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Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL)

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Provider: Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah/North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)
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Descriptions: A discipline-specific, open-access repository of digital materials (images, video, lectures, articles and animations), to be used for educational and research purposes by health care professionals, educators, patients, and students. Features include a patient-specific portal, an ophthalmology curriculum outline, a list of outside resources, and a guide to contributing materials to the site. Many articles from Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology are available here. Initial funding was provided by the National Library of Medicine. Materials may be used with proper attribution, under a Creative Commons license. This resource is still very much in development, but contains much useful material.
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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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International OCD Foundation

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Provider: International OCD Foundation
Descriptions: The mission of the Foundation is to educate the public and professional communities about OCD and related disorders; to provide assistance to individuals with OCD and related disorders, their families and friends, and to support research into the causes of, and effective treatments for, this disease.
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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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HIV InSite

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Provider: UCSF Center for HIV Information
Descriptions: This website from the University of California San Francisco is designed to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy.
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Healthy People 2020

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: This DHHS website outlines the objectives for 2020 in the ongoing Healthy People initiative to promote health and prevent diseases.
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American Association of Poison Control Centers

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Provider: American Association of Poison Control Centers
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Descriptions: This body's primary mission is to educate, accredit and inform its membership- 56 poison control centers throughout the United States and two in Canada- to advance public health care in the regions of all the state poison control centers. For the consumer it provides alerts and general prevention information for parents, babysitters, children and health care providers. It contains information on how to request information from the National Poison Data System, a link to the organization's past annual reports, which are published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, press releases, and a map of poison control center locations.  You can reach your local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222.
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HealthFinder.gov

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: HealthFinder.gov is an award-winning website for consumers, coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)and the National Health Information Center. Since 1997, HealthFinder.gov has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. HealthFinder.gov links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,600 health-related organizations. The site translates into Spanish.
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HealthCare.gov

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: HealthCare.gov is a one-stop shop for learning about available health insurance coverage, based on location, state of health, and other criteria. It includes links to healthcare facilities that accept the uninsured-- "self-pay" patients and those who cannot afford to pay. HealthCare.gov is also a place to check for answers to questions about the Affordable Care Act, and to use an interactive timeline detailing the implementation of its most important provisions. Different topics under "Comparing Care Providers" link to the Medicare website, to other sections of this site, or to the DHHS website, where users can learn about physicians or types of healthcare facilities.
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Harris County Hospital District Eligibility Card Page

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Provider: Harris County Hospital District
Descriptions: A discount health services card for use in Harris County Hospital District's hospitals, clinics and other facilities. Financially distressed Harris County residents can apply for the Eligibility Card. Based on household income, one may qualify for medical financial assistance. The application form is available in English and Spanish on the website. A link to a list of local walk-in registration or "eligibility centers" and an explanation of the documents needed to accompany applications are also on this page.
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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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Genomics.Energy.Gov

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Provider: U.S. Department of Energy
Descriptions: Genome projects of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, founder of the Human Genome Project... The site is a portal to sites on the Human Genome Project, data from the Microbial Genome Program, and the Genomic Science Program. It also provides a link to a genomics image gallery.
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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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Food and Nutrition Information Center

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Provider: National Agricultural Library/US Food and Drug Administration
Descriptions: This website from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Agricultural Library is a starting point to a wealth of information on food and nutrition from governmental, professional and educational sources.
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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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What’s in the Food You Eat

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Provider: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Descriptions: Contains nutrient profiles and calorie counts for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S.
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Virtual Body

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Provider: Medtropolis.com/EBSCO
Descriptions: Human anatomy site with animation, narration, cross-sections.
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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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Twenty four (24) Languages Project

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Provider: Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (Univ. of Utah) in partnership with other organizations
Descriptions: The 24 Languages Project is a portal for electronic access to over 200 health education brochures in Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan and Vietnamese languages. In many cases, the information is provided in both .pdf and sound recording formats. All instances of these patient information documents may be downloaded and distributed for noncommercial use. Be advised that most of the information is not available in all languages, and some of the information available has not been updated recently.
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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 Heart Institute Heart Information Center

