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Diseases and Medical Information
Medline Plus - http://medlineplus.gov
A fully searchable free site provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health that features a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, drug information, and links to research and advocacy sites, all organized by health topic.
PubMed/Nat'l Library of Medicine - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed
This site is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that offers access to over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed (see below) includes links to full text articles and other related resources. (You can also find information on nucleotides, proteins, genomes, and molecular structures by accessing the databases listed across the top of the screen.)
PubMed Central - http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov
PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). THE place to find medical and life sciences research.
Mayo Clinic - http://www.mayoclinic.org
The world-famous Mayo Clinic's website has a range of medical and drug information, as well as a symptom-checker and a "treatment guide," which describe the advantages and disadvantages of courses of treatment for various ailments.
BioMed Central - http://www.biomedcentral.com
This resource publishes more than 140 open access journals covering all areas of biology and medicine. Most of its publications are freely available to the public, although some require a paid subscription. Included are journals on nutrition, public and international health.
Healthfinder.gov Health Library - http://www.healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics
A searchable directory of more than 1,500 reliable consumer health information sites collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including links to information on Alternative Medicine and Prevention & Wellness. Available in Spanish.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional
A free online medical library, searchable by keyword or the table of contents. Merck also offers two other complete manuals through this site: The Merck Manual of Geriatrics and The Merck Manual of Health & Aging.
Medline Plus: Women's Health Issues - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/womenshealthissues.html
News, research, reference information, and organizations related to women's health. Provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health.
National Women's Health Information Center - http://www.womenshealth.gov
This website (run by the Office of Women's Health in the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services) offers a search engine for reliable information on women's health issues from 1,800 organizations and 4,300 publication resources. Information on all major women's health concerns, prevention, and women's health news and events is included. Check out Quick Health Data Online for health statistics.
National Women's Health Resource Center - http://www.healthywomen.org
This website offers information on health topics from Acupuncture to Yoga, Alzheimer's to Yeast Infections, in a highly usable form. Each information page has lists of symptoms, treatments, facts, key questions to ask your health care provider, and links to books, websites, and organizations on the topic.
CDC Women's Health Topics - http://www.cdc.gov/women
Provides an A to Z listing of topics in Women's Health, including information from CDC publications.
Society for Women's Health Research - http://www.womenshealthresearch.org
The Society for Women's Health Research is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy," particularly on health issues that affect women disproportionately. The site features information for consumers, health professionals, and researchers.
Children's Health and Pediatrics
MedlinePlus Child Development - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childdevelopment.html
News, research, reference information, and organizations related to children's development and children's health. Provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health.
Mayo Clinic - Children's Health Center - http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/childrens-center/
Provides well-organized articles on child development, health care, and illnesses.
Food, Nutrition and Healthy Living
Centers for Disease Control: Healthy Living - http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyLiving
Links to CDC information on all areas of health and healthy living, including mental health, vaccination, and disease prevention.
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center - http://fnic.nal.usda.gov
Provides accurate and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers, including topics such as diet and disease, weight and obesity, food safety, dietary supplements.
Nutrition Analysis Tool - http://www.nat.uiuc.edu
A tool provided by the University of Illinois uses USDA data to provide nutritional information (including amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, protein, sodium, Vitamin C, and percentage of recommended daily allowance) for a wide variety of foods.
Nutrition.gov - http://www.nutrition.gov
This government site offers information on nutrition, the food pyramid, weight management, health issues related to diet, shopping and meal planning, dietary supplements, and food assistance programs.
Mental Health and Psychology
National Institute of Mental Health - http://www.nimh.nih.gov
Information for the general public on various mental health topics, as well as mental health statistics and current clinical trials sponsored by the NIMH.
American Psychological Association - http://www.apa.org
The APA is the national organization representing psychologists, both those who practice psychology therapy and those who perform psychological research. This site offers information for the public on psychology topics, links to APA publications, and help finding a psychologist.
Mental Health Information Center - http://www.samhsa.gov
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services comes links to information on care, support, and publications on a range of mental health topics. Covers policy concerns and specific illnesses.
PsychWeb - http://www.psywww.com
This site offers a searchable introductory psychology textbook and several other psychology books full-text, and links to scholarly psychology resources.
Health Care Policy
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - http://www.ahrq.gov
A department within Health and Human Services, the AHRQ is a funding organization that supports research that will improve the quality of health care by improving access and efficiency in health care.
Duke Health Policy Gateway - http://ushealthpolicygateway.com
The Duke University site provides links to the websites of key players in national and international health care policy, including government departments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), HMO groups, and consumer organizations. Also contains links to information on key health policy issue areas. Highly recommended.
HHS/Policy Issues - http://aspe.hhs.gov
Links to study results and reports organized by topics, such as public health, child welfare, food and nutrition.
HHS Health Care Policy Page - http://www.hhs.gov/policies
The HHS site links to current guidelines related to all areas of health care provided by various agencies of the federal government, such as the CDC, the FDA, and the NIH.
Health Hippo/Policy Issues - http://hippo.findlaw.com
Health law, policy and regulatory materials from government and non-government sites.
Kaiser Health News - http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org
A private organization website dedicated to reliable, non-partisan information on national health issues for policymakers, the media, and the general public. Health-related news and links to public opinion polls on health-care topics are prominently featured.