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  • Find information from current, well researched websites about all areas of health including disabilities. This site also links to Medline where you will find citations to current articles about your topic.
  • Specific diseases and conditions, dictionaries and directories, clinical trials, health news concerning the Hispanic community.
  • Links to quality information resources, from the National Library of Medicine.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news, general overviews, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms and research and treatment.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news and general overviews of seniors' health and research, specific conditions, prevention and screening, organizations, statistics and more.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news, general overviews, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms and research and treatment.
  • More information from MedlinePlus on AIDS.
  • A directory of links to current, reliable sources of health information on AIDS from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes the latest news, overviews, alternative therapies, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms, disease management, prevention and screening and treatment.
  • More information from MedlinePlus on AIDS.
  • More information from MedlinePlus on AIDS.
  • Links to several directories of health care professionals and facilities.
  • More than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmacopeia.
  • Includes constantly updated news and overviews as well as information on law and policies regarding managed care.

  • From the National Library of Medicine, this medical dictionary provides a list of similar words if no entry is found.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news, general overviews, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms and research and treatment, and links to organizations.
  • This site provides a compilation of current and authoritative links on pets and pet health. MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
  • MedWeb is a catalog of biomedical and health related websites maintained by the staff of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University. MedWeb's primary audience is the academic and research community at Emory, but it has an excellent Consumer Health section.
  • Up-to-date information about prostate cancer from Memorial Slaon-Kettering. Provides an overview, information on screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, survivorship and support.
  • The United States Department of Health & Human Services provides information on dealing with exposure to traumatic events. Tips for parents, families, first responders, and teachers.
  • This local organization's website offers information on mental illness in children, adolescents and adults. Features mental health services offered in New York City and a toll-free emergency hotline with referral specialists that speak English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin.
  • Online edition of The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 18th ed. Intended for physicians and medical students, the Merck Manual is valuable for anyone.
  • Contains all the useful information of the manual above, but is written in non-technical language.
  • Includes a wealth of information on childhood diseases and conditions as well as health and wellness. Links to the Merck Manual of Medical Information and virtual body tours.
  • Although written as a concise and reliable reference for animal health professionals, consumers may find this online version useful as well.
  • An extensive source for multi-cultural resources, this website contains information for cultural competency, health literacy, law, policy, and standards, organizations and portals, etc.
  • A glossary of technical and popular medical terms in nine European Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portugese and Spanish.
  • Created and maintained by the NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, this website makes available many different types of statistical reports and profiles on the health of New York City residents.
  • An online dietary assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, related nutrition messages and links to nutrient information. Developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
  • The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Site includes an overview and description of the illnesses as well as information on treatment and recovery.
  • Established by Congress in 1998, the NCCAM is one of the 27 institutes of the National Institutes of Health. Its website defines complementary and alternative medicine and provides new alerts, information on research and clinical trials and more.
  • This easy-to-use page provides an A to Z list of topics and short, easy to understand statistics on a wide range of topics. Each page links to sites where more comprehensive data can be obtained.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a non-profit that assesses and reports on the quality of managed care plans. Their Health Plan Report Card reports on over 400 health plans, divided by managed and non-managed plans.

  • Website created by a private non-profit organization providing information to help medical consumers recognize health misinformation, fraud, and quackery.
  • Includes a national database of HIV testing sites and FAQs from the CDC.
  • Clinical trials for adults and children suffering from mental illness.
  • The mission of the NIH is " . . . science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."
  • This easy-to-use site from a reliable source allows you to search for information by browsing, keyword, or by broad categories which include body systems, common conditions/diseases, health and wellness, demographic groups and procedures.
  • Get information on many mental health issues. You can search by audience, issue, or disorder and treatment.
  • The Health Topics contains basic information with references to over 100 topics of interest to women. Daily news and features and a comprehensive directory of women's health services make this site invaluable.
  • "The not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women. NWHRC develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women's health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice."
  • An important information source for patients who have trouble meeting the high cost of their drugs. This site provides information on Patient Assistance Programs offered by drug manufacturers to help patients get their medicines either for free or at a lower cost.
  • Includes local resources and statistics about HIV and AIDS. Features a listing of free and confidential clinics.
  • Listing of hospice facilities in New York State certified under article 40 of the Public Health Law. A link to the Hospice Utilization and Cost Data Report is also provided. The information is compiled by the New York State Department of Health.
  • Use this site to find information about hospitals in New York State, and the quality of care they provide. The site is maintained by the New York State Department of Health.
  • Health insurance information for consumers. Includes a directory of insurers, consumer rights, frequently asked questions and much more.

