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The following Internet resources for consumer health information were selected by Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network and may be helpful in answering a wide range of health and medical questions. Updated June, 2013.

These sites were selected according to criteria based on content, design, currency, authority, and ease of use. In some instances, a site may have not met our criteria but has been included because it is unique. For more information on guidelines for evaluating Internet resources, see Evaluating Web Sites for Consumer Health Information.

Tools for locating information: Search engines  ||  Directories/Meta Indexes
Special categories : Full-text publications ||  Medical Journals on the Web ||  MEDLINE  / MedlinePlus    || News Services

Subject specific sites:AIDS || Alcohol and drug information || Allergy and Asthma || Alternative medicine || Arthritis/Rheumatic Diseases  || Cancer || Children's health|| Clinical Research Trials || Connecticut health resources   || Dental Health   ||  Disabilities  ||  Diseases, medical conditions, general health  ||  Diseases and medical conditions - Specific ||   Drugs - Prescription/OTC   ||  Environmental health    || Health care providers || Heart Disease/Stroke || Medical tests/Diagnostics || Men's health || Mental health ||  Minority health || Nutrition, Diet and Fitness || Patient Advocacy/Self-Help | | Quackery/Health Fraud  || Spanish and other languages information/low literacy   || Surgery || Traveler's Health || Women's health


One of the best search engines for finding medical information and medical images. Has advanced search features.

Searches the web using any or all of seven search engines simultaneously, including Google, Yahoo, MSN Search.

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The following meta indexes provide categorized links to health and medical web sites for consumers and professionals:

Hardin Meta Directory
This is a "directory of directories" of information on medicine and health. Also includes links to sites with medical illustrations and photographs.
ipl2-Information You Can Trust
This site is a merger of the Librarians' Index to the Index (LII) and the Internet Public Library (IPL). This soup to nuts index of resources includes 645 links to health and medical sciences information.

Yahoo - Health - Extensive list of unrated health related web sites.

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American Family Physician
A full-text, online version of the print journal. Excellent review articles on clinical medicine, many of which are accompanied by patient education handouts.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th ed.
A full-text, online version of the medical guide for professionals.  Technical information on diseases and their diagnosis and treatment, clinical pharmacology, poisoning, bites and stings, and special topics including motion sickness, radiation injuries, heatstroke, and others.
Merck Manual of Geriatrics
Similar in format to the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, this guide focuses on diseases and disorders with special implications for the elderly.
Merck Manual of Medical Information - 2nd Home Edition
A general guide for consumers on diseases and their treatments, women's, men's and children's health, and accidents and injuries. Complete online version of the text edition. There are animations, videos, photographs, and a pronunciation guide to medical terms.
Postgraduate Medicine
Professional medical journal with review articles on diseases and treatments.  Patient Notes offer easy to understand information on common conditions and their treatment.
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Many scientific and medical journals have their own web site. Most of these sites publish a table of contents for each issue as well as an abstract of each article. Occasionally, the site will include the full-text of a noteworthy article. FreeMedicalJournals.com   provides links to free medical journals available online.  Some of the medical journal sites do not include free access to current issues, but may have a six month to a year waiting time before the journal is available free. Some sites such as the  British Medical Journal and  Postgraduate Medicine have free access to the current and back issues.

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Search PubMed which provides access to MEDLINE, the database produced by the National Library of Medicine, to find author, title, and summaries of medical journal articles.
Information on over 900 diseases and medical conditions written for the consumer, with links to relevant citations and abstracts of medical journal articles. Includes a separate drug information section, medical dictionary, encyclopedia, and directories.

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Current Medical News
List of best sources for medical news including sites that will deliver news stories to your email address. Developed by Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network at the UConn Health Center Library.
CNN Health
Top medical news stories of the week with links to related CNN stories and web sites. Key word searching of entire database.
New York Times Health section
A collection of recent health news articles published in the New York Times.

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 CDC Division of AIDS/HIV Prevention
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, basic information for the consumer on AIDS and HIV. Includes fact sheets on prevention, transmission, treatment, and statistics.
MedlinePlus - AIDS Information
Links to government and organization online information resources on AIDS, including current news stories, general overviews, research, prevention, treatment, organizations, law and policy, and statistics.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Information on substance abuse prevention and facts about alcohol and drug use for parents, youth, teachers, and prevention specialists. Contains over 8,000 prevention materials for adults.

