A visit to www.nlm.nih.gov (National Library of Medicine) provides a wealth of information on health-related topics. This column will review various sections of the Web site over the next few issues. If you click on Health Information, you can access MedlinePlus, which contains more than 600 health topics searchable in alphabetical order, a medical encyclopedia with images, drug information, names of hospitals and doctors, and the latest health news. There are links to ClinicalTrials.gov, which was reviewed in last month’s Online column, as well as NIHSeniorHealth, Tox Town, Household Products Database, Genetics Home Reference, Medline/PubMed (Biomedical Journal Literature), Aidsinfo and Office of the Surgeon General.
NIHSeniorHealth is a Web site designed to meet the needs of older adults. You can hear the information and adjust the screen for easier reading. Topics include Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Balance Problems, Breast Cancer, Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s, Colorectal Cancer, Exercise, Hearing Loss, Lung Cancer and Prostate Cancer. There is also a form to contact NIH with suggestions.
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