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In partnership with provincial and territorial
Canada provides national leadership to develop health policy, enforce
health regulations, promote disease prevention and enhance healthy living
for all Canadians. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health
and Safety (CCOHS)
Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) promotes a safe and
healthy working environment by providing information and advice about occupational
health and safety. http://www.ccohs.ca/
Canadian Health Network
Health Network is a federally funded Web-based consumer health information
service. The aim of the project is to provide Canadians with easier
access to authoritative, current information on health promotion and disease
prevention. The network has over 500 partner organizations comprised of
non-profit groups, government agencies and educational institutions. Through
the Web site, individuals can have one-window access to the resources of
all of these partner organizations. http://www.canadian-health-network.ca
Canadian Medical Association
CMA Infobase Clinical
Practice Guidelines are produced or endorsed in Canada by a national,
provincial or territorial medical or health organization, professional
society, government agency or expert panel. These guidelines describe
"best practice" for treating a wide variety of diseases and health problems.
The Health Line
Consumer Health Information Society supports informed decision-making
about wellness, health, and health care services by providing consumer-oriented
information, free of charge to the public, through
Canada has opened their new website for health information in Canada.
It has information for consumers but it is a health and product promotion
Health In Action
In Action was created in response to the expressed needs of health
promotion and injury prevention practitioners, program planners, funders
and researchers in Alberta for an easy to use, yet comprehensive directory
of health promotion and injury prevention programs, projects, and resources
in the Province. It continues to develop in a way that supports the
coordination of health promotion and injury prevention programming in Alberta.
The links from this site are extensive and comprehensive. The range
of topics is eclectic and includes suicide prevention and spousal abuse.
Initiative provides evidence based advice about drug therapy.
Letter, issue 35, May / June 2000 provides the conscientious practitioners
with online and other sources of information about drug therapies to help
them stay up to date without spending too much time or money? http://www.ti.ubc.ca/pages/letter35.htm
Canadian Women's Health Network
Women's Health Network is a Network of individuals, groups, organizations
and institutions concerned with women's health. The CWHN recognizes the
importance of information sharing, education and advocacy for women's health
and equality. It works to build and strengthen the women's health movement
in Canada and throughout the world. (http://www.cwhn.ca/indexeng.html)
Alberta Dental Association
Dental Association is the public protection and governing body for
dentistry in Alberta. The Alberta Dental Association licenses dentists
and ensures that the oral health of Albertans is advanced through safe,
available, affordable, quality and ethical dental services. The Alberta
Dental Association is a key partner, policy advisor, and decision-maker
with the public, government, industry and other health professionals.
The site offers basic information about dentists and the care of teeth.
Food and Drug Administration
and Drug Administration touches the lives of virtually every American
every day. For it is FDA's job to see that the food Americans eat
is safe and wholesome, the cosmetics they use won't hurt them, the medicines
and medical devices they use are safe and effective, and that radiation-emitting
products such as microwave ovens won't do them harm. Feed and drugs
for pets and farm animals also come under FDA scrutiny. FDA also ensures
that all of these products are labeled truthfully with the information
that people need to use them properly. This web site has information
about many of the products and services that the FDA regulates.
The main output of The
Cochrane Collaboration is systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare
interventions. These systematic reviews are published electronically in
successive issues of The Cochrane Library. This is a subscription
service aimed at professionals. However, abstracts
of their reviews with conclusions are available for free. (http://www.cochrane.de/cochrane/revabstr/mainindex.htm)
Tufts University Nutrition Commentator
The single goal of Tufts University Nutrition
Commentator (http://commentator.tufts.edu/) is to help journalists
answer their readers' questions about nutrition and food safety.
is a gateway website that provides links to selected U.S. government food
safety-related information. This web site is part of the National
Food Safety Information Network. It is maintained by FDA's Center for Food
Safety and Applied Nutrition.
(r) - a U.S. gateway consumer health and human services information web
site. It has information on: AIDS, food safety, alternative medicine,
medicare, cancer, and tobacco. http://www.healthfinder.gov/
is a sponsored site that is run by InteliHealth a subsidiary of Aetna U.S.
Healthcare. InteliHealth's expert editors "consumerize" health information
to make it accessible to the widest possible audience. More than
150 top health care organizations contribute to InteliHealth's online and
offline ventures, including the National Institutes of Health, other government
agencies, major non-profits, other publishers and news media.
Mayo Clinic Health Oasis
Clinic Health Oasis, is a source of reliable health information from
Mayo Clinic. This site is directed by a team of Mayo physicians,
scientists, writers and educators. The Mayo Clinic presence on the
Web is a natural extension of Mayo's long-standing commitment to provide
health education to our patients and the general public. The Mayo
Clinic Health Oasis is the only Web site that gives you access to the experience
and knowledge of the more than 1,200 physicians and scientists at Mayo.
They provide easy-to-read, relevant information for a healthier life.
In addition to a growing database of explanations on how to treat common
and not-so-common illnesses, as well as information on disease prevention.
The site is sponsored but Mayo retains the
right to refuse any advertisement that it believes is incompatible with
its mission. Also, the site conforms to the HON (Health on the Net
Foundation) code of ethics for health care sites. Mayo Clinic is
a not-for-profit institution with a more than 100-year history of excellence
in patient care, medical research and education. http://www.mayohealth.org/
is a gold mine of up-to-date, quality health care information from the
world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine at the
National Institutes of Health. MEDLINEplus is for anyone with a medical
question. Both health professionals and consumers can depend on it for
accurate, current, medical information. This service provides access
to extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also
has links to consumer health information from the National Institutes of
Health, dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians, health information
in Spanish and other languages, and clinical trials. There is no advertising
on this site, nor does MEDLINEplus endorse any company or product.
Inc. is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides
easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers
via a network of robust, user-friendly, interactive web sites. One
interesting feature of this site is a "Drug Interaction Tool." It
was just under the date when this was written. The Tool allows you
to list your medications and will provide a report listing the interactions
among the drugs and some foods. You do need the exact name of your
offers specialists, primary care physicians, other health professionals
and consumers the Web's most robust and integrated multi-specialty medical
information and education tool. Users may choose a personal Medscape home
page from an assortment of specialty sites, primary care medicine sites,
and nonclinical sites such as "Money & Medicine" or "Humor & Medicine."
After a simple, one time, free registration, Medscape automatically delivers
to you the site you specify or that best fits your profile if you make
no specification. Medscape was acquired by WebMD December 26, 2001.
The site will focus on meeting the needs of health professionals. http://www.medscape.com/
strategic partners, technology, content and services enable a more
efficient and people-oriented healthcare system, reduce costs, empower
consumers, and improve care across the entire healthcare system.
The site is sponsored and does have something for everyone.
Consumers who plan to use WebMD's health assessment tools should read their
The Merck Manual Home Edition
Health-care professionals have turned to The
Merck Manual for more than a century. Now this information is available
to you, in easy-to-understand English. This ultimate online health
reference is brought to you as a service from Merck & Co., Inc., the
company committed to providing quality medical information on a not-for-profit
basis for more than 100 years. The company does sell drugs for a
profit. However, the manual contains basic health information in
a text or interactive format. The interative format makes full use
of the multimedia potential of your computer. (http://www.MerckHomeEdition.com/)
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