Consumer Information

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Comprehensive Health Information Sites

MEDLINEPlus: Information on hundreds of diseases, conditions, drugs and wellness issues; medical dictionaries and encyclopedias and current health news, in English and in Spanish.
NIHSeniorHealth: Aging-related health information that is easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand health information, including videos.
NC Health Info: Online guide to Web sites of quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina.
Healthfinder: Prevention and Wellness Information, Drug Interactions checker, News and more. Includes many documents in Spanish.
PubMed: PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's search service that provides access to over 11 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other related databases, with links to participating online journals.
Clinical Trials: up-to-date Information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. You can search clinical trials by condition, location, age, trial phase, and sponsor.  The Health Insurance Marketplace where you can learn about and enroll in health coverage.

Mental Health

The American Psychological Association Help Center: information on a wide array of mental health topics including healthy habits for families, coping with job loss, and how to talk to a psychologist.

Mental Health America: dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. This site offers information and online communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: provides information and support for mental illness. Included on this site are links' to local support groups, advocacy resources, and online communities.

Drug Information

NLM Drug Information Portal: Information on over 31,000 drugs from their entry in clinical trials through U.S. FDA approval and into the marketplace. Search for drug By Name (generic, brand or approved name) or By Category (i.e. anesthetics, neurotoxins).

MEDLINEPlus and Healthfinder: both of these comprehensive sites include drug information.

Complementary and Alternative Health and Wellness

NCCAM: Scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database: Information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements.

HerbMed: An herbal database, hyper linking directly to the scientific evidence on the use of herbs for health. The herb database is fully searchable and covers: evidence for activity, warnings and contraindications, methods of preparation and mechanisms of action.

Duke Integrative Medicine: Meta-site for sources of information on alternative medicine; organized by treatment categories.


Food Safety: Gateway to government food safety information.

Household Products Database: Health and safety information on household products; Information in the Household Products Database is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prepared by manufacturers.

Articles and other information resources

Haz-Map: Information on Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases; web and mobile

NCLIVE: searchable collections of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, electronic books, historical materials, maps, and much more Digital Literacy resources and collaboration