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Provider: Texas Heart Institute
Descriptions: This website is an award-winner and has been highlighted in the Internet Scout Report. Its first focus is on patient and consumer education, but it also links to a page of physician-targeted resources and publications. For the consumer there are questionnaires designed to help the user ascertain their own cardiac health and risk behaviors; for patients, there is an extensive glossary of terms and a detailed section explaining heart conditions and surgical procedures designed to correct them.
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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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FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Descriptions: This FDA portal for the medical device industry and consumers links the user to information on medical devices (both approved and recalled), medical imaging and radiation safety, full text regulations, and more.
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FamilyDoctor.org

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Provider: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Descriptions: This website is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a U.S. medical society counting more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students as members. All information on this site is written and reviewed by AAFP physicians and patient education professionals.
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Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (NIOSH)

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Provider: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Descriptions: The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB) is a rapidly accessible occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event." The website offers a number of ways to search chemical agents. For each substance or compound, the database supplies information on its characteristics, signs and symptoms, labeling and packaging; the possible means and routes of dissemination; protective gear needed in emergencies; first aid; and decontamination procedures for patients and responders.
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DocFinder (Texas)

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Provider: Administrators in Medicine (AIM)
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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Disabled World

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Provider: Disabled World (Lynn and Ian Langtree)
Descriptions: Subtitled "Health and Disability Community News," this website offers resources and information on travel and assistive technology; news and articles concerning disabilities and health issues; and links to social networking sites for the disabled, including its own community site.
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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

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Provider: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Descriptions: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses, depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
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DailyMed

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs according to FDA approved labels (package inserts). This website provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date search and download resource on medications. A "Product Identification System" feature allows the user to identify unknown medications by entering criteria based on the appearance of a pill. A related database called Pillbox, in beta development at this writing and located at http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/ will presumably replace the Product Identification System tool in the near future.
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Texas Poison Center Network

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Provider: Texas Poison Center Network
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Descriptions: Texas legislators established the  TPCN to set up a network of six regional poison centers to provide emergency treatment information to Texas citizens for poisonings and toxic exposures. This site provides prevention and first aid information, fact sheets and materials for educational programs, information on poisonous plants and animals, and a useful selection of links to other relevant sites, including ASPCA's pet poisoning/prevention information. Publications are free to download, print or order. The general information brochure can be downloaded or printed here, in English and eleven other languages. A Recalls section links to lists of recalls of consumer products, pesticides, vehicles, foods and medicines.
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Orphanet: the Portal for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs

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Provider: Orphanet and funding organizations
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Descriptions: Orphanet is a portal to regularly-updated information on rare diseases, disorders and syndromes and related "orphan" drug, clinical research and trial, genetic and diagnostic information and includes an encyclopedia and other resources for patients. Orphanet was originally begun and funded in 1997 by the French Ministry of Health and INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale.) Funding and information-gathering are accomplished and sponsored by various relevant, authoritative European and national organizations.
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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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CMS.gov: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Provider: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Descriptions: This informative website's resources may be designed for use by various categories of healthcare provider, but it contains information interesting and useful to consumers as well. Under the Research, Statistics, Data and Systems tab, for instance, in Medicare Provider Charge Data, one can explore comparative data like the often stunning disparities in rates charged by different hospitals within a single city, or by hospitals across the country, for treatment of a selection of 100 common diagnoses. It also provides links to detailed information about individual states' Medicare and Medicaid policies and programs.
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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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Children’s Rare Disease Network

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Provider: The R.A.R.E. Project
Descriptions: This website brings together a variety of advocacy, networking, research and educational resources to help parents of children with rare diseases.
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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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CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response- Hurricanes

