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Charlevoix Connects

to Health Information Online

The following is a list of Internet resources that will help you find information on specific health concerns. The library will continue to update and add to this list. If you need help finding specific information, please ask the library staff. We are happy to help.


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General Health Information:

MedlinePlus Search over 650 health topics on conditions, diseases and wellness. The site offers drug and supplement information, a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, current health news, and directories of health services. Medical information tutorials are available. The site is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and is specifically organized for health care consumers.
Mayo Clinic The Mayo Clinic staff offers medical information for health care consumers. Search the A-Z index of diseases and conditions, drug and supplement information and healthy living topics. Multiple links to more information are available. The “First Aid” section offers suggestions for treating common injuries.

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Children and Teen Health:

Kids Health This well organized site offers health information for parents, kids and teens. The parent section includes general health topics, infections, child development and parenting information. The kids and teen sections offer articles and helpful tips on timely topics for youth. Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation.

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Women's Health:

Women's Health Resources  Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. Focus is on women's health issues.

National Women’s Health Resource Center  The Center is a non-profit, national clearinghouse containing women’s health information. They develop original health material for women and provide links to news, educational opportunities, and national organizations. The resource center also includes references to books and contacts for local health departments.

Men's Health:

AHRQ Men Stay Healthy at Any Age    This website features information from the Agency on Health Research and Quality and contains a helpful checklist for men to assist in maintaining their health. Focused on wellness, there are tips to on appropriate screening tests, take needed preventive medicine and promoting healthy behaviors. The content featured on the website is from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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Senior Health:

NIH Senior Health  NIH Senior Health makes finding age-related health information easy to find for seniors, family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand health information. Each health topic includes background information, videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions. New topics are regularly added. The web site's senior-friendly features include large print, short, easy to read segments of information and it is easy to navigate. The National Institutes on Aging and the National Library of Medicine developed this site.

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Specific Diseases:  Learn about the types of cancers, causes, genetics, and prevention. The site includes information on clinical trials, cancer statistics, research and current news. Support resources are listed. Information is from the National Cancer Institute and it is for patients and health professionals.

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American Heart Association With information on heart disease and stroke, promoting healthy lifestyles, care giving, and a heart and stroke encyclopedia this is the" go to" site for information on these conditions.  

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Clinical Trials:  This site explains clinical trials and offers a comprehensive listing of clinical trials. Consumers are able to search this site by condition, treatment, sponsor and other categories. The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine developed this site to help patients find current information about clinical research studies.

Medical Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:

MEDLINEplus Dictionaries  Online dictionary that defines medical terminology. This is a joint effort of MEDLINEplus and Merriam-Webster.  This is an encyclopedia of topics related to family medicine. It includes current interest articles and in-depth discussions of diseases, injuries and behavioral issues. The “Self-Care” guide is a good tool for consumers. This site is published by The American Academy of Family Physicians.

Drug Information:

MEDLINEplus Drug Information  This is a guide to over 9,000 prescription, over the counter and herbal medications. The National Library of Medicine compiles it. Search the MedlinePlus site found under the Comprehensive Consumer Health section of this electronic library. The link, "Drug Information" can be found on the left side of the MedlinePlus home page.

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Dietary Supplements:

Search the Medline Plus and Mayo Clinic sites for information on dietary herbs and supplements. These can be found in the General Health Information section on this page.

Information for Health Professionals:

BioMed Central Contains original research articles published are freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. A pioneer electronic journal site, BioMed Central, views open access to research as essential.

Drug Information for Health Professionals  The NLM Drug Information Portal provides users a gateway to selected drug information, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies. This database is designed for health professionals.

PubMed  PubMed offers free, online access to the National Institute of Medicine’s MEDLINE databases. The site provides access to citations, abstracts and full text from biomedical literature.

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Other Sites of Interest:

Native American Ethnobotany Database  This database offers information on the “foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native North American Peoples, derived from plants.” Search by substance or condition. The University of Michigan – Dearborn, publishes this site.

Household Products Database  Find out the chemical ingredients of specific household products, who manufactures them and the effects of those ingredients. This database links over 4,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets provided by the manufacturers and allows consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. A National Library of Medicine database.

Information on Dietary Supplements Lists herbs and dietary supplements with explanations from trusted source organizations.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this Web site is for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Any concerns about your health or the health of your family should be discussed with a qualified health care provider.

If you have suggestions or comments about this site, please contact Linda Adams, Charlevoix Library Director.
Telephone: 231.547.2651

Last Update: April 2014
List compiled by Librarians Linda Adams and Susan Kroll, Charlevoix Public Library

This web page was developed as part of the Charlevoix Connects to Health information Project. The Charlevoix Connects project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract no. NO1-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.