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Remember: Websites providing health information are intended to supplement, not substitute for, professional care. Please consult your doctor about your medical concerns.

Learn about how the new health care law affects you - If you don't have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered. Go to to compare plans and sign up for an affordable health insurance plan that fits your needs and budget. You can also renew or change an existing plan, report income or life changes, appeal a Marketplace decision, learn more about using your new coverage, or find local help (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Get Covered NJ.

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Office of Health Services - Offers a wide array of Public Health services such as food protection, disease surveillance, well infant classes, immunizations, and cancer screening and education. Middlesex County Directory of Children's Medical Services 2018-2020 [Link opens a PDF] provides contact information for a wide range of health and social services for children & their families in Middlesex County, including health centers & hospital programs, dental care, disability services, and many others (Middlesex County Office of Health Services). See also Community and Social Services brochures & info.

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey). NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions, see:
(U.S. Transportation Security Administration).

Facts on File: Health Reference CenterFacts on File: Health Reference Center - Clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Focusing on the high school health curriculum, Health Reference Center includes educational videos, color illustrations, and regularly updated health news articles. If you're logging in from your home, school, or office computer, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin. logo - Information and tools on a wide range of health topics selected from government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. See also National Institutes of Health VIDEO. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has authoritative information on a wide range of health & safety topics, with free videos on a variety of health, safety and preparedness VIDEO. Most videos are short and all include closed-captioning; some are available en Español. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Medline Plus logo Easy-to-Read Health Information VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Information in simple language on a wide range of health conditions. For many conditions, helpful pictures or diagrams and audio are included. See Todos los documentos de lectura fácil for materials in Spanish. Medline Plus also includes Videos & Tools VIDEO INTERACTIVE, a Medical Encyclopedia (content by A.D.A.M., Inc.), a list of Medical Abbreviations, and more. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Body Maps INTERACTIVE - An interactive visual tool that allows you to search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems & organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works (Healthline Networks, Inc; site includes advertisements).

Caregiving - See Sites for Seniors: Family Caregiving links.

Cleveland Clinic Consumer Health Information AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 'Articles and tools to help you manage a chronic disease or condition, live healthy, and be well.' Includes videos, podcasts, interactive health tools, and related resources (Cleveland Clinic, a not-for-profit, multispecialty academic medical center). - If you are interested in participating in clinical research on health conditions, or in tests of new drugs or other treatments, or if you just want to find out about research studies in progress or completed, search this registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world (U.S. National Institutes of Health). See also International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) World Health Organization (WHO).

Consumer Information: Health & Fitness - Information and advice about decoding ads and avoiding scams related to healthy living, treatments & cures, and weight loss & fitness (U.S. Federal Trade Commission). See also Health Fraud Scams VIDEO (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Consumer Reports Health - Consumer Reports' health reporters, editors, and testers offer brief health and fitness tips, and report on new developments and trends. You can sign up for an email newsletter at the bottom of the page. NOTE: Product ratings are available online only to paid subscribers - but our WordPress page explains how you can access Consumer Reports product reviews online using our EBSCOHost Masterfile Elite database. You can also read them in person at the library!

Disaster Resources Webfinder - Links to library materials and online resources offering advice on what to do before and after floods, hurricanes, winter storms blackouts, and other disasters. Covers food safety, water treatment, thawing frozen pipes, cleaning, and more. For resources on winter safety & preparedness, see Winter Weather and related links. See also First Aid & Safety resources listed below.

Evaluating Health Information - Links to articles and tutorials on how to separate reliable from questionable health information (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Evaluating Health Websites (U.S. National Network of Libraries of Medicine), Understanding Complementary Health News, and Deciphering Media Stories on Diet, below. Health News Review [NOTE: Daily publication of new content on ended in 2018] monitors major U.S. media for news stories related to medical treatments, and rates the stories for accuracy, balance, sources, etc. Reviewing and scoring is done by a team of medical professionals (Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making). What Did My Doctor Say? defines many medical terms in plain language (Medical Library Association).

Family History and Health - Explains how your family health history can be used to evaluate your risk of developing common diseases, and aid in early detection and prevention (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Personal Health Records NEW! offers resources and advice on creating your own personal health record to keep track of your medical tests, illnesses, surgeries, medications, allergies, and family health history (MedlinePlus). To gather and record your family information, free printable PDFs of My Family Health Portrait chart [Link opens a PDF] are available in English (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Patient Privacy Rights and Medical Forms, below.

First Aid & Safety - A parents' guide to emergency treatments for everything from allergic reactions and animal bites to nosebleeds and broken bones. Includes printable instruction sheets for a variety of common first aid situations (Nemours Foundation). See also Emergency Medicine: ER 101 UPDATED LINK!, Pedidatric Emergencies UPDATED LINK!, Know When to Go UPDATED LINK!, & Medical Forms, below (American College of Emergency Physicians), and When Should I Go to the Emergency Room? [Link opens a PDF] (New Jersey Hospital Association, a non-profit trade organization). You may want to buy a printed First Aid guide or download a First Aid app from the Red Cross to keep handy for emergencies, and assemble a first aid kit (Medline). Apps for Disasters & Emergencies provide mobile access to Web-based content on Hazardous Substances, Medical & Health Information, Psychological Health Tools, Emergency Alerts, and more; some apps will be useful only for professionals; others are appropriate for the general public (U.S. National Library of Medicine). The University of Washington School of Medicine provides basic information about cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the website Learn CPR VIDEO. For an even simpler method, see Hands-Only CPR video UPDATED LINK! VIDEO and Hands-Only CPR fact sheet NEW! [Link opens a PDF] (American Heart Association). See also Medical Forms, below, and Disaster Resources, above.

Health Care Advance Planning Toolkit - A consumer guide to making advance health care directives, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care (2005 - 2019, American Bar Association). Additional information & resources are available on the Health Care Decision Making page; click on Resources for Consumers. See also Advance Directives in New Jersey (N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services).

Health Care Quality - See Health Care Quality Guide, below.

Health Info Lines - A list of health information telephone lines; most, but not all, are toll-free (2016, National Institutes of Health). The National Library of Medicine has retired the more extensive Health Hotlines list, but you may be able to find helpful information sources on the Organizations Providing Health Information or Directories of Libraries, Health Professionals, Services and Facilities pages from Medline Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Health News: Kaiser Health News - Kaiser Health News is a non-profit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. KHN reports on how the health care system works, and also features daily summaries of major health care news (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation). For more on health policy, see Health Affairs a peer-reviewed journal of health policy thought and research (Project HOPE, a non-profit international health education organization). Health Care Triage VIDEO is a user-friendly video series about healthcare hosted by Dr. Aaron Carroll, a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University, who explains healthcare policy, medical research, and answers a lot of other questions you may have about medicine, health, and healthcare. See also Evaluating Health Information and related links, above.

