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General Health and Medicine
- BMI: Body Mass Index
- Body Mass Index is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. This web page from the Centers for Disease Control provides an overview and a calculator to find out your own BMI.
- National Cancer Institute
- From the National Cancer Institute comes the most current and comprehensive information on cancer. Also search for ongoing clinical trails.
- Drug Information Portal
- From National Library of Medicine, this database links information on more than 12,000 prescription, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. It includes information from consumer health websites, clinical trials and medical journals.
- Growth House, Inc.
- Information on dying, major illnesses, and grief, also estate and funeral planning. Many Links. Start with the pull down menu by Get my Choices.
- Easy to read text, links to reliable consumer health information from the federal government and other sources.
- Healthline BodyMaps
- An interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body parts in 3-D images down to their smallest parts. Besides rich, detailed anatomical images, it links to relevant and useful health information.
- Kid's Health
- Provides patents, kids, and teens with current, accurate health information in lay language.
- Mayo Clinic
- Detailed, easy to understand information for thousands of diseases or conditions and for over 8,000 prescription drugs.
- One of the best starting points for consumer health questions, plus pharmaceutical information and current health news. Search for current clinical trials by subject. Also link up to Medline (PubMed) to search topics in medical journals. A service of the National Library of Medicine.
- Comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances. Information is is provided at various levels, from introductory to in-depth. Developed by University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center.
- PubMed (Medline)
- National Library of Medicine's database of references to more than 11 million articles published in 4300 biomedical journals. Many of the articles have summaries and they are written for health professionals for educational purposes and are not intended to replace advice from a health professional.
- Vegetarian? Here is your source for support, recipes, and discussion boards plus information on everything from beauty advice to vegetarian travel and vegetarian penpals. Many links.
- Thorough and easy to understand, Webmd's mission is “to bring you the most objective, trustworthy, and accurate health information on the web.” MyHealthRecord lets you set up your own secure,private medical file that you can access online anytime, anywhere. List immunizations, medications, allergies, diagnoses, etc.
- American Medical Association
- The AMA homepage includes a doctor search and hospital search along with much other information. Use the sitemap to get started.
- American Chiropractic Association
- Find a doctor of chiropractic, valuable health tips, healthcare links, and hot topics.
- American Dental Association
- Oral health topics A-Z for all ages!
For the Healthcare Consumer
- Hospital Compare
- An online tool for comparing hospitals through various measures of patient care and safety based on Medicare data. Just start by entering a zip code. The site is available in Spanish too.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance
- A free resource that helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage to identify the right program to get the medicines they need at low cost or for free.
- Founded by a M.D., the purpose of quackwatch is to combat health related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.
- Save two ways on prescription drugs. Check for a lower cost brand or generic option, or compare online for the lowest price.
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In the reference section of your local library, check the R610's to the R620's. Depending on the size of the library, you will find medical dictionaries and encyclopedias, drug references, medical textbooks and other medical related reference books.
In using our Online Catalog to find books and other materials on diseases and medical conditions, one of the most effective searching methods is from the Quick Search page, choose the Search Everything index from the pull-down menu and type in the specific term(s) or medical condition(s).
The following is a list of selected medical and health magazines subscribed by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Back issues may be checked out or placed on hold through our Online Catalog .
- Arthritis Today
- Alternatives for the Health Conscious Individual
- Alternative medicine
- Consumer Reports on Health
- Diabetes Forecast
- Dr. Julian Whitaker's Health and Medicine
- Fibromyalgia Network
- Journal of the American Medical Association
- Let's Live
- Mayo Clinic Health Letter
- Men's Health
- Midwifery Today
- Natural Health
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Nutrition Action
- Nutrition Today
- Physician and Sports Medicine
- Whole Life Times
For more information and full-text articles on the topic of health and alternative medicine, try Infotrac's Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health database through our Online Databases.
Evaluation and Search Strategies
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- Is this information good for me?
- A list of tips to help you to decide and discern the most relevant and authoritative medical or health information.
See also our Mental Health/Mental Illness subject page.