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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library - Health Databases

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National Library of Medicine & Health

Alt HealthWatch
This full-text article database includes over 150 alternative medicine and complementary health magazines, journals and proceedings. Among the publications available are several Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine journals. It focuses on complementary, holistic, integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

MedlinePlus
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine - this one-stop site contains many links to information published by government agencies about different health conditions and links to organizations, directories, dictionaries, and clearinghouses.

MEDLINE with FULL TEXT
MEDLINE with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for more than 1,370 journals indexed in MEDLINE. Of those, more than 1,340 have cover-to-cover indexing in MEDLINE, and of those, 528 are not found with full text in any version of Academic Search, Health Source or Biomedical Reference Collection.

PubMed
This site was designed to provide access to the current MEDLINE and then link to full-text articles where available from citations retrieved. A nice feature of PubMed is the ability to link to "related articles" when you find an article on your topic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Get up-to-date public health information on communicable diseases (e.g. hepatitis, AIDS, tuberculosis, etc.). Invaluable information can be obtained from the Traveler's Health section including travel advisories for specific geographic regions, disease outbreaks, risks and prevention strategies, plus immunization recommendations. Full-text access to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), reports on communicable disease.

Clinical Trials
The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. Before searching, you may want to learn more about clinical trials and more about this Web site.

ClinicalTrials.gov
Information on current clinical research studies: purpose, location and participants of trials.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Home Page
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent U.S. Federal regulatory agency, works to reduce the risks of injury or death from consumer products by issuing and maintaining safety standards, educating the public, issuing recalls, and research.

DIRLINE
Directory of Health Organizations.

Healthfinder - Powered by Google
DHHS Healthfinder now offers a powerful site and new way to access and search for information on this database.

healthfinder™
The online consumer health information web site produced by the U. S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The site offers user-friendly access to its original material (core information such as fact sheets and frequently-asked-questions on top health concerns), and hyperlinks to Federal, state, local, university and nonprofit consumer health resources, online documents, discussion groups, electronic mail lists, and federal databases.

Healthy Roads Multiple Languages - New Cancer Education Resources

Healthy Roads Media LLC, Mobile Sites

LOCATORPLUS
Books, journals and audiovisuals in the NLM collections.

National Health Information Center
Provides the Health Information Resource Database listing over 1000 organizations and government offices that provide health information upon request. This site contains synopses of the annual Partnership for Networked Consumer Health Information conference.

NIH Senior Health
This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

NLM Databases, Resources & APIs
The NLM Gateway allows users to search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, OLDMEDLINE, LOCATORplus, MedlinePlus, DIRLINE, AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings, Space Life Sciences Meetings, and HSRProj.

Natural Disasters- NOAH New York Online Access to Health
Provides access to Basic Information about natural disasters, health and safety issues and Specific types of disasters including earthquakes, floods, storms, hurricanes, wildfires, landslides, etc.

PubMed Central
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PMC is free and unrestricted.

PubMed Health
PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). PubMed Health partners with major Health Agencies and the Cochrane Collaboration to include systematic reviews of clinical trials and evidenced based medicine information. See About Pub Med Health and Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question "What works?" in medical and health care. Search for Diseases and Conditions.

TOXNET
Specialized Information Services, NLM, TOXNET, a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Safety information for drugs (for human and animals), cosmetics, food products, and medical and radiological devices. Free full-text of FDA Consumer magazine articles is available on the site (from 1995) and under the Health Professionals section you can access the Bad Bug Book (offering basic facts on food borne pathogenic organisms and natural toxins). The FDA Web Site Index is easy to use. Check under "Web sites" for links to non-government sites.

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Cancer Resources

CancerLit
Select NCI's bibliographic literature database (CancerLIT) or cancer education publications.

CancerNet
The U.S. National Cancer Institute's web site includes a wide range of accurate, credible cancer information such as peer-reviewed statements on many different types of cancers for patients and detailed treatment statements for health care professionals, covering state-of-the-art care. It contains cancer fact sheets and other publications. All information is updated regularly, reviewed by oncology experts, and is based on current research.

CANHELP, Inc.
CANHELP, Inc. is a fee-based service that provides extensive, current, individualized information packets to cancer patients. Look at the Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights by the director of CANHELP, medical writer Patrick M. McGrady, Jr.

Cansearch Online Guide to Cancer Resources
From the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship; a guided tour designed to assist the unexperienced in finding sources on the Net to get to cancer resources quickly so they can find answers to their questions and become more informed patients and caretakers.

