Health-related web directories are an excellent way to locate evaluated information on the Internet. A directory contains active links to health information and resources. A good directory will:
- Be maintained by professionals in that area
- Post the site's policy and procedures for link choices and updates
- Annotate the links
This listing is intended for educational and information gathering purposes. The list is not intended to be comprehensive. The Library is not responsible for information once the patron has left the Library's web site. Web site links are checked on a regular basis. Sites are chosen on the basis of accuracy, depth of information, currency and over all usefulness.
This website is produced by National Library of Medicine and provides access to extensive information about specific diseases, conditions and pharmaceutical drugs. It is highly recommended as a starting point on any health issue.
This website has health information for the whole family. It includes health topics for kids, men, women and seniors. It also includes drug information.
This site supports the Consumer Reports WebWatch guidelines to promote credible information practices on the web.
This outstanding consumer health site is easy to navigate. Content is available in both English and Spanish. The site is a project of the New York Public Library partnering with other health organizations.
Healthfinder is a searchable directory developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It leads to selected online publications, websites for organizations, support groups, self-help associations and government agencies.
KidsHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the site provides families with accurate, up-to-date and jargon-free health information they can use.
This is the official site of Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It has the latest information on disease outbreaks, travelers' health, workplace safety and health, environmental health, emergency preparedness and response and healthy living.
These websites are recommended by the ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center as an excellent starting point.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
A nonprofit organization working with cancer patients and family members, the ACS maintains an easy to use website. Included are many of its information pamphlets on cancers, links to other cancer websites, specialized sections devoted to topics such as breast cancer and access to support groups sponsored by the ACS. The national ACS site provides links to local ACS branches with web sites: www.cancer.org.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
An excellent government site managed by the National Cancer Institute. It includes extensive information with an easy-to-use table of contents. An important feature is PDQ (Physician Data Query), the authoritative NCI cancer database of treatment procedures and information on new or investigational drugs and clinical trials. Much of the material is also available in Spanish: www.cancer.gov.
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Founded in 1986, NCCS hosts a website that is a valuable resource for survivorship issues and advocacy. The website features a comprehensive, annotated list of other cancer sites with links. Sections on caregiving, news items and other helpful hints for living and coping with cancer are available: www.canceradvocacy.org.
This is an excellent source of information on end-of-life issues. It provides help for finding a hospice in local areas: www.hospicenet.org.
NOAH (New York Online Access to Health)
This site provides extensive, evaluated links to other Internet sites. Its easy-to-browse menu under "cancer" leads to topics that include specific types of cancer, treatment options and clinical trial information. Information is also available in Spanish: www.noah-health.org.
This is a comprehensive, authoritative website, which includes excellent reference material, links to evaluated websites, recommended reading lists and clinical trial information: www.oncolink.com.
Cancer.Net is the American Society of Clinical Oncology's website providing timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions. Patients can ask questions online: www.cancer.net.