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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Breastfeeding Federal government information related to the study and promotion of breastfeeding, including recommendations (such as handling and storage of human milk, and vitamin D supplementation), effects of specific diseases and conditions on breastfeeding, statistics, and policy. Also includes a FAQ and annotated links to additional resources. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- MedlinePlus: Breast Feeding Compilation of links to breastfeeding, including general information and overviews, research, law and policy, statistics, and organizations. Includes many links to specific topics related to breastfeeding, such as breast pumps, breastfeeding compared to formula feeding, nutrition, and medications. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (LII)
- 50 State Summary of Breastfeeding Laws Summary and chart of state laws related to breastfeeding of infants, including those allowing women to breastfeed in public or private locations, exemptions of breastfeeding from public indecency laws, employment laws (such as allowance for breaks and breastfeeding areas in the workplace), exemptions from jury duty service, and more. Includes links to laws. From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). (LII)
- National Strategy to Prevent Teen Pregnancy From the US Department of Health and Human Services.
- National SIDS Resource Center information for parents and medical personnel on SIDS. (LII)
- Kids Have Strokes Site for an infant and childhood stroke awareness campaign sponsored by the Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA). Features information on prenatal stroke, infant stroke, perinatal stroke, neonatal stroke, in utero stroke, fetal stroke, stroke in children, and young adult stroke. Includes material about symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment, research, and support groups. (LII)
- TeenHealthFX This site is a resource for any and all questions regarding [teen] health, your relationships, your body and your sexuality. While this site is informative, it's not a substitute for talking to your doctor and your parents. Includes information and quizzes on topics such as illnesses, sports and nutrition, and drugs. Funded by Atlantic Health's Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital. The site is maintained with input from teenagers and support from community leaders.
- Virtual Pediatric Hospital Introductory materials about child and adolescent health and disease, including resources for patients and their families, and health professionals. Also includes links to related sites. From two pediatricians on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Medicine. (LII)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Breast Implants Material for consumers to help make an informed decision as to whether or not to get breast implants. There is information related to both approved breast implants and investigational (under study for safety and effectiveness) breast implants. Includes a FAQ, backgrounder on platinum in silicone breast implants, silicone gel implant approvals, a brochure and photos of complications, and related material. (LII)
- The Endometriosis Association contains background information on the disease, its causes, symptoms, and treatment options. (SR)
- Endo-Online: The Voice of the Endometriosis Association support groups, information, links. (LII)
- EndoForums EndoForums has been created to bring together women suffering this condition all around the globe to better understand what treatments, management, support and information there is available.
- Fertility You will find the tools and information you need to do be proactive regarding your fertility. All content is written by healthcare writers and vetted by reproductive endocrinologists. You will find a community of bloggers, message boards, fertility news, and a database to help you connect with a fertility specialist.
- Healthywomen.org: Medical information for women More than 100 conditions, diseases and women's health issues covered in depth. From acupuncture to yoga. Diagnosis, treatment, questions to ask your health care professional, lifestyle tips and more. All content reviewed for medical accuracy by health care professionals. Also includes question and answer columns on topics such as breast health and midlife health. From the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), an independent health information source for women. (LII)
- The National Women's Health Information Center Designed to provide women with authoritative and timely knowledge of a host of womens health issues. (SR)
- Medline Plus: Mammography the site draws on materials culled from a number of high-quality sources, including the National Cancer Institute, the National Women’s Health Information Center, and the American Cancer Society. (SR)
- The North American Menopause Society to further the dialogue and discourse of menopause among and between women. (SR)
- MedlinePlus: Menopause Compilation of links to resources on menopause, the biological process that occurs when menstruation ends for women. Links address menopause symptoms (such as hot flashes), hormone replacement therapy and other treatments for menopause symptoms, and related health topics. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (LII)
- Pregnancy Center The Mayo Clinic is responsible for this very nice site dedicated to providing the web-browsing public with comprehensive and highly readable information about pregnancy. (SR)
- Reproductive Health Online from John Hopkins University. (LII)
- Reproductive Health Reproductive Health is the official journal of the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, and was started in June 2004. It covers all aspects of human reproduction (SR)
- The University of Wisconsin Center for Women's Health and Women's Health Research designed to provide a one-stop shopping model for the delivery of clinical health care services to women and a multi-disciplinary research agenda on women's health issues. (SR)
- Index of Internet resources related to aging from the AARP (RB)
AARP Health Tools
addresses questions about Medicare, drug interactions, and where to find cheaper medicines.
- Leading Age This website is a boon for anyone who researches, works, or cares for the elderly, particularly considering its aging-related services focus. The
Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) describes itself in its About
CAST section as an international coalition of more than 400 technology
companies, aging-services organizations, businesses, research universities,
and government representatives working together under the auspices of the
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
- Safe Seniors From the Tri-County Protection Team of Muskegon, Ottawa, and Oceana Counties
- Elder Abuse Information Information on how to recognize elder abuse, and links to sites about other aspects.
- Senior Care & Home Care Resources at Care.com the premiere source of trustworthy care options for every family member, from elderly parents to children, and even pets. Our Senior Care Directory provides a comprehensive listing of resources by state in seven categories: housing resources, transportation resources, home care, end-of-life care, legal resources, and financial planning and management.