OncoLink
The University of Pennsylvania's Cancer Resource web page. It contains an excellent collection of pages including information on specific types of cancers, cancer treatments, social and psychological support and coping suggestions, and recent research advances. It is updated every day and contains information at many levels from basic to in-depth.

PDQ Physicians Data Query
NCI's comprehensive cancer database provides a wealth of information through an easy-to-use menu-driven system -- from basic lay level explanations on diagnoses and treatments to state-of-the-art therapeutic approaches to a registry of clinical trials (usually treatment studies) for specific diagnoses. It contains peer-reviewed summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine; a registry of approximately 2,000 open and 13,000 closed cancer clinical trials from around the world; and directories of physicians, professionals and organizations that provide cancer care

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Obesity Database

Overeaters Anonynous San Diego Intergroup

San Diego Metropolitan "Obersity is bad for Business"

Health Central Bariatric Surgery (useful of exercise & Bariatric information)

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EBSCOhost Databases
This section displays the four databases available for users: AltHealth Watch, E-Journals, Medline with full text, and CINAHL with full text. To search within a single database, click the database name listed. To select more than one database to search, check the boxes next to the databases and click Continue.

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Drug Information Databases 

Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase
This database seeks to collect Public Domain information on customary medicinal plant knowledge possessed by the Australian Aboriginal people.

DailyMed - Current Medical Information.
It is provided by the National Library of Medicine as a public service and does not accept advertisement. It is a comprehensive source, but you can't search across the entire collection.

Dietary Supplements Database
The Dietary Supplements Labels Database, free from the National Library of Medicine, includes information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to determine what ingredients are in specific brands and to compare ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the health benefits claimed by manufacturers.

Drugs.com
An up-to-date source of drug information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. Free on the Internet, a commercial site.

Drug Digest
Information on the use of herbs, drugs, and vitamins, and their interactions. Also includes overviews on a variety of health conditions. Available free on the Web from Express Scripts, Inc., the nation's largest independent pharmacy benefit manager.

MedlinePlus.Gov - Drugs, Supplements and Herbs
A service of the National Library of Medicine/ NI H National Institutes of Health.

Natural Standard

NaturalStandard logo Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. Natural Standard is impartial; not supported by any interest group, professional organization or product manufacturer.

PDR Health, Physicians’ Desk Reference
This is an A to Z arrangement of drugs from the 2011 PDR. Search by drug name, health condition or disease. The most Popular searches and conditions are listed in side box on right.

PDR.net
PDR Network, the leading distributor of drug labeling information, product safety Alerts, and REMS programs includes the Physicians' Desk Reference® (PDR®), the most trusted and commonly used drug information reference, PDR.net®, mobile PDR®, and PDR Drug Alerts, the only service providing electronic delivery of mandated safety Alerts to physicians and other prescribers.

 

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Other Health Databases

ACU Trials
Database created by Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. It contains randomized trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture. Data is obtained primarily from PubMed, Cochrane Library and OCOM library resources. The PCOM Library access is ID pcomlib, PW student.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)
National Institute for Health Research Service NHS, Canada. This site includes access to information from Canadian government databases: DARE, NHS EED and HTA.

ClinicalTrials.gov
Information on current clinical research studies: purpose, location and participants of trials.

Cochrane Library
Independent, high-quality, evidence for health care decision making. Access from the PCOM campus and library. Do Not Need to Login, just search and retrieve abstracts and full text. How to use? Go to Learn Tab or Tutorial section.

E-Medicine
Medical information written by physicians for patients and consumers on important health topics. Start by clicking on a letter in our topics A-Z, visit a Health Resource Center, or use our search function

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature using Google's familiar search engine. Not as precise as using a database like Ebsco or Gale, but can be a good starting point to help narrow down your search. Google Scholar's focus is mostly on the humanities. 

Health Central
This is a comprehensive consumer health site with information on topics from A-Z, discussion centers, and the online advice of Dr. Dean Edell. Other features include personalized health profiles and advice about finding and using health information from an online librarian, Rochelle Perrine Schmalz, the founding medical librarian of the first Planetree Health Resource Center, (opened in 1981).

Health World
A colorful and healthful world is mapped out on this site offering both alternative and conventional medical information - including text on self-care approaches to common problems, excerpts from the classic Nutritional Influences on Illness, audio readings from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and links to the Merck Manual and Medline. The advisory board and authors are leaders in the fields of consumer health and complementary medicine. This site provides a fee-based Internet search service ($50/hr) that reviews web sites and includes a Medline search.

Healthy Roads- Staying Healthy Topics
Check side bar for additional helath topics.

