Library resources are good for what ails you

Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012, 9:41 am

Health information can be confusing, contradictory or overwhelming, and figuring out what is accurate and reliable can be a real headache. With high-quality online health resources from the Library, you won't be ill-advised.

ConsumerReportsHealth.org is a special section of ConsumerReports.org. (Look for the "Health" link in the navigation on the left side of the screen.) Unbiased coverage of health-related products, services and practices helps you be a smart consumer. Free from the influence of commercial or other special interests, the advice, research and ratings from ConsumerReportsHealth.org can guide you to informed decisions on, for instance, which diets, exercises and treatments are the best. Search its contents or browse topics such as Healthy Living, Conditions and Treatments, Drugs, Natural Health, Doctors and Hospitals and Insurance.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition contains full text articles from more than 500 medical journals and other resources covering many of the health sciences. You can find the latest reports on conditions, illnesses and treatments from the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and many more. It also offers a medical dictionary, an in-depth guide to prescription drugs and other professional-quality health information.

If you have questions about alternative medicine— and who doesn't?— Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is the place to check if, for instance, an herbal supplement interacts with your medications, if the detox regimen your cousin is urging you to try has any good (or bad!) effects or if there are any effective alternative treatments for a condition that plagues you. You can search or browse your interests and know that what you find is based on real research rather than stories and wishful thinking.

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