Monthly Archives: June 2010

Well-Being Links

Thanks to Good Health Media for this.

Healthy links

General Medical Information
• Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ): Information on many topics
• American Academy of Family Physicians: Hundreds of articles plus a medical dictionary, a large drug information database, and flow charts that advise when to treat symptoms at home when to call the doctor
• American Academy of Pediatrics: Position statements and articles about children’s health and disease
• Gabe Mirkin, M.D., provides advice on hundreds of health, fitness and nutrition topics.
• HealthSquare: Comprehensive health information that includes searchable copies of PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs, PDR Family Guide Encyclopedia of Medicine, and PDR Guide to Women’s Health
• InteliHealth: Contains a wealth of information and answers individual questions.
• JAMA Patient Page: Single topic fact sheets issued weekly
• Keep Kids Healthy: Pediatric parenting advice
• Many brief articles about children’s health matters
• Mayo Experts from the Mayo Clinic have posted information on many topics. They also answer individual questions. Warning: Some of its articles about “complementary and alternative” methods are poorly written because the editors appear unwilling to say that worthless methods are worthless.
• MedicineNet: Discussions of many diseases and treatments. Written by physicians.
• MEDLINEplus: Free searching of the National Library of Medicine database of medical journal articles
• MEDLINEplus Drug Information: Database of 9,000 prescription and nonprescription drugs
• Medpie: Health news analyses
• The Merck Manual: This highly respected medical textbook covers most diseases, but much of it is too technical for laypersons. The consumer version is called the Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition
• National Guideline Clearinghouse: Index to more than 1,000 published guidelines
• National Institutes of Health Consumer Health Information: Links to more than 250 reports
• NetWellness: The University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and Ohio State University offer information for consumers and an “Ask an Expert” service. Ohio residents can access a huge amount of additional information through their public libraries.
• Physicians Health Study: Harvard’s studies of widely used preventive health measures
• U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Analyzes the scientific basis and cost-effectiveness of interventions for more than 80 potentially preventable diseases and conditions. The third (2000-2005) edition is being posted as segments become available.
• Virtual Hospital: University of Iowa’s searchable database of articles plus links to peer-reviewed Web sites
Food and Nutrition
• Agricultural Research Service Nutrient Data Laboratory: Food composition data
• American Dietetic Association
• Council on Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST): Position papers on food, nutrition, and agricultual issues
• CyberDiet: Nutrition, diet, and fitness
• FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
◦ Dietary Supplement Regulatory Information
• Gateway to consumer information on food safety
• Institute of Food Technologists: Scientific status summaries and “Communicator Alerts” on many current issues
• International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC): Covers nutrition, food safety, and health
• Iowa State University Food Safety Project
• National Dairy Council:
• Nutrition Perspectives: Bimonthly newsletter of the University of California Cooperative Extension
• NutriWatch: Quackwatch’s guide to nutrition and food safety
• Partnership for Healthy Weight Management:
• United States Department of Agriculture: The USDA Web site provides a wealth of news and other useful information
◦ Food and Nutrition Service
◦ Guide to healthful food choices