Health Sleuth Lesson 3: Educating Yourself About a Health Condition

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Introduction

In this lesson we will focus on educating yourself about a health condition. If you have been given a diagnosis by a qualified physician, you may wish to find out more about managing that condition or have questions that arose after leaving the doctor's office. For this lesson we will use the site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/, which is the website of the National Library of Medicine.

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Educating Yourself About a Health Condition

Please click on the link or type http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ in your address box. You will then see a page that looks like this:

National Library of Medicine Website

You will find a menu on the right hand side of the page. Click on Health Information. You will see an alphabetized list. We will explore Diabetes so click on the D.

Alphabetical List of Conditions on NLM website

When the list pops up, scroll down until you see the list of diabetes information.

Topics listed under D on NLM Website

Pick one topic and click. You can then explore the information and then go back and explore related topics.

Important!

Verify all information on more than one site so you have a well rounded view of your condition and the ways to manage it.

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:
https://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 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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