Tag Archive: medical

Best on the Web – Free How-To Help

Don’t let the name scare you away—The Beehive is a website worth visiting. Since 2001, when The Beehive was launched by the D.C.-based non-profit, One Economy, it has helped more than 18 million people worldwide connect to educational tools and services to inform and empower people to improve their lives. This site is buzzing with free how-to help related to money, health, jobs, school and housing. Some of the current articles include a back-to-school guide, food stamp eligibility tool, and a gestational diabetes factsheet. A brief exploration reveals in-depth financial and savings advice, health tips and assistance, employment coaching, computer training, college preparation guides, and homebuyer help. Registered users enjoy additional perks, such as printable coupons and the ability to set their location and view local services and resources. Content is updated regularly to reflect seasonal needs and current trends.

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Best on the Web – 24/7 Reference Help

Appomattox Regional Library System is committed to providing patrons with effective reference service and computer assistance. But as we all know, some questions can’t wait. When you find yourself in a situation when you need an answer, and fast, visit the Library of Congress’s Virtual Reference Shelf for 24/7 reference help. Resources included in the Virtual Reference Shelf are vetted and recommended by some of the nation’s top librarians and researchers. Quickly locate trustworthy information in 30 subject categories, including Almanacs & Fast Facts, Business, Encyclopedias, Genealogy, Health/Medical, Law, Maps, and Science & Technology. Even if you don’t have a burning question, the Virtual Reference Shelf is a great tool for everyday use and occasional curious exploration.

Be sure to check out the information and resources available at www.FindItVA.com the next time you have a reference question. Simply type a subject word or phrase in the search field to get started!

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Best on the Web – Have a Healthful Holiday Season

Have you recovered from Thanksgiving yet? While we can all joke about our expanding waistlines this week, I pose that question with more seriousness than sarcasm. Health-wise, the holidays can be a challenging time for many Americans. The holidays bring added stress, which can lead to depression and overeating. Stress can also weaken your immune system, increasing your risk for the flu or other airborne illnesses. In the hustle and bustle ahead, it’s important that we all make time for necessary doctor visits and stay informed about our health and well being. Staying healthy is the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season. Check out these websites to learn more:

WebMD
Not sure what ails you? Try the quick and easy symptom checker. While you’re perusing this site, be sure to explore the free disease and illness index, tips for keeping up with and treating pre-existing conditions, and seasonal health advice.

Mayo Clinic
Just like WebMD, this website features a symptom checker and illness guide. In addition to these valuable tools, Mayo Clinic offers a free personalized health management plan, drug and supplement  information, healthy recipes and advice, and more.

Flu.gov
There are a lot of flu myths circulating out there. Be flu-smart this year by learning how you can prevent and treat the flu, understanding vaccination risks and benefits, and discovering ways to better protect children and seniors.

Don’t stop here! There’s a wealth of information and resources available at www.FindItVA.com. Try searching for “health,” “medical,” or names of specific illnesses.

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