Health Databases and websites

Looking for health information online? Want good reliable results you can trust? The following links are Databases and webpages that have been evaluated by Barberton Library staff. Please note that some Databases require a library card to access from home.    Get a Library card
 
Health Databases and Resources:

ADM Board-  Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board - Summit County Ohio.  There are many community groups and resources dedicated to help those with alcohol, drug addition and mental health issues.  Those seeking help- addicts, family members, loved ones, etc.may find useful resources at this site. 

Alt HealthWatch from EBSCO Host
This alternative health database provides full text for more than 140 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

American Heart Association - Visit this site to search for heart-health events in your community, learn to identify the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and find CPR classes near you.  Click on "For Patients" to visit the AHA's HeartHub for Patients, which provides various tools to help you manage your health.​

AskMe3 - Learn how to better understand your health by asking your healthcare provider 3 important questions. Includes a checklist to ensure clear health communication.

Brain Basics: Preventing Strokes  Sponsored by The National Institutes of Health- learn the basics of a stroke, the signs and the treatments.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - This U.S. Government-run website has easy-to-use, unique features.  Planning a vacation?  The "Traveler's Health" section provides information on vaccinations, outbreaks, and finding a clinic in your destination state or country.  You can also look up health statistics and learn how to prepare for emergencies

CDC- National Prevention Strategy: Plan for Better Health and Wellness  The Centers For Disease Control offer this site as an introduction to starting a healthy, active lifestyle.

ClinicalTrials.gov - Search for research studies being done on various health topics. Search by medical condition, intervention, location, and type of participant being recruited.

DailyMed DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs.  This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts).  This web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.

Drug Digest - This is one of the best internet sites for information on pharmaceuticals, interactions, and herbals. It includes photographs of drugs and information for the physician and patient.

Drug Information Portal   A National Library of Medicine site that provides the latest information on news reports, drugs and research.

Family Doctor - From the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national medical organization representing more than 93,000 physicians, family practice residents, and medical students, this site provides information written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals.

Guide to Keeping Your Home Through Debilitating Disease  Caring for a loved one with a serious debilitating disease is very difficult and challenging.  This site, sponsored by Mortgage Calculator, offers advice on paying bills, insurance, etc. 

Health and Medical Databases from EBSCOhost
If you're looking for health or medical-related information or articles, check out this collection of databases from EBSCOhost.

Health Hotlines   The National Library of Medicine offers this online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services.   The database also includes information on services and publications available in Spanish. 

Health Insurance Get the facts about health insurance. Compare rates and examine your choices.  This guide takes a comprehensive look at what consumers can expect when navigating the complicated insurance landscape. 

Healthy Roads Media - Literacy, health literacy, illness, aging, disability and language are all issues that can pose barriers to obtaining basic health information. This site contains free health education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats. 

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition  This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong, including full text from Creative Nursing, Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Forum, Nursing Inquiry, and many more. In addition, this database includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

Healthfinder.gov - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides this trusted health information website.  Take Personal Health Tools quizzes to determine your body mass index, target heart rate, or level of health.  Browse through a medical encyclopedia, subscribe to newsletters, and find health advice.  Information is also available in Spanish.

Household Products Database - What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling. Includes Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

MEDLINE (EBSCOhost)

Mayo Clinic - Visit this site from the Mayo Clinic, one of the most trusted names in medicine.  Look up a disease or condition, sign up for an e-newsletter, or get tips on healthy living.  This information is written in an easy-to-understand way​
(U.S. National Library of Medicine) The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Contains bibliographic citations (e.g., authors, title, and journal reference) and author abstracts from over 3,900 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 foreign countries during the current four years. Contains over 9 million records dating back to 1966.

Mesothelioma and Abestos Awareness Center  Provides current and up-to-date information about Mesothelioma including current research and access to support groups. 

My Diabetes Health Assessment   Sponsored by the American Heart Association, this site helps users determine whether or not they need to seek additional help and treatment.

National Institutes of Health - This research-based site has health information aimed at different demographics.  There are quick links for Child & Teen Health, Men's Health, Minority Health, Seniors' Health, and Women's Health.  Check out NIH Radio to listen to their Podcast on your computer or MP3 player.

NCCAM - The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is one of the twenty-seven institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health. This site includes information about treatments and therapies for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Learn about how to be an informed consumer of CAM and stay informed on the latest new alerts.

​NetWellness (University of Cincinnati) Includes periodicals (indexing to over 150 titles with selective indexing and full text of health-related articles from over 2500 general interest periodicals), pamphlets (full text coverage of over 500 medical education pamphlets) and reference books (full text coverage of Mosby's Medical Dictionary, The People's Book of Medical Texts, Oryx Press Consumer Health Information Source Book, USPDI Drug Information in Lay Language, and Columbia University Complete Home Medical Guide.

Ohio eLicense Center - Search for a doctor, chiropractor, dentist, or other Ohio licensed professional. Find contact information, original issue date of license, expiration date, and status.

Patient Inform - This site offers up-to-date research about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, which is provided by the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. This site also offers free access to selected medical journal articles and provides plain-language explanations of what the studies mean, how they compare with what is already known, and how patients should weigh them in making treatment decisions.

PubMed - Like MedLinePlus, this website is run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Insitutes of Health.  PubMed, however, is geared toward professionals and scholarly researchers.  Use this site to find more technical health and medical information.

United Way: First Call For Help  In an effort to increase access to a wide range of health and human services in Cuyahoga County, United Way Services' First Call For Help (FCFH) has developed a web based version of its "Reference" database. Access more than 1,000 agencies, 4,000 programs, and 10,000 services in our area by searching this valuable online resource.

WomensHealth.gov - Created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this is the Federal Government's source for women's health information.

Zika Virus:   Current and reliable information on the virus: its prevention and treatment

ZocDoc  Fill in the information and select the type of doctor needed based on zip code and type of insurance the doctor accepts

Local Hospitals and Medical Care: 

Summa Barberton Hospital - Find information on Barberton's hospital, including news, maps, and career opportunities.

Summit County Public Health - The mission of Summit County Public Health is to protect and promote the health of the entire community through programs and activities designed to address the safety, health and well-being of the people who live in Summit County.  Through its programs and activities, the Health District seeks to create a healthful environment and ensure the accessibility of health services to all. Find out about programs and services here.

Barberton Hospice and Palliative Care - Learn about the services provided, sign up for the newsletter, or learn how to volunteer.

Akron General - Explore the different departments, schedule an appointment, and search job openings at this hospital.

Akron Children's Hospital - The site includes information about the area's children's hospital, including a calendar of events, a New Parent eNewsletter, and contact information.

Summa Akron City Hospital - Find contact information, news articles, and a physicians directory for this Akron hospital.

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital - This hospital's website includes pictures of recent newborns, Find a Doctor, and information on their educational programming.

Cleveland Clinic - The main campus of this nationally-ranked hospital is less than an hour's drive from Barberton.  Find detailed health information or schedule an appointment from their website.

Cancer Information:

American Cancer Society - Use this site to learn about cancer, stay healthy, find support and treatment, explore research, and get involved.

Cancer.gov - The National Cancer Institute is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training and is a component of the National Institutes of Health. The site provides quality cancer information on cancer topics including news, clinical trials, statistics, and research and funding.

National Cancer Institute   Read about the latest information on cancer treatments and programs.

National Cancer Institute Publications Locator  Order free informational publications on many types of cancers.

Quit Smoking:

About.com Smoking Cessation - This site includes free email courses and support to help you quit, as well as a section on "After Quitting" to prevent relapse.  Subscribe to the frequently updated blog for new information.

Become an Ex - Check out this free online smoking cessation program.  It includes online tools such as a cigarette tracker, a Quit Date calendar, and a discussion board where you can interact with others who are also trying to quit.

Freedom From Smoking - The American Lung Association runs this site, which includes an online program with support to quit. 

QuitNet - Get online support, including chat and a personal quit page, by signing up for this free service.  Click on the "QuitNet" link at the left, then enter the number of cigarettes you smoke per day, how soon you smoke after waking up, and your postal code, and click on "Get Started Now!"

Smokefree.gov - This popular website is run by a variety of organizations, including the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control.  Its features include an online Quit Smoking guide and live instant message help.

Seniors:

AARP - Visit the health section of the AARP's website. The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that aims to helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

Age in Place-  Sponsored by the National Age in Place Council this site is for seniors looking for resources with housing and care.

Alzheimer's Assocation - The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support and largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research.

CDC - Visit the Centers for Disease Control's Healthy Aging for Older Adults page to read about healthy aging topics or use the interactive data tools.

Discovery in Place  This site is dedicated to help those on Medicaid with addiction treatment.

Elder Prescription Drug Abuse    This article in FamilyDoctor.org gives details and advice on dealing with prescription drug abuse among the elderly. 

Health in Aging - Created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging, this site offers up-to-date information for consumers on health and aging.

National Council on Aging - The goal of the NCOA is to improve the lives of older Americans. Visit this site for information on improving health, enhancing economic security, promoting independence and dignity, and strengthening community organizations.

NIH SeniorHealth - This is the National Institutes of Health site for health information for senior citizens. The site includes special capabilities such as changing the text size and contrast and turning on speech. The site also includes a comprehensive list of videos in the site index.

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