Health Sleuth Lesson 2: Researching Symptoms

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Introduction

In this lesson we will look at sites that help you determine what your symptoms might mean. For this lesson we will use the site http://health.nih.gov/category/SeniorsHealth.

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Researching Symptoms

Using specific medical websites will garner much more accurate information quicker than starting with a general search on a search engine. It is a particular concern with symptoms because it is common for some symptoms to be cross referenced in several different diseases.

Type in: http://health.nih.gov/category/SeniorsHealth . You will see a page that looks like this:

Screen shot of Seniors' Health Website from NIH

In the top right hand corner you will find a search box.  In that search box type in a symptom or two.  In this case, we will search for fever and urge to urinate.  You can type in two or more symptoms, just separate them with a comma.

Search box on NIH Seniors' Health website

Once you have that typed in, click search. You will then see a list of possibilities to choose from.

Results from NIH Seniors' Health website

Important!

Only a qualified physician can diagnose and treat diseases and disorders. Please consult your physician with any concerns you may have.

More Information

Agency for healthcare research :
http://www.ahrq.gov/

Find information and services:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/

A comprehensive site that encompasses all three types of searches we talk about in this course:
http://medlineplus.gov/

Find a family physician:
http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en.html

Portal to sites of various service and agencies:
http://www.health.gov

Doctor Finder site from the American Medical Association:
https://apps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/home.jsp

New York State doctor profiles:
http://www.nydoctorprofile.com/search_parameters.jsp

Search for nursing homes in New York State:
http://nursinghomes.nyhealth.gov/

Hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities in New York State:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/facilities/

NYS Department of Health, with links to services:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/

A site dedicated to senior health issues:
http://health.nih.gov/category/SeniorsHealth

A guide to National Library of Medicine online content:
http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/gw/Cmd

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
http://nccam.nih.gov/

National Library of Medicine:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

PubMed, a Database of Medical Journal Articles:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

American Cancer Society:
http://www.cancer.org

A Site Devoted to Health Communities and Individuals:
http://www.healthypeople.gov/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
http://www.samhsa.gov/

MedicineNet.com, part of WebMD:
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.asp

Mayo Clinic:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/

WebMD:
http://www.webmd.com/

To visit the previous websites, place your mouse over the underlined link above then click. You must be connected to the internet in order for the link to work.

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