Internet Reference Library

Health & Medicine

Associations & Organizations

Alzheimer's Association
Contains information on the causes, warning signs, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease; statistics, fact sheets, and reports; a glossary; an index to clinical trials; resources for diverse communities (African American, Chinese, Hispanic/Latino, and Korean); and more. Also available in Spanish. Searchable. (LII)

American Cancer Society
"The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have joined together in a historic collaboration to encourage the prevention and early detection of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke." The site provides suggestions about healthy eating, exercise, quitting smoking, and medical screenings. Also includes links to interactive tools on these topics. In English and Spanish. (LII)

American College of Sports Medicine
This college "promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life." The website features guidelines for healthy aerobic activity, calculate your exercise heart rate range, locate an ACSM-certified health professional in your area, and view a brochure about Careers in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. (LII)

American Diabetes Association
Contains research news and treatment advances, legislative and advocacy updates, clinical practice recommendations, fact sheets and self-care tips for patients, information on Type 1 (juvenile) and Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, articles, and a dictionary of related terms. Also features information about grants and research projects, groups affected by diabetes, and risk factors. Includes information in Spanish. (LII)

American Heart Association
The mission of this organization is to "reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke." The site includes information on heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest warning signs; heart diseases and conditions; tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; statistics; and more. Also available in Spanish. (LII)

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association "fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health." The site contains information on lung diseases, treatment options, quitting smoking, air quality, and the human respiratory system. Includes a list of local chapters. Also available in Spanish.  (LII)

American Nurses Association (Nursing World)
“The Nursing Insider… tracks news items that will be of general interest, including those that deal with the changing landscape of health care policy and service-provisioning across the United States.” In addition to the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, “the Publications section contains a number of free publications, including several that address the possibility of pursuing a career in nursing and some general fact sheets about the organization.” (ISP)

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association website includes resources on ethics, research, education, news and more. Searchable.

American Psychological Association
Features of this website include links to information on psychology topics, the APA Help Center with “online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues”, and resources on the APA citation style. Searchable.

American Red Cross
The site of this "emergency response organization" contains news, press releases, FAQs, and information on disaster preparedness, post-disaster dangers, giving blood, services for military members and families, and more. (LII)

Association for Retarded Citizens
The ARC of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their website includes links to resources about mental retardation.

Family Caregiver Alliance
A source for "caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and related brain disorders." The Resource Center includes care and services, work and eldercare, and related online services. There are factsheets on a variety of diseases, diagnosis, and research, some in Chinese or Spanish. There are also statistics, public policy issues, reading lists, and links to related sites. (LII)

Hospice Foundation
This site provides information about programs for the support of the terminally ill and those who are grieving. Visitors can search for hospice locations, access links to legal aid, locate articles and materials on grief issues, find out about hospice benefits and services, learn about grief training, and Ask Helen for grief advice online. (LII)

March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is “to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality”. Their Website has links to resources related to health issues regarding pregnancy and infants.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
“The mission of ADDA is to provide information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals who work with them.” Links to articles on AD/HD. (NADDA)

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Features a database of hospices in the United States searchable by state, then by city, county, or Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Site contains basic information about hospice and palliative care, a FAQ, and related links. (LII)

National League for Nursing
“The National League for Nursing advances excellence in nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment.” Site includes public policy and career information.


Dictionaries, Directories, & Databases

American Hospital Directory
"Provides on-line data for over 6,000 hospitals." Free information includes hospital name, address, phone number, and may also have number of beds, type of ownership, Medicare provider identification number, accreditation, medical school affiliation, a list of services provided, utilization statistics, and a link to the hospital's Web page. (LII)

Daily Med
"DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts)."

Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Sources
Also known as Hardin MD, this is a directory of directories on many medical subjects, plus "direct links to primary information in circumscribed subjects" and medical pictures. From the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa. (LII)

Maternal and Child Health Library
The MCH Library at Georgetown University provides accurate and timely information including the weekly newsletter MCH Alert , resource guides, full text publications, databases, and links to quality MCH sites. (MCHL)

Medical Encyclopedia Index
The Medical Encyclopedia Index, developed by the University of Maryland, is part of the Medical Reference section of the university's medically reviewed health content for consumers. The index is available in both English and Spanish, with excellent illustrations. It is divided into seven main categories: Symptoms, Injury, Disease, Surgery, Nutrition, Special Topics, and Poison. (Choice)

Medicine Net Medical Dictionary
The dictionary contains well-written explanations for over 16,000 medical terms. The site also features a “Word of the Day”, and visitors can also look through recent news items that address different health issues and also look over the latest entries to the dictionary. (ISP)

Medline (1966-present)
"PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources." (NCBI)

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
“The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is an information dissemination service … which is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” Information on treatments, complications, statistics and links to other resources. (NDIC)

OT Seeker
“OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability.“ (OTS) is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person. (WNI)



Addiction Search
Links to statistics, populations “addiction related research, resources and drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation information”. (AS)

AIDS Education Global Education System
This site “compiles articles about AIDS/HIV from international news sources, medical journals, patient newsletters, and other dependable sources daily (RSS feed available). Also includes AIDS/HIV-related law sources, information about the virus, statistics, support forums, and an extensive list of links. Searchable. (LII)

Biological and Chemical Terrorism Information for Healthcare Professionals
This online article of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship links to Websites addressing healthcare related terrorism issues.

Big Picture Book of Viruses
T he Big Picture Book of Viruses is intended to serve as both a catalog of virus pictures on the Internet and as an educational resource with links to viruses by name, structure/genome, host and disease.

CDC National Prevention Information Network
Contains "information and resources on HIV, STD [sexually transmitted diseases] and TB [tuberculosis] prevention." Includes FAQs, statistics, links to related resources, and more. From the CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. (LII)

The Alternative Medicine Foundation presents summaries of Medline research article abstracts (with links to the original) as well as links to traditional and folk use reports about several dozen herbs.. Searchable; herbs are listed alphabetically. (LII)

MedHist: The Guide to History of Medicine Resources on the Internet
This annotated directory covers topics such as diseases, regions of the world, miscellany (e.g., folklore, witchcraft, alchemy), education and research, historical periods (including timeline), medical specialties, science and technology, and biographies of physicians and scientists. Searchable. (LII)

Mayo Clinic
“Useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic.” Information on diseases & conditions, drugs & supplements, treatment decisions, and healthy living. (MC)

MedHist: the guide to histroy of medicine resources on the Internet
This annotated directory covers topics such as diseases, regions of the world, miscellany (e.g., folklore, witchcraft, alchemy), education and research, historical periods (including timeline), medical specialties, science and technology, and biographies of physicians and scientists. Searchable. (LII)

Providing “authoritative medical information for consumers" in the form of news, diseases & conditions, healthy living, and pregnancy & family. (MN)

Online anatomy and physiology resources by Jim Swan of the University of New Mexico.


Government Agencies

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The "lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people," an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. Information includes a directory of the CDC's component centers, institutes, and offices; training programs; publications and statistics; conferences and health campaigns; and sections on many health topics. (LII)

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
This Website includes online publications and links to resources related to substance abuse treatment.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Extensive information links to the FDA role, activities and hot topics.

This site for consumers contains a directory of health organizations and links to hundreds of sites featuring "government and nonprofit health and human services information." Includes news, articles, and a Kids section. Searchable, and browsable by topic. (LII)

National Cancer Institute
Information here is reviewed by oncology experts and is based on the results of current research. In " Cancer Information," find types of cancer, treatment, prevention, the role of genetics, and causes; screening and testing; coping with cancer; support resources; cancer literature; and PDQ (Physician Data Query), a database with the latest information about treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, care, and clinical trials. (LII)

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
This site features summaries of evidence-based guidelines, … an annotated bibliography, downloads for handheld devices, a glossary, and related resources. Includes sections on bioterrorism and SARS. Searchable; guidelines browsable by disease or condition, treatment, or organization. (LII)

National Health Information Center
The heart of this site is its Health Information Resource Database, which includes thousands of U.S. organizations and government offices that provide health information on request. Included are a list of toll-free health information telephone numbers and federal health information centers and clearinghouses. Browse by subject or search by title, keyword, city, or state.(LII)

National Institutes of Health
General health information, publications, news, and events; grants and funding opportunities; health resources; and an annotated directory of the more than twenty-five individual medical and research organizations that make up the US National Institutes of Health. (LII)

National Library of Medicine Medline Plus
This directory site is designed to lead the user to resources containing information that will help with researching their health questions. It includes information from MEDLINE, links to self-help groups, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) drug database, medical dictionaries, directories of doctors and hospitals, access to National Institute of Health consumer-related organizations, clearinghouses, health-related organizations, and a search databases section with dozens of databases on topics such as clinical trials, nutrition, AIDS, cancer, etc. (LII)

USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory
The Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides detailed information about the nutritional values of more than a thousand foods here. Users may search by individual food, including many brand-name products, or by nutrient, e.g. calcium, fiber, and fat. (LII)

World Health Organization
The site for this United Nations program provides information about current disease outbreaks, health programs, emergencies, profiles of health systems in member states, links to health topics and research tools, and publications. (LII)


Health Statistics

Basic Country Health Profiles for the Americas
Pan American Health Organization country health profiles.

