Updated March 2020

Don’t substitute Internet searching for seeking professional help.  General guidelines for using the Internet for health research.

COVID 19/Corona Virus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  This website is updated daily as new information becomes available.

National Institutes of Heatlh  Basic information with links to other sources of reliable information

World Health Organization  A concise overview.

World Health Organization Situation Reports  Detailed daily reports.

Johns Hopkins Interactive Map  Up-to-date counts of total confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases worldwide, country-by-country breakdowns, and death and recovery rates.

State of Connecticut COVID 19 Connecticut information.

211 United Way COVID 19.  Good overview for Connecticut with helpful links.

Yale New Haven Hotline

Hartford Health Care Hotline

Press Releases from Governor Lamont

Library of Congress Federal legal information, multiple links about government action.

Personal Assistance

http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/about.html  Staff medical librarians will provide free confidential, personalized research on health and wellness topics to Connecticut residents:

http://prismhealthadvocates.com/ - Fee based health advocates based in Kent, CT.  Patient advocacy, help navigating health insurance, recommendations for additional opinions, price comparisons for tests and procedures.

Financial Assistance

Community Health Care Assoc. of Connecticut - High quality medical, dental and behavioral health care on a sliding scale basis for uninsured and underinsured.  Centers in Winsted and Torrington.  Help with insurance, substance abuse and translation

General Information:

https://medlineplus.gov/ - From the National Library of Medicine extensive information on all health topics.  A good first choice.

https://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov/.  Find multilingual, multicultural health information and patient education materials about health conditions and wellness topics. Learn about diseases, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Materials may be available as printable documents, audio, and video.  Special session for immigrants and refugees.  

https://www.nih.gov/health-information - Excellent site for general health information. No ads, lots of resources.  

http://www.choosingwisely.org/ - An initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation provides information on tests and procedures so you can determine what is recommended and/or necessary.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information - Basic, well-vetted information about conditions, symptoms, causes, treatment and prognosis.  

http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/ - Connecticut health information.

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/webresources - Ten things to know about evaluating medical resources online.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/  - Quite technical, some full text, mostly abstracts.  Good idea to review the quick start guide.  Topic specific tab very useful in providing links to narrow down searching.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/ - Health information from Harvard Medical School.

https://www.medscape.com/ - Medical news updated daily.  Target audience is health care professionals.  You need to create a free registration.

https://scholar.google.com - Research articles on topics.  Again, fairly technical.

https://healthfinder.gov/ - From the Department of Health and Human Services, nonprofit and government resources with links to hundreds of health-related organizations.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html -  Information on vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control.

Alternative/Complementary Medicine

https://nccih.nih.gov/ - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Facts from the National Institute of Health will help evaluate alternative approaches to medical conditions.

Cancer

https://www.oncolink.org/ - OncoLink was the first cancer information website on the Internet, started in 1994, and remains one of the largest. This award-winning site is maintained by a group of oncology healthcare professionals.

https://www.mskcc.org/ - Cancer information from Memorial Sloan Kettering.  

https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/diagnosis-treatment/symptom-management/integrative-medicine/herbs - This link provides information from Memorial Sloan Kettering on using integrative medicine for cancer treatment.

https://www.nccn.org/patients/ - Non-profit alliance of some of the world's leading cancer centers.  Includes treatment guidelines, video libraries, patient advocacy resources and practical information.  

https://www.cancer.gov/ - National Cancer Institute with extensive information on cancer research and clinical trials.

https://www.cancer.org/ - American Cancer Society website.

Drugs & Supplements:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/daf/ - Information on FDA approved drugs, including background documents and research data.  Also information on products for animals, food, medical devices, vaccines and much more.

https://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/ - User friendly drug information.  You can also search for dietary supplements.  More comprehensive than MedlinePlus, includes clinical trials.

https://medlineplus.gov/druginformation.html- Information on prescription drugs and supplements from the National Library of Medicine.  Rates effectiveness, how it works, safety concerns, interactions, etc.  

https://medlineplus.gov/druginformation.html - Herbs at a Glance is a series of brief fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.

https://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/index.html - Tool to identify unknown pills.

https://www.clinicaltrials.gov - Clinical trials for a specific drug or disease.  Indicates whether they are recruiting volunteers, who is conducting the trial, and what is being tested.  If there are results, that is indicated as well.

