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Learn about how the new health care law affects you HealthCare.gov - 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 Healthcare.gov 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)

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General Health Information

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CONSUMER INFORMATION: Product Safety
Homework Links: HEALTH & FITNESS
Teen Zone: HEALTH & FITNESS
Sites for Seniors: HEALTH & FITNESS
Páginas en español: SALUD

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.

EBSCOHost Health Source (Consumer Edition) and Health Source (Nursing/Academic Edition) have been discontinued. Use Facts on File Health Reference Center instead.

Salud en Español has been discontinued. Use Referencia Latina instead.

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions, see:
CURRENT AIR TRAVEL SECURITY PROCEDURES
(U.S. Transportation Security Administration).

healthfinder.gov logo HealthFinder.gov - 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 a Medical Dictionary (from Merriam-Webster), a Medical Encyclopedia (content by A.D.A.M., Inc.), Videos & Tools NEW! VIDEO INTERACTIVE 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).

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).

ClinicalTrials.gov - 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)

Consumer Reports Health - Consumer Reports' health reporters, editors, and testers offer brief health and fitness tips, and report on new developments and trends; RSS feed available. 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!

Disasters 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. See also First Aid & Safety resources listed below.

Evaluating Health News - Are you baffled by the latest health news? Are you wondering: Should I eat a low-carb diet or a high-carb diet? Is jogging good for me? Does everything cause cancer? This article offers good advice on how to interpret health news (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Evaluating Health Websites NEW! (U.S. National Network of Libraries of Medicine) and Understanding Complementary Health News (U.S. National Institutes of Health). What Did My Doctor Say? defines many medical terms in plain language; formerly Deciphering Medspeak (Medical Library Association). Health News Review 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). For links to many additional articles and tutorials on how to separate reliable from questionable health information, see Evaluating Health Information (Medline) (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

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). Free online Family Health Portrait tool and related resources are available from the U.S. Surgeon General's Office. If you prefer to use a paper version of the tool to gather and record your family information, printable PDFs are available in several languages (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See Privacy Alert: Storing your Medical History Online and additional medical Privacy Resources, below (2016, Privacy Rights Clearninghouse).

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: Emergency Care for You, Childhood Emergencies & Visiting the ER (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 NEW!) from the Red Cross to keep handy for emergencies, or assemble a first aid kit (Medline). 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 (American Heart Association).

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 - 2015, American Bar Association). Additional information & resources are available on the Health Care Decision Making page; scroll down the page to the Consumer Information section. See also Advance Directives in New Jersey (N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services).

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 when talking with your doctor. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Health Hotlines [NOTE: Health Hotlines is no longer being updated. It will be retired on January 31, 2017.] - An extensive listing of health information available toll-free by telephone. You can browse the A-Z subject list, search by keyword for your topic, or download the entire list (U.S. National Library of Medicine). For a shorter list, see Health Info Lines NEW! (2016, National Institutes of Health).

Health News Review - See Evaluating Health News 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.). Healthy Roads Media AUDIO VIDEO also offers health information in a variety of languages. Not all topics are covered in every language; click on the video or audio icon next to the topic & language you want in order to play the audio or video recording (funded by National Library of Medicine et al.).

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).

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)

Medical Animations - See Medline Plus, above.

Medical Errors [Archived page] - 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) NEW! (U.S. National Library of Medicine).. It's Your Healthcare, Be Involved! [Link opens a PDF] (New Jersey Hospital Association, a non-profit trade organization), and Medication Errors and Medical Product Recalls, below.

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)

Privacy Resources UPDATED LINK! - Information and advice on medical privacy issues, including Online Personal Health Records (2014 - 2016, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse). See also Basic Health Privacy FAQs (Patient Privacy Rights Foundation; non-profit organization), Medical Id Theft (2012, World Privacy Forum), and Health Information Privacy for Consumers VIDEO (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services).

UpToDate Patient Information - Get the latest information from experts on a wide variety of medical conditions; search for your topic by keyword(s). Resources are continually reviewed, and articles are updated whenever important new information is published. (An official educational program of, or offered in cooperation with several major medical associations, and recommended by American Academy of Family Physicians.) [NOTE: Patient-level articles are free; professional-level articles are available to subscribers only.]

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 Vaccines.gov: Who and When (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

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

See also:
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).

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Index (CAM) - Articles on a variety of topics in alternative medicine, including conditions, treatments, herbs, supplements, and interactions; arranged by subject. (University of Maryland; content by A.D.A.M., Inc.).

Dr. Andrew Weil - 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) [NOTE: This site advertises and sells Dr. Weil's books, supplements, and other products.]

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. En Español: La medicina complementaria y alternativa. See also MedlinePlus: Complementary & Alternative Medicine page. (U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Taking Charge of Your Health and Well-Being - Information for the general public about enhancing well-being, exploring complementary & integrative healing practices, and navigating the healthcare system (University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and Charlson Meadows).

Dieting, Nutrition, & Food Safety

See also:
Drug & Supplement Information
Fitness, Sport, & Physical Therapy
Useful Websites - HOME & GARDEN: Food [Archived page]

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.). Let's Move [Link opens a PDF] offers tips for parents and caregivers to help children eat right and stay active (The White House et al.). PBS Parents: Eat Smart provides more advice on getting kids to eat healthy, smart snacks, cooking with kids, and more (PBS). Health and Nutrition for Preschoolers offers tips for parents and caregivers on helping children aged 2 through 5 develop healthy eating habits for life (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, KidsPeace.org).

Choose My Plate Daily Checklists - The Daily Checklists show you what and how much to eat, based on your age and weight; a helpful Worksheet is also available to help you keep track. Includes an explanation of the different food groups and how to measure quantities included in the recommendations. The SuperTracker allows you to create a personalized nutrition & physical activity plan, tracks your foods & physical activities to see how they stack up, and offers tips & support to help you make healthier choices & plan ahead. All of the recipes previously on ChooseMyPlate.gov have been moved to What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl NEW!, an interactive tool to help with healthy meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping. More nutrition information from the U.S. government is available at Nutrition.gov (U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Controlling Your Weight - Tips for safe and effective weight loss, plus related resources (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

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 Weight Loss Products & Programs, below.

Eat Right - Nutrition information and advice, diet reviews, Q & A, and more (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Nutrition and Health has practical advice on healthy living and healthy eating. Includes such topics as ideas for parents of pre-schoolers, diet & diabetes, osteoporosis, thrifty living, turkey for the holidays, quitting smoking, and more (University of Illinois). See also Nutrition Source for additional nutrition information, advice, and recipes. (Harvard School of Public Health)

Food Psychology - The latest psychological research on why we overeat, how we choose groceries, how restaurant menus entice us, and more. For quick facts, see the Food Psychology Tip Sheet UPDATED LINK! [Link opens a PDF]. (Cornell University)

FoodSafety.gov - 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 handy printable Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart [Link opens a PDF] (Food and Drug Administration). For additional helpful information, see Food Storage Guide [Link opens a PDF] (North Dakota State University) and Pantry Food Storage [Link opens a PDF] (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 - 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)

Healthy Fast Food - Advice on choosing the most healthful foods when eating in fast food restaurants (2015, HelpGuide.org; non-profit organization). See also Healthy Dining Out (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 (2015, American Heart Association).

Labels - Advice to help you use nutrition labels to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). Meat & Dairy Labels and Animal Welfare explains the meaning of common labels found on meat & dairy products, such as Certified Organic; Free-Range, Pasture-Raised or Grass-Fed; Certified Humane; Hormone-Free, rBGH-Free, rBST-Free, or No Hormones Added; Dolphin-Safe; Natural; Grain-Fed; and similar terms (Humane Society of the United States). Seafood Watch helps you choose seafood that is 'good for you and good for the oceans' (Monterey Bay Aquarium). See also What is Organic? (USDA).

