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Bioethics:               Index

       End of Life Care:               Index

Health Care Reform:               Index

  • USCCB Position on Health Care Reform -  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) promotes its support of "truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity." Includes letters from bishops to Congress, videos, facts and statistics, frequently asked questions, and links for contacting members of Congress.
  • Full text: Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act (6/28/2012) from the Opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court (PDF). Chief Justice Roberts writes the majority opinion.
  • Catholic Medical Association – Open Letter to Catholic Organizations. Calls for a renewed emphasis on the principle of subsidiarity across the spectrum of issues in health care financing and services.…critiques the federal government-centered approach evident in legislation passed out of congressional committees. Even apart from the issue of abortion and respect for conscience rights, such an approach is wrong in principle, demonstrably ineffective in practice, and dangerous given the Obama administration's evident refusal to respect human life.
  • HealthCare.gov: Take health care into your own hands; find out how the Affordable Care Act affects you. Get the answers at HealthCare.gov.
  • "Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and Health Care Reform": A Joint Pastoral Statement of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Bishop Robert W. Finn - Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
  • Keep Conscience Protections for Health Care Workers: Cardinal Francis George urges Catholics in the United States to tell the Obama Administration to retain Health and Human Services regulations governing conscience protections for health care workers.

Diseases and Conditions:               Index

  • Allergy Basics Center -  links to informative articles on asthma, food allergies, children's allergies, latex allergies, hay-fever, airborne and seasonal allergies, skin allergies, insect bites and stings, allergy testing and anaphylaxis. Don't let the disclaimer at the beginning scare you out of using the site—the information is invaluable for those with allergies of any sort.
  • Arthritis-health: an expanding library of information created to help patients and caregivers become better informed about arthritis, especially the options for treating and managing arthritis pain and symptoms. The site features current content written and peer-reviewed by medical professionals with arthritis expertise.
    • The Arthritis Foundation: information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis, whether it’s advice from medical experts to specialized arthritis self-management or exercise classes.
    • Arthritis Health Center (WebMD): Provides health information on over 100 types of arthritis. Sections on Living With Arthritis, exercise programs, and latest arthritis health information.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (National Institute of Mental Health): An easy-to-read booklet of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Includes causes, symptoms, help and resources.
  • The Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Health Center - WebMD: Includes Topic Overview, Symptoms, Exams/Tests, Treatment Overview, References.
  • The Breast Cancer Site: Your click on the "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Celiac Disease (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases). Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.
  • Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) Infections - Medline Plus: Includes basic general information, symptoms, treatment and research.
  • DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan.
  • Diseases & Conditions - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health.
    • The Diseases and Conditions Index (DCI): This new Web health index gives you a quick and easy way to get complete and dependable information about heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.
    • Disease.com: All the information and sources you need about Diseases & Conditions, Healthy Living, Drugs & Supplements, Symptoms, Eating & Dieting, Fitness, Mental Health, and more.
  • Flea Bites Guide: flea bites symptoms, treatment and how to prevent flea bites on humans.
  • Flu.gov -  comprehensive government-wide information on H1N1, pandemic and avian flu. In the event of a pandemic, this will be the authoritative site for U.S. government information on the pandemic flu outbreaks.
  • Inside Cancer (Dolan DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory): a rather remarkable exploration of the nature of cancer in the human body. Utilizing graphics and interactive animations that serve to explain this complex condition, the site is divided into sections that deal with the causes and prevention of cancer, its diagnosis and treatment, and how the disease manifests itself. Each section combines well-drawn animations with video clips of scientists narrating brief passages that illuminate the accompanying descriptions and captions.
  • Joint Disorders (Medline Plus) -  Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases - Arthritis.
  • Lung Cancer Alliance: dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for lung cancer.
  • Lyme Disease -  JAMA Patient Page (Journal of the American Medical Association)
    • Lyme Disease — Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    • Prevent Lyme Disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). How to protect yourself from tick bites.
  • Mayo Clinic–Symptom Checker: Tools for healthier lives. Use this guide to discover the most common causes of common symptoms.
  • Melanoma -  What You Need to Know.
  • The Mesothelioma Center - Asbestos.com. A one-stop resource on all the dangers of asbestos cancer ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options with…the most comprehensive and cutting-edge information on the web.
    • Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center -  provides the most comprehensive mesothelioma information on the Web on jobsite exposure, new treatments, legal questions and resources.
    • Mesothelioma Group: a small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families. Also has scholarships for cancer victims’ and military veterans’ families.
    • MesotheliomaGuide.com: "Our mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, information, and healthcare solutions. All of our information has been thoroughly researched and is meant to provide comfort, knowledge, understanding, and solutions to this rare disease."
    • Mesothelioma Help: Connecting mesothelioma patients and caregivers with the help they need.
    • Asbestos.net: Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Resource Center. A comprehensive resource on asbestos and its devastating effects, including mesothelioma, asbestos cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. We strive to provide the most complete resource available on all aspects of malignant mesothelioma - a cancer uniquely linked to just a brief exposure to asbestos. Includes video articles, a directory of cancer centers and oncologists, a medical terms glossary, legal glossary, legal resources, and much more.
    • Mesothelioma Resource Online: extensive database of information and resources for patients and their families to better understand the symptoms of mesothelioma and the various aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment.
    • Mesothelioma Web: one of the most comprehensive sites on asbestos and mesothelioma providing information and support to those who have been exposed to asbestos.
    • Pleural Mesothelioma Center: Provides free information, resources and support to help you understand, fight and overcome mesothelioma.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) -  To support and promote the best science on alcohol and health for the benefit of all by: Increasing the understanding of normal and abnormal biological functions and behavior relating to alcohol use | Improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorders | Enhancing quality health care.
    • Alcohol Studies Database (Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies): The database contains over 80,000 citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers, and audio-visual materials. The site is maintained by the Scholarly Communication Center, the Center of Alcohol Studies, and the Rutgers University Libraries.
    • Beer, Wine and Liquor: An Alcohol Resource Guide. By the time teens and young adults head to high school or college, it is quite common to see plenty of alcohol consumption at parties or other social occasions. This guide will help to introduce some of the key facts about alcohol use among young adults and its effects.
    • The Cool Spot (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism): Resources, information, and support on alcohol use and abuse among teenagers. The site contains a selection of external resources that may be of assistance to persons with a drinking problem, or for those with a family member who is having a problem with drinking.
    • Experts Discuss Alcoholism & Addiction Treatment: Scroll down to Participants in the Survey and click on each name to read their answers to the 8 questions surveyed.
    • Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much - A Clinician’s Guide. Written for primary care and mental health clinicians, it addresses the subject of how to help patients with alcohol problems. Created by qualified professionals at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is divided into several sections designed to help such practitioners with the process of screening for alcohol problems and, if necessary, conducting an intervention. Finally, the site is rounded out by a FAQ document which answers such questions as "What can I do to help patients who struggle to remain abstinent or who relapse?"
    • Older Adults and Alcohol -  You Can Get Help (National Institute on Aging). Download booklet (PDF) in right column
    • Rethinking Drinking - Alcohol and Your Health:  Web site and booklet produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health. Many drinkers may be unaware that their drinking habits are putting them at risk for alcohol-related problems.…Others may know that their drinking is causing problems, but don't know where to turn for help in cutting back or quitting. Rethinking Drinking provides evidence-based information for all of these people, along with support for making a change.
    • Tips for Cutting Down on Drinking (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
  • National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Peripheral Neuropathy - Mayo Clinic.
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Information Center: Fast facts, remedies & treatments.
  • Project Cork -  Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School. "Cork's mission is to assemble and disseminate current, authoritative information on substance abuse for clinicians, health care providers, human service personnel, and policy makers. Project Cork produces a bibliographic database, offers current awareness services, produces resource materials, responds to queries, and collaborates in professional education efforts.
  • Prostate Cancer - Medline Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health). Scroll down page for Overview, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Plans.
    • PSA Testing Decision Aid - Health Crossroads. This Crossroad is intended for men who are considering whether to have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a blood test to determine the PSA level. The test may lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
    • ZERO - Education Resources September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: The Project to End Prostate Cancer commits not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease but to end it.
  • Sleep Disorders (Medline Plus). The most common kinds are: insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy - daytime "sleep attacks." Plus, nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, sleep talking, head banging, bed wetting and grinding your teeth are kinds of sleep problems called parasomnias. There are treatments for most sleep disorders. Sometimes just having regular sleep habits can help.
  • Sundowner’s Syndrome: Largely remains a mystery to medical science, although there are several theories about why these symptoms begin at night. More and more studies are being conducted to try to determine the exact cause. Check additional page links along top-right column.
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - MedlinePlus

