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Health and Medical Resources -- Online


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

US Department of Health and Human Services


Herb Research Foundation (HRF)

A nonprofit research and educational organization focusing on herbs and medicinal plants


The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is of the divisions and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. NCCAM's site includes publications, information for researchers, FAQ, and links to other Complementary and Alternative Medicine resources.


Unconventional Therapies: BC Cancer Agency

Provides objective information for patients and their families, relating to alternative and complementary therapies. Most of the information consists of direct quotations from the medical, peer-reviewed book and journal literature


Consumer Health Web Sites

 Librarians' Index to the Internet: Health

Select from various health and medicine topics and select from annotated links



Provides access to 700 health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians health and information in Spanish and other languages


Drug and Pharmacy Information


This resource provides information on drugs, vitamins, herbs, and supplements; and it includes a browse-able list of the most commonly prescribed drugs, product images, and drug comparisons. It allows users to check for possible drug interactions as well.


Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide

Search for antibiotics by diagnosis, pathogen, type of antibiotic, or keyword. Registration (free) is required. This site is geared more towards practitioners than lay people.



Search by either brand name or generic name. The advance search feature allows you to search by the code imprinted on the medication or by NDC Code.

From the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists comes this database based on ASHP's Medication Teaching Manual: The Guide to Patient Drug Information. Searchable by brand name or generic name, information is presented in a user-friendly format.


Doctor and Hospital Information
American Board of Medical Specialties

Organization of twenty-four approved medical specialty boards that allows you to search for certified specialists. You can search by name, specialty, and location. Registration (free) is required. Includes links to all member boards as well. 
WebMD Physician Directory

Search for a physician by name or medical specialty, and distance from your home. You may refine your search to a specific HMO plan or hospital affiliation. NOTE: The Physician Directory does not verify the credentials or qualifications of the physicians listed. It is only a tool to locate quick information about physicians.