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Consumer Health Resources

For Parents


NICHD: Adventures in Parenting
This booklet addresses certain struggles and trials of parenting and highlights some of its many rewards. The information is based on decades of research on parenting, as well as the experiences of actual parents and experts in parenting. The booklet is designed for parents of every background, from first-time parents to grandparents, so that any one who interacts with children can benefit from this valuable information.

Nemours Foundation: Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting
The Nemours Foundation offers nine child-rearing tips that can help you feel more fulfilled as a parent — and enjoy your kids more, too.

The following focus on communication with teens, many geared toward parents and will provide helpful tools:

Online Exhibitions

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The National Library of Medicine has a large collection of online and traveling exhibitions that engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine. Here are just a few that may be of interest for public library exploration.

Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory (grades 9-12+)
Explores the scientific discoveries and contributions of Charles Darwin.

Frankenstein - Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (grades 6-12+)
Explores Frankenstein as a framework for discussing ehtics involved in scientific research

Visible Proofs: Forsenic Views of the Body (grades 6-12+)
Collection of images, videos and stories about the history and the development of Forensics. Includes lesson plans.

Resources for Kids and Teens

Below are a list of selected resources for children and teens. For more K-12 resources, visit our K-12 Guide.

MedlinePlus Children's Page (grades 1-5)
This page is for kids to find information, from how the body works to what happens when you go to the hospital. There are quizzes, games, and other cool pages to explore.

MedlinePlus Teens' Page (grades 6-12)
This page is for teenagers, and has information on health and safety for teens. There are quizzes, games, and other cool pages to explore.

The Visible Human Project (grades 11-12+)
The Visible Human Project provides complete, anatomically detailed, 3D representations of the normal male and female human bodies.

PubMed (grades 11-12+)
A citation index for articles from medical and life science journals. View the PubMed tutorial for site navigation and guidance.

PubMed Tutorials (grades 11-12+)
PubMed tutorials provide access to brief animated tutorials, handouts, and addiitional resources for learning to use PubMed.


Genetics Home Reference (grades 6-12+)
a website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes related to those conditions.

Help Me Understand Genetics Handbook (grades 6-12+)
Presents basic information about genetics in clear language and provides links to online resources. The whole book is available for download.

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (grades 6-12+)
Harry Potter’s World presents the following instructional resources for the educators in middle-and high-schools, and in higher education institutions. Explore genetics through the characters and creatures featured in Harry Potter!

Environmental Health and Chemistry

Tox Town (Grades 6-12+)
Designed to give information on everyday locations where you might find toxic chemicals, links to selected, authoritative chemical information on the Web, and how the environment can impact health. Also available in Spanish.

Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8)
Connecting middle school students to environmental health information. The Web site explores topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.

ChemIDplus (Grades 7-12+)
View and manipulate chemical structures for over 388,000 chemicals. Create SIS and TRANS models, conduct structure similarity searches and view chemical synonyms.

Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+)
Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products.

EPA (Grades K-12)
Provides K-12 students and educators with access to quality homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas for learning and teaching about the environment.

ToxLearn and Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+)
Written at the introductory college student level and teaches basic toxicology principles.

ToxLearn is an update to an expansion of the Toxicology Tutors. Module I: Basic Principles and Dose-Response is the first module available.

Your resource for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases