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Health and Medical Resources -- Online

     General

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

http://www.cdc.gov

     

US Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.healthfinder.gov

    

     Alternative Medicine

Health Care Information Resources: Alternative Medicine

http://www-hsl.mcmaster.ca/tomflem/altmed.html

Extensive guide to resources by Thomas Fleming, McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

 

Herb Research Foundation (HRF)

http://www.herbs.org/

A nonprofit research and educational organization focusing on herbs and medicinal plants

 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) 
 http://nccam.nih.gov/

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is of the divisions and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. NCCAM's site includes publications, information for researchers, FAQ, and links to other Complementary and Alternative Medicine resources.

 

Unconventional Therapies: BC Cancer Agency  http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/PPI/UnconventionalTherapies/default.htm

Provides objective information for patients and their families, relating to alternative and complementary therapies. Most of the information consists of direct quotations from the medical, peer-reviewed book and journal literature

 

Consumer Health Web Sites

 Librarians' Index to the Internet: Health 
 http://lii.org/search/file/health

Select from various health and medicine topics and select from annotated links

 

MEDLINEplus

http://medlineplus.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/medlineplus.html

Provides access to 700 health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians health and information in Spanish and other languages

 

Drug and Pharmacy Information

DrugDigest

http://www.drugdigest.org/

This resource provides information on drugs, vitamins, herbs, and supplements; and it includes a browse-able list of the most commonly prescribed drugs, product images, and drug comparisons. It allows users to check for possible drug interactions as well.

 

Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide

http://hopkins-abxguide.org/

Search for antibiotics by diagnosis, pathogen, type of antibiotic, or keyword. Registration (free) is required. This site is geared more towards practitioners than lay people.

 

RxList

http://www.rxlist.com/

Search by either brand name or generic name. The advance search feature allows you to search by the code imprinted on the medication or by NDC Code.

 

SafeMedication.com

http://www.safemedication.com/

From the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists comes this database based on ASHP's Medication Teaching Manual: The Guide to Patient Drug Information. Searchable by brand name or generic name, information is presented in a user-friendly format.

 

Doctor and Hospital Information
American Board of Medical Specialties

http://www.abms.org/

Organization of twenty-four approved medical specialty boards that allows you to search for certified specialists. You can search by name, specialty, and location. Registration (free) is required. Includes links to all member boards as well. 

American Medical Association Online Docter Finder

http://dbapps.ama-assn.org/aps/index.htm

Professional association for physicians and medical students that provides listings of almost every licensed physician in the United States. Search for doctors by name or their specialty. Includes information on both MDs (doctors of medicine) and DOs (doctors of osteopathy/osteopathic medicine


WebMD Physician Directory

http://my.webmd.com/pages/dir/toc.asp

Search for a physician by name or medical specialty, and distance from your home. You may refine your search to a specific HMO plan or hospital affiliation. NOTE: The Physician Directory does not verify the credentials or qualifications of the physicians listed. It is only a tool to locate quick information about physicians.