HealthReach Multilingual Public Health Information - A searchable collection of health resources, including documents, video, and audio, in just about every language from Abkhaz to Yoruba. HealthReach provides quality health information for individuals whose primary language is not English, and is also an important resource for health professionals (U.S. National Institutes of Health). Health Brochures in Multiple Languages AUDIO offers online health education brochures and sound recordings in many languages, including Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, and others. Covers a variety of topics, but not all brochures are available in all languages; in many languages only a handful of brochures are offered, most commonly on illnesses such as chicken pox and hepatitis. Additional materials are to be added in future (Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library et al.).

Lab Tests Online - Easy-to-use site explains many clinical lab tests that are part of routine health care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases, with links to related health information. Versions of the site are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, German, Italian, French, Greek, Czech, and Hungarian (American Association for Clinical Chemistry). See also Radiology Info, below. See Unnecessary Medical Care Is More Common Than You Think NEW! (2018,, Choose Wisely (American Board of Internal Medicine), and Medical Screening Tests You Do and Don't Need (2018, Consumer Reports) for information that could help you avoid tests that may be unnecessary, costly, and even harmful.

Medical Animations - See Medline Plus videos, above.

Medical Errors - Medical errors are mistakes that can happen with your health care, such as getting the wrong medicine or even the wrong operation. This site explains what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from medical errors (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Patient Safety (Medline) (U.S. National Library of Medicine). It's Your Healthcare, Be Involved! [Link opens a PDF] (2012, New Jersey Hospital Association, a non-profit trade organization), and Medication Errors and Medical Product Recalls, below.

Medical Forms UPDATED LINK! - Printable forms to help you organize your family's medical information to be prepared for emergencies. Includes Personal Medical History Form, Consent to Treat Form (English & Spanish), and Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Health Care Needs (American College of Emergency Physicians). See also First Aid & Safety links, above.

Medical Tests - See Lab Tests Online and related links, above.

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook VIDEO - Free online text of the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, which 'explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis... written in everyday language by 300 outstanding contributors.' The online version contains news, photographs, audio & video material not found in the print version, and is updated periodically with new information. (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., pharmaceutical company)

New Year's Resolutions Webfinder - Links to library materials and online resources that can help you achieve your goals, including drinking less, quitting smoking, eating better, getting fit, managing debt, changing careers, and more. (South Plainfield Public Library)

News in Health - A monthly online newsletter offering practical information on a wide range of health-related topics. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Organ Donor Program - Explains how you can register to become an organ or tissue donor. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Patient Privacy Rights - Information about who has the right to access or disclose your medical & pharmacy records, and for what purposes they may be used under the the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). See also Patient Privacy Rights FAQs (Patient Privacy Rights Foundation; non-profit organization).

Vaccines: Immunization Schedules - 'These schedules list the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended,' from infant through adult (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). See also Who and When (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Winter Safety & Preparedness - See Winter Weather and related links.

Your Disease Risk INTERACTIVE - An easy-to-use tool, in a question and answer format, for evaluating your risk of developing five major diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke), with personalized tips for preventing them. (Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine)

Alternative & Complementary Medicine

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Drug & Supplement Information
Mental Health, Self-Help & Support Groups
Dieting, Nutrition, & Food Safety

CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) Web Resources - A small selection of links on complementary and alternative medicine, including different types of alternative therapies (Tufts University).

Dr. Andrew Weil [NOTE: This site advertises and sells Dr. Weil's books, supplements, and other products] - This website from the bestselling author of holistic health books offers articles and Q&A on a wide range of health and wellness topics, such as aging, heart health, mental health, health issues for men, women & children, herbs & supplements, wellness therapies, and more. (Site includes advertisements)

Herbal Medicines - See Drug & Supplement Information, below.

Meditation and Mindfulness - See our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health AUDIO VIDEO - Research-based information on treatments & conditions, explanation of terms, uses & side effects of herbs and botanicals, how to find a practitioner, and more. In Spanish: La medicina complementaria y alternativa. See also MedlinePlus: Complementary & Integrative Medicine page. (U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Taking Charge of Your Health and Well-Being - Information about 'how a holistic approach to wellbeing can help you discover health, contentment, purpose, and connection.' (University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and Charlson Meadows)

Understanding Complementary Health News - A short interactive tutorial to help you evaluate the quality of news stories about health. See also Deciphering Media Stories on Diet, below.

Vitamins & Supplements - See Drug & Supplement Information, below.

Dieting, Nutrition, & Food Safety

See also:
Drug & Supplement Information
Fitness, Sport, & Physical Therapy

Children's Nutrition Research Center INTERACTIVE - Nutrition & health resources for families, including a Kids' Healthy Eating Calculator and Nutrition & Your Child quarterly e-newsletter (Baylor College of Medicine et al.). Health and Nutrition for Preschoolers UPDATED LINK! offers tips for parents and caregivers on helping children aged 2 through 5 develop healthy eating habits for life. There's also a Choose My Plate for Kids with games, activities, and more (U.S. Department of Agriculture). Make Healthy Eating Fun for Kids [Link opens a PDF] offers tips on what parents can do to help kids develop healthy eating habits (2015,

Choose My Plate: Start Simple - Tips, ideas and a personalized plan to meet your food group targets. Find what works for you and your family within your food preferences, health goals, and budget. Includes an explanation of the different food groups and how to measure quantities included in the recommendations. The MyPlate Kitchen NEW! offers a collection of healthful recipes (including Low-Cost SNAP Recipes UPDATED LINK! plus Healthy Eating On A Budget UPDATED LINK!, help with healthy meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping). More nutrition information from the U.S. government is available at (U.S. Department of Agriculture). See also, below.

Control Your Weight - Tips for safe and effective weight loss, plus related resources (U.S. National Institutes of Health). See also Losing Weight (American Heart Association), and Weight Loss Products and Programs, below.

Deciphering Media Stories on Diet - 'What should I eat? How much exercise should I get? One day the experts say one thing. The next, they seem to say another...' This article offers advice on how to get at the heart of a research-related news story and see how important the results are for you personally (Harvard School of Public Health). See also Understanding Complementary Health News, and Weight Loss Products & Programs, below.

Eat Right - Nutrition information and advice, diet reviews, Q & A, and more (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Nutrition and Wellness UPDATED LINK! has practical advice on healthy living and healthy eating. Includes such topics as diet & diabetes, osteoporosis, turkey for the holidays, healthier choices on a budget, and more (University of Illinois). See also Nutrition Source for additional nutrition information, advice, and recipes (Harvard School of Public Health). - Advice on proper food handling and storage for different kinds of foods in a variety of situations, plus information on recent recalls and safety alerts. Includes a Foodkeeper App which you can search for specific foods to find out how long you can safely store them, as well as a handy printable Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart [Link opens a PDF] (Food and Drug Administration). For additional helpful information, see Food Storage Guide (North Dakota State University) and Pantry Food Storage (Ohio State University). More food safety fact sheets are available from the FDA's Food Safety Inspection Service. See also Foodborne Germs & Illness Facts (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and Food Safety for Moms-To-Be, below (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). Food & Water Safety Information for Disasters has advice on how to make sure your food and water are safe during and after hurricanes, power outages, and floods. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Food Stamps - See USDA Food and Nutrition Programs & Services, below.