Health:               Index

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - USA's lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
    • HealthyChildren.org: offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers.
  • American Heart Association - Choose a Healthy Lifestyle: Better lifestyle habits can help you reduce your risk for heart attack. Learn what you can do to help prevent heart disease and stroke.
  • Back Truths: Debunking Common Myths about Back Pain (American Pain Foundation).
  • Care.com -  Senior Care National Directory. Find the best resources for all your elder-care needs, from financial and legal, to medical and social and more.
  • College Health and Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
    • CampusHealthandSafety.org: Online resource for higher education administrators, students, parents, and other professionals who are seeking information about creating healthier and safer living and learning environments for college and university students, both on campus and in the surrounding community. This Web site emphasizes a comprehensive public health-based approach to addressing alcohol and other drug use and violence and in promoting mental health wellness among students.
    • CDC - Health Tips for Students Studying Abroad. In celebration of International Education Week, CDC’s travel health experts have put together this "study guide" for some tips on how to prepare for a safe and healthy study-abroad experience.
  • Empowered Patient - CNN Health Tips for Savvy Medical Web Surfing
  • The Environmental Health Science Education: Education outreach of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides educators, students and scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources and classroom materials. It seeks to invest in the future of environmental health science by increasing awareness of the link between the environment and human health.
  • FamilyDoctor.org - "health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians." All of the information is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. You'll find guides for Healthy Living | Smart Patient Guide | Women’s–Men’s–Seniors’–Kids' Health | Over the Counter Guide | Drug Information.
  • First Aid Guide and Emergency Treatment Instructions (WebMD)
  • Foot Health Facts - American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: Serves to educate patients and consumers about foot health and the conditions that foot and ankle surgeons treat.
  • Food & Drug Administration Channel on YouTube with videos on Protecting and Promoting Your Health.
  • Gardening Health and Safety Tips (CDC) - Some tips to help keep you safe and healthy so that you can enjoy the beauty and bounty gardening can bring.
  • Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.
  • Hand Sanitizer Risks (CNN - Dr. Sanjay Gupta): The New England Journal of Medicine first warned of cases of people ingesting hand sanitizer a few months ago. If you have any questions, you can call the American Association of Poison Control Centers Poison Help Line 1-800-222-1222. You'll be connected to your local poison control center.
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - American Cleaning Institute: describes the safe, beneficial, and proper use of surface cleaning products and disinfectants.
  • HealthCare.gov: Take health care into your own hands; find out how the Affordable Care Act affects you. Get the answers at HealthCare.gov.
  • Healthline: Trusted health information, free tools, news and doctor-reviewed resources to encourage a healthy living for you and your loved ones.
  • HealthNews: Health News, Natural Health, Family Health, Nutrition & Diet, Fitness & Exercise, Health & Beauty
    • Health Tips (Tips.Net): Designed to increase your general knowledge about health issues and, thereby, to provide what you need in order to effectively maintain and improve your health.
    • Healthy Times Newspaper Article Archives: a premier article directory featuring health articles, health and wellness information and resources for alternative health and wellness. Click on the "Categories" tab for a listing of article topics.
  • MD Travel Health: Complete travel health information for physicians and travelers. Helps travelers look up the country of their choice and offers suggestions on which vaccinations to get, what symptoms to look out for, what precautions to take and what food items to avoid.
    • London 2012: Olympic and Paralympic Games (CDC): Be prepared and practice the smart safety and health habits you normally would at home, so your Olympic and Paralympic memories are about the competitions and sites – not your illnesses or injuries.
  • MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing: What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions based on our experience.
  • Men's Health Center (WebMD): Find men's health topics and information.
  • Sun Safety Information for Everyone: Magellan’s Travel Advice - Health Issues.
    • Sun Safety 101 (American Cancer Society): Tips to Help Minimize Your Risk of Skin Cancer.
    • Dangers of Indoor Tanning. In fact, It's Totally Out (American Academy of Dermatology)
    • The SPF Resource Guide: What is SPF and why is it important? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is the universal measurement of protection against UV – ultra-violet – rays. It measures how much UV radiation is required to produce a sunburn on skin that's protected with sunscreen as opposed to how much UV radiation is required to produce a sunburn on unprotected skin. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
    • UV Radiation, Sun Safety, and Skin Cancer (Oklahoma State University): Articles, information and resources concerning skin, UV radiation, and sun safety.
  • Teen Dating Violence (CDC's Injury Center). Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling. These behaviors are often thought to be a "normal" part of a relationship. But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
  • Travelers' Health (CDC): Offers information to assist travelers and their health-care providers in deciding the vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.
  • UnsafeHome.com: Do you know about the ingredients found in the common household products you use everyday – do you know which ones might be dangerous to you and your family's health? UnsafeHome.com educates 'the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children's health.' Now you can find all the pertinent information you need to know about these toxins.
  • Urology A – Z (American Urological Association Foundation): From conditions to treatments to surgical devices and more, everything you need to know about urology in one convenient place. Search alphabetically or by common conditions-and get the facts you need.
  • Women's Health Center (WebMD): Information on Women's Wellness, Nutrition, Fitness, Intimate Questions, and Weight Loss.

       Elder Care and Geriatrics:               Index

  • The American Geriatrics Society (AGS): health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.
  • Alzheimer's Caregiver Support online: throughout your caregiving journey you will have questions related to the many aspects of caring for a loved one. We want to help meet these challenges by providing quality caregiver education, information, and support.
  • Eldercare and Aging: online information from Google Scholar for librarians and caregivers of aging/elderly associations, societies and resources.
  • Exercise for Seniors (MedlinePlus): There are four main types of exercise and seniors need some of each: 1) Endurance activities - like walking, swimming, or riding a bike - which build "staying power" and improve the health of the heart and circulatory system; 2) Strengthening exercises which build muscle tissue and reduce age-related muscle loss; 3) Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible; 4) Balance exercises to reduce the chances of a fall.
  • Geriatric Nursing Teaching Resources (University of Minnesota's Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence). Resources designed to assist nursing students in their quest to become effective health care providers to older adults. After reading a brief introduction to the site, visitors can use the table of contents to find the materials that will be most useful to them. Here they will find a listing of over 40 topic areas, including Biology of Aging, Depression, and Oral Health.
  • GeroNurseOnline.org: developed through the Nurse Competence in Aging initiative, is the "go to" website for authoritative information and evidence-based content on nursing care of older adults. Also the portal to the geriatric content of 55 specialty nursing associations and health organizations.
  • Go4Life (National Institute on Aging at NIH): Designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life.
  • Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour. The Alzheimer's Association sponsors this website for the purpose of helping the general public better understand the workings of the brain and 'how Alzheimer's affects it.' There are sixteen interactive slides, each with information on the special features presented in the particular image. Click on "Start Tour."
  • The Merck Manual of Health and Aging: Older people's health issues.
  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov: Features authoritative and up-to-date health information from Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health as well as material from the American Geriatrics Society. This site makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends.
  • Nursing Home Abuse Guide – Paul & Perkins PA. Created to inform and educate the public on a devastating epidemic which is overwhelming our nations senior population. Within our nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nearly 10%, or roughly 150,000 seniors experience elder abuse each year.
  • Nutrition and Hydration - Moral Considerations: Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
  • Seniors' Health - MedlinePlus. Check right column for age-related articles in Medical Encyclopedia.
  • Seniors and Chronic Pain (NIH Medline Plus): Chronic pain is a growing problem among older Americans. Understanding the causes of this pain, the special medical needs of the elderly, and the role of pain self-management can help seniors reduce or eliminate this condition.
  • The State of Aging and Health in America Report (Center for Disease Control): Contains the full text of the report for anyone with an interest in public health, gerontology, and other allied fields, along with the 2004 report as well. Visitors will also appreciate the extra features offered here, which include state-based report cards that examine fifteen key indicators of older adult health, such as obesity rates, smoking habits, flu vaccine updates, and others.
Medical:               Index

