With access to information and resources, our communities can live happier, healthier lives. RTRN is a source of relevant health information and resources to help you identify, manage and improve your health.

        • What is a Health Disparity?During the past 2 decades, 1 of Healthy People’s overarching goals has focused on disparities. In Healthy People 2000, it was to reduce health disparities among Americans. In Healthy People 2010, it was to eliminate, not just reduce, health disparities. In Healthy People 2020, that goal was expanded even further: to achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups. Learn more….
        • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. In this effort NCMHD will conduct and support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training, foster emerging programs, disseminate information, and reach out to minority and other health disparity communities. Learn more…
        • National Alliance for Hispanic HealthThe National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the premier science-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on improving the health and well-being of Hispanics. the nation’s oldest and largest network of Hispanic health and human service providers, and our community-based members reach more than 15 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S. Learn more….
        • American Public Health InformationThe Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. Learn more….
        • NIH Health InformationLearn more about various health conditions and diseases.
        • Medline PlusMedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. It brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. Read More…
        • Medline Drugs & SupplementsLearn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.
        • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, provide leadership and training. Read more…
        • Minority HealthAccording to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 36 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities. Read more…

HEALTH PUBLICATIONS

        • U.S. National Library of MedicineThe World’s Largest Medical Library. It has millions of books and journals about all aspects of medicine and health care on its shelves. Its electronic services deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. The NLM was founded in 1836 and is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Read more…
        • Minority Health BrochuresDownload brochures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more…
        • The Nation’s Health For the latest health news, public health professionals, legislators and decision-makers turn to The Nation’s Health, the monthly newspaper of the American Public Health Association. The Nation’s Health focuses on the news that public health professionals need to know, whether it’s happening in their state legislatures, the nation’s capital or on a global scale. Learn more…
        • News Medical News-Medical.Net aims to segment, profile and distribute medical news to the widest possible audience of potential beneficiaries worldwide and to provide a forum for ideas, debate and learning, and to facilitate interaction between all parts of the medical health sciences community worldwide. Learn more
        • Medical News TodayThe Medical News Today brings you hourly health news and information from trusted sources. The site contains several sections : Health News, Health Videos and Forums and is divided into 117 medical categories/specialties, allowing you to browse only the news relevant to you. Advanced news archive searches allow you to quickly find the news you are interested in, from over 200,000 archived articles. Read more…
        • Natural NewsThe NaturalNews Network is a non-profit collection of public education websites covering topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism. Read more…
        • Science Daily Your source for the latest research news. ScienceDaily is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites. Read more…

CLINICAL RESEARCH

        • Understanding Clinical Trials The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides insightful information about clinical trials. A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people, and new ways to improve health. Read more…
        • NIH Clinical Trials and YouIt patient involvement that helps researchers ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose and understand human diseases. Read more…
        • Clinical Trials Tutorial The National Library of Medicine has made this tutorial available to help you understand information about your healthcare. The tutorial, X-Plain module, is published by the Patient Education Institute and licensed by the National Library of Medicine. Read more…

CANCER

        • National Cancer InstituteThe National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Read more…
        • Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) is central to NCI’s efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer and eventual elimination of cancer health disparities through research, training, and outreach. Read more…
        • Cancer Prevention and Control As a leader in nationwide efforts to ease the burden of cancer, CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective strategies for preventing and controlling cancer. Read more…
        • PubMed Health _CancerSource for information on the causes, incidence and risk factors associated with Cancer. Read more…
        • American Cancer Society
          Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
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        • Inside CancerExplore cancer biology, diagnosis, & treatment; follow molecular pathways to cancer with stunning animation and interviews. Using this multimedia guide to Cancer Biology made possible by grant #R25RR015622 from National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health. Read more…

CARDIOVASCULAR AND RELATED DISEASES

HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases

        • Facts about HIV CDC information on HIV/AIDS. Read more…
        • AIDS.gov
          AIDS.gov works to increase HIV testing and care among people most at-risk for, or living with, HIV, by using emerging communication strategies to provide access to Federal HIV information, policies (e.g. the National HIV/AIDS Strategy), programs, and resources. Read more…
        • National HIV and STD Testing ResourcesThe National HIV and STD Testing Resources Web site (aka HIVtest.org and FindSTDtest.org) is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This Web site provides users with locations for HIV and STD testing and STD vaccines around the United States. Read more…
        • HIV/AIDS Information

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND MENTAL HEALTH

        • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world. Read more…
        • Brain Basics: Know Your Brain  This fact sheet is a basic introduction to the human brain. It may help you understand how the healthy brain works, how to keep it healthy, and what happens when the brain is diseased or dysfunctional. Read more…
        • Neurologic DiseasesNeurologic diseases are disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body. There are more than 600 neurologic diseases. Read more…
        • American Academy of NeurologyIt is our goal to provide to you and your family a comprehensive and trustworthy “one-stop” resource for answers to your most pressing questions about neurologic disorders. Read more…
        • National Institute of Mental HealthThe mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Read more…
        • Mental Health America
          Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. Read more…
        • National Alliance on Mental IllnessThe National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need. Read more…

OBESITY AND METABOLIC SYNDROME

          • PubMed Health_Obesitys Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat. Read more…
          • Obesity SocietyThe Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Since 1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances. Read more…
          • Overweight and ObesityCDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is working to implement policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone. Read more…
          • Obesity in America.orgObesityInAmerica.Org serves as the one-stop clearinghouse for the general public and reporters seeking information on the key scientific trends and advancements that may one day lead to a slimmer, fitter America, across all demographic lines. Read more…
          • PubMed Metabolic SyndromeMetabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Read more…
          • Explore Metabolic Syndrome
            Metabolic syndrome is becoming more common due to a rise in obesity rates among adults. In the future, metabolic syndrome may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease. Read more…
          • Metabolic Syndrome Prevention and TreatmentThe American Heart Association explains what metabolic syndrome is, what your risk of metabolic syndrome is, the symptoms of the condition. Read more…

 

FEDERAL AGENCIES

          • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with making sure that drugs and biologics are safe and effective before they go on the market. Read more…
          • Office for Human Research ProtectionsThe Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read more…