Health Databases and Websites

Looking for health information online? Want good reliable results you can trust? The following links are Databases and web pages that have been evaluated by Barberton Library staff. Please note that some Databases require a library card to access from home.    Get a Library card
Health Databases and Resources: 

ADM Board -  Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board - Summit County Ohio.  There are many community groups and resources dedicated to help those with alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health issues.  Those seeking help- addicts, family members, loved ones, etc. may find useful resources at this site. 

Affordable Health Insurance Finding affordable health insurance can be frustrating and confusing, especially if one is unemployed.  Click on the link for more information on how to find affordable health insurance for you and your family. 

Alt HealthWatch from EBSCO Host - This alternative health database provides full text for more than 140 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

American Heart Association - Visit this site to search for heart-health events in your community, learn to identify the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and find CPR classes near you.  Click on "For Patients" to visit the AHA's HeartHub for Patients, which provides various tools to help you manage your health.

Brain Basics: Preventing Strokes - Sponsored by The National Institutes of Health- learn the basics of a stroke, the signs and the treatments.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - This U.S. Government-run website has easy-to-use, unique features.  Planning a vacation?  The "Traveler's Health" section provides information on vaccinations, outbreaks, and finding a clinic in your destination state or country.  You can also lookup health statistics and learn how to prepare for emergencies - Search for research studies being done on various health topics. Search by medical condition, intervention, location, and type of participant being recruited.

Consumer Health Complete - Provides information directed towards the needs of the patients and helps with the understanding of health-related topics. 

Coronavirus - Get the latest up-to-date information on the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control. Reliable, informative, and educational, this site guides users to the resources needed to be informed and safe. 

DailyMed - DailyMed provides high-quality information about marketed drugs.  This information includes FDA-approved labels (package inserts).  This website provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.

Drug Information Portal - A National Library of Medicine site that provides the latest information on news reports, drugs, and research.

Family Doctor - From the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national medical organization representing more than 93,000 physicians, family practice residents, and medical students, this site provides information written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals.

Guide to Keeping Your Home Through Debilitating Disease - Caring for a loved one with a serious debilitating disease is very difficult and challenging.  This site, sponsored by Mortgage Calculator, offers advice on paying bills, insurance, etc. 

Health Source: Consumer Edition - This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets. 

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong, including full text from Creative Nursing, Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Forum, Nursing Inquiry, and many more. In addition, this database includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. Must be used at Barberton Library's main site. 

Leading Age Ohio - A non-profit trade organization that represents long-term care facilities and hospice providers.  This site maintains recent information and forms for many topics including advance directives, patient rights, and long term care.  

MEDLINE (EBSCOhost) - This database provides full-text for many of the most-used biomedical and health journals indexed in MEDLINE. Many journals are available with no embargo, allowing doctors, nurses, health professionals and researchers to access to the information as soon as it is published.

Mayo Clinic - Visit this site from the Mayo Clinic, one of the most trusted names in medicine.  Look up a disease or condition, sign up for an e-newsletter, or get tips on healthy living.  This information is written in an easy-to-understand way
(U.S. National Library of Medicine) The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Contains bibliographic citations (e.g., authors, title, and journal reference) and author abstracts from over 3,900 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 foreign countries during the current four years. Contains over 9 million records dating back to 1966.

Medical Testing  This site consumers advocate for their health by providing them with learning guides and products that make lab testing accessible, convenient and affordable.

Mesothelioma and Abestos Awareness Center - Provides current and up-to-date information about Mesothelioma including current research and access to support groups. 

National Institutes of Health - This research-based site has health information aimed at different demographics.  There are quick links for Child & Teen Health, Men's Health, Minority Health, Seniors' Health, and Women's Health.  Check out NIH Radio to listen to their Podcast on your computer or MP3 player.

NCCIH - The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is one of the twenty-seven institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health. This site includes information about treatments and therapies for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Learn about how to be an informed consumer of CAM and stay informed on the latest new alerts.

Ohio eLicense Center - Search for a doctor, chiropractor, dentist, or other Ohio licensed professional. Find contact information, original issue date of license, expiration date, and status.

Pest Control for Expectant Mothers - Pregnant women are warned about exposure to 'everyday' products like soft cheeses and kitty litter.  What about insecticides, for example? Check this site for how to use pesticides safety and hot to protect unborn children from the effects of pesticides on women. - Created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this is the Federal Government's source for women's health information.

ZocDoc - Fill in the information and select the type of doctor needed based on zip code and type of insurance the doctor accepts

Substance Abuse Assistance:

Recovery Village - This site offers information on substance abuse treatments.

ADM Board - Click here for information about the various treatments available for persons with addictions and their families. 

IBH Addiction Recovery Center  - Located in Akron, Ohio the IBH Center helps addicts and their families through counseling and education.  Open to men and women this center  has assisted recovering addicts since 1970. 

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Information by county for mental health and addiction treatment.  

Rehab Addiction Group - Rehab Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals suffering from substance abuse and prevent new cases through credible information and spreading awareness to as many as we can reach. Every fact-based piece of content is written by journalists or medical professionals. Also, we have no affiliations to any rehab centers, we aren’t sponsored, and we display no advertisements on our website.

Rehabspot: Inpatient - This site helps patients and families seeking information about inpatient treatment for substance abuse. 

Rehabspot: Outpatient - This site helps patients and families seeking information about outpatient treatment for substance abuse. 