  • American Heart Association (AHA): "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."
    • Revised Guidelines for CPR (American Heart Association): The AHA now recommends that chest compressions be the first step for lay and professional rescuers to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the association said the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of CPR should now be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).
    • Hands-Only™ CPR (American Heart Association): Two steps to save a life. When an adult suddenly collapses, trained or untrained bystanders—that means a person near the victim—should: 1) Call 911 and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Studies of real emergencies that have occurred in homes, at work or in public locations, show that these two steps, called Hands-Only™ CPR, can be as effective as conventional CPR. Providing Hands-Only CPR to an adult who has collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double that person's chance of survival.
    • Pocket First Aid & CPR Smartphone app (AHA): provides quick, concise and clear first aid and CPR instructions from a user’s smartphone that can help a user save a life in the event of an emergency.
    • Continuous Chest Compression CPR: Learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
    • Hands-Only™ CPR (American Heart Association): Two steps to save a life. When an adult suddenly collapses, trained or untrained bystanders—that means a person near the victim—should: 1) Call 911 and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Studies of real emergencies that have occurred in homes, at work or in public locations, show that these two steps, called Hands-Only™ CPR, can be as effective as conventional CPR. Providing Hands-Only CPR to an adult who has collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double that person's chance of survival.
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation: National Library of Medicine (NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). The goal is to help you return to an active life, and to reduce the risk of further heart problems. A team of specialists will create a plan for you that includes exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling.
    • HeartHub for Patients: AMA’s patient portal for information, tools and resources about cardiovascular disease and stroke.
    • For Caregivers (AHA): Sections on rights, responsibility and resources.
    • Resources for Healthcare Professionals (AHA): Includes Statements, Guidelines & Clinical Updates, Improve Patient Care, Stroke Resources.
    • Atrial Fibrillation (MedlinePlus): An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. The cause is a disorder in the heart’s electrical system. Includes interactive tutorial.
    • Habits of the Heart: The Science Museum of Minnesota developed this resource for students and teachers on the cardiovascular system. You'll find 'lesson plans,' 'classroom activities,' 'videos about the heart,' 'links to other sites about the heart and lungs' and even 'instructions on making a heart rate monitor.'
    • Heart Overview: MedicineNet
    • How the Heart Works (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute): Includes visual and animated sections: heart anatomy, heart circulation/contractions, electrical system and heart disease.
  • American Thyroid Association (ATA) - Hypothyroidism Booklet (check Table of Contents in left pane)
  • Basic and Clinical Neurosciences (Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons): Lectures and videos that provide a "comprehensive and concise review of the neurosciences." It's best to start by reading the executive summary, and then click on over to the "Topics and Speakers" area.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health. Includes sections on:  Emergency Preparedness and Response | Environmental Health | Life Stages & Specific Populations | Healthy Living | Injury, Violence & Safety | Travelers' Health | Workplace Safety & Health
  • CenterWatch - Clinical Trials Listing Service: "a wealth of information related to clinical trials such as a listing of industry and government-sponsored clinical trials as well as new drug therapies recently approved by the FDA."
  • Disability.gov: U.S. federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations.
  • Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens Course (AMA) -  your complete resource for workplace training. This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements for Bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site-specific bloodborne pathogens instruction.
  • Medical Malpractice Help: provides information on all aspects of malpractice and medical neglect for both patients and caregivers. Most people only have a basic understanding of what medical malpractice actually is and we would like to clear up the confusion.
  • MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program (FDA.gov)
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NIH: Health and Human Development Information
    • Curriculum for Nurses: Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)
  • The Pathway to Genomic Medicine - BioEd Online.
  • Radiology Anatomy Teaching Modules (University of Washington): radiology anatomy teaching modules designed to supplement regular instruction and to serve as a reference resource for medical educators and students. Along the left side of the site visitors will find a muscle atlas, an online radiology guide, and the "Teaching Files" area.
  • Surgical Planning Laboratory -  introduction to the marvels of modern medicine and technology. Stop in at the Image Gallery for actual movies, animations and 3-D renderings of many surgical procedures. The Anatomy Browser provides "a rich, highly detailed, hierarchical view of human anatomy," certainly not intended to replace Gray's Anatomy but what a complementary resource.
  • ToxLearn: A Multi-Module Toxicology Tutorial. Created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine's Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program and the U.S. Society of Toxicology to provide an introduction to fundamental toxicological principles and concepts.
  • Virtual Hospital (University of Iowa): search for any medical questions that you might have. You’ll find patient educational briefs browseable by organ system or by a topical list, a collection of peer-reviewed and annotated Web resources, an internal search engine, as well as links to the Atlas Anatomy. Patient Medical References - Encyclopedia of Health Topics and Health information topic categories A-Z.
  • Virtual Labs - Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Biointeractive website educates users about science and technology. Currently, the site contains five full virtual labs, and they include those that allow students to learn how to identify various bacteria and another one that casts participants as a young intern who is learning how to identify heritable diseases of the heart.
  • Web Anatomy: online anatomy and physiology resources used in courses on a regular basis. Includes sets of pathology images and slides that cover such conditions as coronary artery thrombosis, atherosclerosis, and so on. One rather handy section includes weblab modules that introduce acolytes to the world of the heart, the lungs, and the digestive system through slides and interactive photos. The site is rounded out by the "Virtual Microscope" area, which includes detailed slides and explanations of cartilage, bone, blood, and muscular tissue.

