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Internet and Healthcare – the PEW Foundation

 

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Click on the Link below to find articles that we and others have found to be helpful:

 

General Medical Information Sites

Healthcare Newsletters

Aging

Alternative and Complimentary Medicine

Alzheimer and Dementia Resources

Arthritis/Musculoskeletal Resources

Asthma

Cholesterol & Lipid education sites

Cancer

            Cancer: Oncology Resources

            Cancer: Breast

            Cancer: Colon

            Cancer: Ovarian

            Cancer: Prostate

            Cancer: Skin

CPR Guidelines

Dementia Resources

Depression

Dermatology/Skin Disorders

Diabetes

Disease Risk Calculators

Drug/Pharmaceutical Information

            Drug and Neutraceutical information

            Drug/Medication Safety Resources

            Drug Assistance Programs

            Drug Trial Information

            Medicare Part D

            Drug Cost Comparison

Erectile Dysfunction

Esophageal Reflux

Exercise and Fitness Programs

Genetics

Healthcare Improvement and Quality

Healthcare Reform

Hearing Loss

Heart Disease

Hepatitis

Hoaxes and Medical Rumors

Hypertension

Immunizations

Infertility Resources

Influenza

            Avian Flu Information

            Flu Shot Information

          H1N1/Swine Flu

Insurance Resources

Kidney Stones  

Living Wills/Power of Attorney and end of life issues

Lung Disease

Asthma

            COPD/Emphysema

Medication Education and Compliance

Menopause

Mental Health

Neurology and Thought

Nutrition & Fitness

Osteoporosis

Osteonecrosis and Bisphoshonates

Patient Safety

Patient Information and Empowerment 

Smoking Cessation/ Tobacco Abuse

Prevention “The most important element of prevention is knowledge.”

Sleep Disorders

Social Service

Substance Abuse

            Alcohol

            Drugs

            Tobacco

Travelers' Health

Urinary Incontence/Dysfunction

Women's Health

Other Topics:

            Internet Safety

            Phishing

            Spyware, Adware and Malware

            Consumer Resources

            Recycling

 

 

General Medical Information Sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Library of Medicine - Medical Encyclopedia

National Library of Medicine

National Institute of Health - Health Index

IMO's Health Search

Intelihealth

NetWellness

WebMD

MEDLINE PLUS

Mayo Clinic

National Health Council

HeathFinder

HealthScout

Science Daily: Health and Medicine News

World Health News

Deciphering Medspeak from The Medical Library Association

A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

familydoctor.org  from American Association of Family Physicians

Medem Medical Library

Kaiser Family Foundation

www.eMedicineHealth.com. Current medical information written by physicians for patients and consumers is available in the Health Resource, First Aid and Emergencies, and Lifestyle and Wellness Centers

Healthfinder reliable health information for consumers developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.

National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.

Health Information Translations growing database of health information written in languages other than English: African French, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Ukrainian. The English version appears first, followed by the translations

UpToDate for Patients UpToDate is an online medical information resource where you can learn about a medical condition, better understand management and treatment options, and find information to have a better dialogue with their health care providers. UpToDate is the trusted resource of physicians around the world and is used by the majority of academic medical centers in the US, as well as at My Doctor, LLC

realhealth.TV

 

 

Healthcare Newsletters – all are Free!

Harvard Health E-Newsletter from MerckSource

Mayo Clinic Housecall: Weekly Health Update

Consumer Reports: Best Buy Drugs Reports

Diabetes E-Newsletters

Healthfinders Newsfeeds:

Subscribe to the HEALTHFINDFER-NEWS listserv.  6-10 health news headlines with hyperlinks to full stories sent daily. 

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Subscribe to the HEALTHFINDER-L listserv for bi-monthly announcements featuring upcoming health observances, health tips, and new online health information resources you can use to help stay healthy.

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Federal Government Health related newsletters

What's New on NetWellness For a monthly e-newsletter

The National Cyber Alert System was created by US-CERT and the Department of Homeland Security to help you protect your computer. One of US-CERT's overarching goals is to ensure that you have access to timely information about security topics and events

 

Aging

National Institute on Aging

The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Insurance

Benefits Checkup

BenefitsCheckUpRx

Real Age Calculator

Aging Quiz This interactive quiz from the Mayo Clinic presents commonly held beliefs about health and aging

The Forgetting This site, from PBS and the MetLife Foundation, lays out what we currently know about Alzheimer’s disease

The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Insurance

Benefits Checkup

BenefitsCheckUpRx

Real Age Calculator

Aging Quiz This interactive quiz from the Mayo Clinic presents commonly held beliefs about health and aging

The Forgetting This site, from PBS and the MetLife Foundation, lays out what we currently know about Alzheimer’s disease

 Testosterone therapy: The answer for aging men?  As men age, the level of testosterone in their bodies decreases. But does this hormonal decline require treatment?