Healthy Dining Out - Tips for making healthier choices - wherever you dine - without giving up flavor, fullness or fun (American Heart Association). The Safe Handling of Take-Out Foods offers tips for safe storage and use of take-out and delivered meals (U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Heart Healthy Nutrition - A variety of heart-healthy recipes, plus advice on cooking, grocery shopping, and dining out (American Heart Association). See also Recipes for Healthy Eating, which includes recipes specifically for African-Americans and Latinos (U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). Trans Fats provides an overview of findings and recommendations on trans fats (such as hydrogenated vegetable oils) in the diet. Includes a summary of other fats (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), with links to more information (2017, American Heart Association).

Labels - Advice to help you use the nutrition labels on packaged foods to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). To get information on the nutrients in specific foods, see Nutrients, below. For information on foods that are labelled as organic, humane, ocean-friendly, or other similar terms, see Consumer Reports' Guide to Food Labels (formerly Greener Choices), and our Green Shopping Webfinder (scroll to FOOD section).

Low Protein Recipes - Tips for patients (such as those with kidney disease) who need to follow a low-protein diet, plus additional nutrition & diet info for diabetics and people with kidney disease. (National Kidney Foundation)

Lower Your Blood Pressure with DASH - Sample menus and recipes featuring foods that are heart healthy and lower in salt (sodium) for those with high blood pressure; also contains additional information on weight loss and physical activity. You can print the booklet for free, or order a printed copy by mail for a small fee (U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). Salt & Sodium: Take Action offers advice on how to limit the salt (sodium) in your diet (Harvard School of Public Health). See also Tips for Cutting Back on Salt in your Diet [Link opens a PDF] (U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) and Sodium Breakup: Change Your Salty Ways in 21 Days (American Heart Association).

Nutrients: USDA Food Database Central UPDATED LINK! - Search for a food and you'll get a chart showing complete nutritional data for that food, including calories, fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, lipids, and more. Now covers many popular brand name products (U.S. Department of Agriculture). See also Choose My Plate and related links, above. For information on how to read nutrition labels on packaged foods, Labels, above.

Nutrition for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding UPDATED LINK! - Suggests recommended amounts of different types of foods and calories required for different stages of pregnancy as well as breastfeeding. Amounts are tailored to your height, weight, and activity level (Part of See also Food Safety for Moms-To-Be, below.

Nutrition Labels - See Labels and related links, above.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; also known as Food Stamps) - See USDA Food and Nutrition Programs & Services, below.

Spend Smart, Eat Smart VIDEO - Advice, recipes, and how-to videos that can help you eat a more healthful diet while reducing your food expenses. Their free app provides a comparison calculator to help you find the best bargains when you're shopping for food (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach). Save the Food NEW! offers meal planning tools, food storage tips, and recipes to help you prevent food waste and save money (Natural Resources Defense Council).

USDA Food and Nutrition Programs - Includes links to various Food Assistance Programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; also known as Food Stamps), WIC, school meals, farmer's market nutrition programs, etc. For local food assistance, you can also contact the South Plainfield Food Pantry, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS), and Middlesex County Nutrition Services NEW! (Senior Meals & Farmers Markets).

Vitamins & Supplements - See Drug & Supplement Information, below.

Weight Loss - See Control Your Weight, above, and Weight Loss Products and Programs, below.

Weight Loss Products and Programs - Reviews the pluses and minuses of some popular weight loss products, including powdered diet 'shakes', supplements, and diet pills, as well as programs such as Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Diet Center, and Jenny Craig (2013, Colorado State University). WebMD's Weight Loss & Diet Plans A-Z evaluates dozens of the latest diets, and their Diets of the World [Archived pages] offer you an international flavor to spice up your diet, with tips on eating an Italian, French, Latin, Japanese, or Mediterranean diet. (Site includes lots of advertisements). Another useful resource is Weight-control Information Network, offering helpful advice on choosing a safe and successful weight loss program, plus additional Weight Management resources (2017, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health). See also Control Your Weight, above.

World's Healthiest Foods - Whole-food recipes and a wealth of nutrition information to help you 'use the power of food as a key to controlling and maintaining vibrant good health and longevity'. (George Mateljan Foundation)

Diseases & Conditions

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AIDS Info - Resources on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and other information (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). HIVInSite offers HIV prevention and treatment information for patients and the public, including HIV/AIDS Basics, Ask HIV InSite Q & A, and information for youth and other populations (University of California). National HIV Testing Resources offers a searchable database of HIV testing sites, plus answers to many questions about HIV/AIDS and testing (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Alzheimer's Association - The latest research on Alzheimer's Disease and dementia, with information on risk factors, warning signs, diagnosis, treatment, and more. See also Alzheimer's links & Dementia links (Medline).

Arthritis Foundation [CAUTION: 'The acceptance of advertising on the Arthritis Foundation websites does not constitute or imply endorsement by the Arthritis Foundation of any advertised product or service... The Arthritis Foundation accepts no responsibility for any claims made in any advertisement.'] - Information and advice on conditions, symptoms, daily living, fitness, nutrition & weight loss, and a variety of treatments (drugs, supplements, alternative therapies, self-treatments, surgery, and lab tests), for people suffering from arthritis and related conditions affecting the joints, including osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and back pain (nonprofit organization; site includes advertisements). See also National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Health Topics A-Z and American College of Rheumatology patient fact sheets.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation - Facts about asthma and allergies (including food allergies). The Allergy Bureau posts frequently-updated pollen and mold spore counts; you can register for email alerts. Click on Conditions & Treatments for additional information on allergies. Air Quality Index provides current data on air pollutants in your area. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) offers information about the health effects - and methods of control - of mold & moisture, radon, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke and other indoor air contaminants; see links under Popular IAQ Topics and IAQ FAQ UPDATED LINK! (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). For more information on indoor air quality, and specific pollutants such as bacteria & viruses, carbon monoxide, radon, formaldehyde, dust mites, and secondhand smoke, as well as outdoor air quality concerns, see the American Lung Assocation's Healthy Air page. See also Environmental Health links, below.