Medical References, Journals and Directories:               Index

  • The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia (Medline Plus - Nat’l Institute of Health): Includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive health care to the public.
  • American Recall Center – Practical Drug, Device, & Healthcare Safety Information. Dedicated to providing up to date FDA medical device and prescription drug recall information. We look forward to becoming the most reliable source for providing timely, plain language information to those who need it most!
  • The Anatomy Lesson: a regional/systemic approach to the study of anatomy which takes a look at each system separately (vascular, respiratory, etc.) Each lesson will point out various structures found in the particular region being examined and then followed by a review of what has been covered.
    • The Virtual Body (MEDtropolis): aims to educate kids and adult on bodily health; understanding the human anatomical structure is just part of the process. The Virtual Body takes you on four tours - The Human Brain, Skeleton, Human Heart, and Digestive Tract.
  • 'Brought to Life' (Science Museum, London) – Exploring the History of Medicine. Offers access to images of thousands of fascinating objects from the Museum’s great medical collections. A valuable resource for teachers and students working on the history of medicine, and related subjects, in schools and universities. It also engages people of all ages and interests in the story of medicine.
  • CampusHealthandSafety.org: Online resource for higher education administrators, students, parents, and other professionals who are seeking information about creating healthier and safer living and learning environments for college and university students, both on campus and in the surrounding community.
  • Changing the Face of Medicine (NIH): "Discover the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine."
  • Conversion Tool: Different systems of measurement are used around the world. People worldwide can make conversions of units of length, temperature and weight, for example converting a length measured in inches into centimeters.
  • Disease, Condition, & Injury Fact Sheets (UPMC-Health Library): provide comprehensive, yet concise evidence-based information on a variety of health conditions, diseases and injuries.
  • Disaster and Emergency Resources (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services): Prepare, Respond, Recover
    • Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIRMC) – U.S. National Library of Medicine. The core purpose of is "to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery."
    • FEMA: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness. FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The Natural Hazards section covers for hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, earthquakes, landslides, fires, and more.
    • FDA Hurricane Preparedness Checklist: FDA urges consumers to ensure safety of food, water, medical supplies.
    • Disaster Preparation and Recovery (Medline Plus): Preparing for a disaster can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that disasters cause. Hurricanes | Floods | Tornadoes | Fires.
    • Disaster Preparation Planning (Red Cross): Preparations for home and family, workplace and employees, school and students.
      • Red Cross Flood App: instant access to local and real-time information, to know what to do before, during and after a flood.…available in English and Spanish. App includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.
    • Emergency Preparations (CDC): current information on dealing with weather emergencies, including floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.
    • Emergency E-mail and Wireless Network (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): gives you e-mail and even cell phone alerts about emergency situations happening in your area. Select your state, county/parish and then decide what type alerts you would like, be it weather, homeland security, medical situations to list a few. Currently posted is information on Seasonal Influenza (flu, basics, prevention and treatment including the available vaccines. Even if you do not want the alerts, the site is useful to visit periodically in order to find what is happening in your area.
    • Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health (National Library of Medicine)
    • Key Facts about Hurricane Readiness (CDC) - June 1–November 30: If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season.
    • Prepare For Emergencies Now - Dept. of Homeland Security (Ready.gov)
    • Radiation Emergencies: Although there are no guarantees of safety during a radiation emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
    • Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
    • USGS Natural Hazards Gateway: educates citizens, emergency managers, and lawmakers on seven natural hazards facing the Nation– Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Landslides, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, and Wildfires
  • DocFinder -  online physician directory. Developed by Administrators In Medicine (AIM) National Organization for State Medical & Osteopathic Board Executive Directors. DocFinder contains the licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other health care practitioners with much more detailed Medical Malpractice, Hospital Discipline and Criminal Conviction information…
    • Find a Doctor (Vitals.com): a great source for comprehensive medical information on over 720,000 doctors nationwide. Offers consumers free information on doctors’ practices and specialties, consumer reviews, recommendations from other doctors as well as free physician profiles.
  • eMedExpert: privately owned and funded; not affiliated with any manufacturer, merchant, or advocacy group. Includes drugs reviews and comparisons, Brand/Generic name correspondence tool, PDR's Side effects index. Information is based on recent reviews and articles published in the medical literature and drug prescribing information approved by the US FDA.
  • eMedicine: point-of-care clinical reference featuring up-to-date, searchable, peer-reviewed medical articles organized in specialty-focused textbooks, and is continuously updated with practice-changing evidence culled daily from the medical literature.
  • The EM-DAT Emergency Disasters Database: maintained by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), provides access to useful information concerning both natural and manmade disasters, such as famine, wind storms, extreme temperature, industrial accidents, drought, and earthquakes.
  • First Aid  Advice: St. John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic First Aid techniques. Check left column for specific areas.
  • The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide On-line: the latest information to keep you and your family healthy. Click on Search by Chapter to view sections.
  • Harvard Public Health Review (Harvard University School of Public Health) addresses such topics as alcohol use among college students and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in the developing world.
  • Health Channel (AllRefer.com): extensive information from trusted sources on over 4,000 topics including diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, surgeries, nutrition, poisons, and special topics. There is also focus on family and community health.
  • Healthline: Medical Information for Healthy Living. Provides a comprehensive overview of over 1000 health conditions for individuals and/or their loved ones. All information has been reviewed for medical accuracy by an MD.
  • Health News Review: dedicated to improving the accuracy of news stories about medical treatments, tests, products and procedures and helping consumers evaluate the evidence for and against new ideas in health care.
  • Healthopedia.com: a 'medical and health consumer information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focused health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.'
  • History of Medicine: Online Syllabus Archive. The National Library of Medicine's online syllabus archive collects college and university syllabi in the history of medicine, public health, the biomedical sciences, nursing, and related areas.
  • Hospital Compare (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services): Find information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay.
  • Inside the Brain - An Interactive Tour. The Alzheimer's Association sponsors this website for the purpose of helping the general public better understand the workings of the brain and 'how Alzheimer's affects it.' The links to other sites give the visitor the opportunity to explore the brain in its entirety from a variety of approaches.
  • Inside Life Science (National Institute of General Medical Sciences): Each story shows how basic biomedical research – from the history of a field to the people doing cutting-edge work today – lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Through explorations of how the body works and highlights from recent studies, you’ll discover even more on what scientists have found and are finding about fundamental life processes.
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM): National Academies: serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: contains news briefs, feature articles, expert essays, and a number of online extras in the field of public health.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.
  • The Journal of Family Practice: the preferred source of original research and evidence-based medical information for practicing family physicians, family medicine researchers, and other primary care clinicians.
  • LD OnLine.org: the world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD. LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
  • MCAT Prep – Khan Academy: Khan Academy is creating a series of videos to help students prepare for the revised version of the Medical College Admission Test, which will debut in spring 2015.
  • MD Travel Health: Complete travel health information for physicians and travelers. Helps travelers look up the country of their choice and offers suggestions on which vaccinations to get, what symptoms to look out for, what precautions to take and what food items to avoid.
