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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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.
- 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.
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.
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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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!
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.
Health Information for Older People 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.