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American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
The Academy's Patient and Consumer Center offers information on asthma and allergic diseases, including food and latex allergies, pollen and spore counts, news stories, and a physician referral service. Has some Spanish language publications.
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
General information for consumers. Research, product alerts, recipes, selected articles from their print newsletter.
Asthma and Allergy Information from Aetna Intelihealth
Visit the Allergy and Asthma Health Areas. General  information about diagnosis, treatment, and  prevention of allergies and asthma. From the Harvard Medical School.

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Ask Dr. Weil
The popular doctor discusses alternative healing remedies for many common ailments.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
General information about alternative and complementary therapies with links to research studies currently being conducted on alternative therapies for Alzheimer disease, AIDS, cancer, asthma, sleep disorders, neurologic conditions, and prostate disease.

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Arthritis Foundation
Information on different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, including fibromyalgia as well as research and current news. Select "Resources" for fact sheets and brochures and information on how to order other publications.  There's also information on Juvenile Arthritis. See also the arthritis information page  on  MedlinePlus
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Information for the consumer on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis pain treatment, polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis.

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ABCD : After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
ABCD : After Breast Cancer Diagnosis provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer - patients, families and friends..ABCD complements the work of healthcare providers by serving as a reliable, accessible and highly personalized breast cancer suprt resource for patients and their loved ones. It provides support through its signature One-to-One mentoring breast cancer support services, a Breast Cancer Helpline and Resource List, and MORE:Mentor Outreach and Education program.When Y-Me, a breast cancer support network closed, its members and volunteers joined ABCD..

American Cancer Society

Information for patients and families on diagnosis and treatment, cancer prevention, alternative treatments, links to other cancer resources. Spanish and Asian language publications are available.  Link to resources and ACS activities in your local community.
American Institute for Cancer Research
Learn how to make simple changes in your diet to reduce your cancer risk. Recipes, information on free publications, and links to cancer and nutrition sites are included. Sign up for free weekly "Health-e-Recipes" delivered to your email address.
From the National Cancer Institute, comprehensive information on cancer for the patient and the health professional. Includes information on cancer prevention, causes, genetics, and support resources.  Has summaries of state of the art cancer treatment protocols from the Physician Data Query (PDQ) database with statements for the patient and for the physician.
Cancer Trials
From the National Cancer Institute, search for information on more than 6,000 current research studies on cancer. Includes information defining clinicals trials, how to search for studies, how to participate.
Complementary/Integrative Medicine Educational Resources
From the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, Houston, this site has evidence-based reviews of  complementary or alternative cancer therapies as well as links to other authoritative resources. These reviews evaluate the designs and the results of published research on herbal, mind-body, energy, nutrition, and other biological / organic / pharmacological (e.g., cartilage) substances.
Information for physicians and patients on causes, diagnosis, current treatment protocols, screening, emotional support, clinical trials, complementary therapies, and more. Entire site is searchable.
Your Disease Risk
From the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, learn your risk for twelve different types of cancer (and four other chronic diseases). Calculates your risk and offers tips on how to reduce your risk.

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American Academy of Pediatrics
The leading medical authority on children's health. Select the "Parenting Corner" link for information on immunizations, car seat safety, children's physical development, and how to find a pediatrician. The "Health Topics" link leads you to information on childhood diseases and disorders, nutrition, violence in the media, behavioral and mental health topics, information on navigating the health care system, and other important topics.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Facts for Families" series offers information on topics including bedwetting, children and divorce, the child with autism, helping teenagers with stress, the depressed child, and many other child and adolescent mental health related topics.
Child and Family Web Guide
Developed by Tufts University, this site describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. Categories include education and learning, health and mental health, family and parenting, and typical development.
Children's Environmental Health Network
Learn how environmental pollutants and hazards affect children's health. A resource guide has information on the health effects of specific toxins,how to protect children from environmental hazards, links to related organizations and Internet resources.
Dr. Greene's Housecalls
Send your child health related question to Dr. Greene or read his responses to other questions from parents on many different health topics.
Resources for young children and teens, parents, and professionals on children's health issues.

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Cancer Trials
From the National Cancer Institute, search for information on more than 6,000 current research studies on cancer. Includes information defining clinicals trials, how to search for studies, how to participate.
Center Watch
Information on over 41,000 clinical trials for twenty disease categories. Profiles of 150 research centers conducting clinical trials and profiles of companies that provide a variety of contract services to the clinical trials industry. Includes industry and government sponsored clinical trials and information on new drug treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Clinical Trials
Information on current research being conducted on treatments for different diseases. Browse by disease category and sponsor or search the entire site. Learn what clinical trials are all about and how to decide to participate in a trial.

