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Library and Research Resources for WT Health Science Students at RELLIS

Get to know the the Library, its services, and resources for students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program at RELLIS.

Useful Web Resources for Health Sciences

Medline Plus is a freely available consumer health information resource with relevant and easy-to-understand information. It is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Medline Plus is available in both English and Spanish, and also has health information in more than 60 languages. Medline Plus features include information on such subjects as:

  • Health Topics:  Find information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions.
  • Medical Tests:  Learn why your doctor orders medical tests and what the results may mean.
  • Genetics:  From Genetics Home Reference. Explore genetic conditions, genes, and more.
  • Medical Encyclopedia:  Articles and images for diseases, symptoms, tests, treatments.
  • Drugs & Supplements:  Learn about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements.
  • Healthy Recipes:  Try these recipes as part of a healthy lifestyle.

DailyMed is a searchable database which contains labeling for prescription and nonprescription drugs for human and animal use, and for additional products such as medical gases, devices, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and medical foods. DailyMed provides the most recent labeling submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by companies and currently in use. The NLM provides DailyMed to the public free of charge, and does not accept advertisements. DailyMed entries often include a link to relevant entry in LactMed.

The Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully references. A peer review panel reviews the data to assure scientific validity and currency.

Useful Web Sources

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Position Statements and White Papers publicly express the AACN's views on important issues, emerging trends, and other areas of common interest. Positions statements represent the official view of AACN, and require a vote by the membership. White papers are developed for issues that are currently evolving and for which no clear statement of position is currently evident. (An Overview of AACN Public Statements has more information on the different types of documents.)

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Training. West Texas A&M University requires  all individuals (faculty, staff, and students) conducting or participating in research projects that involve human subjects to complete training for the Protection of Human Subjects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has great information on diseases and conditions, health living, travelers' health, emergency preparedness, and more.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also has great information on a number of different health topics, including disease outbreaks. You may want to check out Disease Outbreak News for the latest news on current disease outbreaks.

Web Resources for COVID-19

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has great information on present outbreaks, including COVID-19 and Ebola.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a wealth of information on the COVID-19 Pandemic and on Ebola virus disease. You may want to check out Disease Outbreak News, which provides information on confirmed acute public health events or potential events of concern.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has information on the United States government's response to COVID-19. (FDA en español:  Enfermedad del Coronavirus (COVID-19)

National Public Radio is a great source for in depth reporting and stories on COVID-19, especially in their Health section.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Texas COVID-19 Data page has downloadable datasets.