Health-Related Web Sites
All the sites below provide lots of useful links that will help you navigate and research your specific healthcare need. The sites were chosen based on the authority and trustworthiness of the information included. Pamunkey staff members are always available to assist you should you have any questions.
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General Health-Related Web Sites
The National Library of Medicine provides authoritative health information, medical databases, and much, much more including MEDLINEplus, CancerNet, and the National Institute of Health Toll-Free Information Lines (see links below).
- Cancer.gov "credible, current and comprehensive" information from the National Cancer Institute, including "treatment options" and "support and resources," etc. Information is also provided in en Espanol.
- ClinicalTrials.gov provides patients and their families with information on current clinical research studies.
- DIRLINE helps you get connected to over 8,000 Health Organizations.
- Household Products Database a consumer's guide to easy-to-understand information on the potential health effects of more than 2,000 ingredients contained in over 5,000 common household products.
- MEDLINEplus "information on hundreds of diseases, conditions and wellness issues." Each topic has subcategories on diagnosis, research, organizations, treatment, clinical trials, etc. Information is also provided in en Espanol.
- National Institute of Health (NIH) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes Toll-Free Information Lines, News, Grants and Funding, Research, and Health Information. Information provided in en Espanol.
- Tox Town toxic chemicals and environmental health risks where you live and work. Some information is also provided in en Espanol.
HealthCare 411 is a series created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The series is designed to help provide people with the latest research findings, news and consumer health care information. Click on the program or feature presentation of your choice to either hear them on your computer or to download them to a portable digital player such as an iPod. You can subscribe to the series and receive the latest features via podcast technology.
HealthCare.gov covers aspects of the Affordable Care Act. You can sign up after October 1, 2013. new!
Ask Noah "A treasure trove of health and nutrition information . . . it provides extensive information about subjects like aging, cancer, AIDS, and nutrition. NOAH is an exceptionally well-organized jump site, but there's original content here, too, including lists of symptoms of various conditions linked to external sources." Information provided in en Espanol.
FamilyDoctor.org has information "written and reviewed by the physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians." Includes self-care flowcharts. Information provided in en Espanol.
Healthy People Library Project has a web site that posts current research results from the Project; links to evidence-based medical information Web Sites; and provides electronic versions of all Project materials. Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
MayoClinic.com is a "natural extension of Mayo's long-standing commitment to provide health education to our patients and the general public . . . to help people find the answers and the support they need to manage illness and stay healthy."
MerckSource This site is extremely user-friendly. Organized by Condition
Guides, Health Centers (including Women, Senior, Men, and Children),
Resource Library, Health Tools, and You and Your Doctor.
Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.
Patient Advocate Foundation PAF is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases.
VCU's Community Health Education Center is a partnership of MCV Hospital's Auxiliary and VCU Libraries. Their motto is "Where Knowledge Empowers People." This site provides health knowledge within the community and is helpful to anyone with health-related questions, including a children's area. Come "CHEC" this site out.
This site claims to be the leading consumer healthcare portal with “more
than 20 million visitors every month.” Links include Diseases &
Conditions, Medical Library, Drugs & Herbs, Health Tools, Clinical Trials,
Medicare Rx Benefits, Diet & Nutrition, and a Lifestyle section.
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is the product of the
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte NC,
and provides a comprehensive gateway to an extensive range of health care
topics. Information provided in
Phillip West Memorial Cancer Center has been developed in partnership with the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Williamsburg Community Hospital and provides a "gateway to reliable cancer-related information." Although some information included is geared to the Williamsburg area, this is still a unique and valuable resource.
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National Breast Cancer Foundation has their mission to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.
The Office of Women's Health is "...a gateway to the vast array of women's health information resources . . . developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and private sector resources." Information is also available en Espanol.
OBGYN.net a global, physician-reviewed network for doctors, women and medical professionals. The Women's Pavilion features many women's health issues and includes forums, conference coverage, and much more. You need to register (at no cost) to enter some areas.
Women's HealthCard is a private site, affiliated with the National
Council on Women's Health, whose mission is to be "a unique, interactive
learning environment where women gain knowledge and mastery of their
health through the multidisciplinary resources that are offered for
consumers and women's health professionals."
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Health On-Line The
American Medical Association's "clearinghouse for current resources about
the health of adolescents."
KidsHealth is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation and is divided into "parents," "kids " and 'teens" areas which contain interactive, informational and instructional sections appropriate for each of the three user categories. Each section has a link to information en Espanol.
FDA Kids is a Food and Drug Administration offering that presents quizzes, games and health information that encourage children to live smart and healthy. Don't miss Yorick, the Bionic skeleton!
Cope Care Deal is a mental health site for teens. This site" provides information on mental health conditions, including mood disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders for adolescents The site offers accurate, trustworthy content written in a supportive, teen-friendly voice as well as additional resources including hotline information, an "ask the expert" feature, and personal stories from real teens."
NIHSeniorHealth This easy-to-use website features health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. You can use the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.
Who Cares The FTC recently launched "Who Cares," as a resource site for older patients and those who care for them. It's a reliable source for knowledge about generics, hormone therapies, hiring caregivers, hearing aids, and alternative treatments.
*Note: All quotations are from the listed sites, with the exception of Ask Noah, which was a quotation from a Yahoo review.