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Provider: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Descriptions: This page of the CDC's Emergency Preparedness section contains planning tips, lists supplies needed for survival, and provides or links to recovery information specific to hurricanes and similar major storms. Common health and safety concerns surrounding the aftermath of hurricanes are addressed. Information compiled for the benefit of specific groups-- health care professionals, citizens with chronic conditions or disabilities, shelters (housing humans or pets), response and cleanup workers, evacuees, schools and pregnant women is also provided here. Public Service Announcements are also available, as podcasts or videos.
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CancerBackup.org

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Provider: Macmillan.org (UK)
Descriptions: This British cancer website provides information for patients, caregivers and physicians on all aspects of cancer: types, treatments, coping with treatment side effects, pain, etc. Visitors may also communicate about their questions with oncology nurses. Free publications written by expert healthcare providers are available to order in print or to download, and a forum/chat website called "What Now?" is also featured, in which patients share their experiences and provide support to each other.
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Cancer.gov

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Provider: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Descriptions: This comprehensive website from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) links the user to detailed information on cancer types, clinical trials, cancer statistics, and funding and research. An agency of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, NCI conducts and supports cancer research as well as providing in-depth information on all aspects of these diseases to the public, including rehabilitation and ongoing care. NCI has launched several programs like the pilot Community Cancer Centers Program with the purpose of bringing improved care to more Americans and promoting international collaboration and cooperation among practitioners and researchers.
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Brainfacts.org

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Provider: Society for Neuroscience
Descriptions: Brainfacts.org is a resource for the public that reports on advances in brain research with short, informative, illustrated articles. Topics are presented in the broadest of ranges- from neurons to the role of neuroscience in a court of law. The Society for Neuroscience presents this resource in partnership with two foundations- Gatsby, and the Kavli Foundation. Links to their interesting websites are provided.
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National Cancer Institute

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Provider: National Cancer Institute
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Descriptions: A comprehensive layman's website for cancer information. Cancer Topics searches link the user to PubMed with pre-set search limits and retrieve literature citations on major cancer topics; search results can be further refined using PubMed's search options and limits. Tabbed categories lead the user to other resources, including information on clinical trials, research, recent news releases, survival statistics, and dictionaries of oncology terms and drug information.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Provider: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Descriptions: This area of the RWJF site is devoted to current healthcare issues. Of particular interest is its clear and timely information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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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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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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Provider: US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Descriptions: The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its sub-agencies pursue a mission of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Through grants and contract awards, SAMHSA and its subagencies support programs and organizations on state, territorial, tribal, and community levels through grant and contract awards. SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics & Quality is an authoritative source of mental health and drug abuse data for the country.
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SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages

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Provider: Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library/New England Region NN/LM
Descriptions: SPIRAL provides patient handouts for download, in Chinese, Lao, Khmer, Hmong, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese. Several H1N1/pandemic flu documents are available, along with handouts and brochures on about 30 other diseases and health topics.
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Society for Neuroscience

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Provider: Society for Neuroscience
Descriptions: The Society for Neuroscience offers the expected features, many of them open to non-members: meeting abstracts dating back to 2000; its latest Annual Report; information on its policies and guidelines; and Neuroscience in the News. There are unexpected free treasures in the section, History of Neuroscience: a selection of full-text classic neuroscience articles; six volumes of "The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography;" and a large series of Quicktime videos of autobiographical/scientific talks and interviews from eminent neuroscientists made between 1994 and 2008. Also notable is the inclusion of useful resources for non-scientists and educators: the NERVE "Virtual Encycloportal" for K-12 students and their teachers; and consumer information, like "Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System," and a series of Flash videos, "Searching for Answers," on various brain diseases and disorders.
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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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RHIN (Refugee Health Information Network)

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: This website provides links and full text health education materials for non English-speaking patients in a wide array of languages. (Not all materials are available in all languages.) Also included: information for the health care provider
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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) or 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.
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Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI)

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Provider: Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA
Descriptions: Joslin Diabetes Center's Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) Web site is a bilingual (English-Chinese) site with interactive tools dedicated to improving diabetes awareness and management in Asian-American populations.
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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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Public Health Genomics

