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General Health

General Health

HealthFinder ( Exit NIEHS Website
The Department of Health and Human Services gateway to Web sites on health and wellness, diseases and conditions, health issues for special groups, health care industry, etc.

MedicineNet ( Exit NIEHS Website
Encompasses a medical dictionary, symptoms and signs, procedures and tests, diseases and conditions, and medications. All content is written by medical doctors.

MedlinePlus ( Exit NIEHS Website
A comprehensive resource for consumer health information on diseases and conditions. Includes dictionaries, databases, clearinghouses, organizations, directories of doctors and hospitals, publications and libraries.

National Health Information Center (NHIC) ( Exit NIEHS Website
NHIC provides a referral service, primarily through the National Health Resource Database. The database includes 1,800 organizations and government offices that provide health information upon request. Entries include contact information, short abstracts and information about publications and services the organizations provide.

NIH Health Information ( Exit NIEHS Website
A consumer health information portal organized by the National Institutes of Health. Health topics cover diseases, clinical trials and drugs.

NOAH ( Exit NIEHS Website
Bilingual English-Spanish consumer health Web site created by a consortium of libraries, hospitals and non-profits. Comprehensive guide to online resources for health and wellness, diseases and conditions, medical terminology, medications, lab tests and surgical procedures, support groups and the healthcare industry.

Toll-Free Number for Health Information ( Exit NIEHS Website
Selected toll-free numbers for organizations provide health-related information, education and support. Organizations are grouped by health concern (e.g., bone disease, rehabilitation, etc).

WebMD ( Exit NIEHS Website
Provides quality health information written by health professionals. Also offers tools to manage your health and support for those seeking further information..


National Institute on Aging (NIA) Health Information ( Exit NIEHS Website
Offers online articles; access to NIA print publications; and a directory of agencies, resource centers and volunteer programs.

Senior Health ( Exit NIEHS Website
Details on 10 health topics of interest to seniors: Alzheimer’s, arthritis, balance problems, hearing loss, etc. Audio is available for those with sight difficulties.

Seniors’ Health Topics ( Exit NIEHS Website
A section of the MedlinePlus directory geared towards health issues related to aging. Especially covers topics such as assisted living devices, caregivers, nursing homes, etc.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Foundation ( Exit NIEHS Website
Responsible and reliable information about alternative medicine for the public and health professionals through published resource guides on various therapeutic modalities (acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, etc).

Alternative Medicine Homepage ( Exit NIEHS Website
Compilation of resources (databases, Internet resources, newsgroups, government information, practitioner directories, etc) providing information on complementary and alternative medicine.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database ( Exit              NIEHS Website
The National Library of Medicine has released the Dietary Supplements Labels Database. The database includes information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements. Users can search by active ingredient, brand, or manufacturer.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Health Information ( Exit NIEHS Website
Search for information based on condition, type of treatment or supplement. Also publishes timely articles on the safety and efficacy of these therapeutic treatments, as well as alerts and advisories on harmful side effects or drug interactions.

Children’s Environmental Health

America’s Children and the Environment ( Exit NIEHS Website
US EPA site devoted to assembling quantitative information from a variety of sources that show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by environmental factors.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Site ( Exit NIEHS Website
Compiled list of Internet resources on testing for lead, identifying lead in the home and in water, reducing lead exposure, etc.

Children's Environmental Health(
An online pamphlet discussing the research being conducted by NIEHS on environmental factors and contaminants and their impact on children's health. Research areas include ADHD, asthma, autism, birth defects, cancer, among others. Links are also provided to several children's environmental health research centers across the U.S.

Children’s Environmental Health Network ( Exit NIEHS Website
A national, multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. The CEHN Resource Guide ( Exit NIEHS Website includes a directory of organizations active in children’s environmental health issues and a compendium of statistical data sources.

Children's Environmental Health Worldwide Web Resource Sampler ( Exit NIEHS Website
Provides links to governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in research on children's environmental health issues.

Lactmed ( Exit NIEHS Website
Lactmed, a recent addition to the Toxnet system, is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

National Children's Study ( Exit NIEHS Website
The National Children's Study will examine the effects of environmental influences (biological, chemical, genetic, man-made, social, and others) on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The site provides information on how to participate in the study's development and keep current on events.

World Health Organization's Children's Environmental Health ( Exit NIEHS Website
A World Health Organization site which includes national profiles, environmental health indicators, guidelines, statistics, and reports as related the children's environmental health.


Science Behind the Human Genome Project ( Exit NIEHS Website
Provides a full description of the human genome project and has a guide to Genetics 101 to understand the science behind the project. Explores ethical, social and legal issues surrounding genetically modified food, gene therapy, gene testing, use of genetics in the courtroom, etc.

Your Genes, Your Health ( Exit NIEHS Website
A multimedia guide to genetic disorders. The sites profiles fifteen disorders (e.g., hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, etc.) and explains the disease, how it is inherited, nature of symptoms, how prevalent it is and latest treatments.

Men’s Health

MedlinePlus: Men’s Health Topics ( Exit NIEHS Website
Alphabetical list of health concerns to men including male breast cancer, infertility, prostate cancer, etc.

Minority Health

Minority Women’s Health ( Exit NIEHS Website
Part of the National Women’s Health Information Center Web site. Discusses health problems particular to various ethnic groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latina, American Indian and Asian American).

Office of Minority Health ( Exit NIEHS Website
Offers an extensive list of health links, data, statistics and links to federal publications related to the topic.

North Carolina Health

NC Health Info ( Exit NIEHS Website
Created by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Health Sciences Library. NC Health Info is a gateway to Web sites for local health care providers, programs, facilities and services.

North Carolina Drinking Water ( Exit NIEHS Website
Get reports on the quality of drinking water in your area.

North Carolina Health Atlas ( Exit NIEHS Website
Contains maps of North Carolina that depict county-level health and health-related information. The primary purpose of the atlas is to provide a way to interpret visually a broad range of data and information about the health of North Carolinians.

Traveler’s Health

Travel Health Online ( Exit NIEHS Website
Comprehensive site of travel information for 220 countries, including information on vaccines, health/safety information, preventive measures, FAQs on local diseases, etc. Also includes a directory of pre-travel medicine providers.

Travelers’ Health ( Exit NIEHS Website
Get health information by destination, relevant vaccinations, outbreaks and common diseases; how to travel with children; and ensuring safe food and water.

Women’s Health

Healthy Women ( Exit NIEHS Website
National Women’s Health Resource Center site geared towards comprehensive health information.

Lactmed ( Exit NIEHS Website
Lactmed, a recent addition to the Toxnet system, is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

National Women’s Health Information Center ( Exit NIEHS Website
Database of information on health topics pertinent to women: pregnancy, violence, diabetes, etc. The center sponsors a call-center at (800) 994-9662 for information, referrals and a help line. Also offers some health information in Spanish. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health
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