Health Information

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MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions.

MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Foundation (archival website last updated 9/15/10)

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

Foreign Language Breast Cancer Websites - Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance

Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (Please see Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes)

National Cancer Institute


Caregiver Resources

Administration on Aging Elders and Families

Caregiver's Handbook - Online guide assisting both the caregiver and the elderly care receiver

Family & Caregiver Financial Planning

Family Caregiver Alliance

Home/Family Caregivers - Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center

Intellihealth Caregiving

Medlineplus Caregivers
Also en espanol

National Center on Caregiving

National Institute on Aging Caregiver Guide

New York State Association of Homes & Services for the Aging - NYAHSA CareLocator

Nursing Home Compare

TheStatus - Provides Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish language secure, private, web pages with the purpose of maintaining communication between family and friends about illnesses, treatment, and recovery.

Tompkins County Office of the Aging - Resources for Caregivers

Disaster Preparedness

Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Disasters & Emergencies -- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Homeland Security

Together We Prepare -- American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Flood Insurance Program

Environmental Protection Agency

Drug Information - Prescription & Over-the-Counter

Drug Information Portal-Searchable database of 12,000 drugs

Finding Lower-Cost Prescriptions

Medicare-Approved Drug Discount cards and Other Assistance Programs

RXList-Prescription medication information

General Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association

Consumer Health Materials in Spanish

Health Finder

Mayo Clinic

Medpedia - online medical encyclopedia.

Merck Manual - Home Edition

New York State Department of Health


Reports of the Surgeon General

Local Resources

American Red Cross of Tompkins County

Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca

Community Coalition for Healthy Youth (CCHY)

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice - A Healthy Guide To Youth Services in Tompkins County

Information and Referral Service's online database of non-profit agencies and organizations serving Tompkins County

Ithaca Health Fund

Ithaca's Integrative Community Wellness Center

Tompkins County Domestic Violence Prevention

Tompkins County Health Department

Locate a Doctor or Healthcare Facility

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

American Board of Medical Specialties

American Hospital Directory

American Medical Association Physician Select

Assisted Living Facility of America

Consumer's Checkbook


Long Term Care Link

New York State Physician Profile

New York State Professional Misconduct & Discipline

Quality Check - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Men's Health

MedlinePlus: Men's Health Topics

Erectile Dysfunction


National Fathers' Network

Protect Your Fertility

Mental Health

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County

Mental Help Net

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

National Institute of Mental Health

National Mental Health Association


American Dietetic Association

Center For Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Information

Food & Drug Administration

Food & Nutrition Information Center

InfoLine USDA

Meat and Poultry Hotline - easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition

Vegetarian Resource Group

Senior Health & Aging

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

American Society on Aging ASA

Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association

Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)

Ithaca College Gerontology Institute

National Institute of Aging

New York State Association of Homes & Services for the Aging - NYAHSA CareLocator

The AGS (American Geriatrics Society) Foundation for Health in Aging

Tompkins County Office of the Aging

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Aging - Comprehensive information and resources on aging

Substance Abuse

Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services(formerly Cornerstone Recovery Services)

New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services

Smoking Cessation

Smoke Tompkins County

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS) - CDC

Women's Health


March of Dimes/MAMA: Pregnancy & Newborn Section

National Women's Health Information Center

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County

North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

FDA: Office of Women's Health Library

Menopause: The National Institute of Aging

Women's Health Initiative (WHI)

Information provided by Tompkins County Public Library and its employees is gathered from a variety of consumer health resources. This information should not be interpreted as medical or professional advice. All medical information should be reviewed with your physician or other health care professional.

Health & Wellness Databases

Access to authoritative and reliable information is also available through the Library's databases.

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