These resources provide general health information geared towards consumers. Information on a wide variety topics can be located including specific diseases and health conditions, current medical issues and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.

Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Resources - from Rowan Public Library

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Get Ready to Enroll - Prepare to enroll, you can learn about types of health coverage, research your questions, and figure out what you need to know before open enrollment begins.

Questions about the HealthCare Marketplace? - Check here

General Health Information

American Medical Association - Consumer Health Information

Benefits CheckUpRx - A service of The National Council on the Aging, this site will provide you with a confidential, personalized report of public and private programs that can help you save money on some or all of your prescription drugs.

Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina - Comprehensive directory of resources in North Carolina for women with breast cancer.

FDA Consumer Health Information - Register for a free e-newsletter containing product approvals, safety warnings, and other important health information. Click on Subscribe to sign up.

Hard Choices - A resource for professionals, patients, and their families regarding end-of-life decisions.

Health Source Plus - This resource is a database subscribed to by NC LIVE. All other resources are websites. Full Text Articles!

Healthfinder - Developed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Kids Health - Up-to-date information about childhood diseases, infections and more.

Med Help International - Non-profit organization with medical information in non-technical terms. Includes medical specialty forums to which you can post a question to a medical professional.

Medical Library Association - A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

North Carolina Skilled Nursing Facilities - is a senior care resource that offers a nationwide directory of nursing homes, including detailed Medicare quality ratings, inspection information and filed complaints to help consumers research the best skilled nursing care options.

MedAssist - Provides free prescription medications to qualifying low-income North Carolina residents.

Medicare Publications - provides the ability to view, print, or order publications online

MEDLINEplus - Provided by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, includes links to directories for doctors, dentists, hospitals and medical organizations.

MEDLINEplus - Información de Salud - En este portal de Internet usted encontrará información sobre salud proveniente de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud y otras fuentes de confianza. MEDLINEplus también cuenta con programas interactivos de educación de salud sobre procedimientos quirúrgicos, exámenes y trastornos médicos, y hasta una enciclopedia de salud.

MedScape - medical journal articles, medical news, and comprehensive drug information on Medscape, a free resource for physicians

National Center for Health Statistics - Click on Fastats A to Z for statistics about health conditions and diseases. Enormous amount of statistical information in easy to search format.

National Library of Medicine's DIRLINE - directory of health organizations online, from the National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine's Household Products Database - Health and safety information on household products

National Library of Medicine's Tox Town - Toxic chemicals and environmental health risks where you live and work

National Women's Health Information Center - provides information, tools, calculators, and statistics on women's health topics as well as information for health professionals.

NC Advance Directives From Caring Connections - Choose from a list of states to download the proper forms for your state. For North Carolina, you can download the Health Care Power of Attorney and the Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death (aka Living Will).

North Carolina Center for Health Statistics - Provides vital statistics, vital facts, including birth, death, and infant mortality rates

NC Health Info - Locate local health information for North Carolinians online

North Carolina AHEC Libraries - provides educational programs in partnership with academic institutions, health care agencies, and other organizations committed to improving the health of the people of North Carolina.

WebMD - Find timely information about diseases and conditions, health and wellness topics, and drug information. Large collection of links to other health resources.


Allergy and Asthma Network - Presents the latest news and research.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology - Professional organization, with membership details and and provides patient information.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - information and resources for people with allergies and asthma.

Food Allergy Network - dedicated to bringing about a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding food allergies and providing helpful resources.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Lung Information - Provides downloadable online pamphlets on asthma (some in Spanish).

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases

National Jewish Medical and Research Center - The only U.S. Medical facility devoted entirely to respiratory and immune disorders, including allergies and asthma. Their website has a searchable Information Center.

Alternative Medicine

American Botanical Council - includes a number of publications and samples of medicinal plant monographs, a glossary, and resources

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - The National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public.

Natural Standard - Natural Standard was founded by clinicians and researchers to provide high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. This international multidisciplinary collaboration now includes contributors from more than 100 eminent academic institutions.

Diseases and Conditions

American Cancer Society - provides research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education for patients and their families

Association of Cancer Online Resources - This website currently offers access to electronic mailing lists and a variety of websites. The mailing lists are specifically designed to be public online support groups providing information and community to patients, caregivers or anyone looking for answers about cancer and related disorders.

National Cancer Institute - This site includes a link to the Physician's Data Query Cancer Information Summaries providing summaries on more than 80 types of adult and childhood cancers.

OncoLink - comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances, from the University of Pennsylvania

Heart Disease - information from the CDC about heart disease

HIV InSite - a source for comprehensive, in-depth HIV/AIDS information and knowledge

NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) - NORD is a federation of 140 non-profit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders and disabilities.

National Center for Health Statistics - a rich source of information about America's health


AMA Physician Select On-Line Doctor Finder - helps you find a perfect match for your medical needs DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 814,000 doctors.

American Board of Medical Specialties Public Education Program

North Carolina Medical Board - Medical license applications, CME requirements guide, how to file a complaint, and more

North Carolina Medical Board Physician Locator - Look up a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner


American Hospital Directory - Find summary data on hospitals, including facility's name, address, phone number and web page address; also very general description of services provided. Search by hospital name, city, state, zip code or area code.

Quality Check (JCAHO) - Quality Check(TM) is a new service offered by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's leading health care quality evaluator. The JCAHO accredits nearly 18,000 health care organizations and programs.


A Consumer's Guide to Health Insurance and Health Programs in North Carolina - Created by the NC Institute of Medicine, A Consumer’s Guide was written to help everyone navigate the health system, whether it involves understanding their private health insurance coverage, identifying available public programs, or finding community health centers in their area.

Medicare and You - Learn about your Medicare rights and benefits and how to choose the best plan for you

National Committee for Quality Assurance - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care. The organization's primary activities are assessing and reporting on the quality of the nation's managed care plans.

Mental Health

Internet Mental Health - Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information. It was designed by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long.

Mental Health Net - promotes mental health and wellness education and advocacy

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health - transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research

Psych Central - the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network

Nursing Homes

Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home - From Medicare

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services - works to promote independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families

List of Licensed Facilities - by the type of service they provide their clients

Prescription Drug Information

Buying Medicines and Medical Products - Guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service - This site provides information regarding clinical trials including a list of industry and government sponsored clinical trials and information on new drug therapies recently approved by the FDA.

Food and Drug Administration - federal agency responsible for protecting the public health

National Institute on Drug Abuse - provides a variety of information on drug abuse, including Information on Drugs of Abuse and a Commonly Abused Drugs Chart

RxList - The RxList database consists primarily of products currently on the US Market or close to approval. The Top 200 Prescriptions 2009 feature provides information and online discussions on the products which represent nearly 2/3 of all prescriptions filled in the United States and the majority of searches of the RxList database.


Centralina Area Agency on Aging - strives to support and enhance the capacity of service and advocacy systems to promote independence, preserve dignity and advocate for the rights of older and disabled adults and their families.

Benefits CheckUpRx - A service of The National Council on the Aging, can provide you with a confidential, personalized report of public and private programs that can help you save money on some or all of your prescription drugs.

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