Health Information Center Online

The Business/Sciences department at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library has a large Health Information Center with materials relating to medical, health care and nutrition issues.  Information is available in multiple formats and includes books, magazines, audio, video and online services.



In the News


Biological/Chemical Terrorism


Emergency Preparedness


Flu (Influenza)


  • CDC Influenza
    Influenza information from the CDC
    The official U.S. government web site for information on pandemic flu and avian influenza.  Outlines the national strategy for preparedness and response to an influenza pandemic and provides the latest federal news and press releases.
  • Bird Flu
    Avian influenza information from MEDLINEplus
  • Flu Facts - Tennessee Department of Health
  • CDC Avian Influenza
    Basic information from the CDC about avian influenza, also known as bird flu, and its possible transmission to humans.
  • Avian Influenza - World Health Organization
    "This page provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programmes and offices working on this topic.  Also shown are links to related web sites and topics."


West Nile Virus


Local and National Health Events


General Health Concerns, Diseases, Medical Conditions, Tests, & Diagnosis


Doctor and Medical Facilities Locator



Local Health Information


Drug and Pharmaceutical Information

Drugs - Clinical Trials - Prescription Assistance


Surgeries, Procedures and Tests

Interactive Tutorials
MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health web site, and the Patient Education Institute provide helpful tutorials on diseases and conditions as well as specific tests and procedures here.

RadiologyInfo™ is a public information web site established by the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America.  It is meant to “inform and educate the public about radiologic procedures and the role of radiologists in healthcare and to improve communications between physicians and their patients.”

Videos of Surgical Procedures
MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health web site provides links to pre-recorded webcasts of surgical procedures on this page. You will need RealPlayer to view the videos which are approximately 1 hour long.


Self Help


Health Magazines and Newsletters




Healthy Lifestyle

Wellness and Prevention - Nutrition - Sports Medicine and Fitness


Complementary & Alternative Medicine



Health Statistics


Health Resources for Diverse Ethnic and Cultural Populations

Go to a section on this page: General, African American, Spanish-Speaking, Asian American, Native American, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender


Legal Health Issues


Managed Care, Insurance, HMOs, TennCare, etc.





Mental Health


Men's Health


Women's Health


Children's Health


Seniors' Health