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Provider: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Descriptions: The CDC presents links and resources for consumers and health professionals here. Topics include genetic counseling and testing, newborn screening, population research, genomics and more.
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Project Safety Net

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Provider: St. Luke's Episcopal Health System
Descriptions: Project Safety Net, endorsed by Harris County Public Healthcare System Council, is a free, interactive and bilingual (English/Spanish) public health page from St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities. Find information on local free healthcare access: safety net clinic locations, services, hours of operation, languages spoken, and financial requirements. Project Safety Net also facilitates health planners in identifying and prioritizing areas of insufficient capacity with a view to expansion of services.
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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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Office of Dietary Supplements

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: The National Institutes of Health provide this website in large part to protect consumers and help them to make reasoned choices on dietary supplements. Find downloadable Fact Sheets on about 75 herbal and chemical supplements; also included are news items and health information, safety tips and fraud warnings, and links out to information provided by FDA and USDA websites.
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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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Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

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Provider: American Red Cross
Descriptions: The Red Cross provides a list of First Aid Kit essentials here.
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AMSER- Applied Math and Science Education Repository

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Provider: Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER)
Descriptions: From the website: AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library, and is being created by a team of project partners led by Internet Scout.
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Let’s Ask 4, or, The New Health Care Law and You

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Provider: Institute of Medicine/National Academies
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Descriptions: A project team from Emory University wrote this discussion paper and created the consumer guide it links to-- a guide to getting insured under the Affordable Care Act --  The New Health Care Law and You. Published online on the Institute of Medicine's website, the guide helps people answer four essential questions about the implementation of  "ObamaCare":

  • 1. What are my choices for health insurance?
  • 2. How do I get it?
  • 3. How do I use it?
  • 4. How much will it cost me?
This Guide, though written in Summer 2013,  is a good starting point, providing an easy way to determine one's current status under the new law, on which to then explore options and decide on a course of action.
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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 Red Cross

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Provider: American Red Cross
Descriptions: The American Red Cross is the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross also aids victims of natural disasters. This website offers a smartphone First Aid app, and provides links to local Red Cross offices and information on giving blood and volunteering, and on how to obtain assistance or training. In case of domestic disasters, there is a forum to connect victims with those who are searching for them. Reports and financial statements published by the organization are also available here.
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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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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

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Provider: National Institutes of Health/NCCAM
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Descriptions: For the consumer, NCCAM's website has a great deal of information: Topics A-Z, Herbs at a Glance (a collection of fact sheets which can now be downloaded as a book), safety information, information on how to find a practitioner of alternative and complementary medicine, and more.  There are also a News section and a Research Results section, both of which may be of interest to consumers. There is a fairly extensive list of free videos on (for the most part) health topics that pertain to aging in some way, or to diseases. For the health professional or researcher, there is good information on grants and funding, including NCCAM's priorities for research, as well as a blog about NCCAM research initiatives, and a Continuing Education Series of online lectures.
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NIHSeniorHealth

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Provider: National Institute on Aging/National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: "NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information." Because this site was developed jointly by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), it differs somewhat from the information in the "Seniors Health" section of the NIH website. NIHSeniorHealth has three special features which make it especially user-friendly: a variable text size option, contrast on/off option, and an auditory version.
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NIH Radio

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: This site provides free health-related news reports from National Institutes of Health in radio, podcast and transcript formats. One can also hear the latest reports by phone. Length ranges from one-minute spots to 25-minute broadcasts that each include an in-depth interview. Past broadcasts are available back to January of 2011.
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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 Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: NINDS conducts, funds and guides research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke, and supports related basic research.
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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 Mental Health

