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  • Alternative Medicine
    Complementary medicine is used together with traditional western medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using therapeutic touch to help make a patient more comfortable after surgery. Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional western medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a macrobiotic diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery or chemotherapy. The following resources provide more information about these topics.
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    A comprehensive resource to the human body and its functions. Ideal for both the individual or the student who is interested in learning more about how our bodies are constructed and how they work.
  • Eldercare and Caregivers
    Eldercare impacts virtually everyone at some point in their lives. Thus, the resources provided here highlight information that is especially important to caregivers who are also family members.
  • Environmental Health
    Information about human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes.
  • Eye Care
    Information about eye care for you and your family. Includes resources for finding an optometrist in your area.
  • General Health and Medicine
    General reference sources about health topics and descriptions of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Healthy Aging
    As a society, Canada is increasingly faced with the challenge of building on the strengths and meeting the needs of an aging society with fewer resources. By the year 2011, members of the "baby boom" generation begin to turn 65. By 2030, it is projected that almost one quarter of the population will be 60 years of age or older. Healthy aging is an achievable goal. The following resources provide information to support a healthy lifestyle in later years.
  • Hearing
    Many people in Canada are affected by hearing loss and the number is growing steadily. For many it is an unforeseen challenge, to enter the world of hearing aids and to come to terms with other people's insensitivity and the need to adjust to a muffled, or even silent, environment.
  • Medical Tests & Diagnostic Procedures
    Relevant and reliable medical information for common medical procedures and tests.
  • Menopause
    Although menopause is a natural passage in every woman's life it can be a time of mixed emotions both physically and mentally. The resources below aim to provide a balanced approach and a guide to navigate you through the many stages of menopause.
  • Mental Health
    Resources devoted specifically to topics about mental health.
  • Nutrition & Diet
    The importance of good nutrition is nothing new. Back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Today, good nutrition is more important than ever. At least four of the 10 leading causes of death in the Canada, (heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes), are directly related to diet. The following list of resources offer information about nutrition and food science.
  • Oral Health and Dentistry
    The following oral health resources will provide you with information about various issues related to you and your family's oral health care.
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Information
    Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
    Everything related to human pregnancy, from pre-conception through to delivery. Topics include fertility/infertility, child birth, breastfeeding, pregnancy tests, baby care, baby development and more.
  • Prostate Health
    The three most common conditions that can affect the prostate are the following : prostatitis, prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]. Although these disorders can share many of the same symptoms, they all have different causes and treatments. [source: The Canadian Guide to Prostate Cancer].
  • Travel Health
    Information resources specifically about travel health issues.
*Information provided by the Library's Health resources Web pages does not constitute a medical recommendation or endorsement by the Richmond Hill Public Library. Please read the library's disclaimer and copyright notice regarding linked sites. Decisions regarding your health should always involve the assistance of a professional health care professional. If you need immediate medical advice contact your own family physician or the Telehealth service at 1.866.797.0000.