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Women's Health


Welcome to the Women's Health page, part of WGSSLinks, developed and maintained by the
Women & Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

This page lists annotated links to various comprehensive health sources pertinent to women's and gender studies scholars.

Web Gateways/Subject Guides | Online Publications

Subject-Oriented Sites: AIDS/HIV | Diseases | Reproductive Health

Fertility & Family Planning | Domestic Violence

International Sites | Government Agencies and Organizations


Web Gateways/Subject Guides

Yahoo: Women's Health
Yahoo's guide to sites on several health topics, such as AIDS, pregnancy, birth, breast cancer, menstruation, and women's health organizations.
Access: http://www.yahoo.com/Health/Women_s_Health/

Women's Health Page from HealthWeb
Provides an extensive collection of web sites, broadly categorized into General and Specific Topics. The site is a collaborative effort between the Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the HealthWeb project of health science libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). 
Access: http://healthweb.org/browse.cfm?subjectid=96

World Wide Women: Health and Safety Category
Guide to web sites made available by World Wide Women, a comprehensive, up-to-date web search site devoted to offering valid, relevant links on women's topics. Health sites are arranged by subcategories: general, disease, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, and safety.
Access: http://www.wwwomen.com/category/health1.html

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (National Institutes of Health)
Established in 1998, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) operates at NIH to support research for public benefit. A section for consumers and practitioners provides fact sheets on a broad range of therapies, many not regularly used in Western medicine, and information on clinical trials.
Access: http://nccam.nih.gov/

Women's Health Information Resources
From the Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine established in 1993 at Columbia University, this site provides annotated links to site that emphasize women and wellness. Both general conventional medicine sites as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) sites are presented.
Access: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/rosenthal/Women.html

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Online Publications

A Forum for Women's Health
Collection of facts, information, and common questions about women's health in areas of reproduction, wellness, and social and psychological issues in stages of the lifecycle. Users may send questions to a woman doctor.
Access: http://www.womenshealth.org/

Women's Health Library from iVillage
Collection of reports on more than 70 diseases and conditions compiled by the editorial staff of the National Women’s Health Resource Center for presentation by iVillage.com. Each item includes the following sections about its topic: overview, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, facts to know, questions to ask, frequently asked questions, and quiz. The web site provides tools for searching published literature, including a user-friendly interface for searching Medline and specialized databases.
Access: http://www.allhealth.com/library/nwh/

Women's Health Section of the New York Times
Special section of the New York Times' web site with feature articles on topics in women's health. A pull-down menu titled, "Women's resources" links to guides on more than thirty topics, such as AIDS, birth control, depression, and cancers. The guides provide background about the issue and links to selections from books, articles on the web, reading lists for books and newsletters, and relevant data. A Resources section is well organized and provides links to over 100 other web sites offering information on women's health. The site is searchable.
Access: http://www.nytimes.com/specials/women/whome/

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Women Alive
Women Alive is based in Los Angeles, California and is a non-profit organization organized by and for women with HIV/AIDS to provide information and support. The group provides counseling and operates a toll free phone line as well as treatment education, advocacy services, and development of individualized treatment strategies. The web site offers access to a newsletter, details about legislation, quarterly medical updates, and fact sheets.
Access: http://www.women-alive.org/ 

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Cancer.gov (National Cancer Institute)
The National Cancer Institute maintains this authoritative, current resource to provide information to patients, health professionals, and basic researchers. Information is available on over 100 types of cancer, including treatment options, detection tests, prevention, complementary and alternative medicine, and genetics.
Access: http://cancer.gov/cancerinformation

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
This non-profit organization's web site provides facts and treatment information about eating disorders, describes therapy and referrals for counseling, and reports on legislative news and insurance issues.
Access: http://www.altrue.net/site/anadweb/

National Cervical Cancer Coalition
The coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting research and awareness of cervical cancer screening programs and treatment options. One aspect of the group's mission is to act as a clearinghouse for women and family members of cervical cancer patients; its web site contributes to that function with news, conference reports, and vast links for patients and health care professionals.
Access: http://www.nccc-online.org/

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Ovarian cancer survivors in Boca Raton, FL founded this group that now claims to be the leading ovarian cancer public information and education organization in the United States. NOCC aims to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and offers information about prevention, detection, and treatment. The web site also provides a searchable database to locate books, tapes, toll-free phone numbers, and web sites.
Access: http://www.ovarian.org/

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-- National Resource Center
This center is operated by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (www.nof.org) and aims to link people (patients, the general public, and health professionals) with current information about osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, or other metabolic bone diseases. Free access to many features of the site, such as bibliographies, newsletters, and fact sheets is available after providing basic personal information (email address).
Access: http://www.osteo.org/

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Reproductive Health

Abortion Clinics OnLine
Web directory of more than 200 clinics providing abortion and other reproductive health care services. The site also links to articles on abortion rights and information regarding parental consent laws.
Access: http://www.gynpages.com/

