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Health Information for Patients and Families

Visit the resource centers at our Cambridge or Whidden Hospital
Our libraries are a quiet, comfortable place where patients and their family can research their illness and learn more about their particular condition. If you or someone close to you receives a new diagnosis, we encourage you to visit the Patient & Family Resource Centers to gather information that will help you:

  • Understand the diagnosis
  • Understand possible treatment options
  • Make informed decisions
  • Better communicate with the health care team

MyChartOur librarians also provide MyCHArt training. We will teach you how to access your personal health care record, request medical advice and refill prescriptions from any computer using MyChart.

If you are unable to visit the center in person, our librarians are happy to answer your questions by email, or phone, 617-394-7723.

Patient Resources By Topic

Medical Reference Allergy and Asthma ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Alternative & Complementary Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Arthritis Cancer Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diabetes Eating Disorders Environmental Safety Epilepsy Fibromyalgia Heart Disease Hepatitis Lupus Mental Health Multiple Sclerosis Nutrition Osteoporosis Parenting Parkinson's Disease Pregnancy, Fertility & Adoption Senior Health Sexually Transmitted Diseases Stroke Substance Abuse Women's Health

Medical Reference

American Medical Association's Doctor Finder
DoctorFinder provides basic professional information on almost every licensed physician in the United States.

Anesthesia FAQs
Before going under for surgery, you probably have a lot of questions, even if you don't ask them. The American Society of Anesthesiologists' FAQ's were written to answer questions you have about anesthesia prior to or after your surgery. These are questions patients asked their anesthesiologist that helped them avoid surgical risks.

Cleveland Clinic
Are you managing a chronic disease or condition? Or just want to live healthy? Access nearly 5,000 health articles, videos and tools.

Family Doctor
Health Information for the whole family.

An encyclopedia of over 1,600 health topics from the most trusted sources.

Consumer health resources for Massachusetts residents.

Lab Tests Online
Designed to help you better understand lab tests, whether part of routine care or in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions.

MA Department of Public Health
Covers food & nutrition, family planning, wellness, diseases, mental health, substance abuse, and insurance (including MassHealth.)

MA Physician Profiles
The Massachusetts "Physician Profiles" program helps residents make the right health care decisions.

Mass Health
Mass State insurance.

Mayo Clinic
More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise on general wellness tips and specific conditions

MedlinePlus provides authoritative medical information, patient tutorials, health news and a medical encyclopedia.

PDR Health
The PDRhealth site offers consumer-friendly explanations of disease states and conditions as well as the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal medicines.

Allergy and Asthma

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Resources include: Find a Doctor, AAAAI Research, Kids Resources, Parent Resources and treatments (English & Spanish).

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Resources include: Advice from your Allergist, Information on Asthma screening and patient support (English & Spanish).

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Resources include: "Ask the Allergist" and "Find a Support Group" (English & Spanish).

New England Asthma Regional Council
NEARC hopes to reduce the impact of asthma through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations.

ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral

ALS Association
Informing patients, families and caregivers about living with ALS and providing support for people affected by the disease.

ALS Open Forum / Chat
The ALS forum is an all-volunteer driven resource provided free of charge to help anyone directly or indirectly affected by ALS and MND (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS Therapy Development Institute
Focused on developing therapeutics that stop ALS as soon as possible, as well as validate potential therapeutics.

MedlinePlus: ALS
Resources include: Diagnosis/Symptoms, Nutrition, Disease Management, Clinical Trials, and Research (English & Spanish).

Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Acupuncture from NCCAM
Includes information about Acupuncture for Pain, Knee Osteoarthritis, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Back Pain, and Fibromyalgia.

Andrew Weil
A free online resource for integrative medicine.

Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health
The Global Initiative for Traditional Systems builds partnerships between health practitioners, scientists, educators and decision-makers.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

NIH: Dietary Supplements
To strengthen understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, supporting research, and educating the public.

Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Information
The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center bridges between diverse therapeutic traditions and modern medicine.

Sloan-Kettering: Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
This site provides a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.

Understanding Chinese Medicine
Their goals are to help you become more familiar with the systems of medicine and healing that come to us from the East.

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Association
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health (Available in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish & Vietnamese ).

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Web site will help you find current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

MedlinePlus: Alzheimer's Disease
Information, Links and Resources from MedlinePlus (Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian & Vietnamese).


Arthritis Foundation
The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.

Living with Arthritis
The Arthritis Society is Canada's only not-for-profit organization devoted solely to funding and promoting arthritis research, programs and patient care.