Health Care Professionals & Hospitals:

http://docinfo.org - Info on health care professional’s education and any pending or past actions against a provider..

http://www.fsmb.org/contact-a-state-medical-board/ - Listing of state medical boards for information on health care professionals.

https://www.elicense.ct.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx - For more detailed info on health care professionals   You can also search by type, i.e., acupuncturist, and by state.

https://www.certificationmatters.org/is-your-doctor-board-certified/search-now.aspx - Find out if a health care professional is board certified and if the certificaton is up to date.  If you don’t see your doctor, try doing a search without filling in the state.  You can also search by speciality and location.

http://whynotthebest.org/ - Hospital comparisons and statistics.

https://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/question-builder.html - Great site to prepare for a visit with a health care professional.  You can print out a list of questions to bring with you.

Health Insurance

Coverage to Care - From the Department of Health and Human Services, a step by step guide to understanding and obtaining health insurance.

Understanding Health Insurance - Detailed information on health insurance from a medical coding organization.  This site is more complex and more comprehensive than Coverage to Care.

SHIP - Trusted, unbiased information on Medicare

Connecticut Assistance with Medicare - One on one assistance with Medicare in Connecticut.  You can also call 800-994-9422.  

KEPRO - Assistance with navigating complaints and appeals related to Medicare.  The service is free for people with Medicare.

Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator -  With this calculator, you can enter your income, age, and family size to estimate your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance. You can also use this tool to estimate your eligibility for Medicaid.

Medical Cost Estimates - Get estimated costs for medical and dental procedures.  

Healthcare Bluebook - Limited free search provides the fair price and lists costs at various facilities.  

Understanding Medical Bills - A key to decoding medical bills and EOB, explanation of benefits.

Kids and Teens

https://kidshealth.org/ - We aim to give families the tools and confidence to make the best health choices.  Sections for parents, kids, teens and educators.  

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx - American Academy of Pediatrics with information on children from prenatal to young adult.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html -  Information on vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

https://medlineplus.gov/mentalhealth.html  - one stop shopping for mental health.   Includes research, information on drugs, meditation, self-help and resources for finding professional help.  Very user friendly.

https://www.samhsa.gov/  Information on substance abuse, including getting help and prevention.

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/ - Mental health information with an emphasis on getting help.

https://medlineplus.gov/drugabuse.html - Wealth of current information on substance abuse.

https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/ - Information on toxins, including opioids, air quality, pesticides and other environmental effects.

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ - Information site for alcohol abuse, including treatment.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/ - apps for consumer health developed by NIH.

https://www.imedicalapps.com/profession/patient/- Information on consumer health medical apps.  

Nutrition and Lifestyle

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ - a wealth of information, including recipes, on diet and exercise.

https://www.eatright.org/ - Healthy eating from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/ - Information on exercise from the National Institute on Aging including workout videos.

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/bwp - Body Weight Planner to design a program to help you reach your weight goal, includes diet and exercise.

https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html  - Clearing house for all sorts of information concerning health and fitness.

https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic - Gateway site for food safety and nutrition from the USDA.

Older Adults

https://www.hhs.gov/aging/index.html - From the Department of Health and Human Services, information on healthy lifestyles, planning for retirement, and knowing your options for health care and long-term care are more important than ever before.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/ - National Institute on Aging site with up-to-date information for consumers and health care professionals.

https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx - The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116.

Women

https://www.womenshealth.gov/ - Gateway to federal and other women’s health information from the Department of Health and Human Services

https://www.cdc.gov/ - Government agency which promotes health and quality of life.  Information on travelers’ health, immunizations and worldwide disease outbreaks.

Other Specialized Sites

https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/  - Up to date information on prevention and treatment, including clinical trials.

https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/ - he National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.

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