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Medical Resources for the Consumer

The web sites listed here were evaluated for reliability and currency of the information. However, the listing here is not an endorsement of the site and the information provided should be verified by a health professional.

As always, be cautious when purchasing health related products from the Internet. Also, understand that information shared on bulletin boards and chat sessions reflect personal opinion.

Always check with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about a specific condition.

Information provided by the Medical Library Association and the National Institutes of Health is gratefully acknowledged.


To use these resources, go to our TexShare database page and scroll down to the "Health and Medical" section.

To use TexShare databases from outside the library, please obtain a login and password from your local library.

  • Consumer Health Complete
    Consumer-oriented content in all areas of health and wellness. Interfaz en Español disponible.
  • Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center
    A one-stop resource to answer your health questions.
  • EBSCO Natural and Alternative Treatments
    Medical conditions and their conventional and natural treatments.
  • EBSCO Health Source (Academic Edition)
    Search scholarly full text medical journals.

Internet Resources

Health library, consumer guides and extensive organization links.

National Library of Medicine's consumer site for health articles, drug data and patient tutorials.

This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Use the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Arthritis Foundation information on the disease, drug treatment and research.

Children and Teenagers

American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry(click on "Resources for Families")

Child & adolescent psychiatry data on mental, behavioral and developmental disorders.

Provides doctor approved health information for children and teenagers.


Patient discussion boards, current cancer research and nutrition facts.

National Cancer Institute detailed medical coverage.

A free web site for cancer patients to share information with family and friends.

Talking About Cancer

Discussion list related to the emotional issues of cancer.

Clinical Trials

Register of federal and private clinical trials. Provides information about trial, participation and locations.


Diabetes assessment tools, recipes, and latest research. Also, a message board, an email newsletter and information in Spanish.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Federal agency charged with improving health care for Americans site covers consumer topics and clinical research.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site for travel alerts and broad health information.

Health Hotlines

Database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services.

National Library of Medicine

“The world’s largest medical library.”

Top 100 Health Web-Sites You Can Trust

List from the Medical Library Association.

New York Online Access to Health

Information in both Spanish and English.

Patient guides to health, medicines and consumer advocacy links at the American Academy of Family Physicians site.

Mayo Clinic

Disease, health center and treatment decision data from the Mayo Clinic.

Medem Medical Library

Health care information for all ages.

Health News

Features daily health news from major media including AP, UP, NY Times. News items available for 30 days.


HIV InSite

HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and policy from the University of California at San Francisco.


Texas Health Care Information Collection

Health statistics site includes reports on hospitals, outpatient facilities and HMOs. Also, children’s care in Texas hospitals.

Hospital, nursing homes and surgical procedure ratings.

U.S. News and World Reports Best Hospitals

Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration site covers medical devices and drug-specific information.

Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

Information on mental illness treatment and resources.

American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry (click on "Resources for Families")

Child & adolescent psychiatry info on mental, behavioral, & developmental disorders.

Organ Donations

Donation registration & transplant data.

Texas organ transplant donation registration.


Parenting at

Pregnancy and parenting information & discussion groups.


Drug Information from

Database searches trusted resources for generic or brand name data.

The Food and Drug Administration site covers drug-specific information.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Site to apply for drug companies’ patient assistant programs or call 1-888-477-2669.

Lists new drugs; research drugs; trial results; and a link to the PDR Family Medical Guide for Prescription Drugs.

Lists programs from pharmaceutical manufacturers for those who can’t afford to purchase prescriptions. This site is for information only.


Review your physician's licensing, specialties and education from the Texas Medical Board.

WebMD Physician Directory

Find a physician by specialty.

AMA DoctorFinder

American Medical Association affiliated physician locator.


Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Health Care Information Collection

Health statistics site includes reports on hospitals, children’s care, outpatient facilities and HMOs.

Texas organ transplant donation registration.

Texas Medical Association.

Texas Hospital Association.

Print Medical Resources

Books are shelved by subject. Materials may be shelved in the circulating collection, the reference collection or the audio visual area.

The medical titles are shelved in the 610 — 619 area.

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