Internet Resources - Consumer Health


  • Consumer Health Complete
    CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Diet, Medicine, Teen Health
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Provides health-related information from more than 700 health/medical journals and hundreds of pamphlets (many with full text), 2,200 magazines, and various reference sources.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Medicine
  • Healthy SC County - SCPL Health and Wellness Center
    Easy access to top-quality, up-to-date medical news and information, with quick links to relevant library books and medical databases, as well as to the Community Information Database. Prepared by SCPL staff.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Medicine

Recommended Websites

  • A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
    This guide is supported by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The first section, "Getting Started," gives tips on using search engines. The second section offers guidelines for evaluating the content of health-related websites. The final section includes links to MLA's "Top 10" consumer health websites.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health
  • ADA Standards Homepage
    ADA standards govern the construction and alteration of places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities. The Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains ADA standards that apply to all ADA facilities except transportation facilities, which are subject to similar standards issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Federal facilities are covered by standards consistent with those of the ADA issued under a different law, the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).
    Browse related subjects: ADA, Construction, Consumer Health, Government
  • CAPHIS Top 100 List
    CAPHIS is the consumer and patient health information section of the Medical Library Association. This list includes websites that meet the MLA's criteria for credibility and quality, and expands upon MLA's top 10 list for consumers.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Medicine
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    The CDC 's mission is to collaborate to promote prevention of disease, injury and disability, and to prepare for new health threats. links to statistical sources for morbidity and mortality health data. Information is available on current national and worldwide emergencies and disasters. is also the place to look for immunization guidelines for children, and for traveler's vaccine requirements. It links to information on country safety for travelers, environmental safety, and workplace safety and health.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Medicine, Public Health, Statistics, Travel
    DIRLINE, maintained by the National Library Medicine, is a directory of health organizations and includes Health Hotlines (, a database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Directories, Medicine
  • Healthy Santa Cruz County
    Los sitios web sobre salud en español.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Diet, Medicine, Public Health, Spanish Language, Teen Health
  • Lab Tests Online
    The site for patients and family members provides a single resource where people can find up-to-date information on lab tests and associated conditions and diseases.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health
  • Mayo Clinic Medical Information
    Editors of this site include more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, writers, and educators at the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit institution with more than 100 years of history in patient care, medical research, and education. The website has added interactive tools to assist consumers in managing their health. Check this site for succinct overviews covering a large number of medical conditions.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health
  • MEDLINEplus from the National Library of Medicine
    This gateway site references extensive information about specific diseases and conditions, including drug information. It includes an encyclopedia of medical terms, health news, a dictionary, directories to find doctors, dentists and hospitals, interactive tutorials, clinical trials and surgery videos. The entire site is available in Spanish as well, with a handy toggle feature. Other languages are included but to a lesser extent.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Spanish Language
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the federal government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The mission of NCCAM is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, to train researchers, and to disseminate authoritative information. Click on Health Information to search by condition or therapy.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health
  • NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
    The mission of ODS is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information. Click on Health Information to find fact sheets including the latest research on vitamins, minerals and botanicals, their use, side effects, and cautions.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Nutrition
  • provides easy access to food and nutrition information from federal government sources. It serves as a gateway to evidence-based research on nutritional supplements, healthy eating, physical activity, food safety and recommended dietary guidelines. A good starting place to access eligibility information and application forms for food assistance programs.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Diet, Nutrition
  • Quackwatch:Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions
    Want to know more about a health product promoted on television? Not sure if a diet claim has been scientifically proven to work? This site, founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969, has grown into an international network of experts committed to ending health fraud and the spread of fads, fallacies, and professional misconduct. The site links to 21 affiliated consumer protection web pages covering specific topics such as infomercials, nutritional advertising, and cancer treatment claims.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Consumers
    This is a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Association, United States Coast Guard, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency have joined together to provide safety and recall information for many different products, including pet food, cosmetics, cars, baby products, medicine, and boats. There is also a form to report a dangerous product.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Consumers, Food, Medicine, Transportation
    The official portal to the Unites States Government. An astounding compilation of information, services, and publication on a variety of topics.
    Browse related subjects: ADA, Agriculture, Blind, Business, Careers, Consumer Health, Consumers, Countries, Directories, Drugs, Education, Employment, Environment, Finance, Government, History, Internships, Inventions, Jobs, Labor, Medicine, News, Nutrition, Politics, Public Health, Schools, Science, Social Issues, Transportation, Travel

Local Links

  • County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency
    The Santa Cruz Health Services Agency (HSA) provides programs in environmental health, public health, medical care, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and mental health for Santa Cruz residents. A large number of website links are provided on its Health Resources page, including links to local programs, and reports and statistics relevant to the local community. Links to mental health and substance abuse resources are particularly comprehensive.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Social Issues
  • Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital
    Dominican Hospital's homepage offers a number of useful tools online, including a directory of affiliated physicians, a catalog of health enrichment classes, referral to support groups, and online encyclopedias for diseases/conditions, drug and herb information, and surgical procedures. Click on the left sidebar to locate the links for health information and library.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Libraries
  • Medical Board of California
    The Medical Board of California is a state government agency which licenses and disciplines medical doctors. The Board provides two principal types of services to consumers: public-record information about California-licensed physicians, and investigation of complaints against physicians. This site also links to the State Department of Consumer Affairs, which licenses other allied health personnel (midwives, acupuncturists, opticians, etc.)
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    Serving Santa Cruz County residents, PAMF, an affiliate of Sutter Health, offers through its online site, information on participating health plans, a local physician directory, referrals to local support groups, a calendar of health education classes and local events, in addition to links to general medical information.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Medicine
  • PlaneTree Health Library
    Planetree Information Center offers in-depth health and medical information services specific to the needs of each person. The Center is located on the second floor of the Cupertino Library, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Library System. The Library is open to the public and services are free. Recommended websites are authoritative and excellent for beginning research on health topics.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Libraries, Spanish Language

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