Research Tools - Spring 2003
Health and Medical Internet Websites
Medical and health-related questions are among the more frequently
asked ones we get at the Reference Desk. Whether for a class assignment
or their own personal use, library users frequently are looking
for information on particular conditions and diseases, common side
effects to prescription drugs, demographics as related to disease,
the availability of online journals not subscribed to by the Library,
and many other topics.
- Since it seems that everyone at one time or another needs health
and medical information, what follows are some useful Web sites
used and recommended by your friendly Weinberg Memorial Library
- MEDLINEplus Health
- This is an excellent place to begin
a health-related search. Maintained by the National Library of Medicine
as the consumer counterpart to its MEDLINE/PubMed database, MEDLINEplus
contains information on diseases and conditions, lists hospitals
and physicians, provides an online medical encyclopedia and dictionaries,
contains extensive information on prescription and nonprescription
drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials for new and experimental
treatments. Updated daily.
- County Health Profiles 2002
- Here you'll find the
PA Dept. of Health's County Health Profiles, two-page summaries
of the health statistics for each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.
Included are demographic information on income, age, and sex; data
on births and deaths, including the leading causes of disease; and
detailed information on hospitals, nursing homes and drug and alcohol
- Medical Journals.com
- The editors of this site predict
that in the next few years more and more medical journals are going
to become available free, online, and in full-text. What they have
done on this site is link to more than 900 medical journals currently
available. Included are CA - A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Journal
of Clinical Investigation, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MMWR, Biochemical Journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and many
more. So if Weinberg Memorial Library does n
ot have a subscription
or access to the medical journal that you want, try looking here!
You can also subscribe to their Journal Alert to be notified as
new journals are added.
- Harvard World Health News
- An online news digest from the Center
for Health Communication at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The site intends to be a valuable source of information for those interested in public health policy and features breaking public
health stories from around the world.
- Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
this is a very user-friendly so
urce of consumer health and human
services information. This is a good source of information for additional
health organizations and support groups, listed in its "Directory
of healthfinder® Organizations" (search by topic).
- Remember that the sites are all listed on our Web Resources page,
accessed from our Electronic Indexes page. And as always, if you
have questions, please contact us at th
e Reference Desk.