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Health & Medicine

 

The Internet does a great job of providing excellent medical resources. For example, MedlinePlus is an excellent gateway site and is worth a detailed look.

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General Health Sites

Web resourceAetna InteliHealth

With Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information, InteliHealth provides information on diseases, offers suggestions for healthy lifestyles, and includes features such as a "Symptom Scout," a medical dictionary, a drug resource section, and an "Ask the Expert" section.

Web resourcecancer.gov

The National Cancer Institute website includes information about treatment options, clinical trials, reducing cancer risks, coping with cancer, support resources, financial assistance, educational materials, and more.

Web resourceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

Click on "Health Topics A-Z" to find an excellent collection of medical information.

Web resourceCenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service

This website provides information for ongoing clinical trials and listings of research centers that specialize in various illnesses.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardConsumer Health Complete from EBSCOhost

Consumer Health Complete includes the contents of more than 250 health reference books, reports, pamphlets, images, and videos. It also contains the text of more than 550 health related journals and magazines.

Web resourceDisability Resources from Skokie Public Library

This list of disability resources on the Internet has been selected by Skokie Public Library librarians. Browse this collection of web links to find  information about adaptive technology, resources for the hearing- and vision-impaired, ADA-affiliated resources, and general resources for people with disabilities.

Web resourceeMedicine Consumer Health

This site contains articles written and reviewed by physicians for patients and consumers, and covers diseases, syndromes, injuries, drugs, and more.

Web resourceHealth Information in Multiple Languages from MedlinePlus

This site provides quality medical information geared to the consumer in 40 languages from Amharic to Vietnamese.

Web resourceHealth Learning Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital

This site provides free access to approximately thirty Thomson Gale eBooks to people throughout the metropolitan area. For access to the eBooks, click on “virtual library,” enter your zip code, and click the “check” button. The Center’s website also has information about diseases, drugs, surgeries, tests, symptoms, nutrition, and an email link to send tough health reference questions to one of its medical librarians.

Web resourcehealthfinder

healthfinder® is a free gateway to reliable consumer health information developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Web resourceMayo Clinic Health Information

This site provides current and reliable information on all areas of health and medicine. Medical news is posted each weekday, and an "Answers from Mayo Clinic" feature provides answers to questions in various medical specialties.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMedical Reference Books from Gale

Search the full contents of more than forty reference books in the fields of medicine and biological sciences. Titles include Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Encyclopedia of Public Health, Encyclopedia of Bioethics and Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery.

Web resourceMedlinePlus

This site contains up-to-date, quality health care information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.

Web resourceThe Merck Manual Home Edition

This online version of the Merck Manual offers diagnosis and therapy for thousands of conditions and diseases.

Web resourceOncoLink

Browse this cancer resource from the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center for information about prevention, support groups, clinical trials, and financial assistance.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSalem Health

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ bestselling Magill’s Medical Guide. In its printed form, the current edition of the Guide has grown to five volumes and 3,500 pages. The Guide is a perfect mix of accessibility and depth, providing general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. It is an up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information suitable for student research as well as use by general readers, including patients and caregivers.

Web resourceWebMD

WebMD offers consumers health and wellness information that is revised daily by medical professionals. Community forums are available dedicated to topics such as disease treatment and prevention, alternative medicine, diet and nutrition, emotional wellness, fitness, pregnancy, and other specialized areas.

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Alternative Medicine

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNatural Standard

Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine contains data on complementary and alternative therapies. Included are sections on Foods, Herbs and Spices, Medical Conditions, a Symptom Checker, and a Nutrition Database. Material is compiled from contributors from more than one hundred eminent academic institutions. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making. Natural Standard is impartial, and is not supported by any interest group, professional organization, or product manufacturer.

Web resourceQuackWatch

A member of Consumer Federation of America, QuackWatch is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.

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Children's Health

Web resourceDrGreene.com

Dr. Greene, a board certified pediatrician, offers useful information for parents about childhood diseases, conditions, and stigma-related issues such as bedwetting and lice.

Web resourcefamilydoctor.org

This user friendly site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on conditions, injuries, and diseases along with various tools and guides to good health.

Web resourceKidsHealth

KidsHealth provides doctor-approved children's health information from before birth through adolescence. The site is divided into three separate age-appropriate areas: Parents, Kids, and Teens.

