Do you have a diagnosed illness for which you'd like current medical information? Or are you curious about a medical topic? ASK US!
The Berwyn Public Library's Reference Department has a service called "ASK US! Your Medical Questions." Give us a call at (708) 795-8000 ext 3087, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit our service desk to fill out the information request form.
Once we receive your form, our staff will compile a packet of information from trusted medical sources, and then contact you when your information packet is complete (usually within 24 hours).
Please note: This service is for informational purposes only; we cannot diagnose medical conditions, offer opinions or give advice.
These links could get you started on your own research:
- National Institutes of Health  - health topics
- Medline Plus  - for health info
- Drugs.com  - contains detailed information about (over 24,000) drugs, side effects and interactions; includs information about over the counter drugs and natural products
- Dr. Weil  - A consumer resource site that many health professionals use to stay connected with a growing field of integrative medical philosophy.
- Healthfinder  - A government website designed for consumers to find information on health topics culled from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.
- Mayo Clinic  - Search for diseases and conditions offered by more than 3,000 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic.
- WebMD  - Focuses on articles with insights into drugs, supplements, nutrition, psychological and family care and mental health.
- Talking with your Doctor  - MedlinePlus deals specifically with effective ways to communicate with doctors. Advice on patient rights, safety and taking more control of your office visits.
- Talking with your Doctor: A Guide for Older People  - The National Institue on Aging provides general information on healthy aging, care giving, medications and tips for seniors on better communications with doctors.
- Health Insurance Resource Center  - Provides glossary of common health insurance vocabulary.
- Questions and Answers About Health Insurance: AHRQ  - Offers information on different kinds of health plans and answers common questions.
- MedlinePlus Health Topic: Check-up Checklist  - Gives consumers information on putting together things to do before your next check-up.
- 20 Tips to Prevent Medical Errors  - Offers consumers tips on medicine and hospital stays.
- American Medical Association Doctor Finder  - With over 814,000 doctors listed, assists consumers in finding the perfect match for their medical needs.
- American Hospital Directory  - Provides data for over 6,000 hospitals including Medicare claims data and hospital costs reports.
- CardioSmart  - Provides consumers and their physicians with a way to work together in managing their hypertension, following the American College of Cardiology guidelines.
- Dental Optimizer  - Understand how to prevent dental disease, what treatments are most effective and what their care might cost.