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Designed with older users in mind, this site uses information from Healthwise Inc., a non-profit organization aimed at consumer health advocacy.

Database covering subject of acupuncture and acupuncture research.

Look up Acupuncture Health Topics A-Z, Learning and Resource Center.

Acufinder Herbs Topics- Alphabetically

Acufinder – Search for an acupuncturist
over 30,000 listed

AGS Foundation for Health in Aging
Information for the public and health care professionals on the health and care of older adults from the American Geriatrics Society. Resources include online guides for care giving at home and for pain management, Patient Education Forums on specific geriatric topics and answers to commonly asked questions. Provides access to the FHA Directory of Agencies and Organizations Addressing the Special Health Care Needs of Older Adults.

The AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC)
This website gives information on finding AIDS Education and Training Centers around the country, introduces new AIDS Education initiatives, and offers clinicians information on new drugs.

AIDSinfo Mobile-Index

AIDS – MedlinePlus AIDS
Medline offers a dictionary definition of AIDS and offers links to tutorials about different aspects of the disease-such as alternative therapy and disease management-and is also available in Spanish.

AIDS Treatment Data Network
Provides patient information on opportunistic infections, treatments, and advocacy.

Air PollutionConsumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS

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.

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. This site is useful to learn about aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center ADEAR
Use this site to find current, comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease (AD) information and resources from the U.S. Government’s National Institute on Aging (NIA).

American Diabetes Association
La Diabetes y los Latinos

American Geriatrics Society- Home Page
Information for health care professionals on geriatric health and professional development, including information about the Society, conference and other event notices, a list of funding opportunities for individuals involved in geriatric research, and practice guidelines. It includes the 2002 Edition of Geriatrics at Your Fingertips, a resource for evaluating and managing the diseases and disorders that most commonly affect older persons.

American Heart Association

Ask the Acupuncturist

Ask Dr. Weil
Andrew Weil, M.D. is a leader in the movement toward “integrative medicine” — combining the best of conventional Western medicine and the so-called “alternative” therapies. This site highlights Dr. Weil’s previous work as well as his answers to questions about complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to health problems.

AsthmaConsumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS

Asthma- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
The AAAI provides this free Patients and Consumers information tools and resources.

Asthma in ChildrenConsumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS


Being Alive / San Diego
General AIDS/HIV Resource for patients in the San Diego area.

BioMed Central
A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC series.

Bioterrorism Information Resources

Bio Text Search Engine
Created by UC Berkeley, this is a freely available web-based search engine for scientific literature. Links to full-text in PubMed, but what makes this database stand out is the ability to search figures and tables within the articles.

Blood – Information for Patients and the Public from NHLBI – NIH
These links provide direct information for patients and their families on blood, vascular and related health conditions.

Blood Pressure – NHLBI, NIH
Targets specific information on high blood pressure. See also: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp

The Body
Provides information on treatments for AIDS related infections and antiretroviral therapies


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. 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 inexperienced 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.

CDC Center for Disease Control
Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos
Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

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.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMS is the federal agency, which administers the Medicare Program. This site provides authoritative information for consumers on Medicare benefits, resources and provider information.

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.

China Asia On Demand
China/Asia On Demand (CAOD)/Asia Document Delivery is an effective knowledge gateway to research materials from China in particular and Asia in general. It provides a powerful Web-based research, access and electronic information solution with unique searching and discovery capabilities. Documents can be retrieved in their original format including graphs and illustrations in a pay per-view manner or with a flat fee subscription. A wide range of journals (9,638 titles) (as of January 2011) can be accessed online. Millions of theses and dissertations, patents and conference proceeding papers can be requested. You can use the system to search for articles you may need. It is a pay per view system. Listed below are several modules of CAOD Services.

CAOD Journal List
The list includes various categories of journals by topic and A to Z

CAOD Chinese Medicine Journals
This subcomponent of CAOD covers Chinese Medicine Journals and is also arranged by A to Z

CAOD Traditional Chinese Medicine Journals
The full-text collection of the CAOD Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) contains the main journal titles in the field from China. The broad and unique collection of journals makes the collection an invaluable asset for Traditional Chinese Medicine research.

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.

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.

