Other Sources of Trustworthy Information
Maintained by CAPHIS (The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association). These sites have been evaluated by medical librarians and found to be among the best. You can download and access the complete list or you can look at specific topics.
Besides a wide selection of information about diseases, you'll also find details about symptoms, procedures, therapies, a number of health databases, and a list of health hotlines.
A consumer health website from drug company Merck, this site includes a condition library, as well a a number of tools and trackers. Merck also publishes the online "Home Edition of the Merck Manual written in everyday language for patients and caregivers.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as "a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine". At this website, you'll find reliable information on topics such as acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, supplements and herbal medicine, Native American healing, and alternative cancer treatments. When investigating CAM, it's always a good idea to verify any information you find. Other additional sources of reliable information for that include Quackwatch, the MedlinePlus Complementary and Alternative Therapies page, and the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Directories of Organizations
The Organizations page on MedlinePlus is grouped by topic and is a wealth of information. The National Library of Medicine also provides Dirline which is searchable and Health Hotlines, which focuses on organizations that offer toll-free telephone services. The Self-Help Group Sourcebook is another "starting point for finding every type of national, international, model and online self-help support group". And the National Institute on Aging's database of Health and Aging Organizations is a searchable list of "more than 300 national organizations that provide help to older people".
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This page is maintained by the library staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP).