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  • Search the online databases available here, for information on FDA approved animal drug products. Provided by The Drug Information Laboratory, operated by the Veterinary Medical Informatics Program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Includes information for kids on food safety, vaccines, pet care, medical devices and more from the Federal Drug Administration.

  • Women's health resources with emphasis on resources for pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Listing of doctors of chiropractic who are members of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Site provides contact information and can be searched by name and location.

  • Database searchable by zip code, city, state and specialty.

  • The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) offers an easily searchable database of AAHA-accredited hospitals all over the United States and Canada.

  • This website is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. HRSA-supported health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. To find a health center near you search by state, county or city.

  • Click on the Health and Fitness category to search for articles from hundreds of health and fitness magazines and journals or search within specific titles, such as Psychology Today, Fit Pregnancy, Alternative Medicine Review, Diabetes Care and British Medical Journal.

  • From the federal government, this site provides seniors with a variety of health information such as medical coverage, specific health conditions, exercise and fitness, prescription drugs and nutrition. Also includes links to other goverment sites of interest for seniors.

  • This website dispels popular myths and misconceptions about exercise.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration provides information on flying with your pet. Here you'll find information on pets in the passenger cabin, transporting live animals, and getting your pet through security checkpoints.

  • A critical look at the new Food Pyramid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Presents the USDA model as well as the "Healthy Eating Pyramid" created by Walter C. Willett, MD, of the Harvard Schhol of Public Health.

  • The World Health Organization provides information on a wide variety of food safety issues along the entire food production chain, including public health hazards in food, standards for food safety.

  • Authoritative information from the United States agency responsible for the safety and security of our food supply.

  • The Iowa State University Extension has created the Food Safety Project, whose goal is to provide the public with the information they need to minimize their risk of foodborne illness.

  • This article provides alternatives to performing four popular but dangerous weight training exercises.

  • List of places to obtain free and low-cost dental and eye care in New York City. The information is compiled by the Literacy Assistance Center.

  • Over 400,000 free articles from medical journals published by HighWire Press.

  • 980 journals from all medical specialities. Searchable by title, specialty, and language (French, German, Portuguese and other languages).

  • Health brochures and patient education materials from a variety of sources.

  • The International Food Information Council Foundation provides a brief definition and examples of functional foods.

  • What does it mean to be fit? The Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports explain the fundamentals of exercise and provide information on starting an exercise program.

  • Information as well as numerous services available to people living with HIV/AIDS. Site is also available in Spanish.

  • A glossary of HIV/AIDS-related terms and definitions. Available in HTML, PDF, and PDA formats and in English and Spanish.

  • From the American College of Radiology & The Radiological Society of North America, this glossary provides simple definitions for radiology terminology.

  • From the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, this glossary defines words relating to toxic substances and their effects. In English and Spanish.

  • Created by a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Their mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority. Of particular note is the calendar of programs, services, workshops, forums, and other events offered in New York City.

  • Questions on teen health issues from nutrition to sexuality, answered by the Health Education Program at Columbia University.

  • Detailed information from the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) on all aspects of long-term care insurance. In PDF format requiring Adobe Acrobat to view.

  • Information from the NYC Department of Health concerning health care insurance options for people who are jobless, have low incomes or have special needs.

  • Information about health care access and health insurance, including related NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene programs

  • Created and maintained by the Health Care Bureau of New York State, this web page provides information on how to settle disputes not only concerning health care insurance but also about the operation of the health care system itself.

  • The BC HealthFiles are easy-to-understand fact sheets on health and safety topics such as: common illnesses, environmental health concerns, problems with pests, and health and safety tips. Some topics are available in other languages: Chinese, Farsi, Punjab, Spanish, French and Vietnamese.

  • All-inclusive listing of 800 numbers to organizations providing information on topics like AIDS, cancer, mental health, aging, specific diseases and disorders, adoption, substance abuse, surgery, women's health, etc.