Local Hospitals and Medical Care: 

Summa Barberton Hospital - Find information on Barberton's hospital, including news, maps, and career opportunities.

Summit County Public Health - The mission of Summit County Public Health is to protect and promote the health of the entire community through programs and activities designed to address the safety, health and well-being of the people who live in Summit County.  Through its programs and activities, the Health District seeks to create a healthful environment and ensure the accessibility of health services to all. Find out about programs and services here.

Cleveland Clinic/Akron General - Explore the different departments, schedule an appointment, and search job openings at this hospital.

Akron Children's Hospital - The site includes information about the area's children's hospital, including a calendar of events, a New Parent eNewsletter, and contact information.

Summa Akron City Hospital - Find contact information, news articles, and a physicians directory for this Akron hospital.

Summa Wadsworth Medical Center - This hospital's website includes pictures of recent newborns, Find a Doctor, and information on their educational programming.

Cleveland Clinic - The main campus of this nationally-ranked hospital is less than an hour's drive from Barberton.  Find detailed health information or schedule an appointment from their website.

Cancer Information:

American Cancer Society - Use this site to learn about cancer, stay healthy, find support and treatment, explore research, and get involved.

National Cancer Institute - Read about the latest information on cancer treatments and programs.The National Cancer Institute is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training and is a component of the National Institutes of Health. The site provides quality cancer information on cancer topics including news, clinical trials, statistics, and research and funding.

Quit Smoking: Smoking Cessation - This site includes free email courses and support to help you quit, as well as a section on "After Quitting" to prevent relapse.  Subscribe to the frequently updated blog for new information.

Become an Ex - Check out this free online smoking cessation program.  It includes online tools such as a cigarette tracker, a Quit Date calendar, and a discussion board where you can interact with others who are also trying to quit. - This popular website is run by a variety of organizations, including the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control.  Its features include an online Quit Smoking guide and live instant message help.


AARP - Visit the health section of the AARP's website. The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that aims to helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

About Assisted Living - This resource helps seniors and their families fully understand all the programs that can help pay for senior care.  

Assisted Living Research Institute  Choosing the best facility, however, can be time-consuming and overwhelming for seniors and their loved ones. These resources help aging adults and their families explore available communities, costs, and payment options. 

Alzheimer's Association - The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support and largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research.

Assisted Living - A comprehensive guide for people living with disabilities to learn more about assisted living options.  This guide breaks down the care options that are available, financial support to help pay for the care needed, and resources that are available from each state. 
Assisted Living Options - This site is for the growing low-income senior population.  Locate an assisted living facility, explore the costs and learn about valuable resources and assistance available. - is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured on the Administration for Community Living, AARP, Forbes, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the internet.

CDC - Visit the Centers for Disease Control's Healthy Aging for Older Adults page to read about healthy aging topics or use the interactive data tools.

Eldercare Locator - Launched in 1991 the Eldercare Locator is the only national information and referral resource to provide support to consumers across the spectrum of issues affecting older Americans.   The Locator was established and is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging.   

Elder Prescription Drug Abuse - This article in gives details and advice on dealing with prescription drug abuse among the elderly. 

Health in Aging - Created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging, this site offers up-to-date information for consumers on health and aging.

Healthy U Ohio - Chronic conditions can affect the quality of life and independence.   The Healthy U Ohio initiative helps Ohioans stay active, make healthy choices and manage chronic conditions and maintain an independent lifestyle. 

Home Modifications and Safety for Seniors - Informational site about making a home safe for seniors.   

How to Choose & Pay for Senior Care - Choosing the right living situation depends on factors such as meeting your loved one’s needs and respecting their physical and mental health. This includes everything from cognitive ability and physical health to social aptitude and desire for independence.

Medicare:   Click here to find out more information about Medicare and Medicaid.  Learn about your options for Medicare, including how much it costs, when to enroll, and how to find Medicare plans near you. 

MedicaidClick here to find out more information about Medicaid. 

Ohio Medicare Plans   Check here for options in choosing the right Medicare Plan.  Make an informed decision by researching your options. Choosing a Medicare Plan can be overwhelming- begin the process by starting here. 

National Council on Aging - The goal of the NCOA is to improve the lives of older Americans. Visit this site for information on improving health, enhancing economic security, promoting independence and dignity, and strengthening community organizations.

Older Driver Guide - There are more senior drivers than ever on the road, and that number is expected to expand due to the large baby boomer population growing older. Driving can help older people stay mobile, independent and connected to their loved ones and communities. Seniors and their loved ones should know how older drivers can stay safe behind the wheel, how to ensure they have the the best car insurance to protect them as an older driver and when and how to hang up the keys.

Online Nursing Home Compare Tool - This link has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

Paying for Senior Care - The mission at is to help the elderly and their families fully understand the cost of long term care and the programs that can provide financial support. There is an online database of tools and resources that cover topics like available care options and free support that is available in every state across the US.

SeniorHousing.Net - This is a dedicated page that provides extremely well-detailed information for families and senior citizens who are looking for senior living and care options that can help maintain their independence and quality of life in Ohio. This free resource provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available in Ohio, and our website offers resources for every city and state across the country.

Steady U Ohio - STEADY U Ohio is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, supported by Ohio government and state business partners to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how they can prevent falls, one step at a time.  This website is the source in Ohio for falls prevention, information, tools and other resources. 

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