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This guide to print and online health resources lists resources deemed useful, authoritative and current. It does not include materials pertinent only to specific diseases or conditions; for such materials, please ask a librarian for assistance. This guide is for informational purposes and is not a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider.

General health and health reference

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The United States Centers for Disease Control site offers detailed travelers' health information and recommendations, online health brochures and reports, statistical data, health-related announcements, information on human development, diseases, emergency preparedness, and much more.

ClinicalTrials.Gov

Developed by the National Institutes for Health, this site provides information regarding current clinical research on medical treatments for all sorts of health problems. Search or browse by type or name of condition to find links to relevant trials. Useful information about trials in general is also available.
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Consumer Health Complete from EBSCOhost offers full-text journals, magazines, reference books as well as videos and animations that deal with health, wellness, fitness and nutrition.

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ConsumerReports.org provides Web-based access through EBSCOhost to the most current Consumer Reports ratings available.
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Medical dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias are available here, giving coverage of topics including aging, diseases, alternative medicine, midwives, nursing, neuropsychology and more.

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Health Source: Consumer Edition provides full-text articles from consumer health magazines, newsletters, reference books and pamphlets as well as links to a medical dictionary.

MayoClinic.com

The Mayo Clinic offers excellent reference materials for diseases and conditions, drugs, first-aid and self-care. It also has interactive heath features.
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MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

MEDLINEPlus

The National Library of Medicine maintains this authoritative and easy-to-use site providing information on all sorts of health matters, including diseases, medical terms, drugs, hospitals, news and more.

Merck Manual Professional Version

A standard and comprehensive reference for health professionals and others, the Merck Manual covers almost all medical disorders, symptoms, common clinical procedures, current therapies and laboratory tests.

Merck Manual Consumer Version

This version of the Merck Manual is aimed at the public rather than medical professionals. As well as using simpler terminology, it has sections on fundamentals of health, aging, drugs and medical tests.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" conditions and the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research and service.

Affordable Care Act information

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, ended on January 31, 2017. You can apply for 2018 health insurance coverage starting November 1, 2017. Check out Dates & deadlines for 2017 & 2018 health insurance for more details and to find out if you qualify for Special Enrollment.

There are five ways that consumers can sign up for insurance under the ACA.

  • Phone
    You may call the toll-free Help Center number: 1-800-318-2596. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in multiple languages.
  • Online
    Sign up at the official government Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov (in Spanish: CuidadoDeSalud.gov). You can use the site to "shop" for the best insurance policy for yourself and your family.
  • Mail
    Download and print an application form and instructions, or call the toll-free Help Center (1-800-318-2596) to have a copy of the paper application mailed to you.
  • In-person
    Find people who are trained and certified to help by searching LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
  • With an agent or broker
    Agents and brokers are employed by insurance companies. At no cost to you, they will help you select and apply for an insurance plan.

Looking for more information or guidance? Check out these useful links.

AARP Health Law Answers

Another good place to start is AARP Health Law Answers. Regardless of age, answering a short set of questions will give you a specialized report on how the Affordable Care Act works for you. This page also displays easy-to-find contact information for each agency.

Health Insurance Marketplace @ CMS.gov

If your organization or business would like to help consumers who need health coverage, visit this partner website from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to find promotional materials, set up educational sessions and add the official widgets to your website.

Selecting a provider

AMA DoctorFinder

AMA DoctorFinder is a directory of over 800,000 licensed U.S. physicians. You can search by name or specialization, and by state, city or zip code.

ElderCare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.

Long Term Care Guide

The information on this site includes topics such as Steps to Choosing Long Term Care, Types of Long Term Care and Paying for Long Term Care. It also has links to additional resources that include agencies to contact for further information.

State of Ohio Long Term Care Consumer Guide

Published by the Ohio Department of Aging, this web site includes information about nursing homes and assisted living facilities to help consumers, family members and professionals search for the appropriate facility to meet an individual's needs. You can search online for Residential Assisted Living Facilities as well as Nursing Facilities, and evaluations of the facilities are also available.

State of Ohio Medical Board

This is the official site of Ohio's Licensure Boards, the agencies that oversee doctors, dentists, psychologists, pharmacist assistants, massage therapists, cosmetic therapists, acupuncturists, mechanotherapists and anesthesiologist assistants. It provides information on the Boards' actions, a database of Ohio licensees and any formal actions taken or pending against them, as well as information on how to file complaints against a practitioner.

2017 Top Doctors in Central Ohio

Detailed information about education, training and special expertise of physicians in the Columbus area are compiled by a physician led team of researchers for the August 2017 edition of Columbus Monthly magazine.

Drugs and medications

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AHFS Consumer Medication Information from EBSCOhost provides drug information from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in both English and Spanish.

Food and Drug Administration

The FDA has up to date U.S. government information and advice on Food, Drugs, Medical Devices, Cosmetics, and other matters of public health. It also has information on how and where to report problems.

Alternative health care

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This database from EBSCOhost focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

One of the National Institutes of Health, the NCCIH provides scientifically researched information regarding complementary and alternative healing practices. A database of the literature and other authoritative information on these topics are among its features.
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Natural Medicines provides an authoritative resource on dietary supplements, natural medicines and complementary, alternative and integrative therapies.

Quackwatch

This site, operated by a retired physician turned consumer advocate, is a guide to medical quackery, health fraud and intelligent health-related decisions. Its extensive contents cover chiropractic, magnet therapy and many other alternative therapies, as well as information on consumer protection, health strategies and nutrition.

Mental health

APA's Psychology Help Center

The American Psychological Association's Help Center and Psychology Topics offers news, recommended books, online brochures and much more useful information about all kinds of psychological conditions.
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This collection contains handbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias covering the key concepts, theories and thinkers in all branches of psychology.

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The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection from EBSCOhost is a comprehensive database with more than 510 full text titles covering topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics,

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