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Diseases and Conditions - Health


Allergies and Asthma



Autoimmune Diseases


Common Cold, Aches, and More

Coronavirus COVID-19


Eating Disorders

Heart Disease


Lung Disease

Kidney Disease

Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Sleep Disorders

Zika Virus






Tests by government agencies, universities, and pharmaceutical companies to determine if drugs and procedures in development will help patients. Look here to learn about participation and what to ask about risks and benefits. This site also links to drug information and health information websites.


Encyclopedia of Surgery


"The Encyclopedia covers 450 surgical procedures and topics such as laser surgery, hysterectomy, endoscopy, cryosurgery, anesthetics, biopsy, angioplasty, medications and postoperative care, and many related subjects.  Each entry in the Encyclopedia of Surgery consists of a standardized format which includes the definition, purpose, diagnosis, aftercare, risks, mortality rates, and alternatives. "


MedicineNet Symptom Checker



Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th edition


Search "the world's most widely used general medical text" for articles about the symptoms and treatments of conditions and diseases. Note that this is intended for medical professionals and is not writen in lay terms.


WebMD Symptom Checker


Reliable health information on common symptoms from A to Z.


Allergies and Asthma


Allergy, Asthma and Immunology


Visit the Patient/Public Resource Center for diagnosis, treatment, and support organizations. The Physician Referral Directory lists specialists.


Everyday Health - Asthma


Natural Remedy Options for Asthma Treatment




Alzheimer's Association


Facts about the disease, signs, caregiving, financial assistance, local chapters and health care providers, research, and links to resources for people living with the ailment and for those who care about them.




Arthritis Advice


 Information for sufferers from the National Institute on Aging.


Autoimmune Diseases


Lupus Foundation - New Jersey Chapter



The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)

en Español - https://www.psoriasis.org/recursos-en-espanol




Lung Disease


Lung Cancer - American Cancer Society





American Cancer Society


Features mammography guidelines, information about the various types of cancer, treatment options, advice about living with cancer, news, and a state-by-state directory of Society offices.


National Cancer Institute


Includes extensive information on various types of cancer, treatment, clinical trials, and a wide range of cancer topics for both physicians and patients. This site provides access to PDQ, the Physicians Data Query and the CANCERLIT database.




Articles gathered from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center about each type of cancer: its causes, detection, symptoms, care, prognosis as well as clinical trials and coping with both psychological effects and financial issues.


Send Me On A Vacation Program (Rejuvenation for Breast Cancer Survivors)


Provides vacations to breast cancer survivors.


Susan G. Komen Foundation


This organization aims to "eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world." The site features educational materials and public policy information. Highlights include breast self-exam and mammogram information, articles and videos on prevention and treatment, and research reports. Some materials available in Spanish.



Common Cold, Aches, and More


Common Cold


Treatment, complications, prevention, myths, etc.



Coronavirus COVID-19



Find health information, updates (including emergency regulations for NJ residents), and an extensive jobs portal for those seeking employment opportunities. 


Mayor Baraka's briefings are running on the city's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CityofNewark/

The City of Newark site with COVID-19 updates is:



Essex County has a Testing Site located at Weequahic Park in Newark...

“ The screenings are being offered to Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of COVID-19. This means anyone wishing to be tested must meet specific testing criteria, which includes fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  More details are at:


If someone does not have internet access, they can register by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950. The call-in center will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.


For general questions about COVID-19:

The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:  Call: 2-1-1

Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253

Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit nj.gov/health for additional information


Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.


"New Jerseyans feeling the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19 can get support from a special helpline. NJ Mental Health Cares, the state's behavioral and mental health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronaviris (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8am to 8pm seven days a week by live trained specialists."


To help with isolation blues and social distancing:  https://tinyurl.com/rggl6qe



Advice for the Public


Protective measures against the new coronavirus, when to use masks, myth busters, and getting workplace ready.  From the World Health Organization.


ASL COVID-19 Video Series


A series from the State of Washington of brief but informative YouTube videos in American Sign Language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing about what the disease is, how it spreads, how to prevent getting infected, symptoms, what to do if you become ill, and more.


As Coronavirus Spreads, Prepare Infectious-Disease Plans


According to this page from the Society for Human Resources Management, “More countries are reporting cases of coronavirus, and employers around the world have been asked to educate their workforces on how to prevent the spread of the virus.”


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information


Centers for Disease Control links to symptoms, prevention and treatment, testing, situation summaries, information for all types of consumers and more.


Coronavirus Information and FAQs


Materials from the Society for Human Resources Management.


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak


World Health Organization updates about the disease, about outbreak, and information about new cases.


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situational Summary


The latest CDC updates on COVID-19 which may be travel-related, person-to-person spread and cases under investigation.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu  


A doctor from Johns Hopkins explains the difference between the coronavirus 2019 and the flu.


Coronavirus Tracker


Interactive world map from Johns Hopkins University showing where the coronavirus has spread.


COVID-19 Emergency Legal Preparedness Primer


Published by the Network for Public Law, a frequently updated and virtually comprehensive resource connecting readers to available information, particularly around health policy for government and business entities.  Emerging legal issues include crisis standards of care, social distancing measures, privacy, surveillance, testing, and emergency powers.


COVID-19 for Public Libraries


Links from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to online resources with updated information such as MedLine, WHO, and others.


COVID-19 Information


Information from the U.S. Library of Medicine about the virus, research, resources, updates, and more.


