Medical/Health Studies and Databases

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A database of federal inspections of hospitals in the U.S. See how the ones in your area stack up.

PubMed Medical Library
Search a large database of journal articles by title, author, publication, etc.

Hospital Comparison Database
Type in your ZIP code to get mortality rates for a limited list of illnesses at hospitals in your area.

Hospital Select
Search a national database of hospitals.
A National Institutes of Health Web site with more than 4,000 federal and private medical studies involving patients and others at more than 47,000 locations.
Claims it provides "a convenient, unbiased and reliable source of drug information at one of the most easily remembered Web site addresses on the Internet." Of particular interest is the drug interaction program.

Medical Symptoms Database

PubMedia Central
A "free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)."

Health Policy Tracking Service
This site maps cold and flu symptoms by ZIP code. Users can log their ailments.

County Health Rankings
Use this image map to track how healthy your county or surrounding counties are.
Doctors database, research, announcements, etc.

America's Health Rankings
Pick a state to find stats, rankings in various categories such as immunizations, heart attacks, cancer deaths, etc.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Studies, stats, links, newsletters, contacts and more.

CNN: Health Library
A great library of dozens of multimedia packages on diseases and health-related issues. Great for quick-reference.
Look up facts about drugs.

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library
A great database from Cal-San Francisco that contains 20 million fully searchable documents from the1930s to the 1990s -- previously secret stuff from tobacco industry files obtained as part of the Minnesota AG and Blue Cross lawsuit settled in 1998.

Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health PolicyFrom Kaiser Family Foundation, this is an easy-to-use online reference for the media covering global health.

Sports Injuries
This handout from the National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease.

State Health Facts Online
A super collection of statistics.

Drug Dictionary Search

American Association for Homecare

Healthmap: Global Health, Local Information

Open Access Eprint Archives in Science, Technology and Medicine
Research and reports on hundreds of topics.

Radiation Dose Chart

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Features a research clearinghouse so you can track what experts, drug companies say about imported medicines.

Medline Plus: Memory Impairment

Public Citizen: Questionable Doctors
A non-profit watchdog organization that keeps a list of 6,700 "questionable" doctors in 12 states. Cost is $10.

Fact Sheets from NCHS
Healthy weight, overweight, and obesity among U.S. adults. A .PDF file.

Informed Patient Institute
Ranks healthcare websites on content, timeliness, presentation to help people find more reliable information. Good for sourcing for reporters.

American Chronic Pain Association

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network

U.S. News: Top American Hospitals 2009

Kaiser State Health Facts
From Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff on the Net: Find out how well your state is doing in regard to health coverage and the uninsured.

Kaiser Family Foundation: The Uninsured
Resources for writing about people without medical insurance.

Calypte Biomedical
Resources, news and research on cancer, heart disease, AIDS, neurological diseases, etc.

eMedicine Journal
A fee-based medical index of online peer-reviewed journals, reference books, and articles.

NIH Research Matters
Weekly medical news update with podcasts, videos and more.

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

U.S. Census: Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
Download data and map of households with and without health insurance. Sort by county, area, etc.

Cholesterol Status Among Adults in the United States

BBC: Human Body Site
A walk through human anatomy 101.

Allergy Action Plan

Medical World Search
Searchable database of 100,000+ documents, reports, papers on medical research and diseases from universities, teaching hospitals, research centers.

Merck Manual

Health Square: PDR
Myths about viruses.

Gray's Anatomy at

Pubmed Medical Studies Database

Health A to Z
A comprehensive health guide that features links, interactive tools, info centers and e-mail updates. Good for some quick research.
Evaluates hospitals, doctors, executives, managed care, etc.
Links to dozens of research stats, etc.

DocFinder Doctors Database
American State Medical Association Data from state medical boards, which provide data on licensed doctors, including their specialties, medical school, license number and whether there is regulatory action pending.

Martindale's The Reference Desk
An extensive set of health science links.
This site presents the latest drug-related information to help writers quickly locate and research critical information on specific drugs and provides writers with the opportunity to e-mail specific questions to a select list of drug experts. Also, the site features interviews with people whose lives have been affected by drugs, as well as summaries of Writers Roundtables on specific drug-related topics.

National Institute of Health: U.S. Health Care Research
Use this to keep up with what's going on at the company.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
A searchable database of more than 1,100 diseases.
National clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information.
A search engine dedicated to searching the Web for cures for specific diseases. Also has a news search feature.

National Trauma Data Bank Data Center
Claims to be "the largest aggregation of trauma registry data ever assembled." The goal of the NTDB is to inform the medical community, the public, and decision makers about a wide variety of issues that characterize the current state of care for injured persons.

OmniMedicalSearch: Medical Image Search Engine

MedlinePlus: Diets

College Drinking Study (April 2002)
A study by the federally supported Task Force on College Drinking estimated that drinking by college students contributes to 1,400 deaths, 500,000 injuries and 70,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape a year.

Medical Privacy State Laws

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation presents premiere prizes in basic and clinical medical research (America's Nobel's), and has built a site with lots of information and links about biomedical research issues, leaders, etc. It recently connected with to provide info/research/tools for journalists, elected officials, etc.
From the National Council on Parent Information and Education, this site is a coalition of health-related organizations to help people better understand over-the-counter medicines. Good background information on drug contents and interactions.

American Social Health Association: STDs
Background and history of sexually transmitted diseases.

Treatment Advocacy Center
Studies on mental illness, treatments, and various laws and legal interpretations.

Global Health Facts
Data on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more. You can search data by country and create customized data sheets.

Global Health Reporting
Information on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more.

State Health Facts
Use image map or category to mine statistics by state.

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics

The National Library of Medicine Dietary Supplements Labels Database
Labels from more than 3,000 brands of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc.

American Hospital Directory
Search for a hospital by name, city, zip code, phone number, etc.

Legacy Drug Industry Document Archive
More than 2,500 documents from drug companies about industry-sponsored clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive

U.S. Public Interest Research Groups
Transportation, healthcare, money and politics, media reform, tax and budget, law, higher education and environmental issues.

Cochrane Reviews
Database of free, searchable abstracts of medical treatments.


Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Another WebMD-like site.

Omni Medical Search
Search news, images, discussion forums, MedPro, etc. A great quick-search tool.

Google eHealthcare Bot

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