  • Medical-Glossary.com: a helpful guide to diseases, medical procedures, treatments, biological functions, nursing, and medicine.
  • Medical Student Resources and Software: The University of Virginia's School of Medicine has created a set of relevant websites that can be useful for medical students and others with an interest in related fields such as "A & P," "Biochemistry", "Nephrology", and "Surgery". Each section contains links from reliable sources, including the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The "Gross Anatomy" area is very thorough, as it contains over twenty resources that provide an overview of anatomy, anatomical slide shows…
  • MedPage Today: medical news service for physicians that links consumer medical news and the professional medical analysis needed by clinicians. Offers reliable, physician-reviewed Teaching Brief™ articles that not only include news summaries, but also actionable information and perspective to better understand the implications of the news and engage in an informed dialogue about the latest medical breakthroughs.
  • The Medpedia Project: the world's largest collaborative online encyclopedia of medicine. Physicians, medical schools, hospitals, health organizations and public health professionals are volunteering to collaboratively build the most comprehensive medical clearinghouse in the world for information about health, medicine and the body. This free public site will officially launch at the end of 2008.
  • Medical/Health Sciences Libraries on the Web: compiled by Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa
  • Medical Matrix: Guide to Internet Clinical Medicine Resources covering Specialties, Diseases, Clinical Practice, Medical Literature, Education, Alternative Medicine, Ethics & Law, and Medical Computing, Internet and Technology.
  • MedicalStudent.com: A digital library of authoritative medical information for the medical student and all students of medicine. This is the "all-in-one" site for every medical student.
  • Medical News Today: largest independent health and medical news website on the Internet. Medical News Today is updated with more than 50 articles every day, 7 days a week— more than any other health news site.
  • Medical Reference (LibrarySpot): Diseases & Conditions, Medical News, and Reference
  • MedicineNet®: a network of U.S. Board Certified Physicians and Allied Health Professionals. Include diseases and conditions, symptoms and signs, procedures and tests, medications, MedTerms dictionary.
  • Medline Plus: health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Extensive information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other trusted sources on diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, easy-to-understand tutorials on common conditions, tests, treatments, health information, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs.
    • NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: the best in reliable, up-to-date health information. We bring you the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research.
  • MedPix™ Medical Image Database: Peer Reviewed Teaching Files and Imaging Atlas
  • Medscape Professional Portal (from WebMD): helps physicians and healthcare professionals improve their clinical knowledge and practice of medicine. Its original content, including daily medical news, commentary, conference coverage, expert columns and continuing medical education, or CME, activities are written by authors from widely respected academic institutions and edited and managed by our in-house editorial staff.
  • MedTerms™ – online medical dictionary: the medical reference for MedicineNet.com, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms. This online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spell and often misspelled medical definitions through an extensive alphabetical listing.
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - 17th Edition. For Healthcare Professionals.
  • Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary: Browse the Medical dictionary alphabetically.
  • The National Academies bring together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. Four organizations comprise the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.
  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health -  advocates on behalf of the well being of Hispanics across the country, and over the years, they have created a number of resources that will pique the interest of public health experts and the general public. Visitors can get a handle of some of their most requested documents, which include fact sheets on health issues in the Hispanic community, phone hotlines, and news updates about their latest work.
  • National Institutes of Health -  Health Information. This consumer-oriented National Institutes of Health site includes Quick Links, on the left side of the page, to such topics as "Child & Teen Health", "Men's Health", "Minority Health", and "Seniors' Health".
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) - the National Institutes of Health (NIH): world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
  • OmniMedicalSearch.com -  search authoritative medical search engines, Conditions & Diseases, MedPro for Medical Professionals who need peer level information, latest health and medical news, journals, databases and image collections.
  • PDR Health: Official site of Physician Desk Reference. Drug information guide and health resources on drug interactions, side effects, OTC, herbs, and supplements; health conditions and diseases, symptoms and treatment.
  • Physician Assistant History Center: The PAHx Center is dedicated to the study of the history and legacy of the physician assistant profession through the collection and identification of appropriate papers, manuscripts, magazine and newspaper clippings, newsletters, references, reports, dissertations, oral histories, biographies, films, slides, videos, photographs, artifacts, memorabilia and digital images.
  • PriMed - Patient Education Center. Search authoritative medical information from Harvard Medical School on more than 500 topics, e.g., Depression.
  • The Public Library of Science (PLoS): nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. Open the doors to the world's library of scientific knowledge by giving any scientist, physician, patient, or student—anywhere in the world—unlimited access to the latest scientific research.
  • SearchMedica Primary Care: presents results from Web sites dedicated to practicing medical professionals.
  • Science Direct: world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.
  • Visible Proofs - Forensic Views of the Body: The history of forensic medicine struggles to develop scientific methods that translate views of bodies and body parts into "visible proofs" that can persuade judges, juries, and the public. Three online activities and three lesson plans introduce forensic medicine, anthropology, technology, and history. Designed specifically for students and educators, the lesson plans provide educators with ready-made resources for the classroom and the online activities promote active learning for students.
  • Vitals.com: Your source for comprehensive medical information on 830,000 doctors nationwide.
  • WebMD - Better Information, Better Health: detailed information on a particular disease or condition, analyze symptoms, locate physicians, store individual healthcare information, receive periodic e-newsletters on topics of individual interest, enroll in interactive courses and participate in online communities with peers.
Medications and Drug Lists:               Index
  • Drugs.com: Prescription drug information for consumers & professionals. The most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date drug information resource online. Fast, easy searching of over 24,000 approved medications.
  • DrugAlert.org: a comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
  • Drug Dangers: committed to keeping the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently on the market (provided by the attorneys of Seeger Weiss).
  • DrugDigest: comprehensive source of noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer-oriented drug information on the Internet. Database includes more than 1,500 drugs and remedies, herbs & supplements and pill images.
  • DrugWatch.com: a comprehensive database of 1000s of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. Includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers. A-Z Drug Index.
    • Addictionlibrary.org: a large compilation of information on all types of substance abuses, and medications that are available.
  • Drugsdb.com - Drug Information & Side Effects Database. Find answers to frequently asked questions on the most commonly-prescribed drugs and medications in the world. This includes information about the uses of the drug, suggested dosages, common and serious drug side effects, contraindications, adverse interactions and more.
  • Healthline Pill Identifier Tool: a free, doctor-reviewed tool that allows users to search a database of over 11,500 drugs by color, imprint, shape, numbers, and text.
  • MedWatch: timely safety information on drugs and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • The NLM Drug Information Portal: provides the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies.
  • Medicine Safety Education (Pfizer): Pfizer developed this interactive educational resource to help health care providers, public health professionals, patients, and caregivers learn more about medicine safety. "Understanding Risk", "Medicine Safety Timeline", and "Partnering to Protect Patients" have been developed for professional audiences. "Medicine Safety for Patients" has helpful information developed especially for patients and caregivers.
  • Pillbox (NLM - NIH): an aid in the identification of unknown solid dosage pharmaceuticals. The system combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with FDA-approved appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical.
  • RxList: The Internet Drug Index for prescription drugs and medications.
       Alternative Medicine and Supplements:               Index

  • Annie's Remedy - Essential Oils & Herbs. Caveat: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs provided on this site are for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Many traditional uses and properties of herbs have not been validated by the FDA. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.
  • The Dietary Supplements Labels Database: The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplements Labels Database includes information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.
  • Herb & Supplement Encyclopedia (FloraHealth.com): Scroll down the page for an A to Z listing of accurate and up to date information on herbs that are commonly used in herbal preparations within Canada and the United States.
  • Herbal Medicine (U.S. National Library of Medicine-NIH): An herb is a plant or plant part used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine products are dietary supplements that people take to improve their health. Many herbs have been used for a long time for claimed health benefits. They are sold as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts and fresh or dried plants. However, some can cause health problems, some are not effective and some may interact with other drugs you are taking.
  • Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: covers the following topics: ethnobotany, ethnomycology, ethnozoology, ethnoecology, traditional medicines, traditional healthcare in households and domestic arenas, migrant healthcare/urban ethnobiology, pluralistic healthcare in developing countries,, as well as other related areas in environmental, nutritional, medical and visual anthropology.
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)

Mental Health, Counseling & Addictions:               Index

  • Addictionsearch.com - Drug and Alcohol Addiction Research and Treatment Center Listings. Your source for addiction related research on drug rehabs and alcohol treatment programs, treatment centers and rehabilitation information. Our resources provide comprehensive drug addiction treatment, drug and alcohol rehabs and substance abuse treatment research.
  • Affirmation Therapy: Describes the psychiatric work of Conrad Baars, MD and Anne Terruwe on the nature of man based on St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. Their approach is named affirmation therapy, and the important clinical discovery of Emotional Deprivation Disorder . It involves treating people by guiding them in learning to love and receive love, thus healing all negative behavior.
  • Catholic Church’s Teaching on Suicide and Helpful Resources for coping with the anguish over a loved one's sorrowful decision.
  • Compulsive Hoarding - Obsessive Compulsive Foundation: Covers What is Compulsive Hoarding? Q/A, treatment, effects on family and society, research articles and case studies.
  • Cope Care Deal: A mental health site for teens. All content has been reviewed by a psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent care. The site is divided into three areas, 'Cope' where positive thinking comes into play, 'Care,' featuring articles and resources to help your teenager take care of herself/himself and friends and 'Deal,' with emphasis on feelings. Sponsored By the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands with support from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event: Trauma and Disaster Mental Health Resources (CDC). The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. This page provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience.
  • Cornerstone of Hope: dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Guided by Christian values of compassion Cornerstone offers comprehensive grief support services to those seeking support after the death of a loved one and to the professional community who serves the bereaved.
  • Counseling & Therapy With Values: Directory of independent counselors and clinics throughout North America that provide counseling and resources to individuals, couples, and families while upholding strong values. We are also firm supporters of marriage counseling and family therapy, believing in the value of strong healthy families and relationships.
  • Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students: While this resource is meant to provide college students and young people with quality information on maintaining good mental health and identifying mental health issues, it is not meant to take the place of professional advice from a qualified mental health specialist.
  • Depression and College Students - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Many people experience the first symptoms of depression during their college years. This booklet describes what depression is, how it affects college students, and treatment options. Left column contains Table of Contents.
  • "Forgiveness: the Keystone of Human Values" by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR. Forgiveness can be "one way to reduce conflict and hostility, as well as to promote understanding and respect…to diminish unresolved hurt and pain that burdens many…" Forgiveness is a choice, a decision, an act of bravery requiring courage; it is hard work.
    • "Forgiveness: Part of Healing" by Elaine Walton ("Marriage and Families," April 2001): "We can say, "I forgive," but still question if we have truly forgiven. We may not be able to decide if forgiveness is important or valuable.…"
  • Hang-in-There: articles on self improvement, relationship building, leadership skills, and wellness.
  • HealthyPlace.com: America’s mental health channel, providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.
  • Helpguide.org: Understand, Prevent and Resolve Life's Challenges. User-friendly educational materials and resources to help people improve their emotional well-being; and make more informed health decisions.
  • HealthyMinds.org: he American Psychiatric Association (APA): Useful resources to educate consumers and patients about maintaining healthy minds and healthy lives. Plus, Hotline Numbers (toll-free), Non-profit resources, Associations and Government resources.
  • The Jed Foundation promotes efforts to prevent suicide by college students. It has released a "Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student" to help colleges and universities with their intervention programs.
  • LukeNotes: Newsletter of Saint Luke Institute. Each issue includes an article and a case study which discusses significant issues facing women and men religious, clergy, and persons ministering in the Church. Our goal is to foster the healthy psycho-spiritual development of women and men who serve the Church. LukeNotes articles index.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
    • Mental Health Information (NIMH): Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD), Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness), Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, etc.
  • Recession Forcing More Married Couples to Seek Counseling Rather than Divorce
  • The Road to Resilience (American Psychological Association): This APA brochure is intended to help readers with taking their own road to resilience. The information within describes resilience and some factors that affect how people deal with hardship. Much of the brochure focuses on developing and using a personal strategy for enhancing resilience.
  • School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis (NEA Health Information Network). Fosters the creation of crisis teams with the ideas, tips, tools, and, resources that spur effective leadership and crisis management.
  • Scrupulous Anonymous (Liguori Publications): Ministering to those afflicted with scrupulosity – a religious form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Newsletter Archives.
  • Treatment-Centers.net: a community based public-benefit website devoted to helping individuals and families find help for addiction and dual diagnosis. Contains the largest and most comprehensive publicly rated and reviewed directory of addiction treatment centers in existence.
  • The Real Warriors Campaign – 1.800.273.8255: multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds.  The campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.
    • Vets 4 Warriors: 1.855.838.8244 24-Hour Peer Support Line - Toll-free & Confidential. Our team of Veteran peers have all served in uniform for the United States Military. We share similar experiences and understand what it means to serve our country in peacetime and in times of increased conflict. The daily stresses of a Service member are unique and we are here to offer an ear to listen and resources in your local community to help alleviate any stressors you may be facing.

