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Print books may be requested at the Information Desk. For those users who are inside the campus network, Weill Cornell Medical Library offers access to a number of e-books.


Online Resources

General

Recommended
Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)

MedlinePlus should be the first website visited by patients, families or anyone with health questions. This site offers over 18,000 links to reliable and up-to-date health information (drug information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, health news, directories, surgery videos, interactive health tutorials and more) evaluated by the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus also includes many links to foreign language resources. Also available in Spanish: http://MedlinePlus.gov/esp.

FamilyDoctor (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Provides information health information for the whole family with clear and concise patient handouts written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals about common medical concerns and conditions. The Parents & Kids tab provides health information specifically written for each group. Spanish language materials are also available.

Cancer.gov (National Cancer Institute)

Offers patients and health professionals with extensive information on all cancers including treatments, prevention, genetics, causes, testing, dictionaries, statistics, clinical trials, as well as coping with cancer. A telephone help line, live online chat service and email help, support the extensive information found here. Information is also available in Spanish.

ClinicalTrials.gov (National Library of Medicine)

Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers - information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Genetics Home Reference (National Library of Medicine)

Consumer friendly information about genetic conditions and the genes or chomosomes responsible for those conditions.

Household Products Database (National Library of Medicine)

Health and Safety information on more than 10,000 consumer brands and health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers. Search products by type, chemical ingredient, or manufacturer. Acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients are discussed in detail.

LabTestsOnline (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)

This easy to understand website enables searches by name of test, condition, or age group. Consumer- oriented descriptions about lab tests are provided.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)

Includes information about complementary and alternative medicine treatments and therapies.

Children & Teen Health

Be Your Own Nurse: Health Information for Kids (Online Nursing Degree)

Provides information for both parents and kids on how to live healthy life styles. Topics includes safety, alcohol and drugs, nutrition, fitness, prevention, and general health.

FamilyDoctor (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Provides information health information for the whole family with clear and concise patient handouts written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals about common medical concerns and conditions. The Parents & Kids tab provides health information specifically written for each group. Spanish language materials are also available.

GeneEd, Genetics Education Resource for Grades 9-12 (National Library of Medicine)

GeneEd is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades9 - 12to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Provides information health information for the whole family with clear and concise patient handouts written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals about common medical concerns and conditions. The Parents & Kids tab provides health information specifically written for each group. Spanish language materials are also available.

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Foundation, Center for Children's Health)

This website is divided into three sections for kids, teens and parents. Health information is written specifically for each group including child development, nutrition and fitness, preventive health care, and diseases and conditions. Information is available in English and Spanish.

March of Dimes (March of Dimes Foundation)

Provides answers to questions about pregnancy (before, during and after pregnancy) with extensive information about birth defects and genetics and premature births. This is an excellent website for expecting parents and parents of newborns. Also available in Spanish: http://nacersano.org/

MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine)

MedlinePlus should be the first website visited by patients, families or anyone with health questions. This site offers over 18,000 links to reliable and up-to-date health information (drug information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, health news, directories, surgery videos, interactive health tutorials and more) evaluated by the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus also includes many links to foreign language resources. Also available in Spanish: http://MedlinePlus.gov/esp.

Below are specific health topics pages for kids, teens, and parents:

Senior Health

Recommended
NIH Senior Health (National Institutes of Health)

NIH SeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. Well-illustrated and readable, it includes some short videos and links out to MedlinePlus for additional information. Special features allow one to increase text, change text color (contrast), or hear the text read aloud.

AARP:health (American Association of Retired Persons)

With special sections for Conditions & Disease, Long-Term Care, Healthy Living, Doctors & Hospitals and Insurance, the AARP websites offers all one finds in the magazine and more.

Administration for Community Living: Older Adults
(Department of Health and Human Services/Administration on Aging)

This website is designed to assist older people and their families or caregivers to quickly obtain information on a variety of aging-related topics and government-sponsored programs. Excellent information on finding various elder care programs locations, elder rights & resources, promoting a health lifestyle, national and state benefits and services for seniors, long-term care insurance, and caregiver support programs.

AgingCare

This online community for caregivers was developed for caregivers of parents and other older adults. Provides information on the most common health related issues, financial issues, decision-making guide for housing options, an online newsletter and caregiving blogs.

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Provides information on the health and care of older adults. There are sections:

  • Aging in the Know offers up-to-date information on how the aging process affects health
  • Eldercare at Homeoffers the complete text of the second edition of this resource for families and friends who are caring for older people at home
  • The FHA Physician Referral Guideoffers to mail a list of physicians sensitive to the special healthcare needs of older adults and links to search for board certified geriatricians
  • Health in Aging Storiesis where patients and health care providers can share their stories on the challenge of finding and providing health care for the elderly.

This website also provides a directory of the guide to federal government agencies and national not-for-profit organizations that address the special health care needs of older adults.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Official U.S. government site for people with Medicare. Contains information on Medicare health plans, the Medicare drug benefit, Medigap insurance plans, links to state information, long term care information, full text of pamphlets, online forms to request a replacement Medicare card, to change an address or to determine eligibility.

The Family Caregiver Alliance

Provides information, services and support for caregivers and families of persons with chronic, disabling health conditions. Includes fact sheets in English, Spanish and Chinese on various conditions like dementia, Parkinson Disease and stroke. As an advocacy group, this website also offers statistics, public policy information, and reports. Includes caregiver advice and tips (also in Spanish and Chinese) and hosts online discussion groups.

FirstGov for Senior Citizens' Resources

Extensive links to government agencies and other organizations that provide services and programs for seniors. There are links to consumer protection resources for seniors, money and taxes, end-of-life issues, health and housing for seniors. Information is gathered by need rather than the government agencies that provide the service. Hospice care, nursing home comparison, and even how to request a birthday greeting from the President for persons over 80 are covered.

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly. Their website has mental health information for older adults and their families, information on finding a geriatric psychiatrist, and some fact sheets in Spanish.

http://MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine)

MedlinePlus should be the first website visited by patients, families or anyone with health questions. This site offers over 18,000 links to reliable and up-to-date health information (drug information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, health news, directories, surgery videos, interactive health tutorials and more) evaluated by the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus also includes many links to foreign language resources. Also available in Spanish: MedlinePlus.gov/esp. Below are specific health topics pages for Seniors:

Drugs and Herbal Supplements

DrugDigest.org (Express Scripts')

This site can be used for information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements. Drug and food interactions and online images of medications are provided.

About Herbs, Botanicals, & Other Products
(Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

Designed with the cancer patient in mind, offers excellent information on herbs.

Caregiver Resources

Administration for Community Living: Older Adults
(Department of Health and Human Services/Administration on Aging)

This website is designed to assist older people, their families and caregivers to quickly obtain information on a variety of aging-related topics and government-sponsored programs. Provides information on eldercare programs, elder rights & resources, national and state benefits and services for seniors, long-term care insurance, and caregiver support programs.

AgingCare

This online community for caregivers was developed for caregivers of parents and other older adults. Provides information on the most common health related issues, financial issues, decision-making guide for housing options, an online newsletter and caregiving blogs.

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Provides information on the health and care of older adults. There are sections:

  • Aging in the Know offers up-to-date information on how the aging process affects health
  • Eldercare at Homeoffers the complete text of the second edition of this resource for families and friends who are caring for older people at home
  • The FHA Physician Referral Guideoffers to mail a list of physicians sensitive to the special healthcare needs of older adults and links to search for board certified geriatricians
  • Health in Aging Storiesis where patients and health care providers can share their stories on the challenge of finding and providing health care for the elderly.

This website also provides a directory of the guide to federal government agencies and national not-for-profit organizations that address the special health care needs of older adults.

The Family Caregiver Alliance

Provides information, services and support for caregivers and families of persons with chronic, disabling health conditions. Includes fact sheets in English, Spanish and Chinese on various conditions like dementia, Parkinson Disease and stroke. As an advocacy group, this website also offers statistics, public policy information, and reports. Includes caregiver advice and tips (also in Spanish and Chinese) and hosts online discussion groups.

Family Caregiving 101
(The National Family Caregivers Association & the National Alliance for Caregiving)

This website offers support and advice for caregivers - find assistance, answers, new ideas and helpful advice - for you and your loved one.

Specific Conditions

Alzheimer's Association

Information for patients, caregivers and health professionals make this the comprehensive resource on Alzheimer's disease. Message boards and chat rooms provide support and additional information sharing.

MentalHealth.org

This website includes information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how commmunities can host conversations about mental health. The site includes information for people with mental health problems, for parents and caregivers, for family and friends, and for educators. The site is part of a National Dialogue on Mental Health to support community conversations, public/private partnership commitments, and discussion on social and online media.

Parkinson's Disease Caregivers' Information

The Foundation supports research; physicians; occupational, physical and speech therapists and psychological counseling. It also provides educational and medical information for Parkinson patients, their families and caregivers.

This Caring Home (Weill Cornell Medical College)

This website is designed to provide caregivers strategies that enhance the safety and well-being of their loved ones. Intentionally intended for caregivers of persons with dementia, this site is also recommended for anyone caring for someone with limited mobility.

Hospital & Physician Profiles - NYC Tri-State Area

New York State
New York State Hospital Profile

General information about hospitals in New York State, including procedures performed and quality of care provided.

New York State Physician Profile

This state-sponsored website includes the medical education and legal actions for all doctors registered to practice medicine in New York State. Translations in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian and Spanish are available.

New York State Office of Professional Misconduct & Physician Discipline

The Office of Professional Misconduct & Physician Discipline is responsible for investigating complaints about physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants. Search by name, license number, and license type.

New Jersey
New Jersey Health Care Profile

A New Jersey state sponsored physician and podiatrist profile database such as the Medical school(s) attended, license information, Medical Malpractice information payments and other pertinent data.

HealthyNJ

HealthyNJ, a product of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, was developed to meet the health care information needs of the citizens of New Jersey. The Directories section points users to information on all licensed health care professionals and health care facilities in New Jersey.

Connecticut
Connecticut Department of Public Health Verify a License

Use this website to look up information on all licensed health care professionals and healthcare facilities.