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Health/Medicine

Databases

The library subscribes to a service which delivers information about health and medicine over the internet. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Health Source - Consumer Edition (EBSCO) is available on the library’s database page. (Fresno County Public Library card required.)
Access to nearly 300 full-text, consumer health magazines; searchable full text for nearly 1,100 health-related pamphlets; 136 health reference books, and more than 4,500 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish). In addition, this database includes Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

Health and Wellness Resource Centeris available on the library’s database page.
Includes the respected Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Health & Wellness Resource Center delivers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.

General Health Websites

  • Clinical Trials.gov - The U.S. National Institutes of Health has developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies) are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective.
  • FamilyDoctor.org - Authoritative Health and medical information from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Mayo Clinic - "MayoClinic.com's mission is to empower people to manage their health. We accomplish this by providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic."
  • MedlinePlus from the National Institute of Health - "Health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date."
  • Merck Medicus - What patients are seeing in the media: TV shows, magazines, medical websites, newspapers.
  • National Library of Medicine Gateway - The NLM Gateway allows users to search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, OLDMEDLINE, LOCATORplus, MEDLINEplus, DIRLINE, AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings, Space Life Sciences Meetings, and HSRProj.
  • NOAH: New York Online Access to Health / Pregúntale a NOAH Sobre la Salud
    This searchable directory provides access to "full-text health information for consumers that is accurate, timely, relevant and unbiased." Sites are selected by librarians and health professionals. Available in English and Spanish.
  • PubMed - "a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 12 million citations to articles in medical journals back to the mid-1960's. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources."
  • WebMD - Contains information on diseases and conditions, pregnancy, diet and nutrition, drugs and herbs, health plans, Medicare, medical tests, clinical trials, and more. Features quizzes, and interactive tools (including a symptom checker). Searchable and browsable.

Other Health/Medicine Interest

For more sites try Index to medical sites from Librarians' Index to the Internet.