Health & Wellness
Medical Research, Consumer Health, Health Topics
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Consumer Health
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Consumer Reports Independent dependable reviews on all kinds of products.
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Covered California Health insurance marketplace for California. Links to local enrollment counselors.
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EWG Tap Water Database The Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database is currently the only free online consumer resource that analyzes tap water quality purely with respect to human health. Users can search by zip code to find their water utility, see the detected contaminants in their water, and learn how the levels of contaminants in their water compare to state and national averages and health guidelines.
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FamilyDoctor.org From the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Scientifically accurate information from a family medicine perspective in language designed for patients and family members. Printable fact sheets in English and Spanish.
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Medical Board of California Information about California-licensed physicians. Links to the State Department of Consumer Affairs, which licenses midwives, acupuncturists, opticians, and other allied health professions.
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MEDLINE Plus From the National Library of Medicine. Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness. In English and Spanish
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Merck Manuals The Merck Manuals are some of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers, offering information on medical topics, symptoms, emergencies, and drug information.
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PlaneTree Health Library Consumer health collection; supports individualized help with research questions.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Statistics on public health worldwide, information on epidemics and health threats, immunization guidelines; travel alerts; workplace safety.
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County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Environmental health, public health, medical care, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and mental health programs for county residents.
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Explora A multidisciplinary database of articles providing full text of thousands of general reference publications covering virtually every subject area of general interest.
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Health Hotlines From the National Library of Medicine. Directory of health organizations with toll-free numbers.
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National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health Scientific evidence on the effectiveness of alternative and holistic therapies.
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Talk About It Santa Cruz County Talk About It fosters an informed and compassionate county-wide response to substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.
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Academic Onefile Peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic research from the world's leading journals covering the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects.
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MEDLINE PubMed Citations and abstracts from MEDLINE, the world's largest database of clinical medical literature. Links to full-text articles.