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American Dental Association
Advice for maintaining dental health from the national professional association of dentists. Information for the patient can be found in the section "Your Oral Health" . The "A to Z Topics" area of this section is an alphabetical listing of links to topics such as fluoride supplements, "knocked out tooth", and oral cancer.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Under "Parent Resource Center," there are one page online question-and-answer style brochures focused on children's unique dental health topics, such as x-ray safety, fluoride, dental care for babies, calming the anxious young patient, and sealants. The Academy is the national professional association of dentists who specialize in treating children.
Simple Steps to Better Dental Health
A collection of dental information reviewed by faculty of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Provides an overview of a variety of dental topics including implants, root canal, crowns, and dentures. The "Ask the Dentist" feature includes responses written by Columbia University dentists to health consumers' questions.

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Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, this database has over 34,000 assistive technology products from domestic and international sources. Includes fact sheets on how to evaluate and select products and has links to disability related web sites.
Disability Resources On the Internet
Hundreds of disablity related topics including advocacy, Americans with Disabilities Act, education, employment, housing, independent living, legal rights. From a nonprofit organization that provides information about resources for independent living.
Family Village
A comprehensive site with links to global disability resources on adaptive products and technology, education, health issues,specific diagnoses,disability-related media and literature, and more.
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
This site has excellent information on many disability topics, although at times it's difficult to navigate. Incorporates information from NARIC's five databases and links to disability related web sites.

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Aetna Intelihealth
From the Harvard Medical School, information on diseases and medical conditions, health and fitness, medications, nutrition, childbirth, and other topics.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a gateway to consumer information on diseases, medical conditions, health promotion, and many other topics.
Mayo Clinic
From the famed Mayo Clinic, information on diseases and conditions, treatment decisions, drugs and supplements, healthy living, and health assessment tools. Special features include online videos of exercises, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, and medical conditions, healthy recipes, and self-care information.
Information on over 800 diseases and medical conditions, with links to relevant citations and abstracts of medical journal articles.
Merck Manual of Medical Information - 2nd Home Edition
A general guide for consumers on diseases and their treatment, women's, men's, and children's health, and accidents and injuries.  Complete online version of their text edition.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th ed.
Information written for the physician on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, medical conditions, injuries, and poisonings. Online, full-text version of the print edition.
National Institutes of Health
Fact sheets on diseases and medical topics from NIH clearinghouses. Current research studies funded by NIH.
National Organization for Rare Diseases
Basic information on rare diseases and disorders.  Full-reports are available for a fee.
Up-to-Date Database Patient Information

"Basics" and more advanced "Beyond the Basics" articles for health consumers about diseases and health topics. "Basics" articles are available in both Spanish and English.

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      Here are a few websites on specific diseases and conditions.  To find information on other diseases, check MedlinePlus .

Alzheimer's Association
Treatment information, new drugs, current research, caregiver's resources, and links to other Alzheimer's resources.
American Diabetes Association
Information on the basics of diabetes - prevention, causes, treatment, helpful advice on living with diabetes, meal planning, fitness, news, advocacy,research, and local chapters..
Arthritis Foundation
Information about the different forms of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, treatments, surgery, alternative therapies, exercise.  See also the topic "Arthritis" in MedlinePlus .
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
An excellent source for information on diabetes, digestive diseases,  kidney diseases, and endocrine and blood disorders fromm the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease. Includes many Spanish language publications. Also check out these conditions in MedlinePlus
Information from the American Liver Foundation on Hepatitis A, B, and C, including treatment, prevention, and liver transplantation..  Also has information on other diseases that affect the liver, such as biliary atresia and cirrhosis. For additional information see  Medlineplus  under  hepatitis  and  hepatitis C .
Interstitial Cystitis - MedlinePlus
Interstitial cystitis (IC), one of the chronic  pelvic pain disorders, is a condition resulting in recurring discomfort or pain in  the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region.  The IC section  of  MedlinePlus includes information on diagnosis and treatment, alternative therapies, disease management, nutrition, and links to IC organizations.
Multiple Sclerosis -  National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Up-to-date information on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Includes Society's sponsored news stories related to MS, resources for living with MS, advocacy information, contacting local chapters. See also information about MS in  MedlinePlus
Respiratory Diseases
From the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, information for consumers on bronchitis, hay fever, chronic obstructive lung  disease, parenting the asthmatic child, croup.