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Provider: NIH National Institute of Mental Health
Descriptions: From the website: The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. This public health mandate demands that we harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans. To fulfill its mission, the Institute: * conducts research on mental disorders and the underlying basic science of brain and behavior; * supports research on these topics at universities and hospitals around the United States; * collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on the causes, occurrence, and treatment of mental illnesses; * supports the training of more than 1,000 scientists to carry out basic and clinical research; and * communicates information to scientists, the public, the news media, and primary care and mental health professionals about mental illnesses, the brain, behavior, mental health, and opportunities and advances in research in these areas.
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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 Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: "The Institute plans, conducts, fosters and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects." There is a wealth of information here, through links and integral content, for patients, researchers and health care professionals. Includes information on new clinical trials and provides links to individual clinical trial websites. For consumers, there is a special Health Information Network one can sign up for, which will then feed only the information of particular interest to the individual user.
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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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American Association for Cancer Research- Survivors and Advocates Page

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Provider: American Association for Cancer Research
Descriptions: This section of AACR's website presents "...an extensive list of cancer support and advocacy organizations, government and research institutions, and useful websites. Find organized lists of groups dedicated to specific types of cancer."
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Genetics Home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
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Descriptions: This is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions. Includes condition, gene, and chromosome summaries, the Help Me Understand Genetics Handbook (with basic explanations of how genes work, genetic testing, and the Human Genome Project) and a glossary of genetic and medical terms.
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InteliHealth

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Provider: Aetna/Harvard Medical School
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Descriptions: The Aetna InteliHealth site provides articles and illustrated resources on condition-specific drug issues, diseases, general health, and dental health. Also includes explanations of many medical and dental procedures. An editorial faculty from Harvard Medical School ensures the accuracy and relevance of the information presented.
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Drug Information Portal

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
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Descriptions: This site provides the public, healthcare professionals and researchers with a convenient gateway to current and accurate drug information from the National Library of Medicine, as well as links to drug information from the FDA and CDC, PubMed and MedlinePlus.
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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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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: "The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine." It is also meant to serve as a source of research-based information for consumers on treatments for conditions which are considered to be "alternatives" to conventional medical treatments. Information is organized primarily in an A to Z listing of Health Topics. Links are also provided to news and current information on relevant topics. Much of the information on the site is available in Spanish.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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Provider: NAMI
Descriptions: From the website: NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.
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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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Merck Manual Medical Library, Home Edition

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Provider: Merck & Co., Inc.
Descriptions: This manual is an invaluable resource for the layman, explaining medical conditions from every aspect, with introductions giving background information on the body systems and organs, and providing supporting anatomical and 3-D illustrations. Of particular value is the Drugs section, with information on pharmacokinetics, drug interaction and adverse reactions, herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs. The Special Subjects area contains sections on medical decision-making, limb prosthetics, travel medicine, women's health, alternative and complementary medicines, and more.
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Mental Health Information Network

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Provider: Boston University Medical Center
Descriptions: From the website: The Mental Health Information Network (MHIN) of Metro Boston is a three year NLM Information Systems Grant funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Boston University Medical Center (BUMC), Alumni Medical Library, in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health (DMH), Metro Boston Area is providing an integrative information resource, as well as training, service, and access to consumers and staff of Metro Boston Area Centers, treatment centers, service providers, consumer advocacy groups, club houses and other affiliated organizations. MHIN is facilitating access to information on mental illness/health and physical illness/health through the development of the MHIN website which will provide a comprehensive access point for quality-filtered information and links, as well as content information and materials provided by DMH and other mental health information providers. The site will serve as a mental health information resource for consumers and staff in the Metro Boston area, as well as regionally, and nationally.
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Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guidance

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Provider: DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Descriptions: This free online publication provides guidance on planning mental health care at the state level, taking into account all relevant agencies, organizations and established resources.
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MedLinePlus

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: Provides information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on more than 700 diseases and conditions; includes lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
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Medicare.gov – Nursing Home Compare

website

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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MayoClinic.com

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Provider: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Descriptions: The Mayo Clinic website's mission is, in part, to empower people to manage their own health. To that end, it provides consumers with a diseases and conditions/symptom information section, a drugs and supplements section, information on clinical trials by category. For the medical professional there are open-access Grand Rounds videos and continuing education opportunities. For all, there is Discovery's Edge, an online open-access magazine that highlights Mayo Clinic's research activities in layman's terms.
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Lab Tests Online