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).

Nutrient Database - Enter a food (broccoli, hamburger, etc.) in the space provided, and this site will give you a chart showing complete nutritional data for that food, including calories, fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, lipids, and more. Now also covers some brand name products. The user-friendly SuperTracker Food-A-Pedia provides quick access to basic nutrition info (calories, saturated fat, sodium, and food group) for over 8,000 foods, and also includes tool to plan and track your meals. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Nutrition for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding - 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 ChooseMyPlate.gov). See also Food Safety for Moms-To-Be, below.

Nutrition Labels - See Labels and related links, above.

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. (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)

USDA Food and Nutrition Programs & Services - Includes links to Food Assistance Programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly 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 and Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS)

WebMD's Diets of the World [Archived pages] - Is your weight loss menu bland and boring? This site offers you an international flavor with tips on eating a Italian, French, Latin, or Japanese, or Mediterranean diet. (Site includes advertisements)

Weight Loss Products and Programs - Reviews the pluses and minuses of 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). Another useful resource is Weight-control Information Network, offering up-to-date advice on choosing a safe and successful weight loss program (2012, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health). See also Weighing the Claims in Diet Ads (2012, Federal Trade Commission).

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

Prevention and treatment information for the flu season:
Wash your hands!
Flu.gov: FLU PREVENTION, SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT
COLDS, FLU, EAR INFECTIONS, AND RUNNY NOSES (below)

 

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, with information on risk factors, warning signs, diagnosis, treatment, and more. See also Alzheimer's links (Medline). For information on benefits and other resources that may help affected individuals or their caregivers, see Benefits for Those Facing Dementia NEW! (2016, Benefits.gov).

Arthritis Foundation - 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). 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.' See also National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases 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 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 (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, see the American Lung Assocation's Healthy Air page.

Autism - FAQs about autism, and explanations of diagnosis, testing, and treatment options (Autism New Jersey, formerly known as COSAC, The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community). For more information, see Autism Society of America.

Cancer.gov - 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 Asian and Pacific Languages. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics offers an assortment of articles for patients and families with helpful information on topics such as What to Expect With Chemotherapy, What to Expect With Radiation Therapy, Managing Eating Problems During Cancer Treatment, and much more. 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 cancer patients and their families; 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 Syndrome - Definition, symptoms, possible causes, diagnosis, treatment options, FAQ, and support group information (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). Is it a cold or the flu? [Archived page] (Consumer Reports) and How can I tell if I have a cold or the flu? (American Academy of Family Physicians) explain how cold and flu symptoms differ. CAUTION: 'The presence of an advertisement on familydoctor.org does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.' See also Flu.gov.

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

Dental Health: Mouth Healthy [NOTE: 'The acceptance of an ad on MouthHealthy.org... is not to be construed as an endorsement or approval by the ADA or MouthHealthy.org.'] - 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), The Facts about Fillings: Dental Materials Fact Sheet [Link opens a PDF] (2004, Dental Board of California), and Gum Disease & Periodontal Health (American Academy of Periodontology).

Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases UPDATED LINK! - Online publications explain diabetes, hepatitis, ulcers, indigestion, Crohn's disease, and many 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.

Disability.gov - Resources for people with disabilities, covering health as well as benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, technology, and transportation. You can browse resources by subject or search by keyword (The White House). The Parent Center Hub offers fact sheets on a variety of specific disabilities, each with a description of the disability, tips for parents & teachers, and links to related resources (Center for Parent Information and Resources; funded by U.S. Department of Education). For other useful library materials and online resources on living with disabilities, see our 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). See also Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide for Family & Friends (2011, ECRI Institute; non-profit organization).

