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Health Databases

Use these resources for information on general health topics.

Key Consumer Health Resources

Healthfinder is a Web site from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. It provides an extensive searchable database of reliable online health publications, clearinghouses, Web sites, self-help groups, government agencies, academic centers, and nonprofit agencies.

Excellent collection of quality health sites compiled by the National Library of Medicine. In addition to sources on about 500 diseases and conditions, there are "lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials." Patient education tutorials are also provided.

Other Quality Sites

"This site provides health, medical, lifestyle and wellness information for all ages. In addition, there is information to prepare consumers for medical emergencies, injuries, minor medical conditions and basic first aid. There are more than 5,500 pages of content written by physicians for the general public."

"All of the information within has been written and reviewed by the physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians. The information is regularly reviewed and updated." The information at the site is organized by special groups (women, men, children, seniors), the body, and common conditions. It is also searchable.

"The mission of Go Ask Alice! is to provide factual, in-depth, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers' decision-making about their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Go Ask Alice! is supported by a team of Columbia University health educators and health care providers, along with information and research specialists from health-related organizations worldwide." The site provides weekly updates to the latest inquiries and responses, a search feature of the archives with nearly 1,400 previously-posted questions and answers, and "Ask Alice!" feature to ask your own question. Those making inquiries are insured anonomity.

This website from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is designed for individuals, including children and teens, and families, as well as practitioners, researchers, and educators. Information is available by health topics from A to Z or by body location or systems. A “Take a Quiz” box challenges viewers to test their knowledge with a series of constantly rotating true/false questions on hot topics such as diabetes.

Intelihealth is produced by Aetna US Healthcare and features Consumer Health Information from Harvard Medical School. The "Look it Up" section includes: drug resources, Symptom Scout, information on tests and procedures, physician and hospital locators, medical dictionary, and more. Subscribes to the HONcode principles.

An award-winning site bringing together all types of Internet resources relating to mental health (Web sites, discussion lists, newsgroups).

This award winning site provides health information in both English and Spanish. It is sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine and New York Public Library, as well as other institutions.

Resource for consumers from the National Library of Medicine that provides both easy-to-read summaries of clinical effectiveness research, as well full technical reports.

Online resource site maintained by the College of Medicine, University of Iowa. Includes a collection of medical textbooks as well as extensive patient information.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides this site to provide health care providers research results and clinical practice guidelines relating to complementary and alternative medicine practices.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to create this database, which is a subset of PubMed providing research-based information on treatments and conditions.
Sample searches and PubMed Help.

"An interactive, electronic herbal database - provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public."

This page links to a variety of types of resources for health consumers that have been reviewed and selected by staff of the National Library of Medicine.

Discussion of alternative medical systems, methods, and treatments that may benefit cancer patients. Guidelines for making informed decisions regarding complementary and alternative medicine.

This Center is the lead U.S. agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. Included are research findings on specific topics, uses and side effects of herbs and botanicals, and tips on determining what is safe and effective.

"Quackwatch is a nonprofit company formed by Dr. Stephen Barrett to expose health-related 'frauds, myths, fads and fallacies'. Well-researched, up-to-date, authoritative information on a wide range of practices and medical advertising deemed questionable or obvious 'quackery.' "

Specialized Health Search Engine

MedHunt is a search engine provided by the Health On the Net (HON) Foundation. It provides for searching of the Internet using a robot designed to select only sites that are relevant to the health and medical fields, as well as the HON database for medical sites, for hospitals, and support groups conforming to the HON Code of Conduct for health Internet sites.