Cochrane Collaboration -Top 50 Cochrane Reviews
The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an international network of more than 28,000 dedicated people from over 100 countries. We work together to help health care providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care, based on the best available research evidence, by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,600 so far, published online in The Cochrane Library.

Chinese Medicine Specimen Database
This database was established by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and the Library to promote awareness of the variety, authenticity, and effective use of CM.

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.

Coping with DisastersConsumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS


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.

Depression – NIMH, NIH
Specific information from the NIMH, NIH about Depression.

Diabetes – American Diabetes Association
The ADA web page offers search capabilities and the latest information on Diabetes research, prevention, diet and therapies. There is also a section for newly diagnosed patients.

Disaster Preparation and Recovery – Consumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS


Ebook Central ProQuest
Ebook Central ProQuest is a growing e-book collection spanning all academic subject areas. With the integration of the ProQuest platform, there are currently over 70,000 titles of major textbooks and scholarly books accessible through this collection. Use it to read book chapters, to complete class reading assignments and save file folders for study purposes.

* Access is available from San Diego, New York and Chicago campuses.
* Access is available from outside of PCOM Campus by logging in with your MyPCOM username/password.

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

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


Family Caregiver Alliance
Information, services and support for caregivers and families of victims of long-term, chronic and terminal conditions. Includes “Fact Sheets” in English, Spanish and Chinese on various conditions (e.g., dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and stroke) and issues (e.g., End of life decision making, assistive devices, and behavior management strategies for dementia patients). Includes online support group for caregivers at http://www.caregiver.org/

MedlinePlus for Seniors Health Section
This major government site provides access to all federal agencies and other organizations that provide services and programs for seniors (for example, Social Security, Medicare and Veterans Affairs). Seniors can search for government information and programs without knowing the name of the agency responsible for that service.

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.

Food and Nutrition
United States Department of Agriculture – National Agriculture Library. Includes food safety, dietary supplements, food and nutrition information.

Food and Nutrition Topics – Medline Plus
This one-stop site contains information on diverse food and nutrition topics including dietary supplements, dietary needs, and vegetarianism. Authoritative nutrition information contained in this website comes from The US National Library of Medicine, The National Institutes of Health and other government, non-profit and health-related organizations.

Free Medical Journals
Promotes free access to medical articles. This site allows you to search for articles in medical journals by specialty, title, or keyword. Only publications free on-line are available.


Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Provides “fact sheets” on opportunistic infections and current antiretroviral treatments.

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 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.

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.

Healthfinder – en español

High Blood Pressure- MedlinePlus
Specific information from the NLM’s Medline plus on high blood pressure. See full text summaries and interactive Tutorial

HighWire is a Stanford University sponsored system. HighWire Press has a large archive of full-text science and biomedical articles. Some restrictions apply. Searchable by keyword.

HIV InSite
AIDS Information resource from the University of California San Francisco.

HIV – Medscape HIV/AIDS

This website offers easy access to information about resource centers, news, journals, and information from the industry.

HIV/AIDS – A Positive Life
This site offers information about HIV, treating and living with HIV, and information for caregivers and ASOs (AIDS Service Organizations)

HIV/AIDS – American College Health Association
This site takes you to a list of links that are relevant to HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS – Project Inform
Provides patient information on treatments, therapies, and clinical trials for HIV/AIDS. Has “what’s hot” section covering latest treatments and developments in antiretroviral treatments. Produces many “position papers” for patients.

Hyperlipidemia – Cleveland Clinic
This site includes definitions and description for consumers on this health condition as adapted from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

Hyperlipidemia in MedlinePlus
This link includes numerous references to MedlinePlus resources on related hyperlipidemia resources.

Hypertension – American Society of Hypertension
This site provides links to valuable hypertension practice guidelines and information resources.


PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset

Institutos Nacionales de la Salud

Interactions Guide
This guide is offered as individual subscriptions to users. You need to sign up individually. InteractionsGuide™ is an innovative web-based application delivering access to the content of the landmark publication Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies through a powerful suite of access, search and analysis functions.


JAMA and Archives, HIV/AIDS
This site features various journal articles that cover a range of topics about HIV/AIDS.

Johns Hopkins AIDS Service
Provides the latest on medical treatments & clinical trials, publications available, AIDS conferences & events, and more.


