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Featured resources:
Health Reference Center iconHealth Reference Center Academic
Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s award-winning Health Reference Center. Requires a valid library card.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection iconPhysical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection
This resource includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, including information on proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and more.

General & Reference

MEDLINEplus Health Information
Consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine, including extensive information on over 600 diseases and conditions.

BioMed Central
Online, open access publisher of peer-reviewed medical journals.
Features extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. Includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes FDA alerts and details about drug interactions and associated side effects.

Genetics Home Reference
A website about genetic disorders and the effects genes have on our health. It includes a glossary and a handbook, both good for homework help, with definitions and descriptions of The Humane Genome Project, cells, genetics, DNA, Chromosomes and gene therapy.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. Research health topics, find a doctor, and use tools to check your health, get personalized advice, and track your progress.

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages
HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language.

Lab Tests Online
Information for patients on clinical lab tests.
Health information from Mayo Clinic, including drug information.

Merck Manual of Medical Information—Home Edition
Online edition of the best-selling medical reference.

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
From the National Institutes of Health this site includes information about herbal remedies, FDA Alerts, video clips, newsletters, and an easily searched Health Topics A–Z.

National Library of Medicine Gateway Search
Free access to several databases at the National Library of Medicine, including MEDLINE.

National Women’s Health Information Center
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection
All aspects of the Nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration, are covered. Requires a valid library card.

Online version of Physicians’ Desk Reference includes information about prescription drugs, herbals, supplements and over the counter medication. Each entry includes dosage information and possible side effects. It is also a directory for diseases and clinical trials.

Another free service for searching MEDLINE through the National Library of Medicine. Some records link to the full text of articles available online.

U.S. Department of Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Articles on physical and mental health conditions, prescription drugs, and tips for healthy living.

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Health Care Consumer Resources

Coverage For All Through Education
“The Foundation for Health Coverage Education® (FHCE) offers four unique ways to help you find health coverage in your area.” The site includes tools, resources, and an eligibility quiz for individuals and families.

Health Care: US Department of Health and Human Services
Information about the Affordable Care Act from the Department of Health and Human Services.

New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace
New York State’s official health plan marketplace, available under the Affordable Care Act. Use this site to compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage. Find out about health plans for individuals, families, and businesses.

New York State Hospital Profiles and Ratings
Can choose to compare hospitals within New York State.

New York State Nursing Homes Profile
Ranks nursing homes, shows their profiles and any history of complaints.

New York State Physician Profile
Search for a physician by name and check his or her credentials. Includes a link to license actions or professional misconduct information. Some entries also include information about education, office locations, and hospital affiliations.

Nursing Home Abuse Center
This resource can help the elderly and their loved ones who are concerned about nursing home abuse and neglect. The site covers everything from signs of nursing home abuse to what steps to take if you suspect abuse. It also includes information such as how to go about selecting and paying for a good nursing home.

Prescription Drug Prices in New York State
This website lets you compare retail prices among pharmacies in your area for 150 of the most commonly prescribed medications.

United States Department of Health and Human Services – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – “Consumers & Patients”
Up-to-date information on improving your health and obtaining quality health care.

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Health Resources in Rensselaer County

Alcoholics Anonymous: Capital District Central Office

Upstate New York Poison Center
Safety tips, first aid, teaching ideas, and other information about poisons.

Rensselaer County Health Department

Rensselaer County Mental Health Department

County Health Assessment Indicators: Rensselaer

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Physicians and Hospitals

Directories and Profiles

American Dental Association Member Directory
Search for dentists by name, address, or specialty.

American Medical Association Doctor Finder
Information on licensed physicians in the United States, searchable by name and specialty. The amount of information listed for each physician varies.

Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report
America’s best hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report.

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Search healthcare organizations or hospitals by name, state, city or zip code.

New York State Department of Health: Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline
A listing of all physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants who have been disciplined since 1990. You may search either by name of physician or through the monthly reports of disciplinary actions. Information about filing a complaint is also available here.

New York State Physician Profile
Profiles for all doctors registered to practice medicine in New York State. Includes information about the doctor’s medical education and any legal actions taken against the doctor.

“Your guide to health fraud, quackery, and intelligent decisions.”

Local Hospitals

Albany Medical Center

Ellis Hospital / Bellevue Woman’s Center (Schenectady)

St. Mary’s (Troy)

St. Peter’s (Albany)

Samaritan Albany General Hospital

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center

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National Center for Health Statistics

New York State Community Health Assessment Clearinghouse
Data and planning information offered by county or statewide.

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Vital Records

New York State Vital Records Information

Where to Write for Vital Records
Information for every U.S. state and territory.

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