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 - Facts and tips on dealing with 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). For worldwide news about subjects related to environmental health, see Environmental Health News (Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organization). Breast Cancer and the Environment: Questions & Answers UPDATED LINK! (2011, National Academy of Sciences) and Breast Cancer Risk Can Be Lowered By Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Imaging (2012, University of California) provide information on some possible environmental causes of breast cancer. See also Radiology Info, 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. (2015, University of California)

Fibromyalgia: Patient Education - An overview of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, coping strategies, and links to related resources (2015, American College of Rheumatology).

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), Noise Pollution: A Different Environmental Problem & Noisy Planet (2006 & 2014, National Institutes of Health), Noise and Its Effects on Children [Link opens a PDF.] (2009, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), and Dangerous Decibels (Oregon Health & Science University et al.).

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 UPDATED LINK! and Heart Healthy Nutrition, above.

Hospice - See Hospice Net, below.

Infectious Diseases UPDATED LINK! - 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 (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

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.

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)

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

Pain: American Chronic Pain Association VIDEO - Support and education aimed at helping people with chronic pain live more fully in spite of their pain. Includes information on dozens of conditions, medications & treatments, pain management tools, and more (non-profit organization with a Medical Advisory Board).

Pets & People - Information about the health-related risks & benefits of owning and caring for animals. (U.S. National Center for Infectious Diseases)

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.). Radiation Risk Real but Misunderstood examines the risks of radiation from medical imaging tests (Dr. Sandeep Rao, Johns Hopkins Hospital; 2011, Baltimore Sun newspaper). See also Environmental Health, above.

Rare Disorders UPDATED LINK! - 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 UPDATED LINK! (U.S. National Institutes of Health).

Rehabilitation Information UPDATED LINK! - 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 more useful library materials and online resources about living with disabilities, see our People with Disabilities Webfinder.

Safety & Health Knowledge - Information on safety at home, on the road, and at work (National Safety Council). See also Health and Safety Facts and Tips (American Red Cross). For more safety advice, see our Child Safety links UPDATED LINK!.

Skin Care & Treatment VIDEO - Patient information on disorders of the skin, hair & nails, skin care tips, plus a separate section for 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 Infographic NEW! (Sleep Foundation, non-profit organization; site includes advertisements). See also 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.

Surgery Videos (Medline) VIDEO - Links to dozens of pre-recorded one-hour webcasts of surgical procedures performed at U.S. medical centers (U.S. National Library of Medicine). [WARNING: These are video recordings of actual operations — not suitable for young children or squeamish adults!]

Vision Health & Vision Disorders - Causes, symptoms, and treatments of common vision conditions, and what you can do to reduce your risk (Lighthouse International). See also Get EyeSmart (American Academy of Ophthalmology), health information from the National Eye Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health), Contact Lenses (2015, U.S. Food and Drug Administration), and information about LASIK eye surgery (2014, U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Doctors, Hospitals & Health Plans

Learn about how the new health care law affects you HealthCare.gov - 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 Healthcare.gov 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)

Dollars for Docs - 'Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. But 15 companies have begun publishing the information, some because of legal settlements. Use this tool to search for payments.' (By ProPublica, 'an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.')

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 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). Junk Health Insurance 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 learn about your health care options under the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare'), see Healthcare.gov.

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 Net - Links to hospice directories, plus information and support for patients and families facing life-threatening illness. Includes advice on finding a hospice, controlling pain, caregiving, and bereavement. For other useful resources on hospice, caregiving and grief, see the American Hospice Foundation (AHF) website. [NOTE: AHF closed its doors in June 2014, but helpful materials are still available on the website.]

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 NEW! and related publications (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Patient Care Partnership: Your Rights When You Are in the Hospital, available in 8 languages (American Hospital Association).

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 UPDATED LINK! [Link opens a PDF] - Printable (PDF) guide on long-term care. (2013, America's Health Insurance Plans; a health insurance industry association)

Low Cost Health Care - See Healthcare.gov and Medicaid.gov.

Medical Diagnosis Codes UPDATED LINK! - 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 (2016, U.S. Centers for Disease Control).

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

Medical Society of N.J. - Use this database to search for a N.J. doctor by name, specialty, insurance, or hospital affiliation.

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. Use the advanced search function to locate doctors practicing in a particular area or hospital. This site includes practitioners actively licensed and currently permitted to practice in New Jersey, as well as some practitioners whose licenses are suspended, revoked, voluntarily surrendered, or expired (Office of the Attorney General, State of N.J.). See also N.J. State Board of Medical Examiners. 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.

N.J. Hospitals Directory - Alphabetical list of hospitals, health care systems, and affilliates in the state. Includes addresses, phone numbers, and website links. (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 UPDATED LINK! - 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 Health Fraud Scams VIDEO, and Medical Devices, below. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs - Reviews the effectiveness, safety and cost of many widely used prescription drugs, and explores the more affordable drug treatment options to discuss with your physician; includes updates and alerts. A good deal of information is provided free of charge, but some is available only to paid subscribers. (Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports)

Dietary Supplements UPDATED LINK! - 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 Herbs, supplements and vitamins (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) [CAUTION: The presence of an ad on mayoclinic.org or in one of its newsletters does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.]).. 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)

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 - 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). [CAUTION: 'The presence of an advertisement on familydoctor.org does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.']

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)

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 UPDATED LINK! [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.

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. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Prescription Assistance - Patients who are unable to pay for necessary medicines can use this free website to find assistance programs sponsored by drug companies, government agencies, and local organizations. (Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a coalition of pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups)

Prescription Drug Abuse - Links to information on treatment, prevention & screening, specific conditions, research, organizations, and more (Medline). 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 (2016, U.S. Food and Drug Administration). There is a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day NEW! every year in April to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs locally, and New Jersey's Project Medicine Drop NEW! offers secured drop boxes in the headquarters of many local police departments. See also Throw Away Your Old Medicines Safely (2014, Institute for Safe Medication Practices) 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 VIDEO - Directories of certified health clubs and fitness trainers, plus personalized fitness recommendations, fitness videos, product reviews, tools & calculators, and more. Check out the Exercise Library VIDEO for a collection of workouts aimed at strengthening specific muscle groups. (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.

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? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research). [CAUTION: The presence of an ad on mayoclinic.org or in one of its newsletters does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.]

Low Cost Fitness - '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). [CAUTION: The presence of an ad on mayoclinic.org or in one of its newsletters does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.']

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability - Fitness and lifestyle advice for those with disabilities or chronic illness. Many useful resources may be found under the menu heading Articles of Interest. (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 UPDATED LINK! on exercise, pain, safety, and related subjects. (American Physical Therapy Association). See also Rehabilitation (Medline).

President's Challenge - See Presidential Youth Fitness Program UPDATED LINK! (President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports) and Fitness.gov UPDATED LINK! (President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition).

Sports Medicine UPDATED LINK! - A collection of free brochures (PDF format) on the proper use of exercise equipment, and related subjects (American College of Sports Medicine). For more on exercise, sports safety, and sport-related injuries, see the American Academy of Family Physicians' Exercise & Fitness page. [CAUTION: 'The presence of an ad on FamilyDoctor.org does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.'])

Start Walking Now - Everything you need to know to start a regular walking program, including reasons to walk, stretches for walking, preventing injury, what to wear, choosing the right shoes, and starting or joining a walking club (American Heart Association; site includes advertisements). See also 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

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)

Rutgers Crisis & Screening Services (Piscataway) - Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) provides primary psychiatric emergency and crisis intervention, both on and off-site, for individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents. These services are located on the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Piscataway campus in the UBHC facility located at 671 Hoes Lane, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 732-235-5700 for more information.

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.

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

Caring for the Caregivers - People caring for a sick child, spouse or parent can find the emotional, physical and financial strains overwhelming. This page explores the difficulties caregivers may face and offers some basic advice (2006, National Institutes of Health). For additional resources, see our Caregiver links.

Dealing with Depression - Practical self-help & coping tips for recovering from depression, covering supportive relationships, negative thinking, self-care, getting help, and more (2015, Helpguide.org; 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. Available in Spanish and Chinese (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

Grief Support UPDATED LINK! - Advice on coping with grief, with related topics. Use the left-hand menu to find related articles, including FAQ About Grief UPDATED LINK!, Grief and the Holidays UPDATED LINK!, and Funeral Etiquette NEW! (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), and How Children Understand Death & What You Should Say UPDATED LINK! (American Academy of Pediatrics). FOr resources on dealing with the death of a pet, see Pet Loss and related links.

HelpGuide.org - 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.' Articles, interviews, discussion boards. See also Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter, which includes links to additional resources including advice, research, and online humor sites (HelpGuide.org; non-profit organization).

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).

Mental Health: 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.

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. Also includes an online Directory of Services. (Mental Health Association in New Jersey, funded by the NJ Department of Human Services)

Psychiatric Disorders - Basic overviews of major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and anxiety disorder, plus recovery stories, recent research discoveries, and related resources. Use the left-hand menu to choose a topic. (Brain and Behavior Research Foundation)

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).

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

See also:
Mental Health, Self-Help & Support Groups

Alcoholism & Drug Dependence: NCADD.org - Useful information and resources for individuals and families on alcoholism & drug abuse, getting help, and living in recovery (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence). NCADD New Jersey is a private, non-profit public health agency that promotes the prevention and treatment of, and recovery from, alcoholism and drug dependence. You can also search for information about specific treatment facilities using the site's Treatment Provider Locator [NOTE: If you get 'No Results Found', use fewer search criteria].

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). See also Are You Addicted? for additional alcohol & drug addiction quizzes (NCADD).

Gambling Addiction - For help with gambling addiction, 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.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (DrugFree.org) - Information for parents and caregivers about substance abuse prevention and treatment. In English and Español. Includes Intervention & Treatment resources. (Non-profit organization)

SmokeFree.gov - Resources to help you stop smoking, including advice from experts via text messaging UPDATED LINK! 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).

Women, Men, Children, Maternity & Reproductive Health

See also:
PARENTING
PARENTING: Child Health & Safety
Teen Zone: HEALTH
HEALTH & FITNESS LINKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

911 for Women - 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 is the National Domestic Violence Hotline, available 24/7 (1-800-787-3224 [TTY]); website offers additional resources. Are you Being Abused? is a quick questionnaire will help you learn whether you're involved in an abusive relationship, with information and phone numbers to call for help (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). Locally, Woman Aware in New Brunswick, N.J. 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), and Domestic Violence Safety Plan [Link opens a PDF], a printable brochure with tips on protecting yourself and your family (American Bar Association). Women's Law provides 'easy-to-understand legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault'. The section on Staying Safe includes 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. 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).

Baby-Proofing Your Home - See PARENTING: Child Health & Safety 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 Q & A (La Leche League).

Child Health Advice - Guidelines 'to help you determine how sick your child is and if you need to call your child's doctor... [and] to help you treat your child at home when it is safe to do so' (Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle). For more information on children's health, see PARENTING: Kids Health links.

Child Safety & Health Links - Our selection of online resources to help you keep your child safe & healthy.

Children's Environmental Health NEW! - Fact sheets with simple steps to minimize toxic exposure in everyday life (Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital). See also Environmental Health links, above.

Children's Nutrition - See Children's Nutrition Research Center and related links, above.

Domestic Violence - See 911 for Women, above.

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.

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 (Part of ChooseMyPlate.gov).

Go Ask Alice - 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.

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). See also Healthy Men (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services).

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 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).

Violence - See 911 for Women, above.

WomensHealth.gov - 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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