American Society for Reproductive Medicine
The society was established in 1944 to promote the study of reproduction and reproductive disorders. Web site offers descriptions of services provided to medical professionals and patients, literature for patients, government news and legislative updates, information about infertility insurance, announcements of society meetings, and links to other related organizations' web sites. Searchable by keyword.
Access: http://www.asrm.com/

Endometriosis Association
The Endometriosis Association (EA) is a non-profit, self-help organization founded by women and to provide information and support to women and girls with endometriosis. EA aims to educate the public and medical practitioners about the disease and to promoting research related to endometriosis. The web site offers a self-test, help in locating a doctor, information about treatment options, and details about EA's activities.
Access: http://www.endometriosisassn.org/

Female Genital Mutilation: Amnesty International Campaign
This web site explains practices and background about female genital mutilation worldwide. Information is provided by country along with explanation of Amnesty International's interest in this human rights issue as one of the organizations' past campaigns. The site includes testimonies and a bibliography.
Access: http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/femgen/fgm1.htm

Midwifery, Pregnancy, and Birth
The Online Birth Center provides information about midwifery, pregnancy, nutrition, and breastfeeding both through articles and links to other sites.
Access: http://www.moonlily.com/obc/

North American Menopause Society
The web site contains information on perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, and long-term health effects of estrogen loss, and a wide variety of therapies to enhance health.
Access: http://www.menopause.org/

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Fertility and Family Planning

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
This clearinghouse is a service of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services. The web site provides sections for adoptees, adoptive parents, professionals, and birth relatives. It links to the National Adoption Directory as well as to adoption laws, statistics, a bibliographic database, and NAIC publications.
Access: http://naic.acf.hhs.gov/

Planned Parenthood
Provides educational resources on birth-control, public affairs information, news, indexed web links, contact information, and information on Planned Parenthood affiliates. Site is searchable.
Access: http://www.plannedparenthood.org

National, non-profit organization established in 1974 to offer assistance in resolving fertility problems. Site provides fact sheets, physician referrals, the RESOVLE quarterly newsletter, online articles, and links to other web sites.
Access: http://www.resolve.org/

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Domestic Violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
This coalition includes shelter and service programs for battered women and serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, media, battered women and their children, allied and member agencies and organizations. The web site describes programs and avenues for grassroots organizations to get technical assistance.
Access: http://www.ncadv.org
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
This non-profit organization, based in Washington, D.C., operates a sexual assault hotline (800-656-HOPE) which functions as a partnership of more than 860 rape crisis centers across the country. The web site offers practical advice for victims of assault or friends of victims, provides access to counseling centers around the nation, and describes RAINN's efforts.
Access: http://www.rainn.org

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International Web Sites

EuroHealth: from European Institute of Women's Health
Provides links to information on cancer in women, access to the Eurohealth Newsletter, a report called, "Women in Europe: Toward Healthy Ageing," and a site about nutrition designed for children.
Access: http://www.eurohealth.ie/

Family Health International
Non-profit organization committed to providing access to research and education on reproductive health and family planning. The site provides links to U.S. and international agencies working in areas of population management, women's health, and HIV/AIDS research and prevention.
Access: http://www.fhi.org/

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Government Agencies and Organizations

National Women's Health Information Center
Developed as a service of Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site is a gateway to accurate information for women about their health issues. It is designed to be an efficient, easy-to-use source for detailed information about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of women's illnesses and health conditions. NWHIC staff select information that does not duplicate material available from other federal agencies, clearinghouses, or web sites. Includes a section for minority women.
Access: http://www.4woman.org

Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center
A reservation-based, non-profit organization in Lake Andes, SD serving Native American women and their families. The resource center is dedicated to community education and promoting awareness about pertinent health issues such as women's health, child development, domestic violence, AIDS prevention, nutrition, fetal alcohol syndrome, and environmental topics. The website and clearinghouse make the Resource Center's publications and products available to the community at large.
Access: http://www.nativeshop.org

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health
The ORWH works to ensure that research conducted and supported by the NIH adequately addresses issues on women's health. Research programs, scientific meetings, and biomedical career opportunities for women are outlined on the web site. NIH seminar videocasts on topics related to women's health are announced.
Access: http://www4.od.nih.gov/orwh/

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Core Lists in Women's Studies
Prepared by the ACRL Women's Studies Section, this site provides lists of books in print on women in the United States in several disciplines, including Health, prepared by Linda A. Krikos, and HIV/AIDS, prepared by Flora Shrode.
Access: http://www.libr.org/wgss/corebooks.html

Maintained by: Flora Shrode, Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, flora.shrode at usu.edu 
URL: http://libr.org/wgss/wgsslinks/health.html
Last updated: January 19, 2010

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