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Diseases & Disorders - CDC's top 10 causes of death in the U.S. 

Special Topics - CAM, Clinical Trials, Drugs & Supplements, Lab Tests,                                  Wellness & Lifestyle, and Mental Health  

Special Groups Women's, Men's, Seniors, and Children & Teen Health


MedlinePlus   National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health
Links to information on over 900 health topics, drug information, a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, health news, healthcare directories, and more. Includes
información en español.

Family Doctor  American Academy of Family Physicians
Search for health topics, drug information, advice on self-care, health care for specific age groups, and more. Includes
información en español.

Healthfinder   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health care information, along with health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal departments and agencies. Includes
información en español.

Mayo Clinic Health Information
Sections include Diseases & Conditions, Drugs & Supplements, Treatment Decisions, Healthy Living, Health Tools, Slides Shows, Videos, and Blogs & Podcasts.

UpToDate for Patients
A site providing hundreds of patient education topics that clinicians can share with patients or patients and consumers can search on their own.


CDC Top 10 Causes of Death in the U.S.

Use the links below to find information about the top 10 causes of death in the United States:

Heart Disease

National Heart Blood and Lung Institute - American Heart Association
Information on Diseases/Conditions
     Information For Patients
     Information For Caregivers
     AHA Información en Español 


Cancer.gov - National Cancer Institute
Información en Español
     Information for Caregivers
     Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

American Cancer Society
     Información en Español
     Information for Caregiver

Lung Disease

American Lung Association
     Información en Español 

 YourLungHealth.org - American Association for Respiratory Care

 National Heart Blood and Lung Institute



National Stroke Association
     Información en Español

 PubMed Health: Stroke

American Stroke Association
     Information for Patients & Caregivers 


Accidents (unintentional injuries)

CDC Injury and Violence Prevention and Control
     CDC Information in Spanish and Other Languages

Injury Prevention - New York State Department of Health


Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Association
     Information for Patients & Caregivers
     Información en Español
      Information in Chinese and Other Languages

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center National Institute on Aging
Información en Español
     Information for Caregivers

Alzheimer's Disease & Caregiving - National Center on Caregiving 



National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Información en Español

American Diabetes Association
     Información en Español
     Information for Patients
     Information for Parents & Kids

National Diabetes Educational Program (NDEP) - Centers for Disease Control; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)


 Flu.gov - US Department of Health & Human Services
Información en Español
     Information for Caregivers 

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Pneumonia - CDC Feature - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC Information in Spanish and Other Languages

 Pneumonia - American Lung Association

Kidney Disease

National Kidney Foundation
      Información en Español
     For Patients & Caregivers

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse 
Información en Español

National Kidney Disease Education Program
     Información en Español



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
     Telephone Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line  
eterans Telephone Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

American Association of Suicidology

 Suicide Prevention - SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHSA Información en Español




CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) 

MedlinePlus.gov - Complementary and Alternative Medicine 

Clinical Trials

 Albany Medical Center Clinical Trials

National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials.gov

 NIH Clinical Research Trials & You


Drug Information Portal (NLM)

 MedlinePlus Drug Information

Lab Tests

Lab Tests Online

Harvard Medical School Guide to Diagnostic Tests


Healthfinder.gov Quick Guide to Healthy Living

CDC – Healthy Living

Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

New York State Office of Mental Health

Mental Health in America – Mental Health Information



Women's Health


National Women's Health Resource Center- Healthy Women

NIH Health Information - Women's Health

Women's Health Research from NIH

Men's Health

Medlineplus.gov - Men’s Health Page

NIH Health Information – Men’s Health

Mayo Clinic – Men’s Health

Healthfinder.gov - Men's Health 


 Seniors' Health

Medlineplus.gov – Senior’s Health Page

NIH Senior Health

USA.gov – Health for Seniors

Mayo Clinic – Healthy Aging

Healthfinder.gov – For Older Adults

Children & Teens' Health

KidsHealth.org - Nemours 
     For Kids
     For Teens
     For Parents
     For Educators

 Medlineplus.gov – Children’s Health

HealthyChildren.org – American Academy of Pediatrics

Child Health Plus – NYS Department of Health – NYS health insurance plan for children 
Versión en español

Medlineplus.gov – Teen Health 

Teen & Tween Health – MayoClinic 

Teen Health – Healthfinder.gov