Kathryn A. Martin Library


Consumer Health Resources

Alternative Medicine Health and Medicine in the News Nutrition and Physical Activity
Clinical Trials and Tests Health Reference Sources Regional Health Links
Drug Information Healthcare Providers Statistics
Evaluating Medical Information Library/Commerical Health Websites Substance Abuse and Toxicity
Government Websites Major Health Websites  

Alternative Medicine 

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)
Provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements and more including adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems. http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/about-herbs-botanicals-other-products

Dietary Supplement Label Database (National Institutes of Health)
This database "contains the full label contents from a sample of dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S." http://www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov/dsld/

MedlinePlus: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Provides information on specific conditions, references resources, etc. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/complementaryandalternativemedicine.html

MedlinePlus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
Search for information on drugs, herbs and supplements. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Learn about health information, research, grants & funding as well as training and news about complementary and alternative medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/

Yahoo! Alternative Medicine Magazines
Provides a list of magazines dealing with aspects of alternative medicine. http://dir.yahoo.com/Health/alternative_medicine/magazines/

Clinical Trials and Tests 

National Cancer Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
Information on cancer information, trials and statistics. http://www.cancer.gov/

Centerwatch: Clinical Trials Listing Service (commercial)
A wealth of information about clinical research, including over 25,000 clinical trial listings. http://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/

ClinicalTrials.gov (U.S. National Institutes of Health, Developed by the National Library of Medicine)
This resources is developed by the National Library of Medicine to "provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies." Allows you to search for clinical trials by disease and city; advanced search by disease, location, treatment, sponsor and status; as well as resource information on clinical trials.

Lab Tests Online
Developed by a collaboration among professional societies representing the clinical laboratory community to provide information on lab tests. http://www.labtestsonline.org/

Drug Information 

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
Consumer Reports evaluates the best buy on prescription drugs and worked with doctors and pharmacists to compare drugs that research has proven to work. http://www.crbestbuydrugs.org/

DailyMed : Current Medication Information (U.S. Library of Medicine)
Provides the FDA approved medication package inserts. The following information is included on the drugs listed: description, clinical pharmacology; indications & usage; contraindications; warnings; precautions; adverse reactions; overdose; dosage & administration; how supplied; patient counseling information; and supplemental patient material. http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm

This site provides information on prescription and over the counter medication. You can search by drug name, pill identification, and medical condition as well as a drug interactions checker. http://www.drugs.com

Links to herbal web sites developed by the Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. http://www.herbmed.org/

HealthSquare: Drugs and Medicine
Comprehensive information about more than 1,000 prescription medications, including side effects and possible food and drug interactions. Data supplied by the "PDR Family Guide To Prescription Drugs". This resource also has "PDR Family Guide Encyclopedia of Medicine" and "PDR Family Guide Women's Health". http://www.healthsquare.com/drugmain.htm

MedlinePlus - Drug Information
Provides information for prescription and over-the-counter medication from MedMaster (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)) and USP DI  Advice for the Patient (United States Pharmacopoeia (USP)). http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

Office of Dietary Supplements Health Info (National Institutes of Health)
This site provides fact sheets on specific supplements as well as information about safety; claims and labeling on supplements, recommendations; and databases and research resources. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/health_information/health_information.aspx

Provides information on prescription drugs for consumers and the medical professional. http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp

SafeMedication.com (commercial database of information on 650 drugs)  http://www.SafeMedication.com/


Evaluating Medical Information

Evaluating Health Web Sites (Karen Varguas, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Center Region)

Evaluating Web-Based Health Resources
Developed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/webresources/

Is this health information good for me?
Developed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. http://nnlm.gov/pnr/hip/criteria.html

How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet
Evaluation developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration including related resources. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/ucm202863.htm

Provides information on health fraud, quackery, and help in making health decisions, especially dealing with chiropractic, dental, homeopathic, multilevel marketing and nutrition. http://www.quackwatch.org/

National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)
"NCAHF is a private nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems." http://www.ncahf.org/


Government Websites

Administration on Aging

AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange ((U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Provides health professionals and researchers a way to learn about evidence-based innovations to improve health care and lean about new innovations and tools. http://innovations.ahrq.gov/

Provides information on health topics; guidelines; drugs; clinical trials; and vaccines. http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Covers "Health Topics A to Z" as well as news, traveler's health and data and statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/

For Consumers (Consumer Health Information for You and Your Family)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) covers general health as well as information on food; drugs; medical devices; vaccines, blood & biologics; animal & veterinary; cosmetics; radiation-emitting products; and tobacco products. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm

Easy-to-Read Health and Medical Sites
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has located easy to read web sites. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/easytoread/all_easytoread.html

Genetics Home Reference
Provides a handbook; glossary; information on genetic conditions, diseases, and syndromes; as well as information on genes and chromosomes. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

girlshealth.gov (National Women's Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's health)
Covers topics on body; fitness, nutrition, illness & disability; drugs, alcohol & smoking; relationships; bullying and more. http://www.girlshealth.gov/

Health Hotlines (National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Provides links to health organizations with toll-free numbers searchable to keyword or subject. http://healthhotlines.nlm.nih.gov/

National Cancer Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
Locate information on cancer by type or body location as well as information on childhood and women's cancer. Includes information on treatment; prevention, genetics, causes; clinical trials; literature; research; and statistics. http://www.cancer.gov/

National Guideline Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. http://guideline.gov/

National Quality Measures Clearninghouse (NQMC) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Provides  evidence-based quality measures and measurement sets for the public. http://qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Provides an A to Z list of topics and titles for the following conditions: diabetes; digestive diseases; kidney and urologic diseases; weight control; endocrine and metabolic diseases; hematologic diseases; and nutrition. http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

NIHSeniorHealth.gov (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine; National Institute on Aging)

Office of Rare Diseases Research (NIH)
Provides information for patients and their families with rare diseases and about NIH- and ORD-sponsored biomedical research.

PubMed is the medline index developed by the National Library of Medicine. It is the major index used by doctors, health professionals and consumers to locate professional journal citations. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/

U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Provides information about products the FDA regulates. http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

United States Department of Health & Human Services
need to check http://www.hhs.gov/

womens health.gov (National Women's Health Information Center) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
Information on health topics, organizations, and health tools such as new moms, smoking, calculators, diet, immunizations and screenings, symptoms and tests; working with your health care provider; quick health data online; and state resources. http://www.4woman.gov/index.htm


Health and Medicine in the News

CNN Health News

Google Health

MedlinePlus News
News from Reuter Health Information (articles displayed for 30 days) and HealthDay (articles display for 90 days) as well as press announcements from major medical organizations. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/newsbydate.html

New York Times Health

World Health News (Harvard School of Public Health)
Covers public health news from journalists, newspaper, magazines, radio and television as well as an index to the previous year in review. http://www.worldhealthnews.harvard.edu/index.html

Yahoo Health News


Health Reference Sources 

Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary (through InteliHealth)

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia (through MedlinePlus)

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
This guide provides information on diseases and how to stay health. Additional links provide links to diagnostic tests, symptoms chart, doctor visit expectations and types of medical specialists. http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library http://www.merck.com/mmpe/index.html


Healthcare Providers

AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Information on how to be an active health care consumer. http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/

DoctorFinder (American Medical Association)
Provides "basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions." You must enter a usage verification before using.

ahd.com : American Hospital Directory
The American Hospital directory provides for free limited information about hospitals as well as state and national statistics. More detailed information is available if a subscriber. http://www.ahd.com/

Choosing a Doctor or Health Care Service (MedlinePlus)

DIRLINE : Directory of Health Organizations (National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine)
An online database to locate organizations, research resources, projects and databases dealing with health and biomedicine. It is possible to search by organization name or keywords as well as limiting search to organizations with toll-free numbers or services for the hearing impaired. http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/

Find a Dentist (American Dental Association)
You must first accept the directory disclaimer. http://www.ada.org/ada/findadentist/advancedsearch.aspx

Gannett News Service : Rating America's Nursing Homes
Provides a searchable database on nursing homes as well as tips on choosing a nursing home. http://content.gannettonline.com/gns/nursinghomes/

HealthCare.gov : Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act
Provides information for enrollment for individiuals and families, small businesses as well as information on the health insurance marketplace. https://www.healthcare.gov/

Health Information Resource Database (NHIC) (Office of Disease, Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Public Health and Science, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
The Health Information Resource Database provides referrals to the organizations best able to provide answers. You can search by subject or keyword. Toll-free health information and federal health information centers and clearinghouses links also available. http://www.health.gov/nhic/AlphaKeyword.htm

Health Reform (SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Information on the health reform basics. http://beta.samhsa.gov/health-reform

MedlinePlus Directories
Provides directories to doctors, dentists, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare specialists. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/directories.html

Mental Health Treatment Facililty Locator (SAMHSA)
Provides access to mental health facilities; mental health services; state organizations resource guide; state suicide prevention programs; substance abuse treatment facilities locator; and state statistics. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