  • This site provides access to a report created by the New York State Department of Health. This report contains a large amount of information on managed care plans serving residents of New York State including the results of a satisfaction survey.

  • This helpful and friendly Website contains information of use to elders in New York State including links to local offices, toll-free hotlines, eldercare resources as well as extensive links to resources on death & dying, education, caregiving and health and long-term care.
  • New York State Partnership for Long Term Care is a unique program which combines private long term care insurance and Medicaid to help New Yorkers prepare financially for the possibility of needing nursing home or home care.

  • Profiles of all licensed doctors registered to practice medicine in New York State. Includes information on a doctor's education, legal actions taken against the doctor, contact information and more.
  • Looking for a veterinarian? The New York State Veterinary Medical Society provides an online database that allows users to search for a veterinarian or veterinary hospital in New York by city, zipcode or county. Click on "Public Section, Find a New York State Veterinary Hospital."
  • NIHSeniorHealth is a website based on the latest research on senior health and aging. Features a "talking" function, which gives users the option of reading the text or listening to it.
  • This website offers information from NIMH about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses. Included are brochures and information sheets, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials.
  • Reliable and easy-to-use site sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine and The New York Public Library.
  • Another directory of links to AIDS and HIV information. Since NOAH is based in New York City, local and national resources are featured.
  • Website of the leading scientific nonprofit organization devoted to promoting women's health during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause. This site contains information on perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms and long-term health effects of estrogen loss, and a wide variety of therapies to enhance health.
  • Extensive list of links to web pages on the history of nursing compiled by the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN).
  • Free medical clinic staffed by students and physicians form the New York University School of Medicine. As stated in their mission statement, "The NYC Free Clinic is designed to serve the needs of the uninsured and the homeless, as well as those eligible or in possession of Medicaid who do not access the health system."
  • Confused about the NYC bureaucracy as it pertains to your pet? You need look no further than this handy page created by the ASPCA. This page will direct you to the appropriate agency for every pet related need. Who can you call for help deciphering your pet's baffling behavior? Who do you call to report animal cruelty? Who can you call for pet loss support?These questions and many more will be answered on this website. This site also includes a summary of NYC companion animal laws.
  • A one-stop shop of city agencies and nonprofit organizations providing services for women and families.
  • With a Branch library card, you can access the Biography Resource Center on the NYPL site, and find biographies, a critical overview, and articles on 20th century playwrights from O'Neill and Williams to Kushner, Stoppard, and Fornes.
  • NYPL Electronic Resources, related to health and medicine, provide access to a wealth of health information from newsletters, magazines, reference books and professional journals. These databases require a library card for offsite access.
  • Information about becoming a patient at the NYU College of Dentistry Dental Clinic. The clinic offers dental services and charges lower fees for comparable procedures at private practices.
  • Learn about a wide array of activities and facilities available through the Parks & Recreation Department. Find a full service Parks & Recreation Center near you. The recreational facilities offer services such as indoor pools, weight rooms, basketball courts, dance studios, boxing rings, and art studios. All Recreation Centers offer a wide range of programs for all ages, such as aerobics, dancing, computer classes and art. Most programs are free or available at a modest cost, and all are open to the general public.
  • "NOAH provides access to high quality full-text consumer health information in English and Spanish that is accurate, timely, relevant and unbiased." This particular section of NOAH is the pet health section.
  • This website provides over 5,000 veterinarian approved articles on medical, behavior, and wellness issues, written in layman's terms. Also includes a drug library where pet owners can read about the possible side effects of medications.
  • Are you looking for a pet sitter? Are you wondering what qualities to look for in a pet sitter? This site provides a searchable database of pet sitters in your zip code as well as a list of quality standards you should consider before hiring a pet sitter.
  • This website, from the Center of Disease Control, provides recommendations and resources on exercise for the physically active older adult.
  • Are you considering starting an exercise program? Are you a golfer looking to improve your performance? Are you home bound and simply need to get stronger to continue to live independently? Whether you're an athlete or just trying to keep up with the grand kids, a personal trainer can help you meet your physical activity needs and goals. This link provide tips on finding a personal trainer that matches your needs.
  • After answering a few questions to determine eligibility, this website determines which of over 250 public and private programs can provide you with free or nearly free prescription medications. This site was created and is maintained by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which is a non-profit organization that brings together pharmaceutical companies, doctors and health advocacy groups to provide affordable prescription drugs to those in need.
  • Created by the New York State Attorney General, this website compares prices for 150 commonly prescribed prescription drugs at various pharmacies in New York State. You can search by city, county or zip code.
  • A database created by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). The OPMC is responsible for investigating complaints about physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants. Health professionals can be looked up by name, license number and license type.
  • "Professionally-reviewed support groups, articles, Websites and more, organized by topic."
  • From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a compilation of resources on preparation and planning for emergency situations. Includes information for the general public as well as links for businesses and healthcare facilities, legal information, and local, state, and national preparedness information.
  • PubMed is the largest medicine and medicine-related database in the world. Use it to search for information on just about any medical topic.
  • This website is sponsored by a non-profit corporation that strives to provide consumers with information about health fraud, myths, fads and fallacies.
  • National database listing hospital, and other healthcare facilities, accreditation and quality information. The website is maintained by the Joint Commission on Accredation of Healthcare Organizations an independent not-for-profit organization.
  • A detailed resource from the U.S. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality written in easy to understand language.

