Health

In the news... Just because this exasperating winter is nearly over--tomorrow is the first day of spring--doesn't mean you can escape the flu. The CDC tells you how to try to prevent it.

Help save lives; keep suicide rates from rising further. Options include:

  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255 (24/7)

  What can you do? The National Institute of Mental Health has details.  

Stay informed about the opioid crisis.

Wondering about a career in health? Oakton Community College has information sessions January through May.

Learn more.

Wondering about a career in health? Oakton Community College has information sessions January through May.

Learn more.

Comparative Guide to American Hospitals

Snapshot profiles of each of the nation's 4,300+ hospitals. These profiles illustrate how the hospital rates when providing 47 different treatments within seven broad categories.

Consumers’ Checkbook

This is a good source for local consumer information for the home, cars, health care (including physicians & dentists) personal services and more. It includes Chicago Consumers' Checkbook. You'll be asked to register with Consumers' Checkbook for home use.

Explora

Browse topics of interest or search for a topic of your choice to find articles, primary source documents and videos. Search results can be limited to magazines, news, biographies, etc. (User-friendly interface for content from MasterFile Premier, Mas Ultra, Middle Search and Newspaper Source Plus)

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses.

Health & Medicine Collection

A collection of health eBooks

Medigap from Weiss Ratings

Build Your Own Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner. Get step-by-step guidance on how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for you and which insurance company has the lowest rates.

Medline

You'll find article citations for all areas of medicine, mainly for the medical profession. Produced by the National Library of Medicine.

ReferenceUSA Health Care

Information on 650,000 U.S. physicians and dentists.

Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.