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Health and Medicine

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MEDLINEplus Health Information
Consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine, including extensive information on over 600 diseases and conditions.

American Heart Association
Site for information about heart disease and stroke. It includes advice for how to live with a heart condition or diabetes, as well as treatment and prevention for high blood pressure and cholesterol.


BioMed Central
Online, open access publisher of peer-reviewed medical journals.


Drug Digest
Look up drugs, supplements and herbal medications in this website for definitions and interactions.


Use this website to look up drugs and their interactions. Also includes a pill identifier.


Features extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. Includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes FDA alerts and details about drug interactions and associated side effects.

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This site by the American Academy of Family doctors is easy to use for discovering symptoms and causes of illnesses. It also has an over the counter drug database and health tools such as immunization schedules, a physician directory and health calculators. Text size adjustment and Spanish translation also available.


Federal Register
Use this "Daily Journal of the United States Government" for the latest news, research, rules and presidential documents on health and public welfare.


Genetics Home Reference
A website about genetic disorders and the effects genes have on our health. It includes a glossary and a handbook, both good for homework help, with definitions and descriptions of The Humane Genome Project, cells, genetics, DNA, Chromosomes and gene therapy.


Health Hotlines
A searchable database of toll free numbers of health-related organizations.


This site offers health information, free tools and doctor reviewed resources to encourage healthy living.
They also offer BodyMaps, allowing users to explore the body in 3-D to gain a better understanding on how the human body works.

This health search engine returns clearly organize results from sites such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Library Of Medicine. It also includes current news, drug information and clinical trials synopses.


Household Products Database
Information about health effects of brand name products in and around your home, garden or office

Lab Tests Online
Information for patients on clinical lab tests.

Health information from Mayo Clinic, including drug information.

Merck Manual of Medical Information—Home Edition
Online edition of the best-selling medical reference.

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National Cancer Institute
Provides information about cancer treatment, funding, trials, terminology and news for doctors and patients.


National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
From the National Institutes of Health this site includes information about herbal remedies, FDA Alerts, video clips, newsletters, and an easily searched Health Topics A–Z.


Online version of Physicians' Desk Reference includes information about prescription drugs, herbals, supplements and over the counter medication. Each entry includes dosage information and possible side effects. It is also a directory for diseases and clinical trials.


Traveler's Health
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news, alerts and tips for domestic and international traveler's. Covers topics such as traveling with pets, medical help abroad, safety information and vaccinations.

U.S. Department of Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.

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Medical News and Alerts

Reuters Latest News


CDC FluView
Keep track of flu outbreaks in the United States

CNN Health


World Health Organization
Includes bulletins, reports news and extensive fact sheets on world health issues.

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Health Care Consumer


Coverage For All Through Education
"The Foundation for Health Coverage Education® (FHCE) offers four unique ways to help you find health coverage in your area." The site includes tools, resources, and an eligibility quiz for individuals and families.


Detailed explanations of the new Federal healthcare law. Allows users to explore their healthcare insurance options state by state and compare coverage costs.  Also includes 'Learn About Prevention' section with articles and videos about staying healthy.

New York State Health Accountability Foundation
Information about the quality of HMOs, insurance, nursing homes and hospitals.

New York State Hospital Profiles and Ratings
Can choose to compare hospitals within New York State.

New York State Nursing Homes Profile
Ranks nursing homes, shows their profiles and any history of complaints.

New York State Physician Profile
Search for a physician by name and check his or her credentials. Includes a link to license actions or professional misconduct information. Some entries also include information about education, office locations, and hospital affiliations.

Nursing Home Abuse Center
This resource can help the elderly and their loved ones who are concerned about nursing home abuse and neglect. The site covers everything from signs of nursing home abuse to what steps to take if you suspect abuse. It also includes information such as how to go about selecting and paying for a good nursing home.

Prescription Drug Prices in New York State
Compare retail prices among pharmacies in your area for 150 of the most commonly prescribed medications. From the New York State Department of Health.

United States Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - "Consumers & Patients"
Up-to-date information on improving your health and obtaining quality health care.

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Onondaga County Health Resources


2-1-1 CNY

211 CNY logoUse the link or dial 2-1-1 from any phone to find information on resources and services in Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County.

Alcoholics Anonymous in Syracuse, New York

Central New York Regional Poison Control Center
Assists the medical community and general public with poison emergencies.


Community General Hospital

County Health Indicator Profiles: Onondaga County
Selected statistics in the categories of socio-demographics, perinatal health, mortality, hospitalizations, and disease morbidity. From the New York State Department of Health.

Crouse Hospital

Exceptional Family Resources Directory of Services
Information for families of individuals with developmental disabilities. Requires Adobe Reader.

Hospice and Palliative Care Associates of Central New York

Mental Health Services of Onondaga County
This website "is designed to promote public understanding of behavioral healthcare and to provide access to information and resources related to the current activities of the Department and our partners in delivering quality behavioral healthcare services."

Onondaga County Health Department


St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center

Syracuse VA Medical Center

University Hospital
University Hospital of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Offers several health information services online.

Upstate Medical University Family Resource Center at Golisano
The Family Resource Center "provides information and support for patients, families, and the community to help everyone make educated healthcare decisions".

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Physicians and Hospitals

Administrators in Medicine DocFinder
Allows users to look up state licensed physicians for participating states.

American Dental Association - Find a Dentist
Search for dentists by name, address, or specialty.

American Hospital Directory
Search for information on U.S. hospitals, including address, phone number, Web site, and number of beds.

American Medical Association Physician Select
Information on licensed physicians in the United States, searchable by name and specialty. The amount of information listed for each physician varies.

Best Hospitals of 2011-12 by U.S. New and World Report
America's best hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report. Search by specialty or metro area.

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Search healthcare organizations or hospitals by name, state, city or zip code.

New York State Department of Health: Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline
A listing of all physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants who have been disciplined since 1990. You may search either by name of physician or through the monthly reports of disciplinary actions. Information about filing a complaint is also available here.

New York State Physician Profile
Profiles for all doctors registered to practice medicine in New York State. Includes information about the doctor's medical education and any legal actions taken against the doctor.

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MEDLINE Searching

National Library of Medicine Gateway Search
Free access to several databases at the National Library of Medicine, including MEDLINE.

Another free service for searching MEDLINE through the National Library of Medicine. Some records link to the full text of articles available online.

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National Center for Health Statistics

New York State Department of Health- CHAI
A series of tables, maps and graphs containing health statistics organized by county of residence.

New York State Department of Health: Information for Researchers

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Vital Records

New York State Vital Records Information

Where to Write for Vital Records
Information for every U.S. state and territory.

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Last updated: September 23, 2015