Nursing Home Compare
Medicare provides information on nursing homes. http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp

Quality Check (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Search for health care organizations. http://www.qualitycheck.org/consumer/searchQCR.aspx

The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (SAMHSA)
Find information about outpatient treatment programs, residential treatment programs, hospital inpatient programs, and partial hospitalization/day treatment programs for drug addiction and alcoholism. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx



AllRefer.com Health
Searchable by medical encyclopedia; pictures and images; diseases & conditions; symptoms; tests & exams; surgery & procedures; health news; diet & nutrition; injuries & wounds; poisons & overdoes; alternative medicine and special topics. http://health.allrefer.com/

Consumer Health (Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine)
Covers major web sites; alternative medicine; electronic books; diseases and conditions; drug information; find a doctor; health and wellness; and more. http://library.medicine.yale.edu/portals/consumer

Familydoctor.org (American Academy of Family Physicians)
Click on Patients in order to locate the patient resources. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home.html

Hardin MD ( University of Iowa Health Sciences Library)
Search by subject clusters, subjects or medical pictures. http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/

Provides a variety of resources including specific disease networks; symptoms; videos; drug information; nutrition; health tools; and news by the HealthCentral Network, Inc.

Healthnet : Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
Developed by the Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network. http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/inters.html

Harvard Medical School's consumer health information. http://www.intelihealth.com

ipl2: information you can trust
This merges the "collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2". http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&tid=6840&parent=0

MayoClinic.Com *****
Health information developed by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. http://www.MayoClinic.com/

Resources for Health Consumers
Health resources listed by the Medical Library Association. http://www.mlanet.org/resources/consumr_index.html

UpToDate for Patients
Patient information updated and reviewed by multiple physicians arranged by broad subject areas. http://patients.uptodate.com/


Major Health Websites

Health information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.healthfinder.gov/

Health Information (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health)
Search by body location/systems; conditions and diseases; as well as quick links to child & teen health; men's health; minority health; seniors' health; and women's health.

Provides information on health topics; drugs and supplements; an encyclopedia and dictionary; news and more. http://medlineplus.gov


Nutrition and Physical Activity 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Provides dietary information to become healthier. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/default.htm

Food and Nutrition Information Center (U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library)
This web site provides information on diet, nutrition, food, dietary supplements including a consumer corner, USDA nutrition database. http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/

Let's Move
A nationwide initiative to promote making healthy choices, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and increasing physical activity. http://www.letsmove.gov/

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)
Search by food product and you can see the nutrient value of the food, e.g. minerals, vitamins, etc. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

"A guide to nutrition and health information on Federal Government websites." http://www.nutrition.gov/

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Provides guideslines for physical activity as well as material to help others become active. http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Provides information on physical activity, health, and nutrition. http://www.fitness.gov/

Quick Guide to Health Living (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Provides information to help you stay healthy. http://www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/

WIN - Weight Control Network

U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Provides information about products the FDA regulates. http://www.fda.gov/default.htm


Regional Health Links 

Mental Health Treatment Servivces Locator (SAMHSA) Minnesota
Provides access to mental health facilities; mental health services; state organizations resource guide; state suicide prevention programs; substance abuse treatment facilities locator; and state statistics. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/addressSearch.jspx?state=MN

Minnesota Department of Health
Provides information on diseases and conditions; certificates & records; data & statistics; emergency preparedness; environmental health; health care & coverage; life stages & populations; and prevention & healthy living. http://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html

St Louis County Public Health and Human Services
Provides information on abudlt services, children and families services, community services, financial assistance and reports. http://www.stlouiscountymn.gov/GOVERNMENT/DepartmentsAgencies/HealthHumanServices.aspx

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (SAMHSA) Minnesota
Find information about outpatient treatment programs, residential treatment programs, hospital inpatient programs, and partial hospitalization/day treatment programs for drug addiction and alcoholism located in Minnesota. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/addressSearch.jspx?state=MN



Healthy People

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Includes "Health, United States" and "FastStats A to Z" as well as other statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/


Substance Abuse and Toxicity

ATSDR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Provides health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/

Household Products Database
Provides information on the ingredients in household products, health effects and safety and handling of these products. http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides current information and materials concerning substance abuse and mental health. http://www.samhsa.gov/

Tox Town (National Library of Medicine)
Information on toxic chemicals and environmental health risks in everyday life. http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

TOXNET : Toxicology Data Network (U.S. National Library of Medicine) http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/
Provides access to the databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.



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Email: meberhar@d.umn.edu
Phone: 218-726-8733
Fax: 218-726-7481
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