Demographic and Health Surveys
Provides data on men, women, families, and health for Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Country level fact sheets summarizing social and health data are available.

E-Guide to Health Statistics for Pennsylvania, Counties and Communities
Links to internet health data report sources for many health subject areas.

Global Health Data
Global, country and topic data on diseases, mortality rates, birth rates, population information, and socioeconomic data such as countries' GDP per capita and health care expenditures per capita.

International Data Base
Basic demographic statistics for foreign countries and regions provided by the U.S. Census Bureau

National Center for Health Statistics
Health statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Center for Disease Control occupational data and statistics

Office of Minority Health
Indexes statistical publications, laws, disease control centers, standards, indicators, and more searchable by ethnic group.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Health Statistics and Research|#
Create customized data tables, charts, maps and county assessments/profiles of birth, death, cancer, behavioral risk, and population statistics

SMART: Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends
Data of selected metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas from CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

State Health Facts Online
State -level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation...." for all states and U.S. territories. Additionally, there are state comparisons in eleven categories that include demographics and the economy, health status, health coverage and uninsured, health costs and budgets, managed care and health insurance, women's health, minority health, HIV/AIDS, and more. (LII)

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Health, nutrition and vital statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau

Statistical Resources on the Web
A collection of health satistics resources compiled by the University of Michigan Document Center

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics
The Office of Applied Studies provides the latest national data on drug abuse, drug use, and the nation’s substance abuse treatment system.

Surveillance Epidemiolgy and End Results
Cancer statistics compiled by the National Institutes of Health

UN Population Information Network
Statistics on population, gender, diseases, fertility, and ethnocultural.

WHO Statistical Information System
Data covering "50 core health indicators, which are organized into six major areas: mortality and burden of disease, health service coverage, risk factors, health system inputs, differentials in health outcome and coverage, as well as basic socio-demographic statistics."

Women's Health Statistics
Statistics on a variety of women's health issues from the National Women's Health Information Center



AJN's Nursing Center
NursingCenter links to continuing education resources, drug updates, jaob and career information and recommended readings and nursing forums. .

Alternative Health News Online
Alternative medicine health news and resources.

Ask Dr. Weil
Online resources for healthy living based on Dr Weil’s integrative medicine philosophy.

"HabitSmart offers an abundance of information about addictive behavior theories of habit endurance and habit change as well as tips for effectively managing problematic habitual behavior." (HS)

HIV Insite
"The site has an extensive collection of original material, including the HIV InSite Knowledge Base, a complete textbook with extensive references and related links organized by topic. ... HIV InSite's policy is to link to the best of the Web, and thousands of links to external Web sites are incorporated into the site's original content." (LII)

Internet Mental Health
" Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist." The site organizes hundreds of entries on mental disorders, antidepressants and other medications, and other topics, and includes a glossary. Information on disorders includes descriptions, treatments, research, magazine articles, and links to related sites. (LII)

Internet Stroke Center
"An independent web resource for information about stroke care and research" for patients, their families and caregivers, and health professionals. Information includes illustrations, a glossary of neurological terms, treatment, and symptoms. Also includes links to related organizations, clinical trials, and treatment centers. (LII)

Nutrition Source –Harvard School of Public Health
This searchable site provides "timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals, and the public." It offers tips for healthy eating, gives information on the various components of diet (fats, carbohydrates, fruit, protein, etc.), and discusses how to interpret media coverage of diet and nutrition news. (LII)

Find news, information, and background on various humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, drought, tsunamis, and famine. Includes government and NGO responses to emergencies. Updated daily, or more often. Browse chronologically and by country. Current emergencies are listed under Complex Emergencies. (LII)

Sleep Medicine
Lists resources regarding all aspects of sleep including, the physiology of sleep, clinical sleep medicine, sleep research, federal and state information, patient information, and business-related groups. (SM)

This site's focus combines conventional medicine with alternative therapies. "All of our information is developed by a team of leading board-certified doctors and specialists. Our integrative medicine experts will guide you through a range of safe and effective options that will positively impact your health." Also find news, opinion, and related links. (LII)


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