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Free Consumer Health Links

The purpose of these resources is that they are free to all. No fees. There may be a sign-up to go deeper into the content of some pages, but it should be short and with minimal info. Many websites also optimize to mobile devices.

Family Health Information

Federal Government Resources

Patients and Self Learning Websites

  • Consumer Safety Guide: https://www.consumersafetyguide.com/  Consumer Safety Guide was created to keep the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. 
  • Cure together: http://curetogether.com/home/conditions.  See what others are doing who have a disease or condition and how they treat that disease here.
  • Jumo Health: https://www.jumohealth.com/--"About Jumo--It all started when two compassionate medical professionals wanted to alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies a diagnosis. Born to empower children living with medical conditions through comic books and superheroes, today Jumo provides a suite of resources for children and families in print and digital formats, using videos, podcasts and games."
  • Mattress help: http://mattresshelp.org/senior-sleep-guide/   This is an in-depth resource on the effects of aging on sleep including sleep disorders that commonly affect our aging population, studies surrounding the need for sleep as you age, expert advice for getting better sleep, and much more.
  • Patients like me:  https://www.patientslikeme.com/.  If you have a disease or condition, patients with that disease share information on their lives, support groups or online support for families here.

Smart Phone Apps

HerbList (free--available in the Apple Store & Google Play Store) from the National Library of Medicine

Learn about herbs and botanicals that are used in complementary and integrative health approaches with the free HerbList app from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). For each herb or botanical, the app includes an identifying picture, common names, information on what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information. Additional features include the ability to mark favorite herbs for quick recall and offline accessibility. From the National Institutes of Health’s NCCIH, the HerbList app offers trusted, credible information.  App Store OR Google Store‚Äč

Cancer Information

Consumer Health Information & Medical News

  • CAPHIS, Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Medical Library Assn., Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust: http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/menshealth13.html
  • ConsumerSafety.org: https://www.consumersafety.org/ We inform consumers about everyday health and safety issues, breaking consumer news, and legal rights.
  • Foodsafety.gov:  https://www.foodsafety.gov/index.html
  • Genetics Home Reference:  http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/
  • Haz-Map:  https://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/.  Occupational health database designed for professionals and the public.  Outlines workplace exposures to chemical & biological agents.
  • Household Products Database:  http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/.  If you buy any consumer products from a store, the chemical makeup of that product is in this database.  Want to know what is in WD-40?  Windex?  Clorox?  Sevin dust?  Find out here.
  • Lab Tests Online: https://labtestsonline.org/.  Want to know what a CBC test is?  Hint: complete blood count.  Any test your doctor orders can be found in this extensive database of tests frequently done in medical offices.
  • NIH News in Health:  https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/
  • Pillbox:  https://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/pillimage/search.php.  Want to know how to identify a pill by shape, color, alphanumeric markings, scores on the surface.  Look up any prescribed pill here!
  • PMC Health:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/about/.  PubMed Health information for consumers and health care professionals.
  • ToxTown:  http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov.  Tox Town is designed to give you information on: everyday locations where you might find toxic chemicals, non-technical descriptions of chemicals, authoritative chemical information on the Internet, how the environment can impact human health & Internet resources on environmental health topics.  Kid friendly.  Perfect for middle and high school students!

MedlinePlus Resources

Aging & Mental Health

Mental Health Challenges for Aging Americans, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, School of Nursing and Health Studies: This resource shares how to understand depression among aging Americans, including the factors that complicate diagnosis, and how to recognize and respond to depression among older adults.

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North Carolina Health Statistics

Health ENC, Eastern NC Health, Demographic information in an easy to read format. From their website: "Initiated in 2015 by the Office of Health Access at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Health ENC grew out of conversations with health care leaders about improving the community health needs assessment (CHNA) process in eastern North Carolina. Health ENC, now a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation (FHLI), coordinates a regional CHNA in 33 counties of eastern North Carolina. In addition, the Health ENC Program Director works to build coalitions and partnerships that will address health issues identified through the regional CHNA process."