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CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about current public health concerns, statistics, and a guide to health reference by topic are among this site’s offerings.
Continuous Chest Compression CPR video
Be a lifesaver; not a bystander. This video from the University of Arizona shows how to apply continuous chest compression CPR.
Drugs (Pharmaceuticals)
ConsumerMedSafety.orgEMedExpertFamilyDoctor.orgMayo ClinicMedlinePlusNLMRxList
Health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Gale Onefile: Health and Medicine
Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting research in health studies. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University — a division of Columbia Health. Award-winning site with plenty of information.
Healthline Networks offers the easiest way for consumers to quickly and easily find consistently excellent health information on the Web.
HEALTHmap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health.
Mayo Clinic
Online site for the Mayo Clinic. With information about diseases, health & fitness, drugs, first aid, and answers from doctors.
Mayo Clinic: First-Aid Guide
Medical emergencies don’t occur every day. But when they do, information can help you deal with these situations.
Medical Dictionaries and Terms
Easy to understand information on everything from common ailments to prescription drugs. Includes a dictionary of medical terms.
MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 1000 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
Hand-picked health information from A to Z prevention & wellness, diseases & conditions, and alternative medicineplus medical dictionaries, an encyclopedia, journals, and more.
National Cancer Institute
Conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.
NHS: Behind the Headlines
Background information about science that makes the news from Britain’s National Health Service.
National Institutes of Health – Health Information
The NIH website offers health information for the public, scientists, researchers, medical professionals, patients, educators, and students. The Site has extensive information on funding and training opportunities, clinical trials, health news and links to the many Institutes and Centers that make-up the NIH.
National Library of Medicine
Search biomedical literature, Find medical terminologies, Search NLM collections, Read about diseases, Learn about drugs, Explore history, Find a clinical trial, Use a medical dictionary, Find free full-text articles. Includes access to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and other databases and materials.
New York State Department of Health
Health information, health news, information for individuals and for health providers, articles about various Health Topics, and more.
Poison Help
Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, including an emergency number and links to local Poison Center websites.
PubMed Central
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
Radiation Dose Chart
This is a chart of the ionizing radiation dose a person can absorb from various sources.
We’re a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. … There’s a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web. Our mission is to tell it to you straight. Health
Find health resources from the government.
Diseases, family, fitness, a drug database, a calorie counter, and current health news are covered at this site.
World Health Organization
Information on health and disease around the world.

Addictions - Alcohol

Alcohol and Other Drugs
Information about drinking, staying safe, blood alcohol concentration, and related topics for college students from Standford University.
Alcohol Problems and Solutions
Facts, statistics, tips, drinking and driving, alcohol and youth, health issues… this site has it all.
Broome County STOP-DWI Program
Information about our community STOP-DWI program. Includes statistics and links to related sites. Alcohol Abuse
Discusses what alcohol abuse is, signs and symptoms, short and long-term effects, interactions with other drugs, treatment, statistics, and teens and alcohol.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Alcohol
Why does alcohol cause people to act and feel differently? How much is too much? Why do some people become addicted while others do not? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is researching the answers to these and many other questions about alcohol.
Medline Plus: Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Offers a summery about alcohol abuse and links to other pages on specific aspects of the issue.

Addictions - Cigarettes and Tobacco

10 of the Worst Diseases Smoking Causes
Smoking cigarettes will kill you, but before you die, you could experience some pretty terrible diseases and health conditions from smoking. Here are some of the most gruesome diseases caused by smoking. provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions. Topics covered include: About Tobacco, Health Effects, Quit Now, Don’t Start
CDC Fact Sheet – Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking
Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general.
DrugFacts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
An article from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
New York State Smoker’s Quitline
Information about smoking and how to quit.
Surgeon General: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress (2014)
Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease (2010)
Two reports from the office of the Surgeon General of the United States discussing the relationship of smoking and health.

Addictions - E-Cigarettes (Vaping)