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Provider: American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Descriptions: This website, designed primarily for consumers, was developed to aid the user in understanding the clinical laboratory tests one might undergo as a part of routine medical care or for diagnostic purposes. The site is a collaboration between several professional societies representative of the clinical laboratory community. It may be searched alphabetically by condition or disease name, or according to categories for appropriate routine health screenings. The user can elect to read the text here in English, Czech, German, Spanish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, or Polish translation.
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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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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

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Provider: JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
Descriptions: Established in 1951, the independent, non-profit Joint Commission provides accreditation and certification services for health care facilities-- hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, home health care providers, etc. and in diverse specialties ranging from critical care to behavioral health. The JCAHO "...seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value." To that end, it produces standards, goals, certifications, awards, quality reports and consumer resources. Standards address levels of performance in areas such as patient rights, patient treatment, medication safety and infection control. JCAHO publishes reviews, white papers, reports including an Annual Report, National Patient Safety Goals, its Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and numerous newsletters, some of which are freely accessible here.
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Cochrane Summaries

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Provider: Cochrane Collaboration
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Descriptions: Cochrane Reviews study clinical trials in healthcare. These papers clarify the effects of medical treatments used for the care of patients. They are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. Each review considers a clearly designed question; for example: Do antibiotics reduce the symptoms of a sore throat? The next step is to locate for all the research on that topic. The quality of the studies is then compared to stringent guidelines. The resulting data is collated and used to establish if there is decisive proof that a treatment works or does not work. In addition, all reviews are updated regularly, to ensure that your decisions are based on the most up-to-date and reliable information. Search, or browse by topic
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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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FDA Drugs: for Consumers

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Descriptions: Consumers and patients can educate themselves about drugs here via number of resources. There are sections for information regarding women's health, children, minorities, the academic environment (students and health educators), patients and patient advocates, seniors, and even animal health. Medication guides for many drugs can be downloaded. Links to other FDA sites are also provided-- drug safety and recall information, disease outbreaks, ordering free print publications, and more. Consumer updates and more articles are available in Spanish, and it appears that information in more languages may be on the way.
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Alliance for Aging Research

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Provider: Alliance for Aging Research
Descriptions: The Alliance for Aging Research, a private non-profit, is an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting research on aging through various means-- forming coalitions among related organizations, lobbying, fund-raising and providing information to seniors on common diseases and conditions of aging and on matters of policy. The website contains many useful resources for consumers, including articles, podcasts, links and a blog.
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AIDSMeds.com

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Provider: Smart + Strong
Descriptions: AIDSMeds.com provides news, treatment and side effects information, fact sheets, and many other resources, including links to blogs and forums, conference schedules, a health services directory searchable by ZIP code, and the ezine, POZ: Health, Life & HIV.
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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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Provider: EBSCO
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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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AEGiS (AIDS Education Global Information System)

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Provider: AEGiS
Descriptions: Funded in large part by several foundations and the National Library of Medicine, AEGiS is a portal to a wide spectrum of information about HIV and AIDS. News items (such as information about new treatments and trials) are posted daily. Links to organizations and societies, conferences, law resources, fact sheets, professional medical advice, etc. are provided here.
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AARP International

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Provider: AARP
Descriptions: The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) International website offers some interesting resources, including an "Aging Everywhere" interactive world map and country profiles that both link to brief overviews of life expectancy, health care expenditure and other indicators that influence the aging picture. A Resource Library contains links to United Nations and OECD reports,AARP's own policy documents, news items and monthly publications. The resource library is a searchable combined version of AgeSource Worldwide and AgeStats Worldwide.
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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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Provider: EBSCO -- 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 (American Association of Retired Persons)

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Provider: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
Descriptions: The Health section of AARP's website provides very user-friendly coverage of health care issues like Medicare and other insurance, health care reform, drug costs, and how to talk to one's physician. It contains tools for checking drug interactions, a pill identifier, information on diseases, conditions, signs and symptoms, caregiving, brain health (including brain games) and more.
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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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