If Mom & Dad Can't Manage Finances Anymore...

Eldercare Locator - a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

AARP Caring for Parents

Elders and Families section of the Administration on Aging website. Elders and Families is designed to assist older persons and their caregivers quickly obtain information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics

Aging Parents and Adult Children Together (A/PACT) - a series of 10 articles produced by the Federal Trade Commission in partnership with AARP to introduce eldercare issues you may confront and help you help aging loved ones investigate options and make decisions that can help maximize their independence, comfort and quality of life

Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home through programs to provide information, education and advocacy to support the work of families caring for loved ones with health issues.

Caregiver Health:  A Population at Risk

National Family Caregiver Support Program provides information for caregivers and professionals, including where to turn for support and assistance

National Adult Day Services Association

Senior Resource Encyclopedia of resources for seniors and their caregivers, with advice concerning topics from insurance and financial planning to housing and health care centers.

 

Alternative and Complimentary Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

 

Alzheimer  and Dementia Resources

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center

Alzheimer Support

National Council on Aging

National Family Caregivers Association

Family Caregiver Alliance

Alzheimers Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) Provides current comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease information and resources from the governments National Institute on Aging.  Compiles archives and disseminates information for the community at large, and aims to be a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information.

If Mom & Dad Can't Manage Finances Anymore...

Eldercare Locator - a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

AARP Caring for Parents

Elders and Families section of the Administration on Aging website. Elders and Families is designed to assist older persons and their caregivers quickly obtain information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics

Aging Parents and Adult Children Together (A/PACT) - a series of 10 articles produced by the Federal Trade Commission in partnership with AARP to introduce eldercare issues you may confront and help you help aging loved ones investigate options and make decisions that can help maximize their independence, comfort and quality of life

Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home through programs to provide information, education and advocacy to support the work of families caring for loved ones with health issues.

Caregiver Health:  A Population at Risk

National Family Caregiver Support Program provides information for caregivers and professionals, including where to turn for support and assistance

National Adult Day Services Association Adult day services programs are appropriate providers of community based care for frail elders, as well as persons of all ages with mulpile and special needs associated with chronic conditions

Senior Resource Encyclopedia of resources for seniors and their caregivers, with advice concerning topics from insurance and financial planning to housing and health care centers.

Alzheimers Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) Provides current comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease information and resources from the governments National Institute on Aging.  Compiles archives and disseminates information for the community at large, and aims to be a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information.

Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Guide

 

Arthritis

National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders

Shoulder Exercises: Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington

Back Pain Overview

Back Pain Exercises

Spine: Preventing Lower Back Pain – UW video presentation

 

Cholesterol & Lipid education sites

LipidHealth.org

National Cholesterol Education Program: The goal of the NCEP is to contribute to reducing illness and death from coronary heart disease (CHD) in the United States by reducing the percent of Americans with high blood cholesterol. Through educational efforts the NCEP aims to raise awareness and understanding about high blood cholesterol as a risk factor for CHD and the benefits of lowering cholesterol levels as a means of preventing CHD.

High Cholesterol – what is it? From the NHLBI

TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) is a set of tools you can use to get results. This easy-to-read booklet is designed to help you make the lifestyle changes that will lower blood cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease.

Medline Plus: Cholesterol Education

Fats and Cholesterol - The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy Diet – The Harvard School of Public Health

How Can I Lower High Cholesterol? (American Heart Association)

Recipes for Low-Fat and Low-Cholesterol Meals (American Heart Association)

Tips for Eating Out (American Heart Association)

Checklists for Lowering Your Cholesterol (American Heart Association)

How You Can Lower Your Cholesterol Level: Virtual Fitness Room (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Managing Cholesterol (Patient Education Institute)

Hyperlipidemia (Society for Vascular Surgery)

Live Healthier, Live Longer (Cholesterol)

Intelihealth on Cholesterol

 

Cancer/Oncology Resources

National Cancer Institute

American Cancer Society

Oncolink mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information

Hereditary Cancer Program at University of Cincinnati/Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) was established to coordinate and enhance the activities of the National Cancer Institute in the arena of complementary and alternative medicine.

 

Cancer: Breast

National Cancer Institute's site on Breast Cancer Information

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

National Breast Cancer Foundation

@ware

Breast Self Exam Tool

http://www.komen.org/bse/

 

Cancer: Colon

Get Tested for Colon Cancer: Here’s How: This free 7-minute video from the American Cancer Society illustrates and explains the most commonly used screening methods, including test preparation.