  • From the National Institutes of Health's Office of Rare Diseases, this glossary includes definitions pertaining to orphan or rare diseases and conditions.
  • "Ready New York" offers information designed to help New Yorkers better prepare for all types of emergencies.
  • OEM and the Department of Education have created two fun-filled, interactive versions of the guide one for elementary school kids, the other for students in middle and high schools. Guides are available in nine languages.
  • Guidelines on making an emergency supply kit, developing an emergency plan. From the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Health Issues affecting Hispanic/Latina American women from the National Women's Health Information Center.
  • If you think you or others became ill from eating the same food, please report this outbreak to your local (city or county) health department via this webpage from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • The MTA New York City Transit provides decals, diagrams, tips, and a video on this website, detailing how to evacuate a train in the event of an emergency.
  • Contains a wealth of links on therapies, health issues, education and training.
  • "Doctor's pharmacists and others use a medical "shorthand." What difference does it make if your doctor's handwriting isn't legible? It might be the difference between AP and ap!"
  • This website contains a wide range of food safety fact sheets to help you answer such questions as, "does a change in color of meat indicate spoilage? If my milk has a sell by Feb. 14th date stamp, does that mean I can't drink it on Feb. 15th? Does freezer burn make my food unsafe?" Just about any question you might have about safe food handling can be answered through these brief fact sheets, compiled by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
  • Advice from the Food Safety and Inspection Service on the safe handling of take-Out and delivered foods.
  • Created by the New York State Department of Health, this website outlines everything you need to know to select a nursing home. Topics include admission, nursing home inspections, resident's rights and more.
  • Listing of the free and confidential sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics provided by the New York City Health Department. Also has information on what to expect when visiting a STD clinic.
  • This slide show from the Mayo Clinic takes a look at the recommended serving sizes and allows the user to see how the sizes of your food portions measure up.
  • SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages is a joint initiative of the South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library is supported by a grant from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
  • Do the foods we eat affect our athletic performance? Does proper nutrition determine success in attaining our fitness goals? This website contains useful information for athletes and non-athletes on exercise and nutrition.
  • The children's health insurance program, which provides health insurance for uninsured children, is sponsored by the Health Care Finance Administration. Site includes information on legislation and how to enroll.

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