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Locating & Evaluating Health & Medical Information



Medical Information | Drug Information | Doctors & Dentists | Help Hotlines | Health Classes & Careers | Hospital Ratings | Foreign Language & Multicultural Health Resources | Nursing Homes Information

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Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO)
This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Find here full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. (website)
Features physician-reviewed patient education materials, that includes care for the physical, mental, and emotional health of the whole family from newborns to older adults.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (website)
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Gale)
This database includes medical reference books under the topic of Medicine.

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (website)
GARD Information Specialists can provide you with current, reliable, and easy to understand information about rare or genetic diseases in English or Spanish.

Genetics Home Reference (website)
NLM’s consumer-friendly site for information about genetic conditions, and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

Health and Aging (website)
From the National Institute on Aging, here you will find reliable, easy to understand health information on a wide vareity of topics related to aging.

Health Reference Series Online (Omnigraphics)
Online access to all print Omnigraphics health-related titles owned by the library.

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO)
This is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)
Features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names and includes scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

HealthFinder (website)
Easy-to-read, reliable, and evidence-based health information.

Hoopla (Midwest Tape)
Find health-related Audiobooks, eBooks, and Movies by browsing the Health & Fitness category.

KidsHealth (website)
Easy-to-read and understand health information for children and teens.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

MEDLINE Plus (website)
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Merck Manual Consumer Version (website)
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Merck Manual Professional Version (website)
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written for the health care professional.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (website)
Science-based research information on alternative and complementary medicine.

National Human Genome Research Institute (website)
Under the NHGRI website ‘Health’ section, you will find information about genetic disorders and health conditions, the basics of genomic science, tools to put together family health history, online resources, and more.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO)
Full-text coverage of topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Salem Online
Provides online, searchable access to the full text of a variety of Grey House, H.W. Wilson, and Salem Press titles owned by the Library, in the following subjects: Health, History, Literature, and Science.

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Foreign Language & Multicultural Health Resources

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages (website)
From the National Network of Libraris of Medicine, here you will find consumer health resources with items in multiple languages and resources for specific languages, including American Sign Language.

EthnoMed-Patient Education (website)
EthnoMed is Harborview Medical Center’s ethnic medicine website containing medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups. Users can browse by health topic or by language.

Health Information Translations (website)
A collaboration of Ohio organizations has created this website which provides plain language health education resources for health care professionals and others working in communities with limited English proficient populations.

HealthReach (website)
Easy-to-read and reliable health information in many languages.

Medline Plus: Health Information in Multiple Languages (website)
From the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus covers over 1,000 health topics.  Users can search by language or by health topic.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-Health Information in Multiple Languages (website) 
Links to health resources in multiple languages from across National Institutes of Health for selected priority health areas.

Point-to-Talk Booklets (website)
This site provides access to downloadable PDF booklets in 19 languages. Each PDF booklet provides translations from its language to English for providers to be able to communicate with patients related to how they feel and certain medical discomforts they might be experiencing.

Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL) (website)
As the title describes, the sites provides various health resources in nine different Asian languages. Users can navigate by language or by health topic.

Specialized Information Services Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information (website)
Links are provided in a number of different categories including Cultural Competency, Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and Refugee Health Portals.

Washington State Coalition for Language Access Tools for Health (website)
The Tools for Health project offers a collection of materials about consumer rights and how to obtain language services in the 31 most-commonly spoken languages in Washington. The toolkit includes an “ISpeak” card for consumers to bring with them when seeking care which identifies the language they speak, and a “Know Your Rights” flyer to inform both consumers and providers regarding the use of interpreter services in healthcare settings, see also HHS Language Assistance Services.

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AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)
A trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS [American Hospital Formulary Service] includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers.

Drug Information Portal (website)
A gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies.

Pillbox (website)
From the National Library of Medicine, this site enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images.

Dietary Supplement Label Database (website)
This database offers information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements.

Office of Dietary Supplements (website)
This web site includes information on dietary supplement use and safety, nutrient recommendation reports and tables and vitamin supplements.

About Herbs (website)
This Web site for consumers and healthcare professionals provides objective information and a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.

Information for Consumers on Using Dietary Supplements (website)
Here the FDA provides resources and important information for you and your family about dietary supplements.

MedWatch (website)
MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, provides important and timely clinical information about safety issues involving medical products, including special nutritional products (e.g., medical foods, dietary supplements and infant formulas).

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AHHA Referrals (website)
The American Holistic Health Association provides directories of referrals to Holistic Practitioners, Healing Centers, and other Alternative/Complementary Medical specializations.

DoctorFinder (website)
From the AMA, DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow
From People & Companies, select list type Physician/Dentist List to locate medical professionals by name, gender, specialty and more.

ReferenceUSA (Infogroup)
Search U.S. Healthcare to locate doctors and dentists, among the information provided are gender, age, and medical school attended.

State Medical Board of Ohio (website)
From here, under “For the Public,” find such links as: Licensee Look-up, File a Complaint, and Public Records Request.

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Health Care Providers & Facilities (website)
Find here links to many authoritative, trustworthy resources to rate &/or compare health care providers and facilities.

Healthgrades (website)
We provide consumers with the information they need to make more informed decisions, including information about the provider’s experience, patient satisfaction and hospital quality.

Leapfrog (website)
We provide information on healthcare quality and safety so that you can compare hospitals. Hospital Compare (website)
This is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients.

QualityCheck (website)
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the U.S. Our Gold Seal is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Hospitals (website)
Link to the annually updated review of hospitals provided by U.S. News & World Report.

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Nursing Homes Information

Nursing Home Compare (website)
Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare- and Medicaid- certified nursing home in the country.

Ohio Long Term Care Consumer Guide (website)
Helpful guide provided by the Ohio Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Program.

Ohio Long Term Care Insurance (website)
Ohio Department of Insurance provides some helpful brochures on choosing Long-Term Care Insurance.

National Institute on Aging: Choosing a Nursing Home (website)
Helpful information about how to choose a nursing home.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Nursing Homes (website)
Link to the annually updated review of nursing homes provided by U.S. News & World Report.

Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Services & Supports (website)
A thorough brochure to learn about all your options.

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Crisis Text Line (website)
Text “4HOPE” to 741 741.  Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (website)
Call 2-1-1 .  Every called is connected with a highly trained service professional in our area.  The 211 Database, linked here, is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of local health and social services.  Individuals can access the database, free of charge, to locate resources.

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Health & Medicine Classes & Careers

Learning Express Library (from Ohio Means Jobs website)
Under Career Test Prep, you will find many health career practice tests.

Ultimate Medical Academy Resume Guide (website)
This guide provides detailed information to help people create resumes to be hired in the healthcare field.

Universal Class (RBdigital)
With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses on many subjects, including Health & Medicine!

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Don’t Forget:
While libraries and librarians provide access to medical information, librarians are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. This information is intended to provide a broad overview of health care topics; and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider. The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County does not recommend the self-management of health problems. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.