American Cancer Society
Here you'll find medical information, treatment decision tools, survivors' experiences and support. (English & Spanish).

American Institute for Cancer Research 
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) helps people make choices that reduce their chances of developing cancer.
The National Cancer Institute's Web site provides comprehensive research-based information arranged by News, Clinical Trials, Statistics, and Research & Funding.
Oncologist-approved cancer information.

Cancer Support Community
To ensure that people impacted by cancer are sustained by community.

Colon Cancer Alliance
First-hand experience of people who have been touched by cancer.

Inspire Health
Canada's foremost integrated cancer care centre.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides support and guidance to patients and health professionals.

National Cancer Institute
Comprehensive descriptions of our research and clinical trials.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
They believe that access to accurate patient information is key to demanding and receiving quality cancer care.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Provides information to help make treatment decisions, locate financial assistance, find insurance, and more

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
NOCC provides support to patients survivors, and caregivers.

OncoLink was founded by Penn cancer specialists with a mission to help patients and families get accurate cancer-related information at no charge.

The Wellness Community
Community for people impacted by cancer.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Syndrome Support Association
The Chronic Syndrome Support Association educates the general population and health-care professionals about ongoing research, and research that needs to be done, on Chronic Immunological and Neurological Disorders.

CDC: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Provides evidence-based information concerning CFS.

CFIDS Association of America
Detailed information about CFS symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and research.

Mayo Clinic: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Resources include: CFS symptoms, causes, complications, alternative treatments and support.

MedlinePlus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Resources include: CFS symptoms, diagnosis, alternative therapy, coping, disease management and related issues


CDC: Diabetes
Diabetes facts: including research, statistics, and publications.

Joslin Diabetes Center
Resources include articles about nutrition, physical activity, how to care for yourself when you are ill, how to avoid complications and more..

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Compassionate support and practical suggestions from JDRF volunteers as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions about type 1 diabetes.

National Diabetes Education Program
Together, NDEP and partners promote two public health campaigns: one for people with diabetes and the other for people at risk of diabetes.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
An information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Coalition
EDC's mission is to advance recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority, and promote improved access to care.

MA Eating Disorders Association
MEDA is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection.

MedlinePlus: Eating Disorders
General information and links to more resources.

Mirror Mirror
They chose to use the phrase "Mirror, mirror on the wall" because they first heard it used in a fairy tale. Fairy tales are not real. When you look in the mirror, you are seeing what your eating disorder wants you to see, you are not seeing the true picture.

National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA is dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

Environmental Safety

Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

Information on Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases.

Household Products Database
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

HUD: Healthy Homes
HUD believes our communities should make homes available to families that are affordable and healthy. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old concept that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury.

Poison Control and Prevention (
The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance and expertise in the medical diagnosis, management and prevention of poisonings involving the people of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.


Centers for Disease Control: Epilepsy
Provides evidence-based CDC information concerning epilepsy.

Epilepsy Foundation
The most comprehensive information about epilepsy and seizures.

Mayo Clinic: Epilepsy
Resources include: Epilepsy symptoms, complications, treatments, research and support from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Epilepsy
General information and links about epilepsy symptoms, diagnosis, alternative therapy, management and related issues


Centers for Disease Control: Fibromyalgia
Evidence-based information and statistics on Fibromyalgia.

Mayo Clinic: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia causes, symptoms, complications, and treatment information from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Fibromyalgia
Directory of resources for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

Heart Disease

My Heart Central
Heart Disease resources designed around three main areas: finding information, managing your condition, and connecting with others managing heart conditions.

American Heart Association
Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do.

WomenHeart: National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart health.

Yale Heart Book (eBook)
In clear, simple language, this book covers the entire spectrum of cardiovascular disease.


Centers for Disease Control: Hepatitis
Evidence-based information about Hepatitis A, B & C from the Centers for Disease Control.

Hepatitis Foundation
Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI) continues to work hard to provide up to date information and motivational messages for patients, educators, and the healthcare community.

Mayo Clinic: Hepatitis A, B & C
Resources include: Causes, symptoms, complications, and treatment information for Hepatitis A, B & C, from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Hepatitis
General information and links to more resources.


Centers for Disease Control: Lupus
The Evidence-based information about Lupus

Lupus Foundation
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and medically sound information and programs for people with lupus, their families, physicians, and other health professionals.

