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Search the full text of 300 consumer health websites for information tailored to the wellness needs of New Yorkers. Use tabs to narrow the scope of your initial keyword search.

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  • Click on "State Hospital Infection Disclosure Laws" and learn what your state requires hospitals to report.
  • Quick Search and Detailed Search will show you the facilities closest to you, in groups of ten, starting with the ten closest. List Search will list all of the facilities that meet your search specifications in a city, State, county, zip code, group of States, or group of zip codes or you can search for a facility by name or part of a name.
  • Information from the New York Civil Liberties Union for New York kids and teens about their legal rights to healthcare and information services.
  • From the medical staff of the Nemours Foundation, this fun site provides basic information about the body, nutrition, drugs and alchohol, diseases and conditions and personal safety.
  • Preparation advice from the American Red Cross.
  • Electronic access to over 200 health education brochures in 24 different languages. This is a project of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Utah Department of Health, the Immunization Action Coalition, AAPCHO, and many others to improve access to health materials in multiple languages. Languages covered include:Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbo - Croatian, Somali, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan and Vietnamese
  • One of the agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS runs the Medicaid and Medicare programs, which serve about 75 million Americans. Site contains a large amount of information for both consumers and professionals concerning Medicare and Medicaid.

  • The Fast Food Nutrition Fact Explorer database contains the nutritional data of 12 of the world's most popular fast food restaurant chains.
  • Created for children, by The Federal Emergency Management Agency, this website teaches children how to prepare for disasters. Children can read a story, play games, take quizzes, and earn a FEMA Disaster Action Kid Certificate.
  • The Humane Society of The United States provides a vast array of valuable information for today's pet owner. Includes everything from general pet-care guidelines, hints on finding pet-friendly rental housing, information on the importance of spaying or neutering, or advice on coping with the death of your beloved companion.
  • From the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, this website provides non-technical fact sheets on a variety of topics relating to HIV and AIDS. In English and Spanish.
  • From the Harvard School of Public Health, this article provides tips on how to decipher and evaluate media stories on diet.
  • This should be your first stop for anything Medicare-related. Contains information on Medicare eligibility, claims, health plans and much more. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

  • Toll free numbers for organizations that provide health-related information, education, and support. Some of the organizations use recorded messages others provide personalized counseling and referrals. Most offer educational materials some charge handling fees.
  • Resources compiled by the American Psychological Association to aid the general public, health practitioners, rescue workers, and parents cope with trauma related mental health issues.
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association has provided tips on traveling by air, car, bus or train with your pet. Also included are general pet travel health tips.
  • Listing of the chest centers provided by the New York City Department of Health. The chest centers provide a complete range of Tuberculosis (TB) services which are free and confidential.
  • Contains a wide range of information about the FDA and its regulation of food, drugs, medical devices, and the blood supply, as well as information about how to report problems with the products the FDA regulates.
  • Information from AARP concerning long-term health insturance. Includes information on whether and when to buy a policy.

  • Database of many private and public organizations that provide health, as well as other, services in the New York City area.
  • This is a tremendous resource for the NYC dog enthusiast. Everything related to dogs and NYC can be found here includes information on local dog runs, training issues, hound health, hound shops and services, and gives you a chance to chat with other NYC dog owners through a lively message board.
  • Available in eight languages, this Website includes information on Alzheimer's Disease, Medicare, Eldercare, statistics, Elder Abuse and other topics for elders and their families and health care professionals.
  • Use this interactive nutrition database to obtain a food label on various supermarket products.
  • "Find out what you need to know about a plant-based diet and how you can meet your daily nutritional needs."
  • Overview and detailed information on health benefits available to veterans including eligibility, counseling services, forms, facilities locators and information for homeless vets.

  • Use this site to verify that your veterinarian or veterinary technician is licensed by New York State to practice veterinary medicine. Users are able to search by name within a profession. Once a licensee list has been retrieved, users will find more detailed information, such as if there has been recent disciplinary action against a veterinarian, by clicking on the licensee number to the left of the veterinarian's name. Since 1891, the Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department have overseen the preparation, licensure, and practice of the professions.
  • This website provides contact information for the 20 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)recognized veterinary specialty organizations. A veterinary specialist, as recognized by the AVMA, is a graduate veterinarian who has successfully completed the process of board certification in an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization.
  • Pet health information provided by the Veterinary Information Network, Inc., an online veterinary community. You'll find behavioral, health, disease, and drug information for dogs, cats, reptiles, and small animals.
  • This site, maintained by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, will help you understand how to choose and use dietary supplements.
  • This site contains an A to Z glossary of vitamins and minerals. Medical content on the site has been reviewed by the faculty of the Harvard Medical School.
  • Check out this website to learn about water's vital role in maintaining health.
  • This extensive list of links dealing with all aspects of women's health would be more useful if the links were arranged by topic. Nevertheless it does include information not easily found elsewhere.
  • This web link provides information on the benefits of incorporating both free weights and machine weights into your exercise program.
  • This site, provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association, explains what a veterinarian is, provides a copy of the veterinarian's oath and offers suggestions on how to find a veterinarian.
  • Do you want to live longer and in better health? A program of regular aerobic exercise can help you avoid chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes.
  • From the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish and reducing exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.
  • This site can be used to find information on various herbal supplements and how they can impact human health. Also, contains information on foods and drugs for health and the latest health news.
  • A service of the Office of Women's Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, the NWHIC serves as a gateway to a vast array of health information for women created by federal agencies and the private sector. Search or browse the Health Topics section which contains links to thousands of articles from reliable sources. See also links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, health news and much more.
  • The WTC Health Registry is a comprehensive and confidential health survey of those most directly exposed to the events of 9/11. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will not be released to others. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
  • This website from the Children's Center of Dallas features a wide variety of articles on family life, nutrition, safety and health.
  • A step by step guide to choosing a health care plan based on quality. Prepared by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • Zero to Three is a national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the healthy development of infants and toddlers. Their website includes handouts created with the American Academy of Pediatrics on how parents can best support their child's development and growing brain.


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