General Health Resources
Web sites listed below provide accurate and reliable general health information. Click on the "About" link to find the Web site address and a brief summary of the resources provided on that site.
- Affordable Care Act - The Health Insurance page on MedlinePlus provides access to many resources for providing information for understanding and signing up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act that goes into effect in 2014. Individuals may sign up beginning October 1, 2013.
- CancerNet - provides recent, accurate information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the government's principal agency for cancer research. The NCI conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs related to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and continuing care of cancer patients and their families. Treatment options, clinical trials, ways to reduce cancer risk and coping with cancer as well as resources on support groups, financial assistance, and educational materials are also provided.
- Hardin MD - At this site you will find a "list of lists" to comprehensive resources in health-related subjects, published by the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.
- Healthfinder - This site offers a free gateway to consumer health and human services information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Information provided includes selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. Special features include hot topics, prevention and self-care, age related information, and a Spanish language version.
- InteliHealth.com - InteliHealth partners with the Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and other recognized medical education groups to provide information on diseases and conditions, healthy lifestyles, and a "Look it Up" feature where you can find a medical dictionary, information on tests and procedures and drug information. There is a drug interaction checker and a symptom scout. This interactive tool offers guidance about symptoms, including possible causes, home remedies and when to call for help.
- MayoClinic.com - This site contains an extensive database on diseases and conditions, a Healthy Living Center, healthy lifestyle planners, and drug information. As a registered user you can create a "My Mayo" page that gathers valuable information and tools customized to your health interests. New articles are automatically added to your page.
- MedlinePlus - MEDLINEplus provides up-to-date, quality healthcare information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. The site contains extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and wellness; a medical encyclopedia; excellent drug information for over 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications; over 100 herbal and supplement monographs; and over 150 interactive modules for patient education (the interactive modules require a Flash plug-in, which can be downloaded free of charge). Also provided are directories for location and credentials of doctors, dentists, and hospitals; health information in Spanish and other languages; and clinical trials.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - This site provides a broad range of healing philosophies (schools of thought), approaches, and therapies that mainstream Western (conventional) medicine does not commonly use, accept, study, or make available. NCCAM was established at the National Institutes of Health by Congress in 1998 to stimulate, develop and support research on complementary and alternative medicine, and to provide the American public reliable information about the safety and effectiveness of these practices. The number of Americans using alternative therapy rose from about 33 percent in 1990 to more than 42 percent in 1997. The most used therapies were: herbal medicine, massage, megavitamins, self-help groups, folk remedies, energy healing, and homeopathy. Extensive educational and research materials are available at this site.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse - One of NIDA's most important goals is to help the public better understand drug abuse and addiction, and to develop more effective strategies for their development and treatment.
- The National Institute of Mental Health: For the Public - This website from NIMH offers information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses as well as brochures and information sheets, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials.