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Quick Guide to Healthy Living

The Quick Guide to Healthy Living offers information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2012 National Health Observances

Health observances are special days, weeks, or months used to raise awareness of important health topics. The National Health Observances annual calendar lists organizations to contact for up-to-date information and outreach materials.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2012 Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses

Find federal clearinghouses that provide free health-related information, resources, and referrals to the general public. Many offer toll-free numbers and Web sites.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2012 Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information

Find toll-free numbers for organizations that provide health-related information, education, and support. Some organizations use recorded messages; others provide personalized counseling and referrals.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet

This consumer information fact sheet explains what medical errors are and what you can do to prevent medical errors from occurring in your own health care.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

This guide, written by medical librarians, provides consumer tips on how to search for and evaluate online health information.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

Medical Library Association

Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Tool

This tool provides links to participating Web sites that have Asian or Pacific Islander education materials on cancer. Readers may choose from the 19 Asian languages for the materials that have been screened for medical accuracy and cultural relevance.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

American Cancer Society

CAPHIS Top 100 Health Web Sites You Can Trust

The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association has reviewed and approved this list of health web sites for consumers researching health care information.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

Medical Library Association

Dispelling Myths about Alzheimer’s

This document dispels eight common myths about Alzheimer’s disease, including exposure to metals in dental fillings, aluminum cookware, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

FDA Proposes Health App Guidelines

The FDA has proposed guidelines outlining the agency's oversight of a small number of mobile apps that could present a risk to patients if the apps don’t work as intended.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Find a CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Class

Search for local classes offering training on CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Review Date: December 23, 2012

American Heart Association

Find a Medical Library

Locate a library in your state or territory to find consumer health information and services.

Review Date: November 28, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Checkup (Podcast)

This page presents an audio program interview with AHRQ Director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, discussing questions to ask during your visit with a primary care health professional.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health Information - National Institutes of Health

This health information page from the National Institutes of Health allows users to search or browse for information on prevention and wellness, diseases and conditions, and procedures by topic or audience.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Information in ASL (American Sign Language)

Browse and find health information by health topic offered in American Sign Language (ASL).

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Health Publications: Federal Consumer Information Center

Government publications on many health and medical topics are available online and in print. Topic list includes information on general health, exercise & diet, medical problems, and mental health issues.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Federal Citizen Information Center

HHS HealthBeat Podcast

Get the latest tips for staying healthy and preventing disease five days a week in audio and text formats.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet

These questions and answers can help you determine whether the health information you find on the Internet or receive by e-mail from a Web site is likely to be reliable. Learn how the federal government protects consumers from false or misleading claims.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Interactive Health Tutorials

These tutorials use sounds and pictures to explain a procedure or condition in easy-to-understand language.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Kids' Activities: Fruit & Veggie Color Champions

Play games, try new recipes, print out stickers and visit the online art gallery while learning about fruits and vegetables.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

Produce for Better Health Foundation

KidsHealth.org for Parents

This web site offers information and answers to questions parents might have about their children's physical and emotional health.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Looking for Reliable Health Information?

All websites are not equally reliable and do not all provide quality information. Learn what information you should look for on a health website.

Review Date: November 28, 2012

Health On the Net Foundation

Medicine for the Public (Videos)

This lecture series page links to archived videos on medicine for the public. Subjects include cervical cancer, depression, heart disease, asthma, pain management, cancer screening, alcohol abuse, and more.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions.

Review Date: November 07, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

MLA's Top Ten Most Useful Websites

The Medical Library Association provides this selection of "most useful" web sites to assist consumers who are researching health information.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

Medical Library Association

National Library of Medicine's LOCATORplus

Find out what books, journals, audiovisuals, manuscripts, and other items are contained in the National Library of Medicine. Search LOCATORplus by author, subject, title, conference name, keyword and other specific fields. Link to online journals and access other NLM resources.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

National Network of Libraries of Medicine® Fact Sheet

Locate contact information for the eight regional libraries that comprise the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

National Organic Program: Consumers

This web page helps you to differentiate between organic fact and fiction and to explore the organic option.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Nutrition Facts Label

This document discusses how to read a food label. Information is provided on understanding the nutrition facts panel, including serving size, calories and calories from fat, % daily value, and more.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Office on Women's Health

Patient and Family Resource Centers

Patient and family resource centers take a variety of forms from one institution to the next. Most begin as a consumer-oriented health library, usually offering information on community resources and services. Many expand to include opportunities for peer support and recreational reading.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Institute for Family-Centered Care

Self-Care Flow Charts: Search by Symptom

An alphabetical listing of online flowcharts for self-diagnosis and self-care that offer easy-to-follow tips on managing a variety of health topics at home and advice on when to consult your doctor.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages

SPIRAL is a free web resource that connects people to authoritative health information in Asian languages. Resources are available in Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Trust It or Trash It?

Who said it? When did they say it? How did they know? This tool will help you think critically about the quality of health information found on web sites, in handouts and booklets, and more.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

Genetic Alliance

What Did My Doctor Say?

The special words doctors and nurses use can be hard to understand. Find tips on how to understand many health words.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Medical Library Association