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Salem Health
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The online version of Magill's Medical Guide, it is designed to provide 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. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Health Reference Center Academic
Full-text database that provides health information for nursing & allied health students as well as consumer health research. Log-in with your library barcode.

MedLinePlus Trusted health information for you. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Drug Digest
DrugDigest is a noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer health and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options. Use it to check for drug interactions, compare medicines, see pictures of pills, and more - you can even create your own medications/emergency contacts card!.

Dietary Supplements
database from the National Library of Medicine. You can search by brand name or ingredient. Within each entry are links to any applicable clinical trials, adverse effects and effectiveness literature.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Medical Library Association: top 100 consumer health websites
The Medical Library Association's consumer health section, CAPHIS, maintains this list of top reliable websites, organized by subject areas.

The National Library of Medicine's gateway to over 14 million abstracts and citations for biomedical journal articles dating back to the 1950s. Links to sites providing full text articles. If full-text isn't available online, ask the Reference Librarian about getting a copy through Interlibrary Loan!

Health Hotlines
This directory lists toll-free information lines organized by subject or keyword, relating to hundreds of health issues and medical conditions. Created by the National Library of Medicine.

Directory of Health Organizations
Another great NLM database, this one lists 8,400 health organizations: academic institutions, government agencies, and advocacy groups.

Child and Family Web Guide
A resource from Tufts University that describes and evaluates sites that contain research-based information about infants, children and teens.

A product of the Mayo Clinic. Although this website contains advertisements, the material is reviewed by health experts, and "maintains a distinct separation between advertising content and editorial content".

NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)
This is one of the best sources for information and advocacy on rare disorders and "orphan products".

Good Health Information
Compiled by the American Library Association and the National Library of Medicine.

Definitions for over 10,000 medical terms.

The Merck Manual

New York Online Access to Health (NOAH)
Award-winning health gateway in English and Spanish produced by the New York Public Library and the New York Academy of Medicine.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' excellent site on finding reputable private healthcare information and easy access to federal informations including Medicare and Medicaid.

American Hospital Directory
Free tool to look up hospital information with links to hospital websites. Lists hospital statistics such as number of beds, discharges, patient days, and patient revenue.

"Information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle or the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world." Also see Patient Education pages to find printable health materials in different languages.

Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages.

Health Information Translations
Health information translations from patient handouts, to signage in different languages.

Massachusetts Law About Health Insurance
Summary and links from the state Law Library

Commonwealth Connector
An independent state agency that helps you find the right health plan and avoid tax penalties

Massachusetts Elder Care Resource
Information on facilities, home health care, retirement communities, and a search engine to locate information on elder care topics.

Massachusetts Community Health Information Profile (MassCHIP)
Statistical health information on Mass. cities and regions.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
Search for Massachusetts physicians by name, location, specialty or hospital. Find credentials, publications, and specialties.

Holyoke Consumer Health Library
A directory of reliable health links and local health-related information.

En Espanol

El Manual Merck de información médica para el hogar
El Manual Merck de información médica para el hogar se presenta de una forma rigurosa pero simultáneamente accesible y amena para satisfacer la creciente demanda del público para acceder a una información médica detallada y completa. La presente edición española se basa, prácticamente en su totalidad, en la obra de El Manual Merck de diagnóstico y terapéutica, más conocido como El Manual Merck.

MedLinePlus en español\\
Informacion de salud para usted. MedlinePlus también le ofrece mucha información sobre medicamentos, una enciclopedia médica ilustrada, programas interactivos para el paciente y las más recientes noticias acerca de la salud.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Salud de los Consumidores información

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