  • This web page provides links to many health topics PDF files in Portuguese and English. It is maintained by MedlinePlus a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

  • The United States National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services, maintains a lsiting of health resources in many languages.

  • This new easy-to-use Spanish-language consumer resource offers over 300 topics from 70 government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Users of the site can switch easily between Spanish and English versions of the same information. English-speaking family members or health-professionals can use this feature to search in English for information to share with Spanish-speaking relatives or patients.

  • Created in 1997, healthfinder is an award-winning federal Website developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. The Men's Health section includes hundreds of links on a variety of topics including AIDS, fatherhood, testicular cancer and vasectomy,

  • From the Harvard School of Public Health and other institutions, a collection of "healthy eating pyramids,". These unique dietary guides based on worldwide dietary traditions are closely associated with good health and includes individual pyramids based on Asian, Latin American, Mediterranean and Vegetarian diets.

  • A consumer-oriented website that seeks to inform and educate the public about mental health treatment and resources from the American Psychiatric Association.

  • Web page for New York State's health insurance plan for adults titled Healthy New York. The plan is designed to help small business owners and individuals obtain affordable health insurance. Information on eligibility, benefits, how to apply and much more is provided.

  • Healthy NY is designed to encourage small employers with 50 or fewer employees to offer health insurance coverage to their employees, dependents, and other qualified individuals. Healthy NY is also available to eligible working uninsured individuals including sole proprietors.

  • Use this site, created by the American Animal Hospital Association, to find up-to-date information on your pet's health. Use Healthypet's Hospital Locator to find a veterinary hospital near you.

  • Definitions related to heart disease from St. Elizabeth Regional Hospital.

  • A joint project of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, this website has up-to-date information on heart disease in women. Includes the signs and symptoms of heart attack in women, which are typically different than those men experience.

  • Safety tips for preventing, identifying, and caring for heat related illnesses.

  • Information on the financial assistance program for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). A listing of the hospitals and medical centers run by the HHC can be obtained by clicking on "Locate Our Facilities" at the top of the page.

  • Data from New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation tracking care and conditions at its 11 area hospitals. Topics include heart attack care, pneumonia care and infection prevention.

  • List of topics relating the history of medicine. The web links are organized by time period and culture. The site is created and maintained by the Karolinska Institute located in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • List of history of medicine sites categorized by topics such as Digitized Images and Manuscripts, Regional and Cultural History, and Thematic Sites. The website is created and maintained by the Health Sciences Library of the Statue University of New York at Buffalo.

  • Long list of links to information on the history of the health sciences. Information is maintained by the History of the Health Sciences Section ot the Medical Library Association (MLA).

  • From the Center for Disease Control, this article describes the various ways the HIV virus is spread.

  • "Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine."

  • From the AIDSinfo Information Service, this site compiles treatment information for patients and caregivers.

  • This consumer website provides home food safety statistics, information about foodborne illness, and tips on safe food handlng. The American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods Foundation have joined together to produce this website for consumers.

  • This site compares how certain hospitals care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. The number of conditions, procedures, and hospitals covered is limited but should continue to grow. The site is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Developed and maintained by the New York State Department of Health, this website lists the results of the annual complaints survey for hospitals in New York State.

  • This website posts results of an ongoing voluntary survey of hospital safety and quality. The survey is created and compiled by the Leapfrog Group a health care purchaser coalition.

  • Links to hospitals in the Bronx from NOAH (New York Online Access to Health).

  • Use this website to learn how to use the information found on a nutrition facts label more effectively and easily.This website, provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, presents an overview of the nutrition facts label.

  • Check out the links compiled by the staff of the office of Community Information Service for specific information on hurricane preparedness.

  • Sponsored by the American Social Health Association, this site provides the answers teens need to make informed decisions about sexual health and STD prevention.

  • This context-sensitive Illustrated Glossary defines over 225 medical genetics terms. Over 70 terms are illustrated more illustrations are being added regularly.