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Drug Information

Web resourceDrugDigest

DrugDigest contains detailed information on prescription drugs and herbal supplements

Web resourceDrugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information

Search for prescription and over-the-counter drug information, along with herb and supplement information, at this MedlinePlus website.

Web resourceDrugs.com

Drugs.com is a detailed guide to drug information. Resources include a pill identifier, a drug interactions checker, and an index that is searchable by drug name or condition.

Web resourceElectronic Orange Book

From the United States Food and Drug Administration, the Orange Book identifies drugs that have been approved by the FDA and their approval dates. Information is searchable by name, active ingredient, applicant holder, and applicant number.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNatural Standard

Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine contains data on complementary and alternative therapies. Included are sections on Foods, Herbs and Spices, Medical Conditions, a Symptom Checker, and a Nutrition Database. Material is compiled from contributors from more than one hundred eminent academic institutions. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making. Natural Standard is impartial, and is not supported by any interest group, professional organization, or product manufacturer.

Web resourceRxList: The Internet Drug Index

Browse or search this website to find information about prescription drugs.

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Hospitals,  HMOs, and Nursing Homes

Web resourceAmerican Hospital Directory

The free section of this directory allows searches for information on hospitals across the United States including information on Medicare claims data, cost reports, and other public-use files.

Web resourceAmerica's Best Hospitals from U.S. News & World Report

The annual edition of America's Best Hospitals which ranks over two hundred medical centers in seventeen specialties.

Web resourceHospital Compare

From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this site compares the quality of care for patients with particular medical conditions at hospitals across the country.

Web resourceJCAHO Quality Check

From the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, use this website to search for and view accreditation reports for hospitals and other health care organizations across the United States.

Web resourceNursing Home Compare from Medicare.gov

This site provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.  Other resources available are a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and Nursing Home Checklist.

Web resourceNursing Homes in Illinois from the Illinois Department of Public Health

An overview of nursing homes in Illinois, this site offers a guide on How to Select a Nursing Home, Quarterly Reports of Nursing Home Violators, and a listing of Nursing Homes with No Certification Deficiencies.

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Laboratory Tests

Web resourceLab Tests Online

This site provides up-to-date information on medical lab tests, test descriptions, and relevant tests for specific conditions and diseases.

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Medical Dictionaries

Web resourceMedicineNet.com: MedTerms Dictionary

Written by physicians, the MedTerms Dictionary contains a considerable and constantly changing number of classical and contemporary medical terms.

Web resourceMerriam-Webster Medical Dictionary via MedlinePlus

Search for medical terms in this online version of the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary.

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Medical Journals

Web resourceFreeMedicalJournals.com

This site provides information on medical journals that offer free access to their content via the web.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMEDLINE from OCLC FirstSearch

From the National Library of Medicine, this index includes article summaries and citations from 3,500 medical journals and links to some full text articles.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardPsycARTICLES

PsycARTICLES® contains more than 25,000 full text articles from over forty journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations.  Coverage includes general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology.

Web resourcePubMed

From the National Library of Medicine, PubMed's search service provides access to MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, related databases, and links to participating online journals.

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Medicare

Web resourceHealth Insurance Information from the Illinois Department of Insurance

Information on the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage laws for various conditions and programs, as well as information on Medicare Supplement Insurance from the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Web resourceMedicare: The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare

This is the official site for Medicare information. Resources include up-to-date information about Medicare coverage, a supplier directory, a nursing home directory, information about prescription drug assistance programs, and much more.

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Physician Directories

Web resourceAmerican Board of Medical Specialties

Click on "Who's Certified" to search a database of board certified physicians for their certification status, location by city and state, and specialty. Please note: the "Who's Certified" search service requires user registration.

Web resourceDoctorFinder from the American Medical Association

From the American Medical Association, this directory of doctors includes brief biographical information.

Web resourceFind a dentist from the American Dental Association

This directory of dentists allows users to search for a dentist by location and specialty. The site also includes a link to state and local dental societies.

Web resourceMedlinePlus Directories: General Doctors and Dentists

This collection of databases and search tools is helpful for finding doctors, dentists, specialists, and other healthcare providers.

Web resourcePhysician Profile Search from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

This database provides information on professionals who hold a professional license in the State of Illinois including physicians, nurses, chiropractors, therapists, and other healthcare workers.

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