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All Health Topics at MedlinePlus  Editor's Pick

A to Z topics. MedlinePlus is a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Directs consumers to information that helps answer health questions; MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news. Information is consumer-friendly, and site navigation is extremely easy. Ad-free. Our tax dollars are being put to good use at this site

CDC - Site Index A - Z

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Easy to use topic list. The CDC is one of the major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves. CDC works round the clock, 24/7

CDC en Espanol | Centros para el Control y la Prevencion de Enfermedades

CDC site in Spanish, Espanol

Health and the Environment

Site by CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. Topics in an A-Z Index such as air pollution and respiratory health, asthma, weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme cold or extreme heat, and other environmental health issues such as mold, cancer clusters, and more. General emergency preparedness is included

Health Fact Sheets - 100 topics

Short easy-to-read fact sheets on over 100 health topics, including standard public health topics. Sample: breast cancer, cervical cancer, Choosing a Nursing Home, chronic fatigue, domestic violence, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, gout, hepatitis, incontinence, lung cancer, MRSA, prostate cancer, west nile virus. Prepared by Illinois Department of Public Health

healthfinder.gov - National Health Information Center

healthfinder® is an award-winning free guide to reliable consumer health information, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. This site links to carefully selected information and Web sites from health-related government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and universities. It is ad-free and has both English and Spanish content. Healthfinder.gov won the 2013 ClearMark AwardExternal for best plain language Public Sector website and has been selected as one of the Medical Library Association's Top Health Websites. Offered through the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

MedlinePlus: Todos los temas

MedlinePlus A to Z glossary in Spanish

Merck Manual of Medical Information - Home Edition Online  Editor's Pick

The home edition Merck Manual is a consumer favorite. Search Index is easy to use. Medical information describes symptoms, covers diagnostic tests, common treatments, and generally what to expect for a variety of conditions and diseases

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Minnesota: How Much Does It Cost? (word doc)

Short document from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, 2005, displays average charges (from 2003) for nearly 50 common medical treatments (including endoscopy, ear tubes, hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, having a baby, and some prescription drugs), using Minnesota data. An interesting comparison is the cost for the same problem (e.g. sore throat or ear ache), depending on whether the patient seeks office care, urgent care or ER care. This report adds together charges from both the hospital and the physician - not commonly seen in reports of charges. In a time when price data are so difficult to get, this report earns an Editor's Pick as a starting point. After all, did you know that stepping on a rusty nail could cost over $1000, or that a colonoscopy could be a $2000 question? (And this was BEFORE 15 years of steady price increases!)

PubMed - Entrez PubMed by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM)  Editor's Pick

When you want to search for clinical or medical information that is written for health professionals (instead of MedlinePlus written for consumer use), PubMed is the place to go. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 19 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources. MEDLINE is the NLM's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from thousands of biomedical journals published in the United States and other countries. Use the search box at PubMed to put in what you are looking for

Statistical Abstract 2012: Health Utilization, Expenditures, Diseases

US Census Bureau's National Data Book presents statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage, healthcare workforce, injuries, diseases including 5-year cancer survival rates, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption. Average hospital cost per day in 2009 was $1853, or $10,043 per stay (tables 173 & 174); average cost per state is shown. See Health and Nutrition section. Abstract is no longer updated after 2012

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