Autism VIDEO - Basic FAQs about autism; see 'Understanding Autism' in the menu for additional resources (Autism New Jersey, formerly known as COSAC, The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community). See also Autism Society of America. - Comprehensive information about all different types of cancer, including causes, prevention, testing, treatment options, side effects & complications, emotional aspects, clinical trials, and información sobre el cáncer en español (U.S. National Cancer Institute). The American Cancer Society also offers información de referencia sobre el cáncer en Español, as well as Cancer Information in 12 Languages, which includes links to other organizations may provide cancer information in additional languages. Locally, the Rutgers Cancer Resource and Learning Center (RLC) in New Brunswick provides reliable, relevant and current information about all aspects of cancer. The RLC is free and open to everyone; a librarian is available to help visitors research and find information about cancer. Cancer Treatment Scams suggests questions you should ask about products that claim to treat or cure cancer (2008, Federal Trade Commission). See also Environmental Health links, below.

Chronic Fatigue / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - Definition, symptoms, possible causes, diagnosis, treatment options, FAQ, and support group information for to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). See also CFIDS Association of America.

Colds, Flu, Ear Infections, and Runny noses: Know When Antibiotics Work - 'Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.' Visit this site for more information (2015, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). How can I tell if I have a cold or the flu? [CAUTION: 'The presence of an advertisement on does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product'] (American Academy of Family Physicians) explains how cold and flu symptoms differ. See also and How Much Good Is Antibacterial Soap Doing You? VIDEO (Healthcare Triage; hosted on YouTube).

Coping with Chronic Illness - Links to information and organizations. See also Chronic Pain (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

Dental Health: Mouth Healthy [NOTE: 'The acceptance of an ad on is not to be construed as an endorsement or approval by the ADA or'] - Oral health information for all ages and stages of life, including and A to Z index of topics, nutrition information, dental care concerns and more. Includes Find-a-Dentist directory (American Dental Association; site includes advertisements). See also Dental Health Links (Medline), Gum Disease & Periodontal Health (American Academy of Periodontology), and Oral Health Information for Older Adults.

Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases - Online publications explain diabetes, hepatitis, ulcers, indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and other common and uncommon conditions affecting the stomach, kidneys, liver, etc. (U.S. National Institutes of Health). See also Diabetes Association, National Kidney Foundation, and Endocrine Diseases & Conditions, below.

Disabilities - See People with Disabilities Webfinder.

Ear, Nose & Throat - Information on topics such as sinusitus, hearing loss, snoring, allergies, thyroid conditions, balance disorders, and other conditions related to the ears, nose, throat, head and neck (American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery). See also Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness, below.

Eating Disorders Info - Explains Anorexia, Bulimia, and related disorders (National Eating Disorders Association).

End of Life - See Hospice, below, and Caregiving resources.

Endocrine Diseases & Conditions - Patient education materials on endocrine/hormone conditions including diabetes, growth disorders, menopause, obesity, thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, and others. Also offers a Find-an-Endocrinologist search. (Endocrine Society)

Environmental Health - Information on all kinds of environmental health threats, from carbon monoxide or lead to noise, food poisoning, or natural disasters (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). See also Environmental Health Topics (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences). For worldwide news about subjects related to environmental health, see Environmental Health News (Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organization). Children's Health and the Environment Resources is a collection of fact sheets and other resources; some will be useful only to professionals and educators, but some are for the general public (Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, Georgetown University). See also Asthma & Allergy and Indoor Air Quality links, above, and Noise links, below.

Epilepsy Foundation - Information about about epilepsy and related disorders, including causes, risks, treatment, diagnosis, and FAQ. (Epilepsy Foundation)

Fibroids - Explains what uterine fibroids are, describing types, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment (University of California). See also Uterine Fibroids (2019, Mayo Clinic).

Fibromyalgia: Patient Education - An overview of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, coping strategies, and links to related resources (2019, American College of Rheumatology). See also Fibromyalgia links (Medline).

Genetics Home Reference - Consumer-friendly information about hundreds of genetic health conditions, diseases, and syndromes, with related resources (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Rare Disorders, below.

Healthcare-Associated Infections - Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions, or that healthcare workers acquire while performing their duties. This site offers information for patients as well as health care providers. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness - Explains the causes and prevention of hearing loss, as well as communications options for the deaf or hearing-impaired. Also provides facts about ear infections, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss (U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). See also Noise & Health (Center for Hearing and Communication; non-profit health care center), Noisy Planet (2019, National Institutes of Health), Loud Noise Can Cause Hearing Loss (National Center for Environmental Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Dangerous Decibels (2015, Oregon Health & Science University et al.), and Noise and Its Effects on Children [Link opens a PDF] (2009, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases - Online publications covering a variety of heart, lung, and blood disorders, plus related resources (U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). The Heart Association offers resources on prevention and treatment for heart disease, including health assessment tools, CPR & ECC, Healthy Lifestyle, and more. See also Texas Heart Institute and Heart Healthy Nutrition, above, and Lung Association, below.

Hormone Diseases & Conditions - See Endocrine Diseases & Conditions, above.

Hospice - See Hospice Net, below.

Infectious Diseases - Brief fact sheets on dozens of communicable diseases, including AIDS, anthrax, E. coli, hepatitis, influenza, Lyme disease, measles, scabies, strep throat, West Nile Virus, and many more (Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene).

Liver Disease Information Center - Patient information on liver diseases, including cirrhosis, all forms of hepatitis, liver cancer, and others (American Liver Foundation). See also Digestive Diseases: Liver (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

Lung Association - Facts about asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and many other conditions which affect the lungs, plus information on tobacco and smoking. Also, check out our Smoking, Alcoholism & Addiction links, below.

Lyme Disease (Medline) - Links to information and organizations. See Tick Bites for information about other tick-borne hazards, and how to deal with ticks (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - See Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, above.

Neurological Disorders and Stroke - Fact sheets on all kinds of neurological diseases, conditions, and syndromes, including stroke. Arranged A-Z; also searchable by keyword (U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke). Stroke Association provides information about stroke prevention, risks, treatment, recovery, and caregiving. See also Washington University's Internet Stroke Center.

Noise - See Hearing, above.

Occupational Health & Safety - Information on recognizing and dealing with a wide range of work-related health and safety topics including ergonomics, noise, and workplace violence, as well as specific substances, processes and industries. (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

Opioid Abuse - See Opioid Abuse and Addiction, below.

Orthopaedic Connection - Information about arthritis, osteoporosis, sports injuries, and other conditions affecting the bones & joints. (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

Pain - See Coping with Chronic Illness, above, and specific pain conditions (e.g., arthritis).

Pets & People - Information about the health-related risks & benefits of owning and caring for animals (U.S. National Center for Infectious Diseases). For information on pet health, see Parenting & Family: PETS.

Radiology Info - Answers questions about radiologic procedures and therapies including x-ray, mammogram, and radiation oncology (cancer therapy) procedures (Radiological Society of North America, Inc.). See also Environmental Health and Lab Tests Online and related links, above.

Rare Disorders - A database of brief descriptions for more than a thousand uncommon diseases and conditions, with contact information and links to additional resources for each (National Organization for Rare Disorders; non-profit organization). See also Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

Rehabilitation Information - Thousands of resources, including organizations, agencies, websites, reports, and research projects, to help those with impairments or disabilities live independently. You can browse the categories or search by keyword (National Rehabilitation Information Center). For other useful online resources and library materials about living with disabilities, see our People with Disabilities Webfinders.

Safety & Health Knowledge - Information on safety at home, on the road, and at work (National Safety Council). For more safety advice, see Parenting & Family: CHILD SAFETY and Sites for Seniors: SAFETY.

Skin Care & Treatment VIDEO - Patient information on disorders of the skin, hair & nails, skin care tips, plus a separate section for parents & kids. (American Academy of Dermatology)

Sleep Disorders (Medline) - High-quality resources on good sleep habits and sleep disorders, with information on various conditions, and information for kids, teens, women, & seniors (Medline). See also Electronics & Sleep (Sleep Foundation, non-profit organization; site includes advertisements). See also Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency (National Center on Sleep Disorders Research; U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute).

STDs / STIs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections) - Information about sexually transmitted diseases and infections, including symptoms, treatment, and prevention (American Social Health Association). For more on reproductive health, see our Women, Men, Children & Maternity links, below.

Stroke - See Neurological Disorders and Stroke, above.

Vision Health & Vision Disorders UPDATED LINK! - Causes, symptoms, and treatments of common vision conditions, and what you can do to reduce your risk (Lighthouse International). Eye Health covers Eye Health A-Z, Symptoms, Glasses & Contacts, Tips & Prevention, Ask an Ophthalmologist, and more (American Academy of Ophthalmology). See also health information from the National Eye Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health), Contact Lenses (2019, U.S. Food and Drug Administration), and information about LASIK eye surgery (2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Doctors, Hospitals & Health Plans

Learn about how the new health care law affects you - If you don't have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered. Go to to compare plans and sign up for an affordable health insurance plan that fits your needs and budget. You can also renew or change an existing plan, report income or life changes, appeal a Marketplace decision, learn more about using your new coverage, or find local help (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Get Covered NJ.

Dentists - See Dental Health links, above.

Dollars for Docs - 'Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories. Use this tool to search for general payments made from August 2013 to December 2018.' (By ProPublica, 'an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.' Site includes advertisements.)

End-of-life Care - See Hospice links, below.

Health Care Laws - Explains a variety of legal topics such as charity care, HMOs & managed care, hospitals, insurance, long term care, Medicaid & Medicare, mental health, prescription drugs, privacy, uninsured, and more. Some materials are specific to New Jersey. (Legal Services of New Jersey)

Health Care Quality Guide - Tips to help you be active in making decisions about your health care so you can receive the best possible care. Includes a list of questions to ask your doctor (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). Planetree Resources for Patients and Families UPDATED LINK! suggest questions to ask your hospital or doctor about Person-Centered Care, and 50 Ways to be an Engaged Patient; resources are in printable [PDF] format (non-profit organization).

Health Insurance vs. Discount Plans - Explains the difference between health insurance and medical discount plans, and how to investigate the details before you pay for any plan (2014, Federal Trade Commission). See also Health Insurance Scams. Junk Health Insurance VIDEO explains why cheap health insurance may be worse than none at all, and how to avoid pitfalls when buying insurance on your own (2012, Consumer Reports). To find health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare'), see, above.

Health Savings Accounts - Information about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and other tax-favored health plans, designed to help individuals save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis. (U.S. Internal Revenue Service)

Hospice: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - Information for patients and families facing life-threatening illness, death, and grief. Includes advice on finding a hospice, caregiving, bereavement, and more. The CaringInfo Resources section has free publications to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis, including Advance Care Planning, Caregiving, Hospice and Palliative Care, and Grief & Loss (non-profit organization). For other useful resources, see Hospice Foundation of America (non-profit organization). End-of-life Care describes support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. Read the articles to learn what happens before, during, and after dying (National Institute on Aging). See also Grief Support links, below, and Caregiving links.

Hospital Compare - 'Information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide.' Includes a Guide to Choosing a Hospital and related publications (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). Hospital Safety Grade rates hospitals on quality and safety, based on data collected in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey (The Leapfrog Group; non-profit organization). See also U.S. News & World Report: Health, below, which includes best hospital rankings.

Insure Kids Now! - Information on free or low-cost health insurance programs available for children whose parents cannot afford to buy insurance for them. You can also call 1-877-543-7669 (toll-free) for more information (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). In New Jersey, see NJ Family Care.

Long Term Care: Consumer Guide - Printable (PDF) guide on long-term care. (2013, America's Health Insurance Plans; a health insurance industry association)

Low Cost Health Care - See, Medicare / Medicaid / CHIP, and Insure Kids Now!.

Medical Diagnosis Codes - If you want to find out what that diagnostic code number on your doctor bill or insurance form means, you can look it up here. The complete list of Medical Diagnosis Codes from the most recent edition, ICD-10, is available in plain text (TXT), PDF and XML file formats; most files are provided in compressed zip format for downloading (2019, U.S. Centers for Disease Control).

Medicare / Medicaid / CHIP - Check these pages to find out whether you are eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), what's covered, and related information. See also Insure Kids Now!, and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D).

N.J. Health Care profile - Searchable profiles of more than 32,500 N.J. medical doctors (including osteopathic physicians), podiatrists and optometrists. Contains information about practitioners' education, training, and practice; click on the tabs in a doctor's profile to view information on Education, Practice (to find out if a practitioner speaks a familiar language, has an office accessible to persons with disabilities, or accepts your health plan, etc.), Legal Actions, or Professional Activities. Click on Profile FAQ in the menu for additional information. Use the advanced search function to locate doctors practicing in a particular area or hospital; information regarding the expiration date of a practitioner's license can be found at NJ Division of Consumer Affairs License Verification Search, or can be obtained by calling the automated License Verification line at (973)-273-8090 (Office of the Attorney General, State of N.J.). See also N.J. State Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Society of NJ Physician Finder UPDATED LINK!. To look up other New Jersey health care providers, such as dentists, physical therapists, nurses, home health aides, chiropractors, psychologists, acupuncturists, and others, see the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs New Jersey Professional Licensing Boards and related links. The AMA Doctor Finder provides background information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions, including more than 690,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO). You can search the database by the doctor's name or by medical specialty. See also Medline Plus Directories for links to directories of specialists and other health care providers.

N.J. Hospitals Directory - Alphabetical list of hospitals, health care systems, and affilliates in the state. Includes addresses, phone numbers, and website links. NJHA also offers a variety of helpful Consumer Health Care Resources NEW!, including help with understanding your medical bills, using health insurance, and staying healthy, plus a Consumer Resources portal NEW! you can use to locate a facility, find healthcare data, download patient safety brochures and more. (New Jersey Hospital Association)

Nursing Homes - For information on nursing homes and other health & aging issues, see our Sites for Seniors: Health and Sites for Seniors: Family Caregiving links.

U.S. News & World Report: Health - Articles & resources on health care and health insurance, including rankings for best hospitals & children's hospitals, medicare plans, nursing homes, and diets.

Drug & Supplement Information

See also:
Alternative Medicine
Dieting, Nutrition, & Food Safety

Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer - 'Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of antibiotics... Nearly all significant bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotic treatments.' This site offers advice on symptom relief without antibiotics, and includes tips to help you know when antibiotics are or are not needed to deal with common conditions such as colds, flu, ear infections, and runny noses. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Buying Medicines Over the Internet - Advice on how to protect yourself when buying medicines online, and many related resources. See also Medical Devices, below, and Consumer Information: Health & Fitness, above.

Dietary Supplements - Facts sheets for consumers on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements (U.S. National Institutes of Health). Herbal Supplements: What to Know Before You Buy offers tips for selecting and purchasing herbal supplements. See also Drugs & Supplements [CAUTION: The presence of an ad on or in one of its newsletters does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product] (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research). See also Herbs & Supplements (Medline) & Herbal Medicine (Medline) (U.S. National Library of Medicine). Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products for facts about hundreds of herbs, vitamins, and other supplements (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center). The Berkeley Wellness Guide to Dietary Supplements has short articles on nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs (University of California; site includes advertisements). Operation Supplement Safety answers common questions about all kinds of supplements. This site was created for military personnel, veterans, & their families, but has generally useful information about potential health risks and how to choose safe dietary supplements (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences et al.).

Disposal of Unused Medicines - See Unused Medicines: Safe Disposal, below.

Drug Information for Consumers - Links to consumer-friendly drug information covering safety, side effects, labeling, and more. Scroll down the page for FAQs on popular topics. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Drugs, Procedures & Devices [CAUTION: 'The presence of an advertisement on does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product'] - Explains the different types of non-prescription (Over-The-Counter) drugs available, with tips on reducing the risk of adverse effects and interactions. Also provides information about common prescription medicines, how they work, and foods, medicines or activities you should avoid while taking them; and information about some commonly prescribed medical procedures & supplies, what they are used for, and how they can help you (American Academy of Family Physicians).

Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information (Medline) - Provides consumer information on prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbal medicine. Browse by first letter of a drug / herb / supplement, or use the search box. The MedlinePlus Drug Summary will usually be the first item in the search results list. (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Dietary Supplements, above.

Herbs - See Dietary Supplements, above.

Medical Devices - Consumer information on a variety of devices and procedures, including contact lenses, blood glucose monitoring devices, hearing aids, nasal rinsing, obesity treatment devices, tanning, ultrasound, and many others. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Medical Product Recalls - Consumer information about recalls and safety problems of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and other health products, plus how to report a problem. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) - Find out about the Medicare prescription drug program here. You can also find and compare drug plans, health plans, and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies.

Medication Errors Fact Sheet [Link opens a PDF] - A printable 1-page guide to help you avoid problems with drug interactions, dosages, etc., whether at home, at the pharmacy, or in the clinic or hospital (2006, National Academy of Sciences). Consumer Med Safety provides drug alerts, advice on safe medication use, how to report errors, how to throw away your medicines safely, and related information (Institute for Safe Medication Practices). See also Medication Errors (Medline) (U.S. National Library of Medicine) and Medical Errors, above.

Medicine Assistance Tool - Searches hundreds of public and private assistance programs that can help those in need obtain prescription medicines; read the Privacy Policy before you enter your personal information (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America [PhRMA]). See also Medicare: Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs.

My Medicines Record Keeper [Scroll down to #2, 'Keep a Medicine List'. Available in English, Spanish, and 11 other languages.] - A handy printable 2-page guide with easy-to-read advice about taking medicines correctly, and a chart you can fill in to keep track of your medicines and supplements. There are 2 alternate versions in English: My Medicines [Link opens a PDF] and My Medicine Record [Link opens a PDF]. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Opioid Abuse - See Opioid Abuse and Addiction, below.

Prescription Assistance - See Medicine Assistance Tool, above.

Prescription Drug Abuse - Links to information on treatment, prevention & screening, specific conditions, research, organizations, and more (Medline). See also Opioid Abuse and Addiction. For more on drug abuse, see our Smoking, Alcoholism & Addiction links, below.

Supplements - See Dietary Supplements, above.

Unused Medicines: Safe Disposal - What should you do with those outdated medications in the medicine cabinet? Throw them in the trash? Flush them down the toilet? This page explains how to properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. See How to Dispose of Unused Medicines for related information (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). There are National Prescription Drug Take Back Days every year in April & October to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs locally, and New Jersey's Project Medicine Drop offers secured drop boxes in the headquarters of many local police departments. See also Disposing of Unused Medicines [Link opens a PDF] (2017, South Plainfield Police Department) and Can I recycle my medication bottles? (2012, Consumer Reports).

Vitamin Supplements - See Dietary Supplements, above.

Fitness, Sport, & Physical Therapy

See also:
Dieting, Nutrition, & Food Safety

ACE Fitness - Directories of certified health clubs and fitness trainers, plus a healthy living blog, tools & calculators, healthy recipes, and Exercise Library VIDEO, a collection of workouts aimed at strengthening specific muscle groups; includes videos. (American Council on Exercise; site includes advertisements)

Active at Any Size - 'Physical activity may seem difficult when you are overweight or obese. You may get short of breath quickly. Your feet or joints may hurt. It may be hard or costly to find the right clothes and equipment. And you may feel self-conscious working out in front of others... This brochure will give you many tips and resources for being more active and healthier at any size.' Related resources for Weight Management & Healthy Living include health & fitness advice tailored to specific audiences such as diabetics, pregnant women, African Americans, and older adults, plus lots of additional information on losing weight and improving health (U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases). See also Physical Activity for Everyone, below, Control Your Weight, above, and Weight Loss Products and Programs, above.

Calculators: Health Calculators - Simple tools to help determine how many calories you need each day, how many you can burn with activities, what your target heart rate should be during exercise, and more (American Cancer Society). See also Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI) and Assessing Your Weight & Health Risk (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). To learn about your healthy resting heart rate, see What's a normal resting heart rate? [CAUTION: The presence of an ad on or in one of its newsletters does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product] (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research).

Children's Sports - See our Kids' Sports & Coaching Webfinder.

Chronic Illness and Fitness - See National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, below.

Disabilities and Fitness - See National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, below.

Fitness (American Heart Association) NEW! VIDEO - Helpful articles, videos, and info on fitness basics, getting active, staying motivated, and walking.

Low Cost Fitness [CAUTION: The presence of an ad on or in one of its newsletters does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product'] - 'If the only thing keeping you from starting a fitness program is the cost of a gym membership, here's good news... low-cost alternatives can help you get fit without breaking your budget.' This page offers tips to help you get started, plus links to related articles (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research).