  • Extensive information on basic research on all diseases and disorders.

  • Developed by a Canadian psychiatrist in 1995, this comprehensive site includes everything you've ever wanted to know about mental illness including description of disorders, diagnosis and symptoms, medications, treatments and research.

  • Sponsored by the American Social Health Association, this site provides the answers teens need to make informed decisions about sexual health and STD prevention.

  • An easy to use dictionary of terms related to orthopaedics and joint replacement from St. Elizabeth Regional Hospital.

  • The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S.

  • This website allows users to query the medical literature, read and rate articles, and participate in discussions of current and past articles. In order to post a comment or rate an article users will have to register with the site.

  • This website contains heart healthy recipes, provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.Please note that the recipes are available for downloading and viewing in PDF format only.

  • The basics of how to buy safe food and keep it safe at home.

  • This kid-friendly medical dictionary from PBS provides explanations for terms that relate to common illnesses and conditions.

  • One of the most popular Websites for children, it offers excellent information for parents (and kids!) on child health and more.

  • Provides a list of laboratory tests for various health conditions.

  • On this website you can check if a person is licensed by the State of New York to practice in a certain field. Many health professions are listed including nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and many others. The website is maintained by the New York State Office of the Professions.

  • From the CDC, this online booklet is intended to help people with HIV understand how to live with HIV and keep themselves healthy. Also provides other sources of information on the topic.

  • Use this site to find an array of full-text magazine articles on various pet topics.

  • Guidelines from the Food Safety and Inspection Service on how to determine if the perishable foods delivered to your home have been handled properly.

  • Tips on excercise, nutrition, self-care and sex, from the urologist who founded the first male health center.

  • Information created by AARP covering many topics relating to managed care. Includes overviews, opitions and your rights when dealing with managed care organizations.

  • The Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse provides free health promotion materials for a range of health topics in a variety of languages.Some of the information is specific to Massachusetts.

  • A wide range of articles on newborn care, health and development from an internationally recognized authority.

  • A wide range of articles on children's health and development from an internationally recognized authority.

  • The basics of complementary and alternative health from an internationally recognized authority. In addition to information about a variety of therapies, this site can be searched for suggested treatments for a specific disease or condition.

  • A wide range of articles on health and aging from an internationally recognized authority.

  • A wide range of health topics from an internationally recognized authority. News items, research updates, disease briefs, and prevention guidelines.

  • This site includes a wide variety of information on health including screening tests, fitness, weight control, aging as well as health conditions and issues of interest to men.

  • This site includes a wide variety of information on health including screening tests, fitness, weight control, aging as well as health conditions and issues of interest to women.

  • Interested in adopting or fostering a homeless NYC dog or cat? Look here for all the not-for-profit animal care groups working to place NYC's dogs and cats. You'll also find information on adoption days, shelter fundraisers, and other animal events happening in New York City.

  • Data and links provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help consumers rate health care procedures and organizations.

  • 25,000 links to journals, associations and databases. Beware: not all journals are free.

  • Links to a vast amount of evaluated Internet sites relating to the history of medicine. The links can be browsed by category or searched using terms. The site is developed and maintained by The Welcome Trust which is an independent research funding charity based in the United Kingdom.

  • Provides web links to universities, libraries, museums, documents and organizations that are dedicated to the history of medicine. Site is created and maintainted by the University of Bergen located in Bergen, Norway.

  • Provides free counseling to people with Medicaid problems or questions. Easy-to-read publications discuss Medicare basics.

  • Provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the United States, including inspection result information. In English and Spanish.

  • Developed by a group of NYC medical librarians, this site offers annotated links to medical sites, directories, an encyclopedia, and other resources. See also: A PubMed search guide.

  • Information on mediterranean-style diets from the American Heart Association.

  • Comprehensive, free, commercial site with lots of useful information. The largest and first German health website.

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