Evaluating Health Information
Many links from Medline Plus that assist with finding, evaluating and interpreting health information in online and print formats.
Evaluating Internet Health Information Tutorial A 16-minute tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.
Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online From the Food and Drug Administration, information about buying medicine and other products online including things to watch out for.
DIRECTORIES AND FINDING TOOLS FOR HEALTH TOPICS:
American Hospital Directory Provides online data for over 6,000 hospitals.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://cdc.gov/ Online government source for credible health information. The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/
Doctor Page Find a doctor/physician or search for medical information.
Facts on File’s Health Reference Center Database
This database provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Over 1700 images and videos
Get Help! NJ Health Tools Provided by the New Jersey State Library.
Health and Wellness Resource Center Database
Use this database to find articles in magazines, journals and newspapers, on medical conditions, fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, public health, occupational Safety and Health, prescription drugs and other health-related subjects. Database also includes a medical dictionary, health news, a health organization directory, and links to diet, cancer and health assessment sites, as well as government databases.
HealthFinder U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HealthFinder website helps consumers locate a doctor, health center, organization or public library. Includes an encyclopedia of over 1,600 health topics from the most trusted sources, e-card reminders, monthly health topics and a “quick guide to healthy living.”
Healthy NJ Provides general information and Internet resources about a number of diseases and health conditions.
InteliHealth (Aetna) Aetna InteliHealth's mission is to empower people with trusted solutions for healthier lives by providing credible information from the most trusted sources. Content partnered with Harvard Medical School.
Mayo Clinic More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health. Provides comprehensive guides on hundreds of conditions.
MEDLINEplus Health Information Directs consumer to information to help answer health questions. Brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included and give easy access to medical journal articles. Also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
Merck Manual Comprehensive information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment ... This online version is very similar to the print version of the world’s most widely used textbook of Medicine, The Merck Manual—but written in everyday language by 300 outstanding contributors.
National Health Information Center (NHIC) NHIC is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. NHIC was established in 1979 by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.dhhs.gov/, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research agency - making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.
NJ Community Health & Wellness Provides links to Disease Specific Information, Facilities and Performance Reports, Insurance, Health Resources and other health issues and services of concern to New Jersey residents.
NJ Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
USA.gov Health and Nutrition Official information and services from the U.S. government – includes directories to “health by population groups.”
WebMD Provides original and timely health information from well known content providers and support to those who seek information, as well as tools for managing health.
CLEARINGHOUSES & INFORMATION CENTERS by Topic
Eldercare Locator The Eldercare Locator is the first step for finding local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.
Long-Term Care Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and planning resources for individuals who don't yet require long-term care, but it includes information on services and financing options that can be helpful to all individuals.
National Association of State Units on Aging The Association’s principal mission is to support visionary state leadership, advance state systems innovation and articulate a national policy on home and community based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
NJ Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) (DACS) administers programs designed to make it easier for seniors to get the help they need to support their well-being and maintain themselves in the community for as long as possible with independence, dignity and choice. Website has answers about whom to contact for services, information about staying healthy, getting help at home and staying safe.
National Institute on Aging (NIA) NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
NIH Senior Health Easy-to-use website features health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) NCEA serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment.
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE
Alcohol and Drug Information Searchable by drug, audience or issue. The website is a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Health Information Network (SHIN)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction through the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines and by ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
ALLERGIES, ASTHMA & INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American Academy of Pediatrics Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic childhood diseases. Asthma affects nearly five million American children, while allergies affect about 50 million.
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Education. Advocacy. Research. Awareness.
Food Allergy Initiative Finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies.
How to Use EpiPen (Epinephrine) Auto-Injector
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Leading research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.
Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey
ALTERNATIVE and COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM Herbs at a Glance
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Find current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
AUTISM, DEAFNESS, and OTHER COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
Autism New Jersey
National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
CHILD CARE, HEALTH and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
American Academy of Pediatrics Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Child Welfare Information Gateway Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Visit often for the latest on a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
Child Care Bureau The Child Care Bureau, Office of Family Assistance, supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.
Health Forms for West-Windsor Plainsboro School District
Healthy NJ Just for Kids
Healthy Nutrition for Kids at MyPyramid.gov Games, coloring sheets, and free posters with tips on eating and physical activity.
KidsHealth Information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
Learn to be Healthy Health educational resources such as games, activities and lesson plans.
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development The Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities.
New Jersey Immunization Information System
NJ FamilyCare – Health Insurance Federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey’s uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to have affordable health coverage. May apply online.
Teen Sexuality Education Answer is a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them.
American Diabetes Society
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Clearinghouse on Disability Information Provides information to people with disabilities, or anyone requesting information, by doing research and providing documents in response to inquiries. Information provided includes areas of federal funding for disability-related programs. Clearinghouse staff is trained to refer requests to other sources of disability-related information, if necessary.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) NICHCY serves as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Get Flu Ready New Jersey
FOOD/NUTRITION & DRUGS
FDA’s Food Safety Contains information about Food Safety Programs, Product-Specific Information, Food Allergens, Foodborne Illness, Food Contaminants & Adulteration, Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP), Retail Food Protection, and Safe Storage, Preparation & Handling.
Federal Food Safety Information Consumer information on food poisoning, food recalls, and keeping food safe.
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) FNIC has been a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.
Food Safety Information Center (FSIC) FSIC specializes in providing food safety information to educators, industry, researchers and the general public.
Nutrition Assistance Programs No one should go hungry in America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) http://www.fda.gov/ A to Z subject index. A wealth of consumer information on such topics as food safety, drug disposal, vaccines, as well as updates, recalls and alerts on medical devices.
HEART, LUNG and BLOOD
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Liver Association
American Stroke Association
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.
National Hematologic Diseases Information Service An information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke
MENTAL HEALTH & ADHD
MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Resources to help find low-cost dental care.
OSTEOPOROSIS and BONE HEALTH
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases – National Resource Center Site offers free publications in English and Chinese. With 44 million Americans at increased risk for bone fracture, it’s good to know that osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease.
PREVENTION and HEALTHY EATING & LIVING
AccentHealth (CNN) Information for healthy living including recipes.
Health Resources and Services Administration The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal Federal Agency charged with increasing access to health care for those who are medically underserved. HRSA’s programmatic portfolio includes a range of programs or initiatives designed to increase access to care, improve quality, and safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s most vulnerable populations.
MyPyramid One size doesn't fit all. MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
NJ Tobacco Quitnet Stopping smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your health.
Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) OSH is dedicated to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Weight and Obesity Find resources and information related to definition of overweight and obesity, useful tools and resources for lifelong weight management, plus educational materials for evaluating weight control programs and finding healthy guidance.
Weight Control The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
PRODUCT SAFETY & POISONS
New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES)
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse Over 1,100 national, international, model and online self-help support groups for addictions, bereavement, health, mental health, disabilities, abuse, parenting, caregiver concerns and other stressful life situations.
NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse Funded by the NJ Division of Mental Health Services – provides information on over 6,750 local self-help groups in New Jersey.
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You should not act or rely upon any of the resources and information available without seeking the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider.