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  • North Carolina Health & Wellness Portal - designed for members of the general public who are looking to find trustworthy health information online. The health portal includes free access to health information, news, journal articles, eBooks, videos, health resources in Spanish, and more.
  • MedlinePlus is a government site that provides information about diseases, wellness topics, treatments, drugs and supplements, medical dictionaries and directories for physician information. Search en español.
  • The Merck Manual Home Healthcare Handbook for Patients and Caregivers -  updated periodically with new information, and contains photographs, and audio and video material not present in the print versions. 
  • PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions with emphasis on the clinical effectiveness of treatments and procedures.

Finding Articles

Searching PubMed allows you to see what has been published in the medical field on any given subject. If you want to order copies of a journal article from a local library, use Loansome Doc. Medical Center affiliates should use our proxy server link for full-text access off-campus.

Health Source Consumer Edition provides abstracts and indexing for 500 consumer health, nutrition and professional magazines. Over 200 magazines and 1,000 pamphlets are covered in full text. Includes USP DI Volume II, Advice for the Patient, and 17 health books published by the People's Medical Society.  

Patient Handouts  

CDC Health Topics A to Z - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a listing of disease and health topics found on the CDC Web site.

Go Ask ALice! is a database of medical Questions and Answers organized by Columbia University's Health Education Program. The mission of Go Ask Alice! is to provide factual, in-depth, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers' decision-making about their physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual health.

Medical Conditions A to Z is from the American Academy of Family Physicians and offers handouts on health topics, kids health, self-care, finding a doctor, etc.

NIH Health Information is available from the National Institutes of Health. The site is a listing of consumer health publications provided by various health-related agencies.

UpToDate For Patients  Patient information on hundreds of topics from one of our most highly used resources.

Patient Education Collection

Collection of health information books written specifically for the consumer.

American Medical Association family medical guide / American Medical Association
WB 120 A512 2004

Duke encyclopedia of new medicine: conventional and alternative medicine for all ages / Duke Center for Integrative Medicine at Duke University; foreword by Tracy W. Gaudet.
WB 890 D877 2006

Eating by the book: what the Bible says about food, fat, fitness & faith / David L. Meinz.
QU 145 M514e 1999

Griffith's instructions for patients / Stephen W. Moore; with assistance of Jo A. Griffith.
WB 300 G853i 2011

Mayo Clinic family health book / Scott C. Litin, editor-in-chief.
WB 120 M473 2009 4th ed.

The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy.
WB 130 M555  

Professional guide to diseases.
WB 100 P963 2009

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