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AIDS Public Information Data Set Software
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Data on reported AIDS cases.
AMA Doctor Finder
By American Medical Association. Provides basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions, including more than 690,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO). AMA member physicians are offered an "expanded" listing that contains additional information such as office hours, practice philosophy, physician achievements, and other helpful information for visiting consumers.
Antibiotic Literature Review
By Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases. Monthly literature summaries.
Cancer Prevention and Control Publications
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). These cancer-related publications and materials are accessible online in PDF or HTML formats by topic area of interest.
By National Cancer Institute. Statistics on patterns and trends in various cancer types.
Cancer.gov Cancer Information
By National Cancer Institute. Provides information on types of cancer, treatment, prevention, causes, and how to cope with cancer.
By National Cancer Institute. A bibliographic database that contains more than 1.8 million citations and abstracts from over 4,000 different sources including biomedical journals, proceedings, books, reports, and doctoral theses. The database contains references to cancer literature published from the 1960s to the present and is updated with approximately 10,000 records every month.
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Provides a single point of access to a wide variety of CDC reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data.
Clinical Trials Search
By National Cancer Institute. Search for clinical trials for cancer.
By US National Library of Medicine. Provides current information about clinical research studies.
Eurasia Health Multilingual Library
By Eurasia Health Knowledge Network. Search the database of health education materials available in the languages of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Full text, or instructions for retrieving the full text, are given for each record.
Harvard Medical Schools Tests and Procedures
By Aetna InteliHealth, Inc.. A guide to diagnostic tests and procedures organized by body systems or tests. It answers questions like: What do you have to do to prepare for a MRI? Will having a liver biopsy be painful? Will I need to do anything special afterward? Do you have to undress for a PET scan? How soon will it be safe to go home after a cardiac catheterization and what are the risks? How soon will the results of that antibody test be back?
By Jay A. Brown, MD, MPH. Information on hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases to assist in the prevention of work-related illnesses caused by chemicals and biological agents in high-risk jobs and industries.
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUPnet)
By Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A tool for identifying, tracking, analyzing, and comparing statistics on hospital stays at the national, regional, and state level.
HealthScout Health Encyclopedia
By The HealthScout Network/MDchoice.com, Inc.. An encyclopedia of health information with symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Healthy Start Collection Database
By National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH). The Healthy Start Collection Database is an online catalog of over 2,000 items developed by Healthy Start sites, including brochures, bylaws, curricula, marketing materials, policies, and reports, along with other material related to maternal and infant health.
Index of Rare Diseases
By National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD). The A-to-Z of rare diseases. Provides synonyms, discussion, and list of relevant organizations.
MayoClinic Diseases and Conditions
By Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Find information and guides on diseases and conditions.
MCH Projects Database
By National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH). This database tracks projects funded by MCHB, including Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), other projects funded under Title V of the Social Security Act, and programs funded outside Title V (i.e., the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program, the Healthy Start Initiative, the Traumatic Brain Injury program).
By National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH). Search a database listing materials held in the Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library. Each record contains a bibliographic citation, the name of a contact from whom the item may be obtained, and an annotation describing the item. The Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library is part of the library system of Georgetown University, and it contains more than 20,000 items on a wide range of maternal and child health (MCH) topics.
MEDLINE plus Health Information
By US National Library of Medicine. Find information on hundreds of diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. Safety topics include accidents, first aid/emergencies, motor vehicle safety, and disasters and emergency preparedness.
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) assesses the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.
National Vital Statistics System
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Statistics relating to birth, death, marriage, divorce, and fetal death in the United States.
NORD Rare Disease Database
By National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD). Search for abstracts of reports and articles on more than 1,200 rare diseases.
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) Database
By Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Provides a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders authored and edited at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and developed for the Internet by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and NLM.
By National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD). Search for organizations that help people with rare diseases.
PDQ (Physician Data Query)
By National Cancer Institute. PDQ (Physician Data Query) is NCI's comprehensive cancer database. It contains peer-reviewed summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care; a registry of more than 8,000 open and 19,000 closed cancer clinical trials from around the world; and directories of physicians, professionals who provide genetics services, and organizations that provide cancer care.
POC-IT (Point of Care Information Technology) Antibiotic (ABX) Guide
By Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases. Search for information by diagnosis, pathogen, antibiotic, or other. A handheld-ready adaptation of the online ABX Guide. Requires registration.
By US National Library of Medicine. Provides access to citations from biomedical literature and to bibliographic information which includes MEDLINE.
Smoking and Health Resource Library
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Search the Smoking and Health Resource Library provided by CDC's Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS). The database contains abstracts of articles from medical and professional journals; books and book chapters; dissertations; reports; conference proceedings and conference papers; government documents from federal, state, local, and foreign entities; fact sheets and policy documents from U.S. and international nonprofit organizations; and other documents.
Specific Medical Tests Published in the Literature for OSHA Regulated Substances
By National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Lists the specific medical tests published in the literature for OSHA regulated substances.
Your Body, By The Numbers
By Aetna InteliHealth, Inc.. There is no story more incredible than that of the human body. From your head — which has about 100,000 hairs that grow at a rate of about six inches per year — to your feet — each of which contains 26 bones, 20 muscles and the body's most dense sweat glands and nerve endings. Learn more with this interactive tool. Includes a quiz.