5 Vaping Facts You Need to Know
Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, shares the truth about vaping.
Are E-Cigarettes Safe? Here’s What the Science Says
E-cigarettes, which have grown increasingly popular in the past five years, were designed as a tool to help people quit ­smoking—and by doing so they should drastically reduce rates of lung cancer and other diseases. But the question is, does that potential outweigh their possible risks to human health? (Time, Nov. 2, 2018)
CDC: About Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigarettes)
CDC: Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
A pair of articles from the Centers for Disease Control.
CDC: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping
CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. (Oct. 11, 2019)
DrugFacts: Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes)
An article about e-cigarettes, how they work, and their health effects from the National Institutes of Health. (Dec. 2019)
E-cigarette studies bust safety myths
Two new studies on e-cigarettes showed they contain cancer-causing chemicals and are associated with future cigarette smoking in teens. University of California, San Francisco researchers who authored the studies raised concerns about the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to youths in light of the growing evidence they are unsafe. (American Academy of Pediatrics News, March 5, 2018)
An e-cigarette with twice the nicotine of comparable devices is taking over high schools — and scientists are sounding the alarm
Vaping is becoming increasingly popular, and now a vape pen that’s small, discrete, and easy to use is taking over high schools — and the e-cig market. (Business Insider, April 2018)
Everything You Need To Know About The JUUL, Including The Health Effects
They’re supposed to help you quit smoking cigarettes, but with a cool design and flavors like fruit medley and creme brulee, critics say the nicotine-delivery device is maybe a bit too attractive for its own good. (BuzzFeedNews, Feb. 2018)
How Juul Hooked Kids and Ignited a Public Health Crisis
To a remarkable degree, a single company is front and center in one of the biggest public-health crises facing the country: the sharp rise in vaping among teenagers and young adults (Time, Sept. 19, 2019)
More Teens Than Ever Are Vaping. Here’s What We Know About Their Habits
Three years ago, only about one in ten high school students reported having recently used e-cigarettes. But a study published this week in JAMA shows the proportion of students vaping nicotine has now grown to more than one in four. (NPR, Nov. 2019)
Scientists are beginning to learn how vaping impacts your health — and the results are troubling
We don’t have a ton of research on how vaping affects the body and brain. But a handful of studies published this year have begun to illuminate some of the potential health effects of e-cigs. (Business Insider, Feb. 26, 2018)
Vaping Related Lung Injuries Climb Past 2,500 And 54 Deaths
The number of vaping deaths have climbed over 50 as the outbreak of lung injury cases have topped 2,500 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (NPR, Dec. 19, 2019)
What You Should Know About Vaping and E-Cigarettes (video)
Biobehavioral scientist Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin explains what you’re actually inhaling when you vape (hint: it’s definitely not water vapor) and explores the disturbing marketing tactics being used to target kids. (November 2018)
Teen Vaping Linked to More Health Risks
Young people may think that vaping does no harm—and that’s a problem. (Yale Medicine, Sept. 7, 2019)
This is Your Body on Vaping
Here’s how nicotine and marijuana-based e-cigarettes affect you physically and mentally. (HuffPost, Oct. 16, 2019)
Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease
In addition to a recent spate of lung illnesses, e-cigarettes have been linked to a greater likelihood of developing diseases such as COPD and emphysema. (Scientific American, Dec. 20, 2019)
Young people apparently don’t realize these popular ‘crème brulée’ e-cigarettes contain nicotine
Only a minority of young people who were familiar with or had recently used the Juul knew that it contains the addictive stimulant nicotine… (MarketWatch, April 2018)

Addictions - Drugs

9 things everyone should know about the drug Molly
The drug called Molly isn’t what most of its users think it is….Here are nine things everyone should know about this rapidly changing party drug (CNN, March 2018)
Addiction Search
Annoted index to tons of information about addictions, treatments, statistics, etc.
Heads Up For Students
An educational collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Scholastic Inc., this series provides science-based information about the effects of drugs and drug abuse on the brain and body through a variety of print and Web formats. Addictions
Learning about the nature of drug abuse and addiction—why and how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold—will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it.
MedLinePlus: Drug Use and Addiction
Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress, and child abuse…. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.
MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly)
An article about Molly, what it is, its effects and dangers, and how to get help from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. (March, 2019)
National Drug Abuse Hotline Numbers: Free Addiction Help 24/7
A drug addiction help hotline is a toll-free number that provides information about substance abuse. Recovering addicts and their families can obtain information about addiction and guidance on treatment.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Lots of good information. Young people should note the Children and Teens section.
NIDA for Teens
Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more! From the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Recovery Connection: Drug Information
Descriptions of various drugs from a commercial site for recovering addicts. The Addiction Resources page lists articles with further information on addiction and recovery.

Addictions - Eating Disorders

6 Common Types of Eating Disorders (and Their Symptoms)
Some people may see eating disorders as phases, fads or lifestyle choices, but they’re actually serious mental disorders. They affect people physically, psychologically and socially and can have life-threatening consequences….The following article describes 6 of the most common types of eating disorders and their symptoms.
National Eating Disorders Association: Learn
Articles about eating disorders, body image, and related issues.
NIMH: Eating Disorders
There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses… Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
NIMH: Eating Disorders Fact Sheet
Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may be signs of an eating disorder. These disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health; in some cases, they can be life-threatening. But eating disorders can be treated. Learning more about them can help you spot the warning signs and seek treatment early.
KidsHealth: Food and Fitness
Ever wonder if some diets are really safe? Or how you can excel at sports? Get the lowdown on healthy eats, dieting, strength training, eating disorders, steroids, and more. Body Image and Mental Health
Developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a woman’s happiness and wellness. Read on for tips to have a healthy body image. Includes fact sheets on eating disorders.

