MEDLINE, a database of biomedical
literature for the health-care professional, is produced by the National
Library of Medicine (NLM). To
fill the growing need for authoritative information for patients and
consumers, NLM also sponsors MEDLINEplus,
which is a directory of evaluated Web sites arranged by disease,
condition, or wellness issue. A
recent addition to MEDLINEplus is a compendium of drug
information provided by the U.S. Pharmacopeia in USP Dispensing
Information, volume 2: Advice for the Patient.
Included in the drug information module are over 9,000
prescription and over-the-counter drugs which one can search by either
generic or brand name. For
each class of drugs, MEDLINEplus includes indications, dosages,
precautions, and side effects.
The link to the USP appears on the
left-hand side of every MEDLINEplus page.
Additional links on the drug information home page lead to the
Food and Drug Administration site for consumer information on newly
approved drugs and to Clinical
Trials.gov for current information about clinical research
A second new feature of
MEDLINEplus is a Medical Encyclopedia
from ADAM.com. This
extensive resource includes over 4,000 illustrated entries on diseases,
injury, nutrition, poison, special topics, surgery, symptoms, and tests.
To use the site, first select the category, then click on either
the term or appropriate beginning letter.
MEDLINEplus also includes a search
engine that will search a term or phrase in all components of the site.
Remember that all sites included in MEDLINEplus are evaluated by
a board of advisers for accuracy and reliability.
In May 2000, the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services released Oral Health in America: a Report
of the Surgeon General. Innopac,
the LSUHSC libraries catalog, includes a record for the electronic
version of this report with a link to the Web site.
An executive summary as well as the full report can be downloaded
in pdf format. The library will also order and catalog the paper version
when it becomes available at the end of the summer.
The Surgeon Generalís report found
that the poor and minorities suffer worse oral health than other
Americans due to lack of knowledge and financial resources. The report
also emphasizes the impact of oral disorders on systemic diseases and
overall wellness and discusses recommendations for research, national
and community programs, and personal and professional preventive
To retrieve the report or the
executive summary directly, go to http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/sgr/oralhealth.asp
on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Web site.