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  • Developed by the Office on Women's Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services, this website gives girls between the ages of 10 and 16 reliable, current health information. Topics include puberty, fitness, nutrition, stress and substance abuse.

  • This site provides the latest information about scientific research and services for people who may have health problems related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This site was developed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Consejo de la Cruz Roja Americana.
  • This public education website was developed to support the efforts of parents and other caring adults to promote mental health and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs among 7- to 18-year-olds.
  • A guide to HIV / AIDS programs and services throughout the NYC metropolitan area. Created by Body Positive, Inc.
  • Created by the New York University Child Study Center, this award-winning website provides parents with information on child mental health.
  • A non-profit international organization with 37,000 members in the US and Canada. It provides the public with information to help make informed choices about dental care and treatments.
  • The American Dental Association Directory online is searchable by name, city, state, zip and/or dental specialty.
  • The AIDSinfo Drug Database provides HIV/AIDS drug fact sheets describing both approved and investigational drugs. Includes information on use, pharmacology and side effects.
  • The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings. The report is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by the airlines. An airline is required to submit a report for any month in which it experienced a loss, injury or death of a pet during air transportation. Copies of the reports appear on this website.
  • These excellent guides contain an introduction to the topic, links to books, journals, websites and organizations. Guides cover many topics including choosing a practitioner, how to make sense of contradictory research and information on modalities such as homeopathy, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine and more.
  • Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, The Alternative Medicine Homepage calls itself "a jumpstation for sources of information on unconventional, unorthodox, unproven, or alternative, complementary, innovative, intergrative therapies." Lots of links.
  • Short, easy-to-read articles on a variety of topics of interest to seniors, including fitness, prevention, insurance and Medicare and caregiving.
  • The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness. Comprehensive information on contraception, infertility, pregnancy, abortion, birth, adoption and women's health.
  • Brief articles on psychology and work, mind/body connection, family and relationships and how psychotherapy works. Includes free brochures. See also section on warning signs.
  • Information on AIDS and HIV from the nations leading non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, AIDS prevention, treatment education, and advocacy.
  • Site provides a toll-free number (1-800-964-2000) to the APA's referral service.
  • A step-by-step guide from FEMA on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets.
  • Definitions of aging and the physiological changes it brings about, from NOAH (New York Online Access to Health).
  • Links to sources providing information on all aspects of men's health from circumcision and hair loss to testicular cancer.
  • Includes the basics, care and treatment and links to reliable articles on all the specific conditions and disorders from Anorexia Nervosa to Tourette Syndrome.
  • Links to sources providing information on all aspects of women's health from birth control and contraception to vaginitis and vulvodynia.
  • This site contains an extensive collection of articles to help readers learn why their cat or dog is acting the way he / she is and how best to resolve behavioral issues.
  • Annual listing of the best hospitals according to the magazine U.S. News and World Report.
  • This interactive website allows users to easily calculate their body mass index. This website is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • This is a book of resources, available in New York State, to help with the options available when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. This book includes information on preventing pregnancy, the options available when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, ending a pregnancy, choosing adoption, becoming a parent , and paying for your care.
  • Basic healthy-eating principles from the Mayo Clinic make it easy to know which foods to emphasize in your diet and which to limit
  • Everything you've ever wanted to know about buying medicine and other products online including things to watch out for, from the Food and Drug Administration.
  • What do terms such as "net carb", "total carb", "carb wise", and "carb fit" mean? A Mayo Clinic expert answers common questions about carbs and low-carb diets.
  • Information for home caregivers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on the basics of caregiving and how to protect themselves, provide emotional support, guard against infections and more. Includes an AIDS glossary.
  • from the website:CaringBridge? is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Websites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. Our mission is to bring together a global community of care powered by the love of family and friends in an easy, accessible and private way.CaringBridge authors quickly and easily create personalized Websites that display journal entries and photographs. Well-wishers visit the site to read updates and leave messages in the Guestbook.
  • Department of the Food and Drug Administration dedicated to evaluating over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Site contains detailed information on the safety and effectiveness of drugs on the market and those awaiting approval. Includes a database of FDA approved drug products.
  • The Center is a private, non-profit organization which provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare. Site includes basic information on Medicare and late-breaking news, updated daily.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on diseases and conditions, emergency preparedness, healthy living, traveler's health, workplace safety and much more.
  • Patient and professional resources with a notification and matching service.
  • Links to institutions, libraries and on-line resources dedicated to the history of Chinese medicine. The website is managed by an international group of scholars who study the history of medicine in China.
  • Information about Child Health Plus, New York State's health insurance plan for children. Includes topics such as eligibility, cost and how to apply for the program.

  • Lots of information about how to have fun and be safe while playing your favorite sports or activities. Links to cartoons, fun quizzes and coloring & activity pages safety information for parents and a guide to common injuries.
  • "This fact sheet can help you make an informed decision about joining a program."
  • This website, provided by The Humane Society of the United States, offers practical advice to consider when choosing a veterinarian.
  • The Cincinnati Children's Hospital website provides comprehensive educational resources on children's health that help famililes become active partners in their child's healthcare. Of particular note is the Heart Center Encyclopedia.
  • Search by keyword or browse by condition or trial sponsor.
  • Well researched articles and reports on health care quality, managed care, health policy, minorities and health care, health care in NYC and more.

  • The Animal Welfare Information Center has compiled links in regard to traveling with companion animals. You'll find links to compare various travel policies of major airlines and international pet regulations, as well as general links on caring for the traveling pet.
  • A chart comparing the basic elements of popular weight-loss diets, their premises and what critics are saying about each. Plus, a sample dinner from each plan.
  • How to file a complaint against a managed care plan in New York State.

  • A glossary of complementary and alternative medicine terminology designed for the layperson.
  • Lists complementary and alternative medicine trials by treatment or therapy.
  • Consultant is an online diagnostic support system for veterinary medicine, from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. User is able to search by diagnosis or signs and retrieve citations for related veterinary medicine articles.
  • This website, provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, offers information on foodborne illness, safe food preparation, eating safely away from home, storing food properly, and what those food labels really mean.
  • This consumer guide sponsored by the Georgetown University's Institute for Health Care Research and Policy provides a summary of consumer protection laws, organized by state.

  • Consumer guide to handling disputes with your private health plan. Provides national and state by state information on the process. Funded by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • This website contains an extensive listing of health resources in multiple languages. This website is a collaboration of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Consumer Outreach Librarians.
  • There are many agencies, organizations, associations, book and video distributors that are now providing bilingual information. The following list is a sampling of resources to utilize when looking for Spanish language consumer health information.
  • An excellent list of consumer health sites in French from the University of Rouen.
  • Site sponsored by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living providing a large amount of detailed information on long term care including insurance.

  • Information for cat owners and veterinarians, including fact sheets covering several conditions and syndromes. Also noteworthy is the series of feline health videos. This series provides instruction on such things as how to take a cat's temperature, give medicine, brush a cat's teeth etc. Videos are viewable on computers with high speed Internet connections and Macromedia Flash Player.
  • Use this interactive website, created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to create a heart healthy diet plan.
  • List of links to State physician credential websites compiled by New York Online Access to Health (NOAH).
  • From the Mayo Clinic, this interactive tool calculates the number of calories you need each day to maintain your weight.
  • From the Medical Library Assocation, this dictionary provides easy-to-understand definitions for common medical terminology.
  • Once only used in reference to diets for diabetes, now many popular diets have incorporated this concept into their meal plans. This article explains what the GI is as well as its limitations.
  • A series of articles from the American Dental Association on choosing dental benefit plans.

  • Common questions and answers regarding dental insurance and coverage brought to you by the American Dental Association.

  • From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, this dictionary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about diabetes. It is designed for people who have diabetes and for their families and friends.
  • From the National Cancer Institute, this dictionary includes more than 4,000 cancer-related terms.
  • Over 1000 common medical terms from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Confused about what are healthy fats and what are the harmful fats? Look into this website, by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, for answers to your fat related questions.
  • This website provides an easily accessible, A-Z list of dietary supplement fact sheets. Information provided by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.
  • General information on dietary supplements is provided by the FDA/Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition.
  • From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, this dictionary defines words that are often used when talking or writing about digestive diseases. It is designed for people who have digestive diseases and their families and friends.
  • Portal sanitario desde el cual se podra acceder a los mejores portales especificos dentro del campo de la Salud.
  • DOAJ offers free, full text, scientific and scholarly journals in biology, physics, mathematics, technology and many other scientific disciplines. There are now over 1000 journals in the directory.

  • Looking for a support group or research organization? DIRLINE is an online directory of over 8,400 health-related organizations, including educational institutions, government agencies, and advocacy groups. Searchable by keyword.
  • Searchable database of free, full-text,scientific and scholarly journals.
  • Health professional licensing listings by state from the Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors.
  • Check potential interactions between two or more drugs. Use the compare drugs feature to compare how drugs within the same drug class measure up to one another. Use the side effects comparisons feature to check side effects of common drugs and see how similar drugs compare. DrugDigest is the consumer health and drug information website of Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI), the nation's largest independent pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration,Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has provided links to the most current information on drug therapy and vaccines related to bioterrorism. Includes information on purchasing medicine.
  • from the website:EpiQuery is a web-based, user-friendly system designed to guide users through basic data analyses on several datasets. SAS statistical programs run behind the online interface to provide real-time analyses. Users can run cross-tabulations and find point estimates with confidence intervals.
  • This website contains patient education materials available in a variety of different languages. EthnoMed is a joint project of University of Washington Health Sciences Library and the Harborview Medical Center's Community House Calls Program.
  • Information gathered by the National Library of Medicine on how to evaluate health information. Includes tips on evaluating specific types of health information as well.
  • Find the calories burned in a workout or daily activity.
  • Blood pressure can be lowered by following the DASH Eating Plan and reducing the amount of sodium you eat. This fact sheet tells about high blood pressure and how to follow this diet.
  • Policy statements and briefs from a leading consumer organization dedicated to the achievement of high quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

  • The organization, Citizen Corps, links to their own disaster related publications as well as outside resources.
  • Detailed information on children's health from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Some information in Spanish.
  • From the American Academy of family Physicians, this website has extensive information of interest to men. In addition to physical health, mental health conditions and fatherhood are discussed.

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