 

Cancer: Ovarian

National Cancer Institute Homepage on Ovarian Cancer

American Cancer Society on Ovarian Cancer

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Gilda’s Club Worldwide

Ovarian Cancer Screening Using Ultrasound and CA125 Finds both Early and Late Stage Cancers, But Also Many False Positives

 

Cancer: Prostate

Prostate Cancer: The Public Health Perspective

Prostate Cancer @ Prostate.com

Prostate Cancer @ SeekWellness.com

Treating Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer

Treatments for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer

 

Cancer: Skin

How to Spot Skin Cancer Signs

Learn the ABCDs of Skin Changes

National Cancer Institute (NCI): What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer

American Academy of Dermatology: What is Skin Cancer?

American Cancer Society (ACS): What is Skin Cancer?

Skin Cancer: Preventing America's Most Common Cancer

  

CPR Guidelines

Hands-Only CPR  Sudden cardiac arrest claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year.  Now there's a new way for anyone (even those who haven't learned conventional CPR) to step in and help adults who suddenly collapse: Watch this instructional video!

 

Depression

Side Effects of Antidepressants: an overview – Clinical review of common side effects of antidepressants from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Patient Information: If you need an antidepressant….

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Therapy SAD is a depression that afflicts people primarily during the winter months, and is often referred to as seasonal depression.

Mental Health

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

National Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies

http://www.healthyplace.com/

 

Dermatology/Skin Disorders

American Academy of Dermatology

 

Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

Diabetes Self Management

American Dietetic Association Diabetes Care & Education Group

The Healing Handbook for People with Diabetes

Resource Guide 2004 – Information on new diabetes products and services with links to printable charts, new product info and other topics

National Diabetes Education Program

Your Disease Risk: Diabetes.  This interactive tool estimates your risk of diabetes and provides personalized tips for prevention

“Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes”

“Blood Sugar Testing: The power to Control Diabetes is in Your Hands”

“Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers”

"Control Your Diabetes for Life. Tips for Feeling Better and Staying Healthy”

NIH Diabetes resources

Diabetes Portal -  link to numerous educational resources

Diabetes E-Newsletters

Dental care and diabetes

Mayo Clinic Slide show: Diabetes foot care

Diabetes and sick days

Glycemic Index Calculator

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease: Lifestyle changes and medication can improve your health  Mayo Clinic.com explains the connection between Cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The Heart Of Diabetes program was created by the American Heart Association to not only raise awareness of this issue, but help those with diabetes take action to lower their risk for heart disease and stroke.

dLife.com offers support for and information on how diabetes affects those who’ve been diagnosed with the disease. Tips on smart shopping for diabetes management, diet goals, and recipes can be found here, along with podcast interviews.

 

Disease Risk Calculators

Harvard University Disease Risk Calculator

9 ways to stay healthy and reduce disease By following these nine lifestyle recommendations, you can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Before you know it, you’ll also have more energy and get a boost to your mood

Your Disease Risk: Cancer.  This interactive tool estimates your risk of cancer and provides personalized tips for prevention

Your Disease Risk: Diabetes.  This interactive tool estimates your risk of diabetes and provides personalized tips for prevention

Your Disease Risk: Heart Disease. This interactive tool estimates your risk of coronary heart disease and provides personalized tips for prevention

Your Disease Risk:  Osteoporosis.  This interactive tool estimates your risk of osteoporosis and provides personalized tips for prevention

Your Disease Risk:  Stroke.  This interactive tool estimates your risk of stroke and provides personalized tips for prevention

Tool: Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack

Tool: Target heart rate calculator  Target heart rate is 60 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity. Working out within your target heart rate zone can help boost your fitness level.

Tool:  Cost of Smoking Cigarettes

 

Drug and Neutraceutical information

PDR

Food and Drug Administration

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

Drug Digest

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs project 

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States.

 

Drug/Medication Safety Resources

AHRQ Tips for Taking Medicines Safely

AHRQ Tips for Taking Medicines Safely - Video.

Mederrors.com Tips for consumers

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

General Advice on Safe Medication Use “Be an informed consumer”

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines

 

Medication Education and Compliance

The US Center for Drug Research and Evaluation

SafeMedication.com

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Physician Desk Reference

 

Drug Assistance Programs

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Medicare Access for Patients-Rx (MAPRx)

Together Rx

Cost Containment Research Institute

Lilly Assist

Pfizer Share Card Program

www.helpingpatients.org

www.Rxhope.com

www.RXAssist.org

www.destinationrx.com

Prescription Relief

Rx for Ohio

Golden Buckeye Rx Savings Program

Buying Prescription Medicine Online:  A Consumer Safety Guide - Buying medicine online may be easy - make sure you do it safely.

Buying prescription drugs on the Internet: Promises and pitfalls  - Patients can save time and money, but they can also end up with counterfeit or substandard medications.

 

Drug Trial Information

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)

ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers – run by the NIH.

Clinical Trials Portal - provided by the IFPMA - the portal has been designed as a single entry point to search for comprehensive information on on-going clinical trials (registry) or results of completed trials (database) conducted by the pharmaceutical industry enabling a simple interface to ongoing research and completed studies.