Mayo Clinic: Lupus
Causes, symptoms, complications, and treatment information for Lupus, from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Lupus
General information and links to more resources.

Mental Health

American Association of Suicidology
AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, and survivor support services.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work.

American Psychological Association Help Center
APA's Psychology Help Center is an online consumer resource featuring articles and information related to psychological issues.

Children & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation improves the lives of families raising children with bipolar disorder and related conditions.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) fosters understanding about the impact and management of these illnesses by providing information.

Mental Health America
MHA works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.

NAMI: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NAMI is focused on educating America about mental illness and offering resources to those in need.

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

National Institute of Mental Health
Visit the NIMH Publications Page for booklets, fact sheets, and easy-to-read materials. [English, Spanish.] is a non-profit web community providing information, support and education to anyone impacted by schizophrenia.

Multiple Sclerosis

Mayo Clinic: Multiple Sclerosis
Basics, treatment information and more from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Multiple Sclerosis
Basics, treatment information and links to other sites.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now.



American Dietetic Association
The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion
The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research.


Mayo Clinic: Osteoporosis
Basics, treatment information and more from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Osteoporosis
Basics, treatment information and links to other sites.

National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the nation's leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health.


Healthy Children
Healthy Children, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, is committed to optimal physical, mental, and social health for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks aims to urge the government and private sector to take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
CWIG connects child welfare organizations, adoption agencies, and the general public to timely, essential information.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
We provide information on disabilities in children and services for youth with disabilities.

Dr Greene's Pediatrics
Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene offers a searchable, interactive library of resources to make raising healthy families easier.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Youth
Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people.

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
The NICHD conducts and supports research on the health of children, adults, families, and populations.

Zero to Three Parenting
ZERO TO THREE informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Parkinson's Disease

Mayo Clinic: Parkinson's Disease
Basics, treatment information and more from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Parkinson's Disease
Resources include: diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, management, news, and research

National Parkinson Foundation
NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy.

Pregnancy, Fertility & Adoption

A Child Waits: Adoption Loans
We provide low interest adoption loans and adoption grants for families who could not proceed with their adoption without our help.
We help hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true and assist adoptees and birthparents to find birth families.

American Pregnancy Association
Committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.

Hygeia: Perinatal Loss and Bereavement
A community of support for families which have endured the tragedy of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal / infant loss.

International Council on Infertility Information
A nonprofit organization, helping patients explore their family-building options.

A database of drugs, possible effects on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Seeks to find "a permanent place to call home" for children and teens in foster care in Massachusetts.

National SIDS Resource Center
A central source of information on sudden infant death.

Senior Health

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

Geriatric Mental Health
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation raises awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly.

The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare.

NIH Senior Health
This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases

CDC: Sexually Transmitted Disease
STD Information from the Centers for Disease Control, covering Chlamydia and LGV, Gonorrhea, Herpes, PID, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis and more.

Mayo Clinic: Sexually Transmitted Disease
Basics, treatment information and more from the Mayo Clinic

MedlinePlus: Sexually Transmitted Disease
Resources include: diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, management, and research.


American Stroke Association
We envision a world where stroke is minimized and ultimately eliminated as a major health problem.

Mayo Clinic: Stroke
Basics, treatment information and more from the Mayo Clinic.

MedlinePlus: Stroke
Resources include: diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, management, news, and research.

National Stroke Association
We strive to increase public awareness about stroke prevention, symptom recognition, treatment options and rehabilitation.

Substance Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA's mission is ensuring the effective dissemination of research to improve prevention, treatment and policy.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Illegal Drug Information
Descriptions of controlled substances from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts.

Partnership for a Drug-free America
Partnership for a Drug-Free America unites parents, scientists and professionals to help families raise healthy children.

Women's Health

Alan Guttmacher Institute for Sexual & Reproductive Health
Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health through research, analysis and public education.

Womens Health & Sexuality links
Health and sexuality links covering women's health, breast cancer, reproductive rights, sexuality and AIDS.

Hormonal Health
The Hormone Foundation provides a number of educational resources related to a woman's endocrine system and overall health.

North American Menopause Society
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is dedicated to promoting the health of women through an understanding of menopause. is the homepage for women researching or seeking personal healthcare information and treatment options.

Planned Parenthood Massachusetts
To protect and promote sexual and reproductive health by providing clinical services, education and advocacy.

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Map of wellness resources in our communities
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In addition to the resources listed by topic, you can also use the MedlinePlus search box below which provides easy access to patient medical information via search.