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Looking for quality health information?  Search MedlinePlus!  Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

  • MedlinePlus
    The National Library of Medicine's consumer health information website, with large amounts of high-quality, reliable information on many health topics, including a full Spanish-language version of the site as well as information in many other languages. This is the first website any health information consumer should visit on the Internet.

Merck Manuals

Trusted Medical and Scientific Information

  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapry
    Focuses on discussions of specific disorders, organized by organ system or medical specialty. In its structured introductions to medical disorders, The Manual provides health care practitioners and students with straightforward, practical explanations of "what to do" to diagnose and treat those conditions.
  • The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook
    Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis. Includes chapters on health topics as well as information about drugs, medical tests, and multimedia resources such as drawings, animation, and video. Written in everyday language by 300 outstanding contributors.

Info about Drugs & Lab Tests

  • Drug Information Portal: National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    Quick access to quality drug information. Search for over 47,000 drugs. The portal covers drugs from the time they are entered into clinical trials ( through their entry in the U.S. market place (Drugs@FDA). Many drugs in other countries are covered, but not as thoroughly as U.S. drugs. The PubMed link provides medical literature describing research, and TOXLINE provides toxicology literature.
  • Lab Tests Online
    A public resource on clinical lab testing from the lab professionals who do the testing. Designed to help you, as a patient or family caregiver, to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases.
  • PDR Network
    Includes the Physicians' Desk Reference® (PDR®), the most trusted and commonly used drug information reference, and PDR Drug Alerts, the only service providing electronic delivery of mandated safety Alerts to physicians and other prescribers.

Affordable Care Act Information

Full Text of the Affordable Care Act
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Summary of the Affordable Care Act
From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Reform information
From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Reform GPS: Navigating Implementation
Includes a summary of the law and glossary. A project of the George Washington University's Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Massachusetts Health Connector
The Health Insurance Marketplace for Massachusetts residents under the Affordable Care Act.
Information on the Affordable Care Act.  Massachusetts residents will use the Massachusetts Health Connector as their "Health Insurance Marketplace," to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll.


    eBooks on Health

    Click here to view eBook details for The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss Click here to view eBook details for Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Click here to view eBook details for Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels
    Click here to view eBook details for The Healing Remedies Sourcebook by C. Norman Shealy Click here to view eBook details for The American Holistic Health Association Complete Guide to Alternative Medicine by William Collinge
    Click here to view eBook details for Changing Bodies, Changing Lives by Ruth Bell Click here to view eBook details for YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition by Mehmet Oz Click here to view eBook details for Your Medical Mind by Jerome Groopman, MD
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    All health questions and concerns are best answered by a health care provider. These links are provided for general information purposes only. Please speak with your health care provider about the information you read on these guides.

    Mednar: Federated Search Portal

    Federated Search of public and subscription collections such as Cochrane Library, PubMed and Medline Plus for medical researchers.

    • MedNar  
      Federated Search includes commercial databases like Mayo Clinic, Merck Manual & WebMD; Medical Societies; NIH Resources; Other Government Resources like WHO & US Food & Drug Administration; and Worldwide Patents.

    Find Doctors & Hospitals

    • Massachusetts Physician Profiles
      Created by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, "Physician Profiles" is a comprehensive reference source to help consumers find a particular physician, find physicians in the consumer's local area, or to look for physicians in a specific specialty.
    • DoctorFinder
      This physician locator from the American Medical Association (AMA) provides basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.
    • Directory of America's Hospitals
      The American Hospital Association and U.S. News & World Report launched an online directory of the nation's hospitals, including information on types of treatment and specialized services, telephone numbers and Website addresses.
    • Hospital Safety Score
      The Hospital Safety Score is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients. It uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
    • Agency for Healthcare Quality & Research (AHRQ)
      This federal agency provides excellent materials related to patient safety, staying healthy, patient-doctor communication, health literacy, and understanding medical treatments.
    • Open Payments
      Open Payments is a federal program that annually collects and makes information public about financial relationships between the health care industry, physicians, and teaching hospitals.

    Alternative & Complementary Medicines

    • National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
      NCCAM is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Their mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.
    • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
      Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies
    • American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)
      Their mission is to promote the science and art of homeopathic medicine, to safeguard the interests of the homeopathic medical profession, to improve the standards of homeopathic medical education, to educate the medical and scientific communities about the scientific basis for homeopathic medicine, and to increase public knowledge and acceptance of homeopathy as a medical specialty.

    Human Anatomy & Physiology

    • InnerBody: Human Anatomy
      Your go-to resource for accurate and easy-to-use information about human anatomy, exploring all systems of the human body. Their new InnerBody Explorer interactive learning tool features over 300 high-resolution 3D CAD views of over 1500 objects in the body, covering all 13 major anatomical systems.
    • Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
      The edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.

    Health Library Databases

    • ConsumerLab  

      Only available INSIDE the library.

      Provides comprehensive information about vitamin, herbal and other supplements, and nutritional products.
      A science-based encyclopedia of natural products is also provided, including a drug-interaction database.
    • Health and Wellness Resource Center (Gale)  
      Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications.
    • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)  

      Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
    • Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale)

      All aspects of the Nursing profession from direct patient care to health care administration are covered in this collection, which includes nearly 400 journal titles.
    • Nursing Resource Center (Gale)

      Supports nursing programs at two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational education high schools with homework help, preparation for clinical exams, and NCLEX-RN test prep.
    • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection (Gale)

      Includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.

    General Health Information Websites

      Contains information written and reviewed by AAFP physicians and patient education professionals on health topics, drug information, herbal and alternative remedies, and self care.
      Health information for the public from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
      KidsHealth is the premier site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
    • Mayo Clinic
      More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.
    • | Physician Compare
      Medicare information related to physicans, hospitals and nursing homes.
    • National Institute of Health
    • NIH Senior Health
      Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
    • Wellcoin: for Newton residents
      Newton serves as the nation’s first Wellcoin "Model City." Wellcoin is an innovative health and wellness company operating on the principal that incentives accomplish more than education when it comes to making healthy choices. You can earn Wellcoins for doing any of hundreds of healthy activities; rewards are offered from a community of partners including small and large businesses, healthcare providers, non-profits, governments and more.
      Authoritative information on women’s health topics, including breast cancer, pregnancy, menopause, mental health, fitness and nutrition, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
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