Nutrition Resources:               Index

  • Dictionary of Nutrition (American Heart Association): information on common nutrition terms to help you make heart-healthy decisions at the grocery store and in your kitchen.
  • The Healthy Refrigerator: Learn how to eat healthier and also how to control your cholesterol levels. "As cholesterol levels increase, most people are unaware that heart disease begins in childhood. This site is dedicated to providing heart-healthy tips for the entire family." There are tips on nutrition, on how to stock your 'healthy refrigerator,' facts about heart disease and a 'Just for Kids!' section.
  • Most Americans Should Consume Less Sodium (1,500 mg/Day or Less) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Too much sodium is bad for your health and can increase your blood pressure and risk for a heart attack or stroke.
  • Nutrition.gov: National Agricultural Library, Food and Nutrition Information Center. "The Best Nutrition Information at Your Fingertips." Answers numerous nutrition related questions, provides helpful hints on planning nutritional meals, food recalls, and food safety. People trying to lose weight can find suggestions for weight control through exercise and proper nutrition. Users can also find useful information about food composition and how your diet can prevent or help manage diseases.
  • Nutrition Facts for Raw Fruits and for Raw Vegetables (Food and Drug Administration) - downloadable PDFs
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -  Protecting and Promoting Your Health.
    • FDA Kid’s Home Page: Food Safety & Nutrition Information for Kids and Teens
    • FDA Food Safety 101: USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service offers tips to students and consumers on how to prevent foodborne illness. The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline regularly responds to calls from students with questions about how to safely cook and prepare foods while away at school.

Parenting and Family Health:               Index

  • 100 Best Sites for Pregnancy and Parenting: Top 100 sites for parents to utilize for keeping their kids healthy, their immune system strong, and overall parenting tips from pregnancy to teenagers.
  • From Conception to Birth: Visualized: Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond.
  • American Academy of Pediatric: committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
    • HealthyChildren.org: offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers.
  • Baby Name Guide: Expectant parents are often in a quandary as to what handle to put on the new arrival. Here you can research names by categories such as African, American, Arthurian Legend, Chinese, Floral to name but a few. You'll be able to find the most popular names for the last several years as well as get valuable tips on the naming process.
  • BAM! Body and Mind: Online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as food & nutrition, diseases, physical fitness, safety, your life, your body.
  • A Catholic Physician Talks to Engaged Couples: marriage-preparation by William White, MD
  • The Child and Family WebGuide (Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University/Tisch Library): directory of sites on child development, teenager and family issues. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence.
  • Childbirth.org:  Pregnancy and childbirth information. Educating yourselves, knowing your options, and how to provide yourselves with the best possible care are essential to a healthy pregnancy. Enjoy the many links of educational, informational, and personal nature. Here is one of the most complete childbirth resources.
  • Child Development Institute: Recommended by ‘Psychology Today.’ Designed for parents to help with all aspects of child rearing, from prenatal, newborns, up through teenagers. There are sections on child development, parenting, child psychology, teenagers, health, safety and learning disabilities including Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyslexia.
  • The Cool Spot (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism): Resources, information, and support on alcohol use and abuse among teenagers. The site contains a selection of external resources that may be of assistance to persons with a drinking problem, or for those with a family member who is having a problem with drinking.
  • The Courage To Speak® Foundation: Our mission is "to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of drug and alcohol use."
  • Facts About Youth: resource designed to give educators, parents and students important science-based information about healthful approaches to youth who may be conflicted about gender identity and sexual orientation. This site is a project of the American College of Pediatricians, in coalition with other organizations who share a concern for the well-being of all youth.
  • Family Education: Information for parents on every aspect of family life. Includes resources on child health, child development, nutrition and fitness for the whole family, and child safety.
  • FamilyDoctor.org: Health Information for the Whole Family from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Family - Parenting - Childcare Resources: General how to guides and advice for family life, childcare, parenting, religions & ethics, single parents, bereavement, pregnancy, teenagers and senior care.
  • Family Tips (Tips.Net) -  Ideas, tips, and information you need to help improve your family, to help raise good children and to deal with the various challenges of family life. Tips cover behavioral problems, child care, discipline, marriage, parenting and more.
  • Fathers for Good - Knights of Columbus. Highlights the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers. The world would be lacking without them. Includes sections on Common Challenges of Fatherhood and A Father’s Spirituality, and more.
  • Focus Adolescent Services: is an internet clearinghouse of information and resources on teen and family issues to help and support families with troubled and at-risk teens.
  • Great Dad: Advice for Expectant Dads, New, Single, Stay at Home dads with Parenting Information and Pregnancy Care.
  • The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide On-line: the latest information to keep you and your family healthy. Click on Search by Chapter to view sections.
  • HealthyChildren (American Academy of Pediatrics): The mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • John Rosemond’s Traditional Parenting: Psychologist and nationally syndicated columnist, has developed a web site for common-sense parenting, a must for every parent. Excellent resources including John's weekly column, his Q & A of the week, parenting stories submitted by visitors like you, resource directories, and weekly polls.
  • KidsHealth: Largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Separate areas for kids, teens, and parents—each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone.
  • NOVA - Life's Greatest Miracle: Tracks the human development from embryo to newborn by way of the extraordinary microimagery of Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. Includes explanations of diagnostic and screening techniques currently used to assess the health of an unborn child, the stem cell debate. This site is indeed an important educational resource with a teacher's guide as well as suggestions for associated discussions and activities.