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability VIDEO - Fitness and lifestyle advice for those with disabilities or chronic illness. Many useful resources may be found under the menu headings Articles and Videos. (University of Alabama)

Physical Activity for Everyone - Resources to help you make physical activity part of your life; for children & teens, adults, pregnant or postpartum women, and older adults (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). See also Active at Any Size, above.

Physical Therapy VIDEO - Information on how physical therapy can help with various conditions and injuries, with a collection of online videos on exercise, pain, safety, and related subjects. (American Physical Therapy Association). See also Rehabilitation (Medline).

Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - An eight-week program to help you maintain or improve your health with physical activity and healthy eating; anyone age 6 and older can sign up (President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition).

Sports Medicine: Exercise & Fitness [CAUTION: 'The presence of an ad on does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product'] - Basic information on on exercise, sports safety, and injury rehabilitation (American Academy of Family Physicians). See Sports Medicine Today for additional information for athletes, coaches & parents (American Medical Society for Sports Medicine).

Walking: A Step in the Right Direction NEW! - Explains the benefits of walking, what to do before you start walking, how much to walk, staying safe, and making walking a habit (National Institutes of Health). See also American Heart Association: Walking (site includes advertisements), Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety (Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey), Health Benefits of Biking and Walking, Walking Safety Tips & Biking Safety Tips (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, University of North Carolina). Older adults, see Stepping Out (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). For tips on how to stay motivated by setting realistic goals, monitoring your progress, and avoiding & managing barriers, see Starting & Continuing a Walking Program (Association for Applied Sport Psychology).

Yoga for Beginners - Whether you're new to yoga or an advanced practitioner who wants to review the basics, these articles provide detailed guidance on performing basic yoga poses, and offers yoga Q & A. (Yoga Journal; site includes advertisements)

Just for Seniors

SENIORS: Click here for Seniors' Health links.

FAMILIES & CAREGIVERS: Click here for Caregiver links.

Mental Health, Self-Help, & Support Groups

See also:
Smoking, Alcoholism & Addiction
Teen crisis links

covid-19 COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Are you in crisis? Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless?
Please call the NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735 NEW! is a 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Rutgers Acute and Emergency Services UPDATED LINK! - Offers emergency mental health treatment and screening services in Middlesex and Essex Counties: 24/7 access to emergency evaluations for individuals of all ages at imminent risk of harm to self or others due to a mental health condition; 24/7 availability for outreach evaluations in community settings including consumer home location; referral and linkage to appropriate aftercare including outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, substance abuse treatment, voluntary hospitalization, and involuntary hospitalization; linkage to case management and family support as appropriate. Call 1-855-515-5700 for more information.
See also N.J. Mental Health Cares, below.

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey). NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.
See also Community and Social Services brochures & info.

Anxiety Disorders - Explains various anxiety disorders, with self-tests and resources for finding help, and advice on managing anxiety. (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator UPDATED LINK! - A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. SAMHSA's National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP (4357) NEW! is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Caregivers - People caring for a sick child, spouse or parent can find the emotional, physical and financial strains overwhelming. See our Caregiver links for help.

Depression - Practical self-help & coping tips for recovering from depression, covering supportive relationships, negative thinking, self-care, getting help, and more (2019,; non-profit organization). See also The Neuroscience of Happiness AUDIO (2010, The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley)

Facts for Families - Short fact sheets on a variety of behavioral and other issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Also available in Spanish (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

Greater Good Magazine - Stories, tips, articles, videos, quizzes, and podcasts for a happier life and a more compassionate society. Covers mind & body, education, parenting & family, relationships, workplace, spirituality, politics, culture, media, and more. Aims to bridge the gap between scientific journals and people's daily lives, particularly for parents, educators, business leaders, and health care professionals. (University of California)

Grief Support - Brief advice on coping with the grief of different types of losses, with related topics including FAQ About Grief, Grief and the Holidays, and Funeral Etiquette, and much more; use the menu to choose a topic (National Funeral Directors Association). HelpGuide's Grief & Loss and American Hospice Foundation's Grief Center also offer some helpful articles on grieving (non-profit organizations). The American Widow Project was created specifically to provide support for military widows (non-profit organization). See also Pregnancy and Newborn Loss (March of Dimes), Grieving Children (American Hospice Foundation), How Children Understand Death & What You Should Say (American Academy of Pediatrics), and Coping Support for Brothers and Sisters of Very Sick Children. If you are an adult dealing with the death of a brother or sister, see Adult Loss of a Sibling (by Therese Rando, Ph.D., hosted on For resources on dealing with the death of a pet, see Pet Loss and related links. - Information and advice to help you cope with mental and physical health challenges, such as anxiety & depression, stress & trauma, grief & loss, sleep problems, addiction, eating disorders, and more. (Non-profit organization)

Humor Project - An organization dedicated to helping people 'get more smileage out of their lives and jobs by applying the practical, positive power of humor and creativity.' See also Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter, which includes links to additional resources (; non-profit organization).

PsyberGuide NEW! - Helps you evaluate & choose mental health apps. The PsyberGuide team reviews apps based on the app's Credibility, User Experience, and Transparency of Privacy Practices. The website has a Scientific Advisory Board. (One Mind, a non-profit focused on helping people with brain illness and injury)

Meditation and Mindfulness - See our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.

Mental Health Topics AUDIO VIDEO - Information on a variety of mental health concerns & treatments, with additional resources on clinical trials, mental health by age & gender, and Mental Health Fact Sheets & Publications (U.S. National Institute of Mental Health). Mental Health (Medline) has links to the latest mental health news, plus overviews and articles on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, alternatives, specific conditions, coping tips, and much more (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Mental Health Conditions (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Mental Health Information (National Mental Health Association).

Mood Disorders - Information, support, and other resources related to depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression); for patients and families. (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)

N.J. Mental Health Cares - Mental health professionals at this information & referral service can connect you to the information and services you need; call the HelpLine at 866-202-HELP (4357). Also includes an online Directory of Services (Mental Health Association in New Jersey, funded by the NJ Department of Human Services).

Psychology Research in Action (formerly Psychology Matters) - Articles exploring problems and issues of everyday life in the light of psychological research (American Psychological Association). The APA's online magazine, Monitor on Psychology, offers short articles about the latest psychological research findings on topics ranging from the Iraq war to the Internet's effect on children. The APA Psychology Help Center features 'articles and information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being.' See also Psychological Science News (Association for Psychological Science; non-profit organization), and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation blog & research (non-profit organization).

Self-Help Clearinghouse - A searchable database of self-help groups, plus links to related resources (National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse; funded in part by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). See also N.J. Self-Help Clearinghouse, below.

Stress (Medline) - Links to overviews and articles on different kinds of stress and how to manage stress, plus research findings, tutorials, and related resources (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.

