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Concerned about health issues? Need to find a local doctor? Or do you want to check out the latest medical research information? Use this guide to answer those and many more health related questions.
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Databases for Consumers

Databases from the library with consumers in mind.

  • Health Source: Consumer Edition  
    This resource provides access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, HealthFacts, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.
  • Household Products Database
    This database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

    What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
    Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
    Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
    What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
    What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?
  • Kids Health
    This database provides provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Kids Health provides provides separate sites for parents, kids and teens.
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus has information from the National Institutes of Health and other sources on over 700 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary and health information in Spanish.
  • Natural & Alternative Treatments  
    The Natural & Alternative Treatments database was originally created in 1997 to satisfy an ever-growing demand for accurate, unbiased information on natural health.


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MedLine Plus: How-To

Medline Plus is a great place to go for basic health information.

  • ad-free
  • compiles reliable information from medical professionals and researchers
  • maintained by the National Libraries of Medicine and the National Institute of Health
  • updated daily
  • has everything from basic information on a condition or medication to videos showing surgeries in action.

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WebMD Health News

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Use this page to find information:

  • that can help you make an informed decision about your health
  • reliable for the public
  • written in easy-to-understand language.


Helpful Websites

  • A Saver’s Guide to Eating and Living Well
    This helpful site offers many useful tips for eating and staying healthy on a budget. The site includes a advice on living healthy as a college student and healthy lifestyle tips for families.
  • Assisted Living Directory
    This website facilities and other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city. The information in the site is determined to be accurate at the time of publication and the site does not endorse any particular facility. It is a good starting point in a search for an assisted living facility.
    This website provides consumer updates on prescription medications- specifically those that have been found to be dangerous and pose health risks. The site focuses on decisions and announcements made by the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.
    " is a comprehensive resource featuring information on the drug side effects of various medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs”.
    This website offers clear and concise patient hand-outs in English and Spanish for common medical concerns and conditions. All the information has been written and reviewed by members of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Fitness and Nutrition in College
    This site offers a lot of useful information to help college students eat and live healthy.
    The site includes information on eating well on a meal plan, avoiding stress eating, dorm room cooking, and how to eat well on a budget.
  • Fun Medical & Health Games for Kids & Teens
    This site offers some fun and educational games to help young people understand the importance of health and wellness.
  • Health and Wellness Guide for Seniors
    A very helpful guide for seniors. The site includes sections on nutrition, exercise, and mental health.
  • Healthline
    Healthline is maintained by a group of medical informatics specialists. The site allows you to search using key words but also offers 4 other ways to search:
    1. Search by symptom
    2. Search by treatment
    3. Serach for a Doctor
    4. Search for a Drug.
    The site also offers online videos that can be viewed on subjects such as "How the Heart Works".
  • Healthy Habits: Student Guide to Nutrition and Fitness Resources
    Students at all levels are facing serious health problemsces due to lack of proper nutrition and inadequate exercise. This guide aims to change that. From tips for staying healthy to resources that can help, students can find a wealth of information in these pages – information that might lead them to a much healthier, happier lifestyle.
  • Mayo Clinic
    Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 3,400 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing for College Students
    A comprehensive guide to help college students identify common mental health disorders, their warning signs,how to manage them and when to seek treatment.
  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center
    This helpful website offers information on types of Mesothelioma and treatments. The site also offers information on financial and legal assistance. There is a blog which provides current news and information.
  • Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance serves Mesothelioma (a rare type of cancer) victims and their families. The site provides information on the different types of Mesothelioma and the different treatments available. There is also contact information provided for doctors who specialize in treating Mesothelioma.
  • Mesothelioma Group
    This website is for patients, family members, or friends of those diagnosed with Mesothelioma. This site will help guide you through every step of the diagnostic and treatment process. The Mesothelioma Group is a small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists.
  • Mesothelioma Resources
    The purpose of this site is to guide patients toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives. This site will help to find basic information about mesothelioma, treatment options, and locating specialists.
  • My Senior Care
    My Senior Care is a website which offers families and caregivers access to a network of senior care providers. The providers listed in this site are prescreened and qualified. The main goal of this site is to provide consumers with free access to quality senior care information. Users of the site can search by the specific type of care they require. Reviews of each provider are available. Providers listed must demonstrate proof of licensing and liability insurance.
  • PatientsLikeMe
    PatientsLikeMe is an online community of patients, doctors, and organizations whose goal is to inspire, inform and empower individuals. This website provides patients with access to the tools, information, and experiences that they need to take control of their disease.
  • Promoting Student Mental Health
    This comprehensive guide discusses and details a number of mental health issues, including information on how they impact academic performance and where to find help.
  • PublicHealth.Org
    This website offers a collection of free online resources for public health issues The site offers access to online journal articles and provides listings for organizations and advocacy leaders.
  • Student Loan Stress & Mental Health:Recognize Signs & Get Help
    A recent study found that finances are ranked as the second largest stressor among college students. More than one-third of the respondents report that finances are traumatic or very difficult to handle. This guide is designed to help those dealing with the issues that may result from overwhelming debt, including: stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Student Mental Health: A Guide to Identifying Disoders and Promoting Wellness
    Mental health is a growing concern on today’s college campuses. Learn about the various mental health challenges facing college students, the support and counseling resources available to them, and practical measures and coping strategies to help students overcome behavioral, emotional, and psychological obstacles.
  • Substance Abuse in College
    This guide offers students information to help them understand what drug abuse is, how to keep any bad habits in check, and how to be aware of problems with them selves or others.
  • Suicide/Depression Student Guidebook
    This guide is designed to help those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will experience death by suicide. It is also intended for students, so that they might spot the warning signs of suicide in others – or in themselves – and find the proper resources.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings
    U.S. News and World Report magazine's annual list of America's best hospitals. 152 hospitals are ranked in one or more of 16 specialties. There is also a separate list of the best children's hospitals.
  • University of Cincinnati's Online Master of Health Administration's Cancer Page.
    This website has very helpful information about how to talk to someone about cancer. Included topics are: "Talking to Kids About Cancer", "Helping Children When a Loved One Has Cancer", "Grandparents With Cancer" and "Resources for Talking With Children When a Parent Is Ill". The booklets can be downloaded and printed out. The site is available in Spanish.
  • Web MD SymptomChecker
    SymptomChecker is provided by the WebMD website. This tool allows you to check medical symptoms and what they mean.
  • WebMD
    WebMD provides award-winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible. WebMD offers credible and in-depth medical news, features, and reference material.
  • Yahoo! Health
    This website is another good source for up-to date health information. Current information on most common medical topics such as allergies,depression,and diabetes. Articles written by health experts can be found here as can a "symptom checker" and a "doctor finder".

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