First of all, if you have questions about a medical condition, a medical term, its implications, treatments, etc., the BEST place to go is your doctor and/or medical staff in her/his office.
However, if you are waiting for your appointment and your lab test is available online, or if you’re wondering about general knowledge about a condition that is new to you, you will find some basic information in our electronic databases. You just need to log in with your library card number and last name, and you have access! We have the Merck manual home health handbook and other resources for information about symptoms experienced, or home health. Many of these can be checked out from the branches.
From our homepage, aclibrary.org, if you click the Research tab and search the Subject Guides for Health, you will find a tab that then indicates Diseases & Conditions. Near the bottom, there are links to web sites for specific conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes and Flu, Addiction. There is also a link to Cancer.gov which has a clearinghouse of resources provided by the National Cancer Institute, including links to other patients and what they are experiencing. You can look up a specific type and see any new articles that mention that type. For instance, a relatively new (15 months) drug that might be effective on prostate cancer, etc…For school reports, there is a link to the World Health Organization, with top stories on the fight against ebola, hepatitis, and immunization against other key diseases in the world.
Another way to search online databases is under the A-Z Resources, then Subject (A-H): Health & Medicine. There is a link to medline PLUS, a web site organized by the National Institutes of Health. Again you can search by disease or topic, or search drugs & supplements.
I found Diseases & Conditions one helpful place to start when researching a medical condition for a family member. Of course, it’s best to talk to your medical professional before and after you look for information on your own. Not something we want to think about, but when we need a little bit of information between doctor visits, it’s great to have reliable sources.