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"The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), as an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.

ATSDR is directed by congressional mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect on public health of hazardous substances in the environment. These functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health assessments, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances." from web site

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"CDC.gov is CDC's primary online communication channel. From August 2007–July 2008, there were 489 million page views to the site, averaging 41 million page views per month. CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on:

  • Data and Statistics
  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Emergencies and Disasters
  • Environmental Health
  • Healthy Living
  • Injury, Violence and Safety
  • Life Stages and Populations
  • Travelers' Health
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • And more...

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This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education." from web site

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Search the database of drugs and pharmaceuticals that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The entries include therapeutic equivalents, generics for a brand name drug, labels, consumer information sheets, medication guides, patient packet inserts, labels, letters, reviews, approval history, supplement types, RLD and TE codes, NDA and ANDA numbers, company, and active ingredients.

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"One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information." - from website

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This site provides information about precautions and treatment related to all types of influenza.

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"FoodSafety.gov is a gateway website that provides links to selected government food safety-related information. Not every government web site is listed. When more than one government web site provides similar information, links will be provided to only one or two of those sites. Individuals with different backgrounds review all potential sites for inclusion on the FoodSafety.gov web site. This web site is part of the National Food Safety Information Network. It is maintained by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition." from web site

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"MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news." from website

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"As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information–-a critical element of public health and health policy."

"Our health statistics allow us to:

  • document the health status of the population and of important subgroups
  • identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, region, and other population characteristics
  • describe our experiences with the health care system
  • monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
  • identify health problems
  • support biomedical and health services research
  • provide information for making changes in public policies and programs
  • evaluate the impact of health policies and programs

Working with partners throughout the health community, we use a variety of approaches to efficiently obtain information from the sources most able to provide information. We collect data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. NCHS is a key element of our national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems." from web site

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A unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, The Nutrient Data Laboratory provides authoritative food composition databases and composition data on foods available in the United States. The site includes a search engine for the USDA Nutrient Database.

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"Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov." from web site

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PubMed provides free access to the NLM database of more than 11 million bibliographic citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. Links to the full-text of articles at participating publishers web sites. Links to the molecular biology databases maintained by NCBI. Interface developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Links to full-text of selected articles are available using this URL to access PubMed.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to the full text of articles in PMC is free, except where a journal requires a subscription for access to recent articles.

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"The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations." from the web site

The latest edition is available on the Web and in print at the Bierce Reference Desk. Some earlier editions are available on the Web, and most earlier editions are available in print in the Government Documents area.

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From the National Center for Heath Statistics: "Annual reports that present detailed vital statistics data, including natality, mortality, marriage and divorce. These reports are available for download or as bound volumes in many large public and university libraries."

Includes data from 1890 to 1994, with selected data through 2003.

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