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Drugs-U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Read about recent drug approvals,  generic drugs, drug safety and adverse drug reactions, imports and buying drugs on the Internet, clinical trials, the drug review process, and dietary supplements.  From the main page, there is a link to a catalog of FDA approved drugs, an inactive ingredient database, and the safety and adverse event reporting program. Subscribe to their daily or weekly updates of important drug news.
CenterWatch - Clinical Trials Listing Service
Information on drug products currently under investigation arranged by medical specialty category. " Entries give a brief description of research and contact information. Also included is a listing of FDA drug approvals, guidelines to help individuals decide whether to participate in a study, understanding informed consent, general information on how drugs are studied, and profiles of centers conducting clinical trials.
In addition to information on a number of health conditions and their treatment, this website includes photo images of pills (type the name of the medication), comparisons of drug treatments for twelve medical conditions and comparisons of drug side effects. There are summaries of more than 1,500 medications and herbs and supplements. A section of the website allows the user to check interactions between medications as well as herbal supplements.
MedlinePlus Drug Information
Drug information from MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Has thousands of profiles of prescription and over the counter drugs with information on approved uses for the drug, proper use of the drug, precautions while using the drug, and side effects. Also has information on supplements and herbal products.
PDR Health
Prescription and over-the-counter drug information written for the consumer and based on the FDA-approved drug information found in "Physician's Desk Reference." (PDR)
There are over 5,000 product names in this database of generic and brand name drugs.  Of these, nearly 1,300 are professional monographs and about 1,500 are patient monographs.    Searches may be done by brand name, generic name, or pharmacologic category (antihistamines, antifungal, etc.).  There is also a feature to search by the alphanumeric characters printed on the tablet or capsule. Links are provided in the monographs to definitions of medical terms.

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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Information on hazardous environmental substances and their human health effects.
Environmental Protection Agency
Information about clean water, lead poisoning, radon, reducing solid waste. Advice on reducing environmental health risks at home, in the garden, community and workplace. Includes resources for children. Online versions of EPA's 7,000 publications.
Noise Pollution Clearinghouse
Information on one of the most pervasive pollutants today - noise. Fact sheets, laws, hearing loss, and occupational noise.

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American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Verify the certification status of any physician in the 24 specialities of the ABMS. Registration is required (free) and user is limited to five searches in a 24 hour period.
Doctor Finder
From the American Medical Association, gives credentials of MD's and DO's including medical school, year of graduation, and specialties.
American Hospital Directory
Profiles of U.S. hospitals. Basic service is free; more detailed information by paid subscription only.
Connecticut Physician Profiles - Department of Public Health
Profiles of all physicians practicing in Connecticut.  Includes information on education, special training, specialities, honors and awards, publications, disciplinary actions, and medical malpractice claims. For additional information on physician disciplinary actions read
the  Regulatory Action Reports .  These reports include disciplinary actions and sanctions against doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, day care centers, nursing homes and others.
Connecticut Licensing Info Center
Allows users to verify the license status of Connecticut health professionals by typing in the name of the health care provider in the License Verification area.  Includes licensing information on doctors, dentists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, and other professions and occupations such as electricians, asbestos removal companies, contractors, etc. From the CT Department of Public Health, which is the licensing body.
Federation of State Medical Boards
Select "Contact State Medical Board"  from the left-hand index, then find links to web sites for the 50 U.S. States, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.  Not all of the states have physician profile or disciplinary action information. There are also links to osteopathic physician sites when available.
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
The Quality Check feature on this site supplies details on individual hospital performance ratings from JCAHO’s accreditation reports.  View Performance Reports and compare institutions’ ratings. Reports cover hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, home care, laboratory services, and long term care facilities.
Nursing Home Compare
Provides detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Searchable by state.  Includes a guide to choosing a nursing home and a nursing home checklist to help in making informed choices.

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American Heart Association
Heart disease and stroke treatment and recovery, risk assessment, prevention, exercise, nutrition, " A-Z Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia."
Heart and Vascular Disease - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
For patients and professionals, information on heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, and cholesterol. Information for African-Americans. Some publications available in Spanish.
Congenital Heart Disease Information and Resources
For professionals and consumers, information on child and adult congenital heart disease, links to Internet resources, book reviews, discussion.
National Stroke Association
Stroke prevention and treatment, rehabilitation, self-care and activities of daily living, current research, news releases, risk assessment, Stroke Smart newsletter.

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Lab Tests Online
Includes a library of tests, brief information on diseases and medical conditions and the tests used for each, recommendations on preventive screening, news about technology that has an impact on diagnostic lab testing, and feature length articles on topics related to laboratory testing.
Tests and Procedures - MedlinePlus
Interactive tutorials on 25 common tests and diagnostic procedures and 34 surgeries and treatment procedures.

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Health - Men's Health
Links for full-text information on health topics of interest to men: prostate health, baldness, Viagra, erectile dysfunction, prevention and wellness.
Men's Health
Part of the National Women's Health Information Center. For men and to help women learn about the health concerns of the men in their lives. Links to full-text information on alcohol and drug use, mental health, prostate health, health risks, violence prevention. Information for special groups: minorities; college age men; older men.

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Facts for Families" series offers information on bedwetting, children and divorce, the child with autism, helping teens manage stress, the depressed child, and other child and adolescent mental health related topics.
American Psychological Association
APA's Help Center offers facts on mental health and disorders, work related issues, teen violence, family relationships. Includes guidance on choosing a therapist and what to expect from therapy.
American Psychiatric Association
APA's Public Information section includes online versions of their popular booklets on topics such as anxiety disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and schizophrenia.
Mental Health America
National mental health support and advocacy organization. Connecticut affiliate provides educational programs, information and referral services, and state-wide support groups.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Information on mental disorders, medications, and research.

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
"On the move for better health health for African Americans" booklet online. One of a series of seven easy-to-read booklets on "Improving Cardiovascular Health in African Americans" available in their entirety on this website.
Office of Minority Health
National resource and referral service on minority health issues established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Topics tab leads you to information on a wide range of subjects written for minority populations. Topics include cancer, diabetes, immunizations, staying healthy, infant health, stroke, violence prevention, and others.

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Cochrane Collaboration Consumer Network
Keep informed about the best treatments for specific diseases and learn tips on how to understand medical research.
Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online
A searchable database of over 800 national and international model self-help groups and self-help clearinghouses. Ideas on starting a local
self-help group.

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Health Fraud
Links to resources about health frauds and scams from MedlinePlus, consumer health website of the National Library of Medicine.
Want information about whether those alternative therapies work? This site has information on health fraud, medical quackery, "new age" medicine and "alternative" and "complementary" medicine.
National Council Against Health Fraud
Non-profit voluntary health agency focusing on health fraud, misinformation, and quackery as public health concerns.  Read their position papers on acupuncture, homepathy, chiropractic, and other health issues.

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Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Site has publications in Spanish on topics such as how to prevent medical errors, cardiac rehabilitation, smoking cessation, women's health checkups, surgery for early stage breast cancer, questions to ask before surgery, and others.
MEDLINEplus - National Library of Medicine
The Spanish language version of MedlinePlus includes most of the Health Topics found in the original English version. Users can easily switch between the English and Spanish version of the information. Other languages are also available.
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Publications on urologic and kidney diseases, diabetes and digestive diseases.
National Cancer Institute

Spanish language publications for consumers on topics including chemotherapy, tips on how to eat less fat, breast cancer, the importance of regular Pap tests, radiation therapy, and smoking cessation.
Oregon Health Sciences University
List of Spanish language sites in English and Spanish, low literacy sites in Spanish, and other non-English language Internet resources.

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American College of Surgeons
Public information section offers guidelines on choosing a qualified surgeon,surgical procedures, preparation for surgery, informed consent, pediatric procedures, Spanish resources.
Information with graphics on common medical procedures including cataract removal, carpal tunnel release, hernia repair, mastectomy, and more. Once free, this site now charges $5.00 to view a single procedure or $100 for a one year membership with unlimited access.
Tests and Procedures - MedlinePlus
Interactive tutorials on 24 common tests and diagnostic  procedures and more than 30 surgeries and treatment procedures.

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Centers for Disease Control
International travelers section gives vaccination requirements, warnings of disease outbreaks in other countries, health hazards for specific countries.
Travel Health Online
Health precautions, disease risk summaries, vaccination requirements, and U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisories for specific countries. Traveler's health concerns - anthrax, altitude sickness, tropical diseases, and more.
U.S State Department Travelers' Health
Travel alerts for international travelers. Detailed country-specific information about medical facilities and health information.

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NIH Women's Health
Women's health information from the National Institutes of Health. A-t0-Z listing ttopics such as heart disease, pregnancy mammography, and osteoporosis.
Women's health.gov
From the National Women's Health Information Center. Highlights of the site include special sections on topics such as breast feeding, body image, disabilities, heart health, menopause and hormone therapy and other health issues for women. Includes a news section and a special section of Spanish language information.
 Woman's Health -General Topics - from MedlinePlus
General topics on woman's health including tips for a healthy life, the importance of screening programs, current research, news stories, statistics, and links to women's health organizations. Also includes links to other women's health topics in MedlinePlus such as heart disease, pregnancy, menopause, and mammography.

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