet (neonates), LabNet, SightNet and TissueNet.
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MCH Library (Maternal & Child Health Library at Georgetown University)

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Provider: Georgetown University
Descriptions: The MCH Library develops knowledge paths, bibliographies, and other information resources. It is provided by the Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library, one of six Georgetown University libraries. This gateway site offers a compilation of maternal-child health information updated frequently, and also offers paths to information available from other websites. A Community Services Locator feature guides users to sources of support for mothers and children on the local level, in areas like child care, education and special needs, family and parenting issues, health, and financial support.
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KidsHealth

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Provider: Nemours Foundation
Descriptions: KidsHealth is the largest, most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from prenatal care through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information. KidsHealth has created separate areas designed for children, teenagers and parents. Includes thousands of original in-depth features, articles, animations, games and resources developed by experts in pediatric and adolescent healthcare.
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AMA DoctorFinder

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Provider: American Medical Association (AMA)
Descriptions: A physician search site provided by the American Medical Association. Search either by surname and state, or by specialty, state and city.
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Natural & Alternative Treatments (TexShare)

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Provider: EBSCO
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Descriptions: This database currently contains approximately 300 articles on Herbs and Supplements, 200 articles on Conditions, 90 articles on Drug Interaction, 40 articles on homeopathy, and 40 articles on alternative medicine. Answers questions on efficacy, dosage, interactions, and risk/benefit, and cites studies and trials, supplying information about their reliability (evidence-based.) Clicking on a condition in a substance's record links the user to articles on other substances used to treat that condition. Entries include Spanish translations and all have references.
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Health Source – Consumer Edition (TexShare)

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Descriptions: Provides information on many health topics: medical sciences, food science and nutrition, child care, sports medicine and general health. Features searchable full text for nearly 190 journals, as well as abstracts and indexing for over 200 general health, nutrition and professional health care pamphlets, books and reports. Also included is drug information from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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Health Reference Center Academic (TexShare)

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Provider: Gale
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Descriptions: This database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources, including newspapers and multimedia. More than 21,000 publications are represented. Includes resources suitable for students, consumers and health professionals.
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Alt Health Watch (TexShare)

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Provider: EBSCO -- TexShare
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Descriptions: This database focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness; it offers full text articles from nearly 180 international reports and journals, many of which are peer-reviewed. In addition, there are hundreds of other publication types: pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts.
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AHFS Consumer Medication Information (TexShare)

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Descriptions: More than 1,100 detailed records for prescription drugs from the American Hospital Formulary Service, with information couched in layman's terms. Many of the records are available in English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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AARP Country Profiles

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Provider: AARP
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Descriptions: The Country Profiles section of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) International website offers statistics on life expectancy and per capita healthcare expenditure worldwide.
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