COVID-19 Information from Local Source


From the NJ Department of Health: how the disease spreads, preventive measures, frequently asked questions, and more.


COVID-19: Information for Communities and the General Public


Information from the NJ Department of Health about symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma and what causes it, travel alerts, taking care of your overall health, and more.


COVID-19 Resources


National Library of Medicine’s links to public health emergency literature, consumer information, journals, and others.


Directory of Local Health Departments


Links to health departments in the U.S. and produced by the National Association of County and City Health Officials is the Washington, DC-based organization representing 2,800 local public health departments in the U.S.


Facts About novel Coronavirus and How To Prevent COVID-19


This Seattle Times article explains how the coronavirus affects the different parts of the body.


Free Emotional Support Line for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

973-870-0677 VP

Monday to Friday 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign Language Users can communicate with ACCESS of St. Joseph's Health of Paterson.


Frequently Asked Questions (Newark, NJ)


From the City of Newark, NJ:  See especially the frequently asked questions link at the bottom.


Here's a list of disinfectants you can use against coronavirus


From CNN, its listing of effective disinfectants against the coronavirus.


How and When You Should Be Tested for the Coronavirus


Guidance from CNN on indications, such as symptoms.


How Employers Should Respond


Interim CDC guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus.


How to Clean and Disinfect Your Facility





Journal articles and other resources from science and other publishers, news articles, advice for employers, and more--with an emphasis on the coronavirus crisis. 


Local Health Officials Announce New Recommendations


King County, Seattle area officials post new recommendations to reduce risk of spread of COVID-19


Medicare and the Coronavirus


Precautions to take now, preparing for healthcare needs, what Medicare covers related to the coronavirus, and more.




Corrections to false rumors about coronavirus/COVID19


Navigating the Threat of Pandemic Syllabus


Free access to books and articles bout how to navigate a pandemic.


News About the Coronavirus


News updates from Johns Hopkins University.


Pandemic Preparedness


A wide array of links from the American Library Association: topics to include in organizations' policies as well as government and other resources.


Phone Scam Awareness


Warning from the Inspector General of Security about scams where people impersonate government officials.


The Proper Way to Wash Your Hands – CDC


CDC information:  "Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy."


Public Library Association: COVID-19 Resources


Resources and links about COVID-19 provided by the Public Library Association. They include safe handling and reopening protocols, webinar series, coronavirus updates, and more.


Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19


 An overview, with additional sections on subjects like critical care and medications, produced by panels of medical professionals and assembled by the National Institutes of Health.  Read this for some of the most current information used by physicians and other healthcare workers treating people suffering from coronavirus infections.


Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19)


The World Health Organization has posted questions/answer format about COVID-19.


Toll Free Number -  Coronavirus


The NJ Department of Health offers coronavirus (COVID-19) information, with phone numbers for more information. Staff is available 24/7 to answer questions.


Wearing a Face Mask Tutorial



What to Know About the Coronavirus in the U.S. Right Now


A multitude of links on the pandemic, including mental health, stocking up, symptoms, and much more.


You Don't Have to Be Scared and You Can Protect Your Family


Dr. David Price, from New York City, tells us about not touching our faces (including mouths) and handwashing/sanitizing our hands.  Also included in this video is information about social distancing, what to do if you contract the disease, special precautions if we are living with people who are particularly vulnerable, and when to seek medical care (testing and hospitalization).





American Diabetes Association


General information, nutrition, recipes, tips, and a special section for African Americans.


Eating Disorders


American Academy for Eating Disorders


Discussion of types, causes, consequences, and treatments. Includes a newsgroup, general information, and links to many related organizations.



Heart Disease


American Heart Association


Warning signs, a Heart and Stroke Guide, healthy living recommendations, cholesterol facts, and treatment and recovery discussions.




(For support services, refer to the HIV/AIDS support services section of the Social Services--Health Web guide).





Treatment and prevention guidelines, FDA-approved drug information, fact sheets, and live help. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


American Federation for AIDS Research


The latest news as well as an exhaustive Treatment Directory, featuring therapies, clinical studies, and information resources. With a glossary of terms, a directory of drugs and manufacturers, and interpretation of blood counts.


The Body


News, treatment and prevention information, personal stories, and breaking research. Also offers resource pages for women and African Americans.




Basic information, frequent questions, where to get tested, nutrition tips, treatment resources, and more. Prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets


Testing and prevention facts, resources by topic, and more. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Lung Disease


American Lung Association


"When you can't breathe, nothing else matters": news, reports, facts about air quality, and lung conditions.


Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center


MAAC is an online support and advocacy center that helps educate mesothelioma patients and their caregivers. Their hope is to spread the word about this aggressive cancer so that others have access to the right resources.


Kidney Disease


National Kidney Foundation


Information about kidney disease.



Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Living with Parkinson's


Information about the disorder, guides for caregivers and the newly diagnosed, news, and additional resources.


National Stroke Association


Risk factors, prevention, recovery, and other resources.



Sleep Disorders


American Sleep Association


Information about sleep disorders and sleep health. 


National Sleep Foundation


Information about different sleep disorders, statistics, events, and a directory to find a sleep disorder professional.


Zika Virus


Zika Virus (CDC)


Areas with Zika, prevention, treatment, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide


Links to documents and agencies (US and international).  Includes resources on Zika and pregnancy, Zika and blood or organ donations, Zika and infants, Zika and microcephaly, Zika and sexual transmission, and more.




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