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Health/Fitness Research Guide: Websites

Free health web sites

The following web sites provide free access to medical information. These are generally NOT scholarly resources and should not be cited as such. Additionally, students should take care to critically evaluate the information and confirm claims in reputable, peer-reviewed publications.

Carroll County Health Department - Source of general health information for Carroll County, Maryland.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment - An organization dedicated to distributing information on the environmental influences on human health.

Drugs of Abuse - "Learn the facts about the most commonly abused drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, and relevant publications and articles written by NIDA researchers and scientists." - "...provides up-to-date medical health information for health professionals, patients and their families."

Free Medical Journals - Collection of articles from over 4,000 medical journals. Access to full text varies. - Food, fitness, health, weight loss, lifestyle advice from the Livestrong Foundation. CCC instructor Sharon Brunner is a contributor.

Maryland Family Health Administration - Stated mission is "to protect, promote and improve the health of all Marylanders and their families through community-based public health efforts, giving special attention to at-risk and vulnerable populations.

Mayo Clinic - Health information and research provided by one of the nation's most respected medical facilities. - "Provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information." - "Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers."

Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County - Connecting agencies and individuals in pursuit of a healthier community.

Physician's Desk Reference - Online version of the world's most commonly used drug sourcebook.

Quackwatch - Dedicated to exposing "health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct." - Searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information.

World Health Organization (WHO) - WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters.

WHO - Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases - WHO's web site dedicated solely to diseases that pose a significant global health threat.

Health Statistics

Women's health

Listed below is a small sample of web sites that provide reliable information on women's health.

Healthy Women

Mayo Clinic

MedLine Plus - Women's Health