Smoking, Alcoholism, & Addiction

covid-19 Online recovery for addiction and related issues during COVID-19

covid-19COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Alcohol & Alcholism Brochures & Fact Sheets NEW! - Easy-to-read material for the public covering a wide range of alcohol-related topics; some are also available in en Español . (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

Alcoholism & Drug Dependence: NCADD New Jersey - A private, non-profit public health agency that promotes the prevention and treatment of, and recovery from, alcoholism and drug dependence.

Alcoholism or Substance Use: Treatment Facilities - See Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, above.

Alcohol Screening Quiz - Brief, anonymous questionnaire to help you find out whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. Generates personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns (Boston University School of Public Health).

Drug Abuse Treatment Facilities - See Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, above.

Gambling Addiction - For help with gambling addiction, text 800gambler, call or visit 1-800-GAMBLER (Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey).

N.J. Self-Help Clearinghouse - Links to support groups and workshops dealing with mental health. Also provides information on starting a support group. See also Self-Help Clearinghouse, above.

Opioid Abuse and Addiction - Links to selected resources for recognizing and dealing with opioid abuse and addiction (Medline). See also What Are Opioids? (Johns Hopkins University).

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids ( - Information for parents and caregivers about substance abuse prevention and treatment. In English and Español. Includes Intervention & Treatment resources. (Non-profit organization) - Resources to help you stop smoking, including advice from experts via SmokefreeTXT smartphone apps, and phone hotlines (U.S. National Cancer Institute). See also Great American Smokeout & Stay Away from Tobacco (American Cancer Society) and Be Tobacco Free (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). For information on secondhand smoke exposure, health effects, and smoke-free initiatives & resources, see Secondhand Smoke Resources (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Self-Help - See Self-Help Clearinghouse, above.

Start Your Recovery - Relatable information for people who are dealing with drug or alcohol issues (and their family members, friends, and co-workers) at any stage of recovery. Offers objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources. (A collaboration among clinicians and experts from research institutions and Reingold, a creator of mental health communications and outreach campaigns)

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities - See Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, above.

Women, Men, Maternity & Reproductive Health

See also:
PARENTING: Child Safety & Health
Teen Zone: HEALTH

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covid-19 Domestic violence: Staying safe during COVID-19

911 for Women [IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER PLEASE DIAL 911] - Links to hotlines and other resources for women in crisis; covers domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment (Feminist Majority Foundation). 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE) is the National Domestic Violence Hotline available 24/7 (TTY: 1-800-787-3224); website also offers online chat (available 24/7) and additional resources. See also National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (Text: loveis to 22522) and National Sexual Assault Hotline (phone 800-656-HOPE [4673] or online chat). Am I Being Abused? will help you learn whether you're involved in an abusive relationship; includes links helpful organizations (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Locally, Woman Aware in New Brunswick, N.J. UPDATED LINK! offers a 24-hour helpline (732-249-4504) for crisis counseling & referrals, as well as emergency shelter & housing services, advocacy services, and counseling. For additional resources in New Jersey, see Get Help (New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence; formerly N.J. Coalition for Battered Women). See also National Hotlines and Help for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or dating violence (U.S. Department of Justice), Domestic Violence Safety Plan [Link opens a PDF], a printable brochure with tips on protecting yourself and your family (American Bar Association), and National Human Trafficking Hotline NEW! for victims & survivors of sex and labor trafficking,. Women's Law provides state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence, as well as a confidential email hotline offering direct support. Their Safety Tips include advice on Internet Security, Safety with an Abuser, Getting Ready to Leave, Safety with Social Media, and more (National Network to End Domestic Violence; non-profit organization). Talking to Young Children offers advice about what to say to children who have witnessed domestic violence, plus related information. Develop a Safety Plan includes information on Safety Planning with Children, Safety Planning for Teens, Workplace Safety Plan, and more (Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness; non-profit organization). See also Child Abuse links.

Birth Control - See Sexual Health links, below.

Breastfeeding - An overview of benefits, challenges, lifestyle, and other helpful information (U.S. National Women's Health Information Center). See also Breastfeeding FAQ (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Breast Feeding Resources (Medline), and Breastfeeding Info (La Leche League).

Child Health & Safety Links - Selected online resources to help you keep your child safe & healthy. (South Plainfield Public Library)

Domestic Violence - See 911 for Women, above, and Child Abuse links.

Family Services Hotlines - List of toll-free telephone hotlines for New Jersey families in need, includes food assistance, energy assistance, child care, child support, medicaid, family violence, addictions, and legal services (N.J. Department of Human Services). See also Middlesex County Community and Social Services brochures & info.

Food Safety for Moms-To-Be VIDEO - Accurate, easy-to-understand information about how to prevent foodborne illness, a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). See also Nutrition for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding UPDATED LINK! (Part of

Go Ask Alice UPDATED LINK! - Explicit and irreverent, sometimes outrageous answers to questions you were afraid to ask about physical & emotional health, relationships, sexuality, alcohol / drug abuse, and more. (Columbia University)

Kids' Health - See PARENTING: Kids Health links.

LGBT Resources NEW! - Information those who want to better understand sexual orientation and gender identity (American Psychological Association). The LGBT National Hotline (888-843-4564) NEW! operates three volunteer-staffed national hotlines and one-to-one online chat, to help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more. See also Sexual Health and related links, below.

Menopause (Medline) - Links to overviews, tools, news, research, and related resources (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Men's Health (Medline) - Links to information on a variety of health issues of special concern to men (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Midwifery - For those seeking an alternative in maternity care, this site offers an explanation of what midwives do, and links to online directories of midwives. (Citizens for Midwifery, a non-profit, volunteer organization)

Postpartum Support Network - Information about pregnancy & postpartum mental health, directory of local support groups, resources for fathers, and more. (Non-profit organization)

Pregnancy & Baby Care - See PARENTING: Pregnancy and Baby Health links.

Sexual Assaut and Sexual Harassment Resources - See 911 for Women, above.

Sexual Health - Information on sexual health for men, women, and teens, including contraception, abortion, body image, pregnancy, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases, and more (Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, Inc.). Sex, etc. (Rutgers University) and Info for Teens (Planned Parenthood®) provide info for teens on reproductive health, sexuality and relationships. Our Bodies, Ourselves [NOTE: No longer being updated as of June 2018; article revision dates are listed at the top of each page] offers evidence-based information and resources on sexuality and reproductive health (Companion website for the book Our Bodies, Ourselves; Boston Women's Health Book Collective). See also LGBT Resources, above.

Violence - See 911 for Women, above. - Information and links on a wide variety of women's health-related material from both Federal agencies and private sector sources. Covers such topics as pregnancy, breast cancer, eating disorders, heart disease, exercise, nutrition & diet, menstruation, menopause, osteoporosis, reproductive health, and more (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).


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