Porterville College Wellness Center

Health Information Web Links

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing incredible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships.CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Drug Watch

Drugs can help save your life. And drugs can kill you through no fault of yours. Drugwatch is dedicated to informing you about seemingly safe, doctor-prescribed drugs and medical devices that could negatively impact your health and your life.

All prescription drugs have side effects, but some that are approved by the FDA carry serious risks to your long-term health. Let us educate you about potentially dangerous drugs as well as medical devices that may not be as safe as you assume.

Health Monitor

Health monitor is an ongoing information program designed to keep you up to date in medical areas important to you.  The program consists of  series of newsletters and this web site is devoted to various therapeutic areas, such as Arthritis, Cancer Care, Diabetes, Digestion & Diet, Family Care, Heart Care, HIV, Kidney Care, Pediatrics, Allergies & Asthma, Senior Life, and Women's Health.  Special sections report the latest news from related areas of medicine.

Health Finder


Healthfinder(R) is an award-winning Federal Web site, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.  Since 1997, Healthfinder(R) has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.  Healthfinder(R) links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,700 health-related organizations.

Family Doctor


All of the information within familydoctor.org has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians.  The information is regularly reviewed and updated.


MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions.  There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinic trials.

WebMD Health


WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. You can trust that our content is timely and credible.

National Library of Medicine


The national Library of Medicine (NLM) on the campus of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library.  The Library collects materials in all areas f biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences.  The collections stand at more than 6 million items--books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs and images.  Housed within the library is one of the world's finest medical history collections of old and rare medical works.  NLM is a national resource for all U.S. Health science libraries through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine(R).

Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Irritable Bowel Syndrome education, treatments and support community for help managing all IBS symptoms.  This site provides information on self-help for people with IBS, with healthy strategies for managing pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating.  We were patient-founded in 1999 and are now the largest IBS community of the internet, and we track all news, studies, and research about IBS.