- Jo Anne Harder
Do you ever wonder just how the medication the doctor prescribes for you works? How about its side effects, or its generic name? Is it safe to assume the medical information you found on the internet is accurate? You can be sure the information you find on the Health and Wellness Resource Center is reliable and unbiased. The patient fact sheets about diseases and conditions explain in detail the answers to the questions you forgot to ask your doctor, or the things he mentioned and you didn’t remember. All kinds of articles and reputable health information are gathered together merely a mouse click away. You can check out the Health and Wellness Resource Center on the Articles & Databases page.
- Help Brings a patron to the “Table of Contents” for the database. It explains the best way to do a search for a disease, get newspaper articles, cite a source, or navigate the site.
- Diseases and Conditions presents easy to understand information for the patient about any of the alphabetical entries, including the source citation (for research papers). It lists causes and symptoms as well as the usual treatment, such as drugs or diet, as well as defining any unfamiliar terms which may be pertinent.
- Alternative Medicine lists herbal and dietary remedies for common ailments.
- Drugs and Herbal Remedies gives an overview of a drug’s use and possible side effects as well as other names for the drug. The user can also search for vitamins and other dietary supplements.
- Directories can be used to find hospitals, etc. in an area.
- Dictionary provides a short explanation of medical terms.
- Trusted Sites lists reputable websites for health information on the internet and even has a site that tells you how to evaluate a site. There are links for Disease Prevention and Wellness (like CDC and Mayo Clinic), Drugs and Herbal remedies (rates scientific evidence for the effectiveness of different procedures).
- Medical Information in Different Languages contains patient information about medical issues in 24 different languages as well as links to similar sites. The Nutrition sites provide lifecycle nutrition information for each stage of childhood development, helpful to childcare providers. Dietary advice for vegetarians and athletes are also featured. There are also sites for Pediatric, Senior and Women’s health.
- Health Assessment provides access to Cancerfacts.com, including its Cancer Profiler, a free service which gives the users information specific to their own cancer diagnosis to help make more informed decisions with their physician. This site also has information specific to the health care professional treating cancer patients.
The University of Maryland Medicine provides calculators for a wide range of topics such as the amount of calories burned during an activity, the cost of smoking, waist-hip ratio, fat, fiber, stress and more. There are also risk assessment tools to calculate the risk of having a heart attack, developing diabetes, breast cancer or osteoporosis.
- Basic Search on the home page retrieves articles and patient information sheets on thousands of topics from scholarly and medical journals.