Great Health Websites


Be sure to include these great websites as a part of your health research!


Also check out our listing of reliable health websites on "Healthlink" on Delicious.


The Kitchener Public Library is not responsible for any information contained on these websites. If you have questions about the application of any information contained on these websites, please consult your doctor.

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Research Databases

Your Kitchener Public Library card gives you access to premier health databases that offer general health information, research reports, and topical articles from respected publications and authors within the medical field.


You can easily access these databases, which are listed on the right, either at the library or from home.



Health Canada


This government website is an excellent source for Canadian health news, product recalls, and resources for a variety of health topics.



Mayo Clinic


At the Mayo Clinic, doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients. This joint effort is evident on their searchable site that provides quality, reliable health and medical information.





The authoritative health information on MedlinePlus has been compiled and evaluated by the staff at the American National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This site features an excellent encyclopedia, drug and supplement information, and interactive patient tutorials.


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Alternative Health & Complementary Medicine



Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) on PubMed


Search this subset of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database for alternative medicine information.



Health Canada - Natural Health Products


This Canadian government database includes information about how to purchase safe natural health products, and features a Licensed Natural Health Products Database.



National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


Here you will find health information and research on complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) topics.


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Children's Health



About Kids Health


Created by Sick Kids Hospital to provide information to parents, "About Kids Health" is rated as one of the Top 10 Canadian Health Websites by the Consumer Health Information Providers Group. Also features a website for kids.



Caring for Kids


Caring for Kids provides reliable children's health information from the Canadian Paediatric Society.



Dr. Greene: Caring for the Next Generation


Respected pediatrician Dr. Greene has created this site filled with topical, down-to-earth information about babies and children.



Kid's Health


With separate sites for parents, kids and teens, this resource shares health information in a way that is fun and age-appropriate for the intended audience.


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Disease Prevention and Wellness



Public Health Agency of Canada – Chronic Diseases

The CCDPC, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), offers statistics on chronic disease surveillance in Canada, current programs aimed at preventing disease, and links to PHAC information on chronic diseases.



United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


The CDC’s online communication channel provides reliable information on diseases and conditions, environmental health, safety, and other health and wellness topics.


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Healthcare Services & Physician Information



Find a Doctor - Ontario


Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. Please note: to register you must have a valid Health Card, your mailing address must be up-to-date, and you cannot currently be enrolled with a family health care provider.



Ministry of Health and Long Term Care


Your source for information about Ontario’s health system, including health care options, health programs and services, healthy living, and more.



Region of Waterloo – Clinics, Local Hospitals, and Local Walk-in Clinics


Here you can find a list local specialty clinics, hospitals and walk-in clinics within the Region of Waterloo.



Region of Waterloo Public Health – Find a Doctor / Dentist


This website offers advice and contact information to help you find a doctor or dentist within the Region of Waterloo.



Region of Waterloo Public Health - Resource Centre


The Public Health Resource Centre website lists services and materials available to everyone who lives, works or goes to school in the Waterloo Region. Resources include videos, educational kits and pamphlets.



College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – All Doctors Search


Find information here about all family doctors and specialists, including practice contact details, qualifications, and disciplinary information.


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Languages Other Than English





Cross-cultural medicine information available in many languages; brought to you by the University of Washington.



Healthy Roads

Here you can find print, audio and video health information, available in a variety of languages.



MedlinePlus: Health Information in Other Languages


Multimedia and printable resources in many languages accessible through MedlinePlus.



NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

Health information for non-English speaking communities.


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Medical Professionals & Students



British Medical Journal (BMJ)


Established in 1840, the BMJ is a now available in an online format with free, full-text articles for everything published since 1994.



Canadian Medical Association Journal


Canada’s leading health sciences journal features free access to full-text health articles and research.



Free Books 4 Doctors


"Free Books 4 Doctors" allows you to access online editions of well-known medical textbooks and reference books for free.



Health Sciences Online


Created through a partnership between the World Health Organization, U.S. Centres for Disease Control, and other prominent medical organizations, the HSO database features reliable, free health sciences knowledge information. Browse or search from over 50,000 items selected from accredited educational sources including universities, governments, and professional societies.



Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary


This searchable dictionary, hosted on the MedlinePlus website, gives definitions for medical terms.





Free database search for biomedical journal citations. Some full-text articles are freely available.


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Mental Health



Canadian Mental Health Association


Covers all aspects of mental health, with a wealth of information and support resources. Visit the CMHA’s Grand River Branch website for information on local education and support for mental wellness.



Mental Health Canada


This comprehensive directory of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists allows you to search by professional designation, gender and location.



National Institute of Mental Health


This United States Government website includes information on all aspects of mental health.


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Older Adults' Health



Community Care Access Centre of Waterloo Region


This site provides information about community and long-term care for people of all ages, including seniors, and features a Long-Term Care Home Directory for the Waterloo-Wellington area.



Merck Manual of Geriatrics


This online version of the print resource serves as a comprehensive health resource for older adults.



National Institutes of Health - Senior's Health


The National Institutes of Health website includes health information on a variety of topics related to older adults.



Seniors' Secretariat


The Government of Ontario has created this website to list provincially recognized health care resources and information pages for seniors.


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