Medscape
This site contains feature articles for health care professionals, patients, and families; and links to related clinical information. Access is free, but a one-time registration is required. They offer free Medline access and some access to full text journals. Updated weekly; email notification of updates is also available.

National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal
Provides the public, healthcare professionals and researchers with a gateway to current, accurate, and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies. The Drug Information Portal offers a varied selection of resources and focused topics in medicine and drug-related information, with links to individual resources with drug information and summaries tailored to various audiences. General drug categories from MeSH are also included in the Drug Portal records.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
One of the world's foremost medical research centers. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the federal focal point for health research. The NIH website offers health information for the public as well as medical professionals.

OTseeker Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence
OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability. These ratings will help you to judge the quality and usefulness of trials for informing clinical interventions. OTseeker provides you with fast and easy access to trials from a wide range of sources.

Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)
PEDro is a free database of over 17,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. George Institute of Global Health, affiliated with University of Sydney, Australia.

Qigong and Energy Medicine Database
The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ is a collection of over 5000 abstracts collected by Dr. Sancier and the Qigong Institute over the past twenty years. It includes a database of Qigong dissertations.

Third Age
A site for older adults (the third age follows youth and the middle age) offering an online community for exploration of health and lifestyle issues through web site resources, community forums, chat rooms, personal stories and their own archives. Contains a marketplace of retail items (from books and cards to the gourmet items) and services (travel services, classifieds, real estate). 

WebMD
Health A to Z Guide covers common health conditions. The site provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

 

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Disaster Information Resources

NLM-DIMRC- Disaster Information Management Research Center includes resources for responders, health professionals and the public.

NLM-WISER
Includes information on 400+ chemical, biological, and radiological agents.

REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management

CHEMM-ChemicalHazards Emergency Medical Management

Bioterrorism Information Resources

PubMed-Disaster

Sample Disaster Topics:

PubMed Health

MedlinePlus-Disaster

Public Health and Disaster Medicine Literature

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, HHSA (SDPHS)

EMERGENCY SERVICE PROGRAMS OF SD

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY SERVICES

WEB EOC

OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

How to Communicate Before, During, & After a Major Disaster

Professional Societies

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS 2010 IN San Diego Union Tribune, Sept 26, 2010.
A special issue published for San Diego residents with advice on how to prepare your family’s survival during possible disaster. Click on Site, Got to Sidebar on right and Click Arrows for content and to proceed to next pages 

Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health links
Web sites from the NLM Specialized Information Services providing information on preparation for and recovery from disasters

Environmental Health & Toxicology- WILDFIRES

Environmental Health
Database from Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce. A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. Links include: Agencies and Associations | Children's Environmental Health | Hazardous Substances | Air | Water | Toxicology | Literature and Reports | Data Tools and Statistics | Education and Training | Legislation and Policy | Jobs and Careers

Environ Health- California Wildfires
Released by the National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services- This is a series of important web links to assist Californians and others affected by wildfires and poor air quality exposure. Scroll this link for numerous essential websites. Access is Free.

Wildfires: Center for Disease Control
Links maintained by the CDC for use by the public and health centers

Workforce Development
Database from Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce. Workforce development activities and resources for the public health workforce. Includes: Education and Training | Legislative Action | Meetings, Summits, Councils, or Conferences | New Workers Development Programs |Tools/Resources | Workforce Projects/Research

Incendios Forestales
Center for Disease Control, en espanol

Consumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS

Air Pollution

Asthma

Asthma In Children

Coping with Disasters

Disaster Preparation and Recovery

Lungs and Breathing

Natural Disasters

DISASTERS- EN ESPANOL

Incendios en California – información y asistencia del Gobierno
Preparación y recuperación de desastres naturales como huracanes, incendios, terremotos, otras emergencias y ataques terroristas.

Incendios Forestales
Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Proteger a su familia de los incendios (PDF, 360 KB)
FEMA

Recursos Federales Asisten A Los Residentes Y Bomberos En La Respuesta A Los Incendios En El Sur De California
FEMA

Seguridad contra incendios
Medlineplus en Español

 

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Nursing and Allied Health

CINAHL Full Text
CINAHL® with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 610 journals indexed in CINAHL.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
This database offers reliable, comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing and allied health including journals, video, dissertations, reference books and more. It is accessible at the PCOM campuses and libraries. To get access outside of PCOM campuses, use the PCOM Secure Site or Campus Cruiser.

ProQuest Training Tutorials
Training on Medical Databases is highly recommended. Go to the 2nd column on this page and begin with the 5 and 6 minute tutorials.