Health Information

Reputable sources for information about health and medicine. (Items marked with ** require your library card number and catalog PIN for access from home.) General

  • MEDLINE via FirstSearch **: Archive and index of articles from medical journals. Subjects include: clinical medicine, nutrition, dentistry, pathology,education, psychiatry, experimental medicine, toxicology, health services administration, veterinary medicine, and nursing.
  • MedlinePlus: A medical super-site from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes extensive information and links on hundreds of conditions and health issues, drug descriptions, a medical encyclopedia, surgery videos, and more.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guide to health information.
  • NIH SeniorHealth: Information for older adults, from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Illinois Health & Wellness: Official guide to state government programs and resources.
  • Health-E Illinois: Directory of healthcare providers, facilities, and services.
  • Health Touch: Resource that brings together drug, pharmacy and health information form a variety of sources.
  • Healthcare 411: Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare 411 offers audio and video programs on current consumer health issues.
  • Kids Health: Health information for parents, kids, and teens with seperate age appropriate contents.
  • Lab Tests Online: Designed to help patients and family caregivers to better understand clinical lab tests and interpret test results.
  • Mayo Clinic: Quality health information written by health professionals at the Mayo Clinic on diseases and conditions, healthy living, drug information and more.
  • Merck Manual of Medical Information: Online version of the Merck Manual.  Users can find information on drugs, diseases, disorders, health issues, accidents, injuries, and much more.
  • National Institute of Health: Provides links to consumer health publications, health topics, research studies, drug information, and health literature references.
  • NOAH: New York Online Access to Health: Site contains full text medical information from a variety of sources on many topics written in both English and Spanish.
  • Pub Med: NLM's database contains references to articles published in biomedical journals.
  • Senior Navigator: Provides information about local services and resources for seniors.  Includes health, legal, financial health, housing facilities, health facilities, and community center services information.
  • Mesothelioma Guide: A comprehensive resource for patients with mesothelioma, offering instant access to top doctors, cancer centers and treatment options.

Diseases and Disorders

  • American Heart Association: Search for information on heart diseases, conditions, warning signs, and information on healthy lifestyles.  Also find American Heart Association events and classes happening in your area.
  • National Cancer Institute: Find links to sources on coping with cancer, types of cancer, treatment, support, cancer literature resources, prevention, and screening.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Highlights current diseases information in the news.  Provides an alphebetical listing of health topics and also traveler's health related information on specific destinations, cruise ships, and air travel.
  • Mental Health Net: Covers a wide range of mental health disorders and topics.  One can also view the latest news on various mental health topics.
  • Office of Rare Diseases: Site provides information and links to sites about rare diseases.  Contains links to clinical trials, support groups, patient and travel lodging, genetics information research resources, and news.
  • American Lung Assocaition: Learn how to improve your lung health. Make efforts towards clean air and smokefree living.


  • AIM Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors:  Directory of participating state licensing providers.  Contains background and disciplinary action including medical malpractice, hospital discipline, and criminal conviction information on medical practitioners.
  • AMA Physician Select On-Line Doctor Finder:  Provides an online physician directory of basic professional information including over 690,000 doctors.  Users can search by physician name or medical specialty and can limit search by city and state.
  • ATSDR Agency For Toxic Substance and Disease Registry: Site devoted to providing information to the public to protect against harmful exposure to diseases and toxic substances.  Lists hazardous substances, emergency response contacts, hazardous waste sites, and environmental health information.
  • Center Watch Directory of Clinical Trials:  Directory of over 41,000 industry and government sponsored clinical trials, drugs currently in clinical research, and drugs recently  approved by the FDS.
  • Clinical Trials:  Provides patients and family members current information on clinical trials sponsored by the NIH, federal agencies, and pharmaceuticals.  Users can search by keyword, specific disease, or sponsor.
  • Illinois Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers - A directory of rehabilition facilities throughout the state of illinois.

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