Kaiser Family Foundation
Provides fact sheets for patients on treatments, opportunistic infections and other related information.


Leukemia Lymphoma Society
This site provides specific information on the blood cancers.

Lungs and BreathingConsumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS


US Drug Administration Information, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Information for mammography facility personnel, inspectors, and consumers about the implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA)

Mayo Clinic – Diseases and Conditions A to Z
Symptoms check, drugs and supplements, tests and procedure and first aid guide are included in the top bar. Each topic in the Disease and Conditions A to Z has sections on the signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, screening and diagnosis, complications, treatment, and when to seek medical advice. You can sign up for a weekly email newsletter, an RSS feed and a personalized page with automatically updated content.

Medical Encyclopedia in MedlinePlus on Hyperlipidemia
Definition and description of hyperlipidemia

Medicinal Plant Images Database (MPID)
From Hong Kong Baptist University, award winning American Library Association (ALA) Chinese Medical Digital Project. The over 1100 Images listed are a collaboration of the School of Medicine and the Library

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

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.

MEDLINEplus en español, National Library of Medicine
Spanish translation of all health topics and information in the English version of MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus AIDS
Medline offers a dictionary definition of AIDS and offers links to tutorials about different aspects of the disease-such as alternative therapy and disease management-and is also available in Spanish.

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

MedlinePlus Connect
MedlinePlus Connect links health IT systems, patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to relevant, authoritative patient health information from MedlinePlus.gov. The National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides this free service.

MedlinePlus Connect Handout
Includes description on how MedlinePlus Connect works, how to implement, and how to use.

MedlinePlus Connect Technical Information
Includes information on the application, web service, availability, and use policy.

MedlinePlus Connect Web Application Demonstration
Use this demo to see how MedlinePlus Connect works.

MedlinePlus Magazine Announcement

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.

Mental Health Conditions – National Institute of Mental Health- NIH
Home page includes links to numerous mental health conditions.


National Cancer Institute
Information A to Z List of cancer topics.

National Cancer Institute
Documentos sobre el cáncer: información en español

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.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) NIH
The NHLBI at NIH covers all the Heart Lung and Blood disease topics A to Z

National Institute on Aging
Information from the National Institute on Aging regarding a wide range of topics, from specific diseases or health conditions to treatments and research. In addition, specific information from NIA about Alzheimer’s disease is available. Information about aging services and care is available from HHS’ Administration on Aging, and information about Medicare is available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

National Institutes of Health
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.

Natural Disasters – Consumer Health Information from MedlinePlus
Provides resources on natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.

Natural Standard
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.

Nutrition and Physical Activity – CDC
Topics related to nutrition, health promotion, and disease prevention can be found on this CDC website. Links are also provided on using nutrition for infant care, curbing obesity, and weight control.

Nutrition.gov- USDA
A service of the National Agricultural Library, US Dept. of Agriculture. Provides a search window to food and dietary information.


Overeaters Anonymous San Diego Intergroup

OVID E-books on TCM, Peoples Med Pub House
A collection of over 100 invaluable E-books from the People’s Medical Publishing House on Traditional Chinese Medicine. These famous textbooks and case studies from China are available to view, copy, and print from the library or home computers.

* Access is available from San Diego, New York and Chicago campuses.
* Access is available from outside of PCOM Campus by loggin using your MyPCOM username/password.


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 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.

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.

Proquest – Ebrary & Nursing and Allied Health
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.

* Access is available from San Diego, New York and Chicago campuses.
* Access is available from outside of PCOM Campus using your MyPCOM username/password.

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.

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.


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.



Seguridad contra incendios
Medlineplus en Español

Seniors – 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, and real estate).

This site supported by South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Health Science Library provides health brochures for patients. The site includes brochures in Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Spiral – Patient Information in Asian Languages *
*Infomation by Topic- A to Z *

Spiral – Patient Information by Language*


The Institute for Traditional Medicine (ITM)
The Institute for Traditional Medicine (ITM) has included many recent articles from their publications about Chinese medicine and herbal treatments on this site. Articles are also available about the history of Chinese medicine, general information about acupuncture and herbal therapies, and lots of articles on herb safety, interactions, and therapeutic uses.




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.