Useful Link: Health & Medicine

  • (OSHA) United States Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration
    As per the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. OSHA is the organization that promotes this mission in the workplace. Whether you need to review the laws and regulations, require compliance assistance or are searching information on environment hazards, the Osha website has a wealth of information.
  • ADA Homepage
    The Americans with Disabilites Act of 1990 was enacted to protect the rights of the disabled in the workplace. Whether you are an employer or a disabled worker, check this website to clarify your questions about regulations, obtain a publication or a complaint form, find the latest disability online news and so much more.
  • Allnurses: A Nursing Community for Nurses
    If you are a nurse or interested in a career in nursing, this comprehensive site permits you to network with other nurses from around the globe. It also has the latest nursing news available on a wide range of topics.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Information
    If you are planning an international trip, consult this site for the latest health information you should be aware of, including shots and vaccinations that are recommended by the CDC for travel to a particular destination.
  • Clinicaltrials.gov
    Clinical trials are research studies with human volunteers that determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies will be safe and effective. If you think you might be a candidate for a clinical trial, consult this site which is maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Consumer Health Information
    The CDC is dedicated to protecting the public health of the nation. This website will keep you updated on the latest health, safety and medical alerts. Provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Consumer Reports Best Drug Buys
    Consumer Reports Best Drug Buys seeks to help physicians and consumers make the best prescription drug choices, based on the track record, safety and price of drugs. Because so many people do not have health insurance, Consumer Union, the organization that produces Consumer Reports, seeks to help doctors and consumers find good, affordable alternatives when necessary.
  • Dental Health Resources by MedlinePlus
    Information on basic oral care, preventative care, treatments and tests. Includes videos, clinical trials, statistics and research.
  • Doctorfinder
    The American Medical Association has created this site to enable the consumer to research basic professional information about any licensed physician in the United States.
  • Food Safety.gov
    This website is a gateway to the latest information on food safety from the farm to the table. Check this site for the latest alerts from the U.S. government.
  • Health Care Proxy Forms and Instructions
    The New York State Health Department provides you with information about appointing someone to make health care decisions when you are unable, as well as health care proxy forms and instructions that you will require. These forms are available in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.
  • HealthyChildren.org
    This website was launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide trustworthy information and advice for parents and caregivers. It is divided into user friendly sections including Ages and Stages, Safety and Prevention and Health Issues. If you register, you can receive a monthly newsletter and customized health information.
  • Hospital Compare
    Medicare has provided this tool to enable you to compare the quality of care received by patients in hospitals within the same region. You can compare up to three hospitals at a time.
  • Information on Assistive Technologies and Equipment
    Abledata can help you find the information you need about all assistive technologies and rehabilitation equipment. It does not sell any products but can help you find what you are looking for. It also has helpful travel links for the disabled.
  • Mayo Clinic
    The acclaimed Mayo Clinic has created a consumer oriented website that offers simple tools and fast answers to your questions about diseases and conditions. The site presents this information in easy to read articles, videos and some special features such as "Ask a Specialist" and "Symptom Checker".
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid is a New York State program for people unable to afford health care. This site will tell you where to apply, what you need to bring with you as well as the income requirements.
  • Medicare
    Medicare is the nation's largest health insurance program, which covers nearly 40 million Americans. It is for people age 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65, and people of all ages with end-stage renal disease. If you are eligible for Medicare and have questions about your coverage, this is the official U.S. government site. From here, you can gather information about Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. You can also download the latest version of "Medicare and You".
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus brings together information from highly regarded sources: the National Library of Medicine (the world's largest medical library), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. If you are looking for accurate and timely medical information on tests, diseases, surgery, etc., with illustrations and medical photographs, look at Medlineplus with its extensive medical encyclopedia.
  • National Center for Health Statistics
    This website maintains statistics on public health issues and diseases. NCHS, the most comprehensive public health statistical agency in the United States has now made its major data collection information available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.) Office of Alternative Medicine
    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on alternative medical care and practices. Perhaps you are unsure if complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) would be beneficial to you. This website provides fact sheets that will help you consider the issues and ask the right questions.
  • National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases
    The Office of Rare Diseases is an invaluable resource for patients, families, students and researchers concerned with rare disease. Ongoing and past clinical trials as well as links to available genetic testing are just a few of the things that you can learn from this site.
  • New York Rx Card
    Open to all New York State residents, this program offers prescription discounts at participating pharmacies, no additional eligibility required. Research drug information, locate pharmacies, check medication pricing, print prescription cards, and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 1-800-931-2297.
  • New York State Department of the Professions Professional Misconduct Enforcement Actions
    Search for disciplinary actions taken against licensees (including various medical professionals*) by the Board of Regents in New York State since January 1, 1994. Search by last name or date to get a description of misconduct. *This website does not include physicians, physician assistants, or specialist assistants, which is investigated and prosecuted by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).
  • New York State Department of the Professions Verification Search
    This database allows you to verify license information for numerous professions, including doctors and dentists. Search by profession and last name or license number. You can also search for pharmacies by name.
  • New York State Hospital Information
    View the latest hospital report card data information available in New York State, which will enable you to find the quality of care you require.
  • New York State Official Health Plan Marketplace IPA/Navigator Site Locations
    In-Person Assistors (IPAs)/Navigators provide one-on-one enrollment assistance (free to enrollees) with choosing a Marketplace health insurance program. Refer to the PDF document for the IPAs available in Suffolk County. They offer evening and weekend hours.
  • New York State Physician Profile
    This site will allow you to search for professional information about a physician practicing in NY state. The information will include the doctor's medical education, available translation services at the office and any legal action taken against the physician. Doctors can also provide optional information such as office contact numbers, professional activities and accepted health care insurance.
  • Nutrition.gov
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides easy access to information on food and human nutrition. It has a link to mypyramid.gov which can help you formulate a healthy meal plan for either an adult or child.
  • Prescription Drug Prices in New York State
    Are you looking to save a little money? This website will allow you to compare the prices of the most commonly prescribed drugs, in the most commonly prescribed doses, at various pharmacies within miles of your home.
  • Professional Medical Conduct and Physician Discipline
    The Office of Professional Medical Conduct investigates complaints against physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants. The site also has a complaint form which you can fill out and file if you feel your medical practitioner has not treated you within the accepted guidelines.
  • RXList: the Internet Drug Index for Prescription Drugs
    RxList offers detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs. In addition, the site features a gallery of informative medical and health slideshows.
  • State Health Facts Online
    At State Health Facts Online, you can find and compare health data from all 50 states. The information is made available from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan organization. It is up-to-date and easy to use.
  • The Ada Guide to Oral Health News and Resources
    The ADA website is a comprehensive oral health resource that reports new dental health news, provides a curriculum for educators with lesson plans and includes features for children. The website is also available in Spanish.
  • The Division of Services for Children With Special Needs
    The Division of Services for Children with Special Needs provides early intervention services for children from birth to 3 years, a preschool special education program, and a children with special health care needs program for individuals from birth to 21 years of age.
  • The National Hospital and Palliative Care Organization
    The philosophy of hospice care is the belief that each individual has the right to die pain free and with dignity. This site will help you locate hospice and palliative care for a loved one.
  • United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture allows you to find in depth information about the nutritional composition of a particular item from its authoritative Nutrient Database.