Addictions - Opioids

About the U.S. Opioid Epidemic
Information from the Department of Health and Human Servicse, with links to further articles. Understanding the Epidemic
Brief facts and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Opiods
Information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
HHS: Opioids
Help, Resources and Information from the US Department of Health and Human Services
Mayo Clinic: What are opioids and why are they dangerous?
When used as directed by your doctor, opioid medications safely help control acute pain, such as pain you experience after surgery. There are risks, though, when the medications are used incorrectly.
MedlinePlus: Opioid Misuse and Addiction
Abuse can include taking too much medicine, taking someone else’s medicine, taking it in a different way than you are supposed to, or taking the medicine to get high. Opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses are serious public health problems in the United States.
New York Times: The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Years in the Making
Here is a roundup of our best reporting on the epidemic, including short answers to hard questions about it. Includes maps showing how the crisis spread from 1990 through 2014. (Oct. 2017)
Opiod Help
This website offers current news about opiods and the opiod epidemic as well as information about opiods and opiod recovery.
Opioid Overdose Crisis
Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Opioid Overdose Prevention
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., released a public health advisory to urge more Americans to carry a potentially lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Mental Health

6 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned about the potential for negative effects of social media in young kids and teens, including cyber-bullying and “Facebook depression.” But the same risks may be true for adults, across generations. Here’s a quick run-down…. (June 2017)
APA – Psychology Help Center
From the American Psychological Association, brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being.
KidsPeace gives kids peace through mental health treatment programs, crisis intervention and public education. Includes hotline numbers, free online magazine, and sponsors TeenCentral, where teens can talk with teens.
Local Resources
Clear and well-organized site which provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.
My3: Suicide Prevention App
MY3 lets you stay connected when you are having thoughts of suicide. With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe…. MY3 is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, free of charge.
NIMH: Mental Health Information
NIMH: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
From the National Institute of Mental Health, expert-reviewed information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.
New Studies Show Just How Bad Social Media Is For Mental Health
Plenty of studies have found correlations between higher social media use and poorer mental health, including depression, anxiety, feelings of loneliness and isolation, lower self-esteem, and even suicidality. (November 2018)
Parents’ Guide to Teen Depression
Discusses the signs and symptoms of teenage depression.
Information about health for teens, including both mental and physical health and safety issues.
VeryWell: Depression
When dealing with depression, it’s important to remember you are not alone. Read on to find more about symptoms, treatment options, and more.
VeryWell: An Overview of Stress Management
Stress about school, friends, exams, and life in general can make you tired, sick, and depressed, and anxious. Learn about stress, what causes it, and how to deal with it.
WebMD: Mental Health Center
Millions of Americans live with various types of mental illness and mental health problems, such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction, and personality disorders.
Information from the Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention program.


40 Percent of Food Sold in the U.S. Never Gets Eaten
Statistically Speaking: A Wasteland of Food
A pair of articles from Scientific American on the causes and impact of wasted food.
Calorie Control Council
Calorie calculators, exercise calculator, body mass index calculator, and more.
CDC: Nutrition
CDC nutrition efforts support public health strategies and programs that improve dietary quality, support healthy child development, and reduce chronic disease.
Graphic representation of a balanced diet from the USDA.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
As one of the nation’s top consumer advocates, CSPI will keep fighting for government policies and corporate practices that promote healthy diets, prevent deceptive marketing practices, and ensure that science is used to promote the public welfare. – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Includes fact sheets, papers, a reading list, and food pyramid information.
Eat Well Guide
The easiest and most comprehensive way for you to find wholesome, fresh, sustainable food in the US and Canada.
Food in Every Country
Information about cuisine around the world, with sample recipes.
The FOOD Museum
This is the on-line home of The FOOD Museum, your source for food exhibits, examination of food issues and resources, food history, food fun, food news on The FOOD Museum’s interactive Blog, answers to your food questions, and the museum’s favorite places and things, including restaurants, cafes, books, and films.
FoodPrint: Making Sense of Food
FoodPrint will help you make food choices that do less harm to the environment, animals and people.
Food safety, proper food handling and storage, foodborne diseases, and related topics.
Food Storage
Food Freezing Tips: How Long Can You Store Meals in Your Freezer?
Handy infographic showing how long various kinds of food stay fresh in the freezer.
Shelf Life Advice
This site answers questions such as how long food is good once opened and how accurate are “Best By” dates, as well as supplying FAQs about food-borne illness, cookware, and other food safety issues.
Still Tasty
How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe and tasty? What is the best way to store it? Healthy Eating
This guide is full of tips for staying healthy whether eating in or going out.
How Many Fruits and Vegetables Should I Eat: A Visual Guide
The whole confusing and vague idea of eating enough ‘servings’ has pretty much been scrapped, and now the powers that be (the USDA, CDC, Department of Health & Human Services) are talking cups. … We’ve created a visual chart based on data from the USDA and some chopping and measuring in our test kitchen.
MayoClinic: Nutrition and Healthy Eating
While it’s true that what is known about nutrition and diet is evolving, there are some nutrition basics you can keep in mind. By knowing these nutrition basics, you’ll be better equipped to sort through the latest research and advice. From the Mayo Clinic.
Nutrition Calculator
Nutrition calculator computes nutrition facts and analysis for the whole meal. Put individual items together to make a meal.
Food facts, food safety, lifestyle issues, and health management are some of the subjects covered in this website.
Facts, tools, articles, calorie counter, fast food facts, and more.
USDA: Food and Nutrition Information Center
Information from the National Agricultural Library of the Dept. of Agriculture.
USDA Food Composition Databases
Search here to find nutrition information on thousands of foods and brand foods.
What Does 200 Calories Look Like?
Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. Each of the photographs below represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density.
What Do 300 Calorie Meals Look Like?
Here is a selection of meals that are in the 300-400 Calorie range. The visual representation gives an idea of portion size.
What Sugar Actually Does to Your Brain and Body
Here’s a look at the different forms of sugar, the various ways they effect you, and how they play a role in healthy—and unhealthy—diets. (Lifehacker, June 2011)
World Food Clock
Sets of counters visualizing how much food is being produced, consumed, and wasted every second, with information on the costs of producing and wasting so much food and how many people are undernourished around the world. (Based on 2014 data.)
World’s Healthiest Foods
The Foundation’s mission is to offer the latest scientific information about the benefits of the World’s Healthiest Foods and the specific nutrients they provide. Equally important, we offer practical, simple and affordable ways to enjoy them that fit your individual lifestyle.


10 Psychology Basics Everyone Should Know
Short definitions of some basic ideas in psychology. (August 2010)
AACAP: Families and Youth
Short articles from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology.
AllPsych Online is one of the largest and most comprehensive psychology websites on the Internet. Inside the site you’ll find over over 920 individual, cross referenced, web pages and an estimated 3000 pages of printed material. Includes dictionary, timeline, biographies, and more. Psychology 101
This online text represents a summary of the major theories, concepts, and treatment approaches in the field of psychology. Following the text will provide you with a strong basic understanding of the field of psychology.
Annenberg Learner: Discovering Psychology
Online video course from WBGH. Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition enables students, as well as general viewers, to learn psychology’s history, observe psychology in practice, and better understand its relevance to their own lives.
Annenberg Learner: The Mind: Teaching Modules (video)
Unravel the mysteries of the mind with these video teaching modules… The modules present current findings on language processing, drug treatment and addictions, and cognitive development throughout the life span. The programs also cover mood and personality disorders, and pain and its treatment.
BPS Research Digest Blog
A feast of psychology research broken down into digestible morsels for students, their teachers…in fact, anyone who loves psychology
Classics in the History of Psychology
An effort to make the full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines available on the World Wide Web.
The Curious Dreamer
The Curious Dreamer is a free dream dictionary. … The dictionary is updated regularly and is searchable and indexed alphabetically and by category.
Encyclopedia of Death and Dying
Articles on historical, literary, religious, medical, psychological, and social aspects of death and dying.
Gale: Health Reference Center Academic
Articles on health related issues, including psychology. (Ask librarian for password.)
MIT OpenCourseWare: Brain and Cognitive Sciences
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world.
Extensive information from a doctor of psychology. Site includes an excellent set of links as well.
Psychology: an Introduction
Free online introductory psych textbook.
Psych Web
This Web site contains lots of psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology. Browse topics or search directly for your topic.
ScienceDaily: Mind and Brain News
Current news in psychology and brain science.
Scientific American: Mind
Scientific American: Mind Matters (blog)
Articles on the brain, psychology, and related issues.
SciShow Psych (video)
A YouTube channel where we’ll dig into the research to try to understand a little bit more about the human mind!
Simply Psychology
Study guides for psychology students.
Social Psychology Network
Welcome to Social Psychology Network, one of the largest Internet sites devoted to psychological research and teaching. Search or browse by topic. Video Playlists About Psychology (video)
What makes us tick? These TED Talks — from psychologists and journalists, doctors and patients — share the latest research on why we do what we do.
VeryWell: Psychology
Discusses what psychology is, its history, and its various branches.
Wikibooks: Introduction to Psychology
A crowd-sourced online book about psychology.
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