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Internet Resources

4 Girls Health. Developed by the Office on Women’s Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services, this website gives girls between the ages of 10 and 16 reliable, current health information. Topics include puberty, fitness, nutrition, stress and substance abuse.
A Guide to Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. A resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Alternative Medicine Foundation Resource Guides. These excellent guides contain an introduction to the topic, links to books, journals, websites and organizations. Guides cover many topics including choosing a practitioner, how to make sense of contradictory research and information on modalities such as homeopathy, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine and more.
Health and Wellness from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Short, easy-to-read articles on a variety of topics of interest to seniors, including fitness, prevention, insurance and Medicare and caregiving.
American Pregnancy Association. The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness. Comprehensive information on contraception, infertility, pregnancy, abortion, birth, adoption and women’s health.
American Psychological Association Help Center. Brief articles on psychology and work, mind/body connection, family and relationships and how psychotherapy works. Includes free brochures. See also section on warning signs.
amfAR. Information on AIDS and HIV from the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, AIDS prevention, treatment education, and advocacy.
Best Hospitals. Annual listing of the best hospitals according to the magazine U.S. News and World Report.
BMI – Body Mass Index: BMI Calculator. This interactive website allows users to easily calculate their body mass index. This website is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Building a Better Diet. Basic healthy-eating principles from the Mayo Clinic.
Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online: Tips and Warnings for Consumers. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about buying medicine and other products online including things to watch out for, from the Food and Drug Administration.
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Department of the Food and Drug Administration dedicated to evaluating over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Site contains detailed information on the safety and effectiveness of drugs on the market and those awaiting approval. Includes a database of FDA approved drug products.
Center for Medicare Advocacy. The Center is a private, non-profit organization which provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare. Site includes basic information on Medicare and late-breaking news, updated daily.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on diseases and conditions, emergency preparedness, healthy living, traveler’s health, workplace safety and much more.
Chi Med: The History of Chinese Medicine. Links to on-line resources dedicated to the history of Chinese medicine. The website is managed by NCCIH.
Comparing the Diets. A chart from PBS comparing the basic elements of popular weight-loss diets, their premises and what critics are saying about each. Plus, a sample dinner from each plan.
Consumer Advice and Publications on Food Safety, Nutrition, and Cosmetics. This website, provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, offers information on foodborne illness, safe food preparation, eating safely away from home, storing food properly, and what those food labels really mean.
Consumer Guide to Disputes. Consumer guides to handling disputes with your private employer health plan, funded by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.
Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources. This website contains an extensive listing of health resources in multiple languages. This website is a collaboration of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Consumer Outreach Librarians.
Deciphering Medspeak. From the Medical Library Association, this dictionary provides easy-to-understand definitions for common medical terminology.
Dietary Supplements. General information on dietary supplements is provided by the FDA/Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition.
Drug Digest. Check potential interactions between two or more drugs. DrugDigest is the consumer health and drug information website of Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI), the nation’s largest independent pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).
FDA Kids and Teens Home Page. Includes information for kids on food safety, vaccines, pet care, medical devices and more from the Federal Drug Administration.
Food Safety. The World Health Organization provides information on a wide variety of food safety issues along the entire food production chain, including public health hazards in food, standards for food safety.
Free Medical Journals. Hundreds of journals from all medical specialties. Searchable by title, specialty, and language.
I Wanna Know. Sponsored by the American Social Health Association, this site provides the answers teens need to make informed decisions about sexual health and STD prevention.
KidsHealth. A kid-friendly website that offers information for parents (and kids!) on child health and more.
Kid-Friendly Medical Dictionary. This kid-friendly medical dictionary from PBS provides explanations for terms that relate to common illnesses and conditions.
A wide range of articles on newborn care, health and development from an internationally recognized authority.
A wide range of articles on children’s health and development from an internationally recognized authority.
The basics of complementary and alternative health from an internationally recognized authority. In addition to information about a variety of therapies, this site can be searched for suggested treatments for a specific disease or condition.
A wide range of articles on health and aging from an internationally recognized authority.
National Center for Health Statistics: Fast Stats A to Z. An A to Z list of topics and short, easy to understand statistics on a wide range of topics. Each page links to sites where more comprehensive data can be obtained.