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Researching a Disease, Disorder or Condition   Tags: diseases, disorders, medical conditions  

Use these sources to help you find information on diseases, disorders and conditions. There are additional sources included on other Nursing and Allied Health LibGuides.
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This is a guide to resources to locate information on diseases, disorders and conditions.  Some of the resources are open-access .... free on the web.  Other resources the MassBay Library subscribes to for students, such as, the Library databases.

Can You Obtain Reliable Health Information on the Web?

CDC & National Library of Medicine - MedlinePlus Encyclopedia and Health Topics

These are good places to locate basic overview information and start research.  Here you'll find free and authoritative resources from the NLM (National Library of Medicine), the National Institutes of Health & other government agencies, and additional selected health related organizations. Includes access to drug information, medical images, medical journal articles, patient information, interactive patient tutorials and latest health news.

  • MedlinePlus - Resources for HealthProfessionals
    To locate the more advanced resources for health professionals you need do search for a particular disease, condition or disorder first. Then when on the Topic page there are links to information. One list on the page is labeled Research, or you can scroll down to the links to articles, statistics, etc. Here is the an example: Search Autism Spectrum Disorder > scroll down to Autism Spectrum Disorder -- see more articles; or to Signs & Symptoms which has a link to the related CDC page > look for Research & Tracking, and Articles & Key Findings.
  • Genetics Home Reference
    Genetics Home Reference provides information about the effects of genetic variation on human health from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • CDC - Diseases and Conditions A - Z List
    This is a great site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with links to information for health professionals and good statistical information.
  • MedlinePlus Encyclopedia
    Includes information for consumers with links to information for clinicians.
    FOR PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES: Look for links in the Related MedlinePlus Health Topics box found on top right column.
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  • MedlinePlus Health Topics
    From main entry on a disease be sure to scroll for links additional resources: i.e. diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, statistics.
    Spanish Translation Available

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