Health Subject Guide
Lab Tests Online
Search the site by test description, or by disease or condition. Additional information includes screening guides, news, and in-depth articles. Created by: American Association for Clinical Chemistry
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
From the National Institutes of Health, find fact sheets, current research and clinical trial opportunities, a guide to finding a qualified complementary and alternative medical healthcare practioner, a toll-free number for information by telephone, and more.
Search for special programs that assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs or health equipment they need. Find contact information for each program, with its special requirements and procedures.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Drug Information
Detailed information sheets on newly approved prescription drugs, some of which may not be commercially available as yet. Includes links to other pages from the Center for Drug Evaluation, such as Public Health Alerts, Clinical Trials, and Drug Preparedness and Bioterrism Response, and a page on questions to ask your health care provider before taking a new medication.
Virginia State Bureau of Insurance
Includes consumer information from the agency that "licenses, regulates, investigates and examines insurance companies, agencies and agents on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia."
ABMS Certified Doctor
Allows the public to verify free of charge the board certification status, location by city and state, and specialty of any physician certified by one of the member boards of ABMS. You can also use the locator service to find a doctor near you. Doctors are in this second database by subscription so use the aforementioned certified doctor verification service database to find an ABMS certified doctor by name. Created by: American Board of Medical Specialties
License Lookup: Virginia Department of Health Professions
Check the status of licensed health professionals in Virginia. Seach by occupation (includes physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and more), name, professional license number, state, zip code, social security number, or license status.
Virginia Board of Practitioner Information
Provides information on Doctors of Medicine, Osteopathy, and Podiatry, as required by law to be made public, as well as practioner profile self-reported information. Search the database of approximately 31,000 practioners by name, locale, area of specialty, or Virginia hospital affiliation. Find general practice information, certification, education, honors, academic appointments, Virginia Board Notices and Orders, claims paid, and more. Created by: Virginia Board of Medicine
Blue Ridge Poison Center (Poison Help: 1-800-222-1222)
The Blue Ridge Poison Center (BRPC) provides general poison information and poison management advice to residents in Central and Western Virginia, and Virginia Beach. They are waiting for your call. Click on the link for Education to learn about poisons, first aid for poisoning, facts sheets on poison hazards for adults and teens, and a learning activity sheet for children. Created by: University of Virginia Health System
Hand-picked health information from A to Z — prevention & wellness, diseases & conditions, and alternative medicine; selected health topics organized for men and women, by age from kids to seniors, by race and ethnicity; information about doctors, dentists, public clinics, hospitals, long term care, nursing homes, health insurance, prescriptions, health fraud, Medicare, Medicaid, and medical privacy; news; and over 50 online “checkups” – quizzes and self-assessments. Also in Spanish. Created by: National Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This site’s mission “is to empower people to manage their health” by giving “access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.” This rich site provides easy to access, easy to understand, up-to-date health information on diseases and conditions, drugs, healthy lifestyles, and tools such as calculators, quizzes, self-assessments, slide shows, and videos. Created by: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Interactive tutorials on over 150 topics, clinical trial studies, the latest health news, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, directories for finding doctors, dentists, and hospitals, drug information, and over 650 topics regarding diseases, conditions, and wellness, on this “goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.” Updated daily. Also in Spanish. Created by: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
By a "nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization," this site not only provides information on mental illnesses and treatments, but gives contact information for local affiliates, support groups, and referrals. Also highlights public policy updates and research initiatives.
Rappahannock Health District
Clinic locations, services and hours for Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties and the City of Fredericksburg. Also includes the location of Rappahannock Area Health District headquarters office and Child Development Clinic. Services may include maternity care, well child care, women, infant and children (WIC) program, family planning, dental services for ages 3 - 21 at school sites and environmental health services. Part of the Virginia Department of Health.
SeniorNavigator.com: Virginia's Resource for Health and Aging
An excellent site for discovering what services are available for seniors. Housing, day care, health and legal issues are among the many topics. The site includes a zip code search to target what services are available in your area. Free registration is required to use the My Library and Ask an Expert sections. Created by: The Virginia Health Care Foundation
Virginia Health Information Project
"Provides state and national resources organized by age as well as a broad range of reliable health information from government and non-profit agencies - information on diseases, drugs, surgical and diagnostic procedures, a huge list of Hotlines, a medical dictionary for kids, actual videos of surgical procedures, alternative medicine information, and much more."
Or at least its harmful rays.
Spending the afternoon outdoors without sunscreen is asking for trouble now and way into the future. Burn marks are not attractive. Wrinkles--or worse yet, possibly skin cancer--will eventually be a problem if you don't protect your skin now. You will definitely need sunscreen so go ahead and get it now before you're spirited off on a picnic or a trip to the beach. Look for the SPF rating of at least 15 and also make sure it has UVA protection. Apply it half an hour before going out and reapply it after getting in the water or sweating.
Just because you're older doesn't mean you can't have fun while staying in shape. Porter Library's Awesome Seniors Exercise Class meets most every Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30. This free class is for people 55+. Exercises are done with the help of a chair.
Check them out!
The library has books and videos for older adults who want to keep moving to keep healthy.
Q: Which of the following are types of complementary or alternative medicine?
a. St. John’s Wort
c. Tai Chi
d. Chiropractic Procedures
e. All of the above
A: If you answered “E” to the question above, you already have an idea of what complementary and alternative medicine is.
If your family comes to the hospital because of a sudden emergency, there may not have been time to plan out every step as carefully as you would for something expected. But with just a little time to plan, a bit of organization should help the whole experience go much more smoothly. Hopefully this small article will help with planning.
If you have just discovered that you are pregnant or are thinking that you would like to become pregnant one day, you have a lot to consider. One of the things which you definitely should not ignore during pregnancy is your health. Prenatal care is everything you do to take care of your health and your unborn child’s health while you are pregnant. This should start with a doctor’s visit once you know you are pregnant or think you might be.
February was Wise Consumer Health Month - but being wise about your health is a daily exercise. This national health observance, created by the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, encourages people to take an active role in their health. The Institute's goal is to see people become wise about their health and take steps to prevent disease for themselves and their families.
Some tips for promoting good health are:
· Choosing a good health care provider and learning how to communicate with him/her
· Including moderate exercise each week
· Eating a nutritious and balanced diet
· Learning to reduce or better handle stress
· Avoiding substance abuse and other addictive behaviors
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library has books addressing issues that face cancer survivors and their families. Check out our booklist, Resources for Cancer Survivors for books to help patients and their families.