International Clinical Trials Registry Platform - World Health Organization’s internal clinical trials registry

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service – commercial clinical trials listing service.

Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Trial Registry - This site contains information about clinical trials sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company

Roche - clinical trial protocol registration and reporting of clinical trial results

 

Medicare Part D

Medicare Modernization Act

Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards

AMA information on discount cards

Medicare Rights Center information on Medicare drug discount card program

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Medicare Rx Education Network

Kaiser Foundation: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

MED PART D THE BASICS

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Medicare Part D) -- American Family Physicians Summary...

AARP Guide: The New Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

AARP: Guide and resources

Medicare Presentation - Susan Miller 12/20/2006

Medicare Part D information from Medicare

The Facts About Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medlearn/provtoolkit.pdf

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medlearn/drugcoverage.asp

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Publications

Medicare Drug Plans – Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Facts about Medicare's New Coverage for Prescription Drugs

Learn how Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Work

Find a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

 

Drug Cost Comparison

Pillbot.com

Pharmacy Checker

Destination Rx

 

Esophageal Reflux

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

International foundation for functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

 

Exercise and Fitness Programs

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have updated physical activity guidelines. These guidelines outline exercise recommendations for healthy adults and older adults:

  Guidelines for healthy adults under age 65

Guidelines for adults over age 65, or age 50-64 with chronic conditions

Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults! If you’re interested in feeling stronger, healthier, and more vital, this program is for you. This strength-training program was developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and includes an interactive exercise program.

Start! Moving – AHA walking program

Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging has strength, balance, and stretching exercises you can do at home

National Institute on Aging exercise program tips

Choose to Move is the American Heart Association free 12-week physical activity program for women

Advice for when you begin to exercise

American Heart Association Fitness Center

Mayo Clinic Fitness Center - advice on starting an exercise program, staying motivated, preventing injury and more

Small Steps to Better Health

 

 

Infections Diseases

CDC Website: BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)

FDA Website: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

USDA Website: Statement by Chief Veterinary Medical Officer John Clifford Regarding Inconclusive BSE Test Results, March 11, 2006

 

Avian Flu Information

"Avian influenza: Frequently asked questions."

Avian Flu (Bird Flu)

CDC Updates:  Avian Influenza - Current Situation

WHO Updates on Avian Influenza

 

INFLUENZA Information

CDC flu info

CDC UPDATES ITS INFLUENZA WEB SECTION

Who should get Flu shot?

Product information:  Immunizations/ Treatment/Prevention

Adventis/Pasteur Vaccine information

Chiron Vaccine information

Tamiflu treatment information

Hand Washing/Hygiene Guidelines

Local flu shot resources: search for a flu shot near you! 

ONLINE FLU SHOT LOCATOR - Greater Cincinnati Flu Collaborative -

Southwest Ohio Health Departments/Districts:

Adams County Health Department                   937-544-5547

Brown County Health Department                    937-378-6892

Butler County Health Department                     513-863-1770

Cincinnati Health Department                          513-357-7280

Clermont County General Health District           513-732-7499

Clinton County Health Department                   937-382-3829

Hamilton City Health Department                     513-785-7080

Hamilton County General Health District           513-946-7800

Hamilton County Flu Clinic Hotline                   513-981-0981

Indian Hill Health Department                         513-561-6300

Norwood City Health Department                     513-458-4600

Sharonville City Health Department                  513-563-1722

Springdale City Health Department                  513-346-5725

Warren County Combined Health District          513-695-1566

  

H1N1/Swine Flu

   H1N1 Registration form -  OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH please complete form and bring copy to office to get your vaccination.

US Influenza information Center

New York Times H1N1 updates

Ohio Pandemic H1N1 Vaccine Information

Hamilton County Community Health Flu program

Cincinnati Health Department Flu Clinics

 

Genetics

Your Genes Your Health

DNA Interactive

 

Healthcare Improvement and Quality

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

 

Healthcare Reform

http://www.health08.org/   Throughout this election season, the Kaiser Family Foundation will provide analysis of health care issues addressed by the presidential candidates.  This election-focused website providing analysis of health policy issues, regular public opinion surveys, and news and video coverage from the campaign trail. http://www.healthcareforall.org/costconundrum.pdf

 

The Presidential Candidate Forums, organized by the Federation of American Hospitals and Families USA, feature candidates being interviewed by a panel of prominent journalists

FRONTLINE: Sick Around the World, teams up with veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid to find out how five other capitalist democracies -- the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland -- deliver health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.

 

Hepatitis

Living with Hepatitis – the Hepatitis Foundation International

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Viral Hepatitis

American Liver Foundation

 

Hearing Loss

SHHH - Hearing Loss Association of America

Hearing Loss Questionnaire

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Hearing Focus

National Center for Accessible Media

Insight Cinema (open-captioned movies nationwide)

Captioned Media Program (CMP)

CART Consumers’ Page

American Academy of Audiology

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

American Board of Audiology

American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

Audiology On-Line

Virtual Tour of the Ear ~ illustrations and explanations of the ear in layman's terms.

H.E.A.R. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, education and medical information on the effects of excessive noise.

Acoustic Neuroma Association

 

Heart Disease

Hyperlipidemia Learning Center

Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)

Interactive Animations from Bryne Healthcare:

 Conditions:

    Heart Anatomy

    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

    Stroke

    Myocardial Infarction (MI, Heart Attack)

    Atherosclerosis

 Procedures:

    Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

    Angiography (Cardiac Catheterization)

    Angioplasty with Stent (PTCA)

    Valve Replacement

 The Endocannabinoid System: A New Therapeutic Target for Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management  - Medscape review of the E-C system, it’s over activation, and new theories on the connection to obesity, cardiovascular disease and smoking

 

Hypertension

The American Heart Association

National Heart Lung Blood Institute

National High Blood Pressure Education Program/ JNC 7

Hypertension online

High Blood Pressure (National Library of Medicine MEDLINE PLUS)

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure

NHLBI Resources for Patients and the Public

What Is High Blood Pressure?

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure (interactive Web site)

Facts about the DASH Diet

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Facts about Lowering Blood Pressure

Stay Young at Heart Recipes

High Blood Pressure (Medline PLUS)

 

Hoaxes and Medical Rumors

Quackwatch.com

'Miracle' Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism   the FTC and the FDA say health fraud promoters target people with medical conditions.  To avoid becoming victims of health fraud, learn how to assess health claims and seek the advice of a health professional.

Should you trust health advice from the web? New Scientist 29 July 2009 by Lisa Grossman

 

Insurance Resources

Ohio Department of Insurance home page for ODI provides information about consumer protection and insurance insurance education

Ohio Department of Insurance Prescription Drug Information:  good souce of medication news and helpful links to discount drug programs available in Ohio 

 

Immunizations

Centers for Disease Control National Immunization Program

Immunization Action Coalition

Flu home page

Prevention and Control of Influenza - Recommendations of the AICP

   

Living Wills/Power of Attorney and end of life issues

Finding Our Way  Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America was a successful 15-part newspaper series, written by experts on end-of-life issues. The information and experiences from those articles have been compiled into this online course.

Light The Way The Ohio State Bar Foundation and its 2002 Fellows Class provide information about advance directives, living wills and durable powers of attorney.

Ohio Health Care Directives Living Will, Heath Care Power of Attorney, organ and tissue donation forms and additional instructions on completing them.

Do Not Resuscitate forms

LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Ohio donor registry

Coalition on Donation - www.shareyourlife.org

Living Wills in Kentucky – download the Kentucky Living Will packet, which allows you to leave instructions in four critical areas: Designate a Health Care Surrogate; Refuse or request life prolonging treatment; Refuse or request artificial feeding or hydration (tube feeding); Express your wishes regarding organ donation.

Advanced Care Planning: Beyond the living will – an excellent review of advance directives and end of life planning that appeared in the May, 2009 Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. The authors advocate focusing less on “signing away” certain interventions and more on clarifying the goals of care

Your Life, Your Choices  Detailed, readable description of health care options in medical conditions common to older adults (dementia, coma, stroke, terminal illness). Although developed by the Veteran’s Administration, it is not limited to that setting.

Five Wishes This five-wishes document was developed with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It guides a patient through his or her medical, personal, emotional, and spiritual needs. A videotape and compact disc can also be ordered.

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes.  The physician order sheet translates goals and preferences into medical orders regarding resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The resulting document does not replace the medical power of attorney form or the living will.

Project GRACE (Guidelines for Resuscitation and Care at End-of-Life) addresses medical interventions that one would want or not want, not only if one were in a permanent unconscious state, but also in conditions such as end-stage disease, permanent confusion, and total dependence. The document conforms specifically to Florida law but could be appropriate as a personal document for patients in other states. It would not replace a do-not-resuscitate order form in most states but can be an adjunct.

Living Wills in Kentucky – download the Kentucky Living Will packet, which allows you to leave instructions in four critical areas: Designate a Health Care Surrogate; Refuse or request life prolonging treatment; Refuse or request artificial feeding or hydration (tube feeding); Express your wishes regarding organ donation.

 

 

Lung Disease

Asthma

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

American Lung Association

National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Asthma and Allergy Foundation

National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology: Adult Asthma

American Lung Association: Asthma in Adults Fact Sheet

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: What Is Asthma?

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: What Is Asthma?

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Asthma Basics – Facts and Brochures on how to lower risk fo asthma exacerbations

American College of Physicians: ACP Special Report: Living with Asthma

 

Emphysema/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

American Lung Association

PulmonologyChannel: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)  

American Lung Association - COPD - Help with Treatment Decisions

 

Mental Health

 

National Institute of Mental Health

Mental Health

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

National Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies

http://www.healthyplace.com

 

Neurology and Thought

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

BrainConnection.com

Alzheimer’s Association

 

Nutrition

The Federal Website on Nutrition and Fitness

American Dietetic Association

Calorie King.com web site dedicated to educating you about the nutritional value of foods you eat (and eat out) every day.

Increasing Physical Activity

Weight.com

Carbohydrate Counting: A Practical Meal-Planning Option for People With Diabetes

Carbohydrate Counting: The Basics

Physician's guide to the new 2005 dietary guidelines: How best to counsel patients

Nutrition Labels: Know the facts

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005

Cincinnati Nutrition Council

Shaping America’s Health

NIH interactive menu planner is designed to guide daily food and meal choices based on one day's calorie allowance.

Portion Distortion! Do You Know How Food Portions Have Changed in 20 Years?

Americans:  Calories Don't Add Up 

Keep an Eye on Portion Size: What is the difference between Portions and Servings?

Calcium Calculator

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation offers a variety of publications that cover various nutrition and food safety topics

Calories Count: Balancing The Energy Equation

Choose To Move is the American Heart Association free 12-week physical activity program for women

How to Read a Food Label

Addicted to food? How to break your habit  When does a craving become an obsession? Prevention magazine examines how some woman were able to change their eating patterns

Portion Distortion  Keep an Eye on Portion Size - What is the difference between Portions and Servings?  Check out the interactive quiz (and a second) to test your knowledge of calories and portion growth in recent years

Serving Size Card (PDF file) to help you recall what a standard food serving looks like.

What's In The Foods You Eat Search Tool:  the USDA supplies the calorie and  nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S. Familiar portion sizes are included for each food, and portion sizes can be adjusted by the user

www.foodnumbers.com

NutritionData – Know what you eat – a useful source of nutritional analysis. .Nutrition Data's continuing goal is to provide comprehensive nutrition analysis available, and to make it accessible and understandable to all.

www.mypyramid.gov  information related to the food pyramid, review of new dietary guidelines and links to additional websites; “MyPyramid Plan” can create personalized nutrition suggestions based on age, height, weight, and physical activity.

NutritionData – Know what you eat – a useful source of nutritional analysis. .Nutrition Data's continuing goal is to provide comprehensive nutrition analysis available, and to make it accessible and understandable to all.

www.mypyramid.gov  information related to the food pyramid, review of new dietary guidelines and links to additional websites; “MyPyramid Plan” can create personalized nutrition suggestions based on age, height, weight, and physical activity.

Addicted to food? How to break your habit When does a craving become an obsession? Prevention Magazine examines how some change their eating patterns

Portion Distortion  Keep an Eye on Portion Size - What is the difference between Portions and Servings?  Check out the interactive quiz (and a second) to test your knowledge of calories and portion growth in recent years

Serving Size Card (PDF file) to help you recall what a standard food serving looks like.

What's In The Foods You Eat Search Tool:  the US Department of Agritulture supplies the calorie and  nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S. Familiar portion sizes are included for each food, and portion sizes can be adjusted by the user

www.foodnumbers.com

 

Osteoporosis

National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bones Diseases

National Osteoporosis Foundation

Your Disease Risk:  Osteoporosis.  This interactive tool estimates your risk of osteoporosis and provides personalized tips for prevention

Calcium Calculator

Bone Health, What Every Man Should Know.

Osteoporosis in Men – NOF: 2 million US men have osteoporosis; another 12 million are at risk.

Not just for women: Osteoporosis jumps gender gap Men's bones also may thin with age, more studies are demonstrating, and the impact can be devastating

Bone Health: FACT Book

Fall Prevention

Fosamax Patient Product Information

Actonel Patient Product Information

Boniva Patient Product Information

Miacalcin Patient Product Information

Forteo Patient Product Information

Foreto Pen/Users Manual

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence – Mission is to identify best practices in fall prevention

Project Able - Jefferson University Home Intervention program

FALLS PREVENTION: Safe Steps: A Falls Prevention Program for Seniors

Top 25 Ways to Prevent Falls - Falls Prevention Checklist Online from the National Osteoporosis Checklist

 

 

Osteonecrosis and Bisphoshonates

NIH information:  Oral Health and Bone Disease

NIH information:  Osteoporosis Overview

ADA Background Information:  ADA on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

NOF Statement on Osteonecrosis:  Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Patient Information

 

Patient Information and Empowerment

Information Therapy

If All Doctors Had More Time to Listen - NYTimes.com

 

 

Patient Safety

National Patient Safety Foundation

Ohio Patient Safety

Lifeline Medical Alarm

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ)

ISMP: Lessons to Be Learned from Past Errors

Institute for Health Care Advancement IHA is a non-profit organization that demonstrates innovative health care practices and educates health care professionals and consumers

 

PreventionThe most important element of prevention is knowledge. A patient armed with accurate and scientific based information is a better health care partner.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)An independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services.

Power of Prevention -

aafp: Preventive Services for Healthy Living

Health Screening Guidelines (Mayo Foundation)

My Family Health Portrait (Surgeon General)

Whole-body CT screening: FDA Statement

U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative

Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention (OGDP) at CDC

Healthy People 2010 – leading health indicators and goals for the future

Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults

Pocket Guide to Good Health for Children

Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+

Aspirin: Preventing Heart Attacks

Stroke Prevention: What You Should Know

Tips for a Healthy Life for Women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age—Checklist for Your Next Checkup

Women with Medicare: Visiting Your Doctor for a Pap Test, Pelvic Exam, and Clinical Breast Exam

Tips for a Healthy Life for Men (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Men:Stay Healthy at Any Age—Checklist for Your Next Checkup

 

Sleep Disorders

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Sleep Apnea Association

Center for Narcolepsy

National Sleep Foundation

sleepchannel

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research

The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Therapy Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depression that afflicts people primarily during the winter months.

Sleepnet.com

Sleepdex.com – resources and links for better sleep

  

Social Service

Jewish Family Service

Senior Independence

Lifeline Medical Alarm

 

Substance Abuse - Alcohol Abuse

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Alcohol and Aging:  The Age Page

Alcohol: A Women's Health Issue

Alcoholism: Getting the Facts

A Family History of Alcoholism - Are You at Risk? 

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines

Underage Drinking

The Cool Spot

Keep Kids Alcohol Free: Strategies for Action

College Drinking Prevention Website 

 

Substance Abuse - Drugs

National Institute of Drug Abuse and Addiction

Drugs of Abuse

Anabolic Steroid Use

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization dedicated to eliminating the practice of doping in sport, and to preserving the well being of sport and ensuring the health of athletes through research initiatives and educational programs

Marijuana – facts parents should know

 

Substance Abuse – Tobacco/Smoking Cessation

Nicotine Anonymous

Surgeon General on smoking

Quitting Smoking Support

American Lung Association Quit Smoking Site

Healthy Ohioans Tobacco Prevention

QuitNet - A free quit smoking resource out of Boston University

Mayo Clinic - Stop Smoking Services

National Cancer Institute - Tobacco and Cancer

World Health Organization - Tobacco Free Initiative

American Cancer Society - Tobacco and Cancer

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)

United States Department of Health and Human Services - Tobacco Cessation Guideline

Healthy Ohioans - Tobacco Prevention

Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation

Ohio Tobacco Quits Brochure; QUIT LINE Enrollment Form (fax)

Quit Net

Quit Assist

Tobacco Information and Prevention Source

Surgeon General’s Tobacco Cessation Guideline:  The latest techniques for treating tobacco use and dependence.

You Can Quit Smoking. Information kit for consumers

American Cancer Society (ACS): Guide to Quitting Smoking

CDC's Tobacco Information and Prevention Source

American Lung Association: Quit Smoking Action Plan

Tool:  Cost of Smoking Cigarettes

 

Travelers' Health

Travelers' Health from the Centers for Disease Control

TSA: Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Tripprep

World Health Organization International Travel

US Department of State

CDC MMWR reports

Traveling abroad: Plan ahead to prevent illness.  It is easier to visit developing countries and rural areas of the world once considered inaccessible.  As a result, travelers are exposed to a greater number of health risks and contagious diseases in unfamiliar environments.

Overseas Citizens Services:  Overseas Citizens Services (OCS) in the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is responsible for the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad.

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers: IAMAT advises travelers about health risks, the geographical distribution of diseases worldwide, immunization requirements for countries. IMAT makes competent medical care available to travelers by western-trained doctors who speak English besides their native language.

FDA: Consumers Filling U.S. Prescriptions Abroad May Get the Wrong Active Ingredient Because of Confusing Drug Names  Advisory concerning filling U.S. prescriptions abroad may give patients the wrong active ingredient for treating their health condition. Some FDA-approved products have the same brand names as drug products that are marketed outside the U.S. but contain completely different active ingredients.

 

Urology Topics

Urinary Incontence/Dysfunction

Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network (UITN)

“Let's Talk About Bladder Control for Women” -  A comprehensive introduction to the causes, symptoms, and treatments for bladder control problems in women

Exercising Your Pelvic Muscles - A description of exercises for the pelvic floor muscles, called Kegel exercises, and how they can help to restore or maintain bladder control.

