Don't forget to take a look at the reference
ebooks for online health information available to
anyone with a Pottsville Library card! Use these sites carefully,
and always consult with a medical professional before beginning any new
Hospitals in America -- rankings are published by US News and World
Report, and list the top 50 hospitals for 17 different specialties, from
cancer to urology
(Body Mass Index) -- from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; BMI is
just part of the information you need to figure out if you are a healthy weight.
Different calculators for adults and children. Start here for questions about
-- a great new site just for girls, with information about nutrition, fitness,
emotions, bullying, and much more!
Go Ask Alice! -- an
excellent question-and-answer service provided by the Health Education
Program of the Columbia University Health Service for every age group; check out the answers
to questions already asked, or ask your own
-- interactive tools, an encyclopedia, and a variety of services from the Department of Health and Human Services
-- a helpful site from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, this resource
helps kids understand what to do to be safe when they're playing, and provides
helpful tips for parents. Check out the Home
Safety Handbook, written for parents of newborns through preschool
Mayo Clinic: information on diseases, alternative medicine treatments, a
drug index for prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and more, all from
a reliable source
-- once just a large journal index, this site now provides recent health-related
news, a free medical encyclopedia and dictionary, and information about
prescription drugs and other supplements.
Medscape -- "The Web's largest
collection of free, full-text clinical medicine articles" plus daily news
and other information, tailored for health professionals but usable by
the general public; registration is required, but is free
-- Confused about some aspects of health? The Pennsylvania Pharmacists
Association have a blog that answers many basic health questions, such as how to
deal with allergies and which over-the-counter meds treat which symptoms, to
facts about Alzheimer's, to hygiene questions, to the kinds of medications that
can increase your risk of falls.
WomensHealth.gov -- from the Office on Women's Health, Dept.
of Health and Human Services
WebMD -- This site
has all kinds of A-Z guides, resource centers, and a symptom checker; it also
suggests when you should see your doctor or head straight to the emergency room.
The Cool Spot
-- Aimed at young teens and preteens, this interactive site looks at some of the
myths and facts about alcohol, as well as how to say "no" to peer
and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Resources -- long list of websites with
information on the affects of drugs and alcohol on the body, facts about drugs
and alcohol, and other similar sources; many of the links are aimed at teens and
members track how many years of their life and how much money they have saved by
quitting cigarettes; registration gives members access to 24/7 support, quit
tips, stat calculators, Quit Buddies, and more.
Safety -- What over-the-counter medications should you NOT take with
ginkgo? Are there medicinal uses for pumpkin seeds? Find the answers
to these questions from an objective site devoted to herbal medicine.
American Cancer Society -- this
site includes statistical information as well as complementary and alternative
methods of treating cancer, among other subjects
Clinical Trials for cancer
research -- from
the National Cancer Institute, current information about cancer research
Mesothelioma Center -- this site
provides an overview of mesothelioma (asbestos cancer), causes, treatments, and
prevention, as well as directories of treatment centers, doctors, and abatement
companies. Assistance is given on the site to veterans and those applying
for Social Security disability benefits related to mesothelioma.
Oncolink -- created by University of Pennsylvania
Cancer Center, this was the web's first quality cancer resource and it's still
one of the best; a large collection of information on types of cancer, treatments,
coping, causes, and more.
Wisely -- "Educating consumers about appropriate care."
These reports have been created to help you figure out which tests or
treatments ordered by your doctor are really necessary... or not. Some
estimates are "up to 30 percent of the health care in the U.S. is
unnecessary." (Congressional Budget Office). More reports are
available from the Consumer Reports Choosing
The Cochrane Collaboration --
This site features articles concerning "evidence-based health
care", aimed at both the public and practioners.
Health News Review --
"Grades for Health News Reporting" Did the media get a
health story right, or are you only hearing part of what you need to
know? Start on this site to find out what the experts think about what
the media tells us.
News stories often mention "a recently published study" when
announcing a medical discovery. Many of those studies can be found
here; read them for yourself!
"Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions" --
run by a retired doctor, this site focuses on non-traditional medicine and helps
you identify the warning signs of hoaxes and fraud. For more information
about who's behind the site, check out the "Who
Funds Quackwatch?" and "Frequently
Asked Questions" pages.
Health Letter -- Published by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science
and Policy, this newsletter tries to clear up confusion about eating,
nutrition, exercise, and more. Many of the articles can be read online
Letter -- With a focus on food, testing, exercise and more, this site
offers one free article each month from the newsletter, published by UC
AIDSinfo -- information from the US
Dept. of Health and Human Services, including treatments, clinical trials,
prescription drugs, and general educational materials
AIDSmap -- information about drug
regimes and treatments, symptoms, HIV/AIDS news, and other important (and
difficult to find!) information
Learn About STDs/STIs -- American
Sexual Health Association; the mission is to "stop sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and their
harmful consequences to individuals, families, and communities."
American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention -- Check out this site for facts about suicide, warning signs,
and what you can do to prevent suicide. You can also find information
about national and local events, suicide research, and more.
Mental Help Net -- The
"Upfront" section features daily blog entries related to aspects of
mental health and wellness and provides links to related articles in the
database; while the "Featured Topics" section features basic
information and a variety of resources related to broader areas (like alcohol
addiction, ADHD, and stress management).
Psych Central -- an "independent
mental health network, providing reliable, trusted information and self-help
support communities", covering topics like eating disorders, parenting,
sleep problems, and quitting smoking.
SA\VE -- Suicide Awareness \ Voices
of Education; the mission of SA\VE is "to educate about suicide and to
speak for suicide survivors."
of Dietary Supplements -- this office of the National Institutes of
Health can help you make sense of vitamins, minerals, and botanical
supplements. How many IU of Vitamin D equals a microgram? Who
regulates supplements? What do I need to know about taking
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division
of School Health -- information for parents and students about health
programs at public schools
In The Foods You Eat? -- Ever wonder how much potassium is in a banana, or
how much saturated fat and sodium you get in an entire box of mac and
cheese? Use this online tool from the US Department of Agriculture to find
out what you are eating!
ACLS Online Library: Learning
CPR -- discussion of CPR techniques for health professionals and everyone
else, plus a good collection of links to other information about CPR like its
history, techniques, and why it's important for everyone to know.
Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
-- this free site gives you information about safe and cost-effective options
for some commonly used prescription drugs, which you can use when talking with
your doctor. Drug reports are currently available for NSAIDs, statins,
medications for asthma and ADHD, and many others.
FDA's CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation
and Research) -- information about the latest drug approvals, as well as drug
safety guides, shortages, public health advisories, and more to help keep you
safe and healthy.
RxList: The Internet Drug Index -- information
about drugs and supplements such as dosage and side effects, plus a pill
APA Help Center: Health
& Emotional Wellness -- This site from the American Psychological
Association provides several articles on identifying and dealing with stress, as
well as a number of other mental health issues.