- Infoaging.org delivers the latest research-based information on a wide range of age-related diseases, conditions, issues, features, and news. (SR)
- Medicare The Official US Govt. Site. Look here for information on perscription drug discount cards.
- Medicare: Nursing Home Compare Allowing users to compare and contrast nursing homes based on a wide range of information, this site provides a number of useful (and often enlightening) tools. (SR)
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect The Nursing Home Abuse Center is an informational website committed to providing comprehensive information on nursing home abuse and neglect for the elderly and their loved ones.
- The Merck Manual of Geriatrics_ (2nd Edition)
- Senior Health from the National Institutes of Health. (LII)
- Consumer Guide to Nursing Homes; a resource for residents, families, and other consumers of Michigan Long-Term Care Services. from the Michigan Electronic Library
- Infoaging.org news about research in aging. (LII)
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Resource Center general information on nursing homes. (LII)
- SeniorJournal: Daily News for Active Senior Citizens web site with lots of interesting information for seniors (LII)
- America's Eating Habits: Changes and Consequences -- USDA ERS [.pdf, 473p] Find out about America's eating habits, what is right and what is wrong and who is trying to help.
- Carbohydrates: Going With the (Whole) Grain An overview of carbohydrates and their role in nutrition. Discusses the glycemic index, insulin, whole grains, and high-carbohydrate and low-carbohydrate diets. Includes links to related articles and resources. From the Harvard School of Public Health. (LII)
- Dietary Supplements: Official U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) information regarding the regulation of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids (commonly known as ephedra). (LII)
- Enhanced Calorie Calculator enter the names and amounts of foods and this will calculate calories and fat content. (LII)
- Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements has links to scientific literature on all sorts of supplements.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program A list of questions to ask before joining a weight-loss program. Discusses safety, costs, staff qualifications, product risks, and results. From the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). (LII)
- Weight Loss Products and ProgramsProfiles of popular weight-loss products and programs, listing characteristics of the products and programs, strengths and weaknesses, and other comments. Also includes examples of ineffective weight-loss products. From a nutritionist at the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. (LII)
- Medline Plus: Herbal Medicine >From the world of Aloe Vera to yohimbe, this site leaves no herbal medicines unexplored. As part of the Medline Plus omnibus site which was created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this particular section covers many aspects of the world of herbal medicine. First-time visitors will want to start by looking over the background essays on the use of botanical dietary supplements offered from the Office of Dietary Supplements. After that, they should browse through sections that include Basics, Learn More, Research, and Reference Shelf. They can also just scroll down through the homepage, which includes overviews on the use of different herbs and supplements. Those persons looking for the latest information about research findings on herbs and topical treatments can look within the Latest News listings, which are updated frequently. Researchers will appreciate the inclusion of a Clinical Trials area which provides the latest information about ongoing clinical trials that draw on various aspects of herbal medicine. (SR)
- Database of Herbs and Botanical Information The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center sponsors a database of information about herbs, botanicals and other products, such as vitamins and other supplements. (RB)
- Herbal Safety [pdf] the University of Texas at El Paso has created this important website in order to disseminate information about research findings related to herbal use and to provide these findings in both English and Spanish. (SR)
- Herbs Guide information on medicinal and natural herbs.
- Food Safety: Organisms of Concern
- Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) eating disorders, dietary guidelines around the world, etc. (LII)
- Iowa State University Food Safety Project
- My Food Pyramid This website allows you to individualize the USDA's food pyramid. Enter your age and gender, and your activity level to get a listing of what and how much to eat in each of the food categories. (LII)
- Nutrition This ... site from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is designed to serve as a portal to resources and information on nutrition, healthy eating, and food safety available across government Websites.
- The Nutrition Source: Knowledge for Healthy Eating from the Harvard School of Public Health. (SR)
- The 10,000-Step Guide to Fitness This feature describes the concept of walking 10,000 steps per day (using a pedometer to keep track) to obtain health benefits. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) can give you a healthy heart and reduce body fat. It includes quick tips regarding the 10,000-step challenge, statistics on fitness in Britain, and an illustrated description of how a pedometer works. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). (LII)
- Mayo Clinic: Fitness Center The Mayo Clinic offers a wide range of outreach services for the general public, including websites providing basic information about cancer, smoking cessation techniques, and others. Their online Fitness Center website will be a real boon to anyone who is looking to pick up some basic fitness awareness, learn about strength training, or read up on sports nutrition. First-time visitors can start by reading through the Fitness Awareness area, which answers questions like Why exercise? and also provides information on getting warmed up before exercising. Further down the site's homepage, visitors can also use the Ask a Mayo Clinic Specialist to learn more treatments for hyperextended knees and other related maladies. Those who know exactly what they are looking for can use the Find it Fast feature on the left-hand side of the homepage to look up materials on everything from back pain to tennis elbow. (SR)
- Ready To Start a Fitness Program? Take These 5 Steps This starting point for planning an exercise program contains resources for assessing your fitness level, designing a fitness program, getting exercise equipment, starting the program, and monitoring progress. Includes links to articles about weight training, stretching, aquatic exercise, aerobic exercise, and other fitness topics. From the MayoClinic.com, the website of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (LII)