Daily Bladder Diary -  An easy-to-use form for patients to note liquid intake, trips to the bathroom, urine leaks, and other details that may help explain your incontinence.

Your Medicines and Bladder Control - A booklet describing the effects that your medications could have on bladder control, with a recommendation for discussing all your medicines with your doctor.

Urinary Incontinence in Women - An overview of the types, diagnosis, and treatment of urinary incontinence in women

Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women - Explains the differences between urge and stress incontinence and how the type of incontinence affects the choice of drug therapy or surgery.

Erectile Dysfunction:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): Erectile Dysfunction

Impotence.Org 

Kidney Stones 

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Urology Channel

Your Medical Source

 

Women's Health

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

National Women's Health Information Center - www.4woman.gov - a service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is an award winning, information rich source of up to date information.

Intimate Partner Violence: Fact Sheet

Sexual Violence: Fact Sheet

WHI Documented Risks of Hormone Therapy a review of data from the landmark hormone study and its risk/benefit findings

Infertility Resources

RESOLVE is dedicated to providing education, advocacy, and support for infertility

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine, infertility, menopause, and sexuality

Menopause

The North American Menopause Society

New Information on Hormone Replacement Therapy from the National

Heart Lung Blood Institute

 

Other Topics

Internet Safety

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3):  Visit this site to find out how to address fraud committed over the Internet. Learn about IC3’s convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation.

OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

 

Phishing

Phishing protection "phishing" is an attempt to "fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an apparently official electronic communication, such as e-mail or an instant message." Use these resources to learn about phishing, how to prevent it, and how to recognize it when it occurs.

 Anti-Phishing Work Group - host of articles, with information on the basics of phishing, recent trends in electronic crime, and advice for consumers (a tool to report phishing is also available). This site is probably the best starting point for any reader interested in learning more about this unfortunate practice.

The Field Guide to Phishing - This illustrated, colorful, and often humorous dissection of common—and sometimes clever—phishing schemes also provides advice on recognition and analysis of common features. Very highly recommended.

Online Identity Theft: Many Medicines, No Cure - This article discusses standard and emerging methods of curbing online identity theft.

 

Spyware, Adware and Malware:

Ad-Aware by Lavasoft - This program could not be simpler, or more valuable. It scans your entire computer or system. It finds any known spyware (and detects variations on existing spyware). It then alerts you to these applications and allows you to delete them. The personal version of the program is free; more elaborate versions designed to scan small and medium business networks are available at a modest price.

Microsoft Spyware Center - Tips on preventing spyware, a spyware quiz, and various articles make this a good educational resource on this subject; antispyware software from Microsoft, an interactive community, and a free security newsletter give it practical value as well.

Spybot Search and Destroy - This user-friendly spyware detection software is also free of charge; we recommend running it in concert with Ad-Aware, in the hopes that one will catch what the other misses. ScanComplete makes it available here and features a variety of security-related freeware, making it definitely worth a look. 

Virus Protection:

AVG Antivirus (Free Edition)  among the features of this free program: an on-demand scanner allowing the user to schedule tests or run them at will; an e-mail scanner; free virus database updates for the life of the product; and more.

How Computer Viruses Work - This clear, concise overview of the virus phenomenon includes a description of exactly how various types of viruses affect a computer, as well as how viruses spread.

 

Consumer Resources

Free Copy of the 2006 Consumer Action Handbook

Corporate Consumer Contacts

Federal Consumer Contacts: Many federal agencies have enforcement and/or complaint-handling duties for products and services used by the general public. Others act for the benefit of the public, but do not resolve individual consumer problems.

Federal Agencies Consumer Contacts:  Federal Agencies also have fact sheets, booklets and other information which might be helpful in making purchase decisions and dealing with consumer problems

OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

 

Recycling

Do the PC Thing - a Technology Overview on used equipment disposal, (Download) provides general information and resources on how best to donate technology to those that need it most.

Cell Phones - CALL TO PROTECT campaign collects wireless phones to benefit survivors of domestic violence – click through to find out how to donate your old phones!

Wireless…The New Recyclable - This website can help you locate a local donation center, find a charity you want to support, direct you to a mail-back program.

Computer Equipment - National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons.

Plug-In To eCycling (full-length video ~ 7 min.) Produced by the EPA, the video outlines the proper steps for how to donate equipment for reuse. A shorter version is available.

Earth 911 – A national environmental information network providing access to community recycling, donation and disposal options for computers, electronics and cell phones. By entering your ZIP code on the site you can find your nearest electronics recycling event/location.

LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - LifeCenter Organ Donor Network encourages and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissues for transplantation. LifeCenter works with 28 area hospitals to serve the people of the Greater Cincinnati area, including Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. The organization works in conjunction with U.S. Tissue and Cell, Cincinnati Eye Bank, and the Midwest Ear Foundation

Coalition on Donation - www.shareyourlife.org

 

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