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Health Links

Want to know more about a particular topic? Explore the sites below, which are recommended by UHS' healthcare professionals.

Disclaimer

The University Health Services (UHS) website is a resource for UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff. The contents are not intended to diagnose, treat or provide a second opinion on any health issue. This information is not a substitute for the services of medical professionals; users should consult a healthcare provider for specific medical advice. Links to external websites are provided solely for the convenience of users. These sites are not managed by UHS and the organization assumes no responsibility for their content.

General information

• American Association of Family Physicians: www.familydoctor.org
• Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
• Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com
• Massachusetts Department of Public Health: www.mass.gov/dph
• Medline Plus: www.medlineplus.gov
• UpToDate: www.patients.uptodate.com

Information in languages other than English

• Medline Plus: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/languages.html
• Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en#

Specific topics

Alcohol and other drugs

• Alcoholics Anonymous: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
• Al-Anon/Alateen: www.al-anon.org
• Narcotics Anonymous: www.na.org
• MyStudentBody: www.mystudentbody.com

Children's health

• American Association of Pediatrics: www.aap.org

Gambling recovery

• Gamblers Anonymous: www.gamblersanonymous.org

Mental health

• American Psychological Association: www.apa.org
• National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
• Student Counseling Pamphlet Collection: www.dr-bob.org/vpc
• Transition Year - for first-year students & their parents: www.transitionyear.org
• Half of Us: www.halfofus.com

Overeating recovery

• Overeaters Anonymous: www.oa.org

Sexual health

• American Sexual Health Association: www.ashastd.org
• Go Ask Alice: www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov/sexualhealth

Women's health

• UpToDate: www.patients.uptodate.com
• Assoc. of Reproductive Health Professionals' "Method Match" birth control decision tool: www.arhp.org/MethodMatch
• U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health: www.womenshealth.gov


Online Health Information

Choosing reliable websites


With so much health-related information available at the click of a mouse, how can you tell fact from fiction?

Your UHS healthcare team offers some tips for evaluating sites:

  • University and government-run sites are among the best. For other English-language resources, look at sites from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • Is there an e-mail address, phone number or mailing address to contact someone?

  • When was the site last updated? The more current the site, the more timely the information.

  • Does the site heavily promote a product or service? Organizations, businesses and individuals may have their own marketing, social or political agendas.

  • Are there links? Reputable organizations don't view themselves as the sole source of information.

  • Be critical of direct-to-consumer marketing and advertisements from companies with a new product or who are touting a new and better pharmaceutical, medical device or procedure.

  • Does the site have an editorial board, or list the names and credentials of those who create its content?

  • Online support groups are intended for individuals, families and friends of persons affected, and often do an excellent job bringing peers together. They may provide useful links and resources, but aren't primary sources of health information.

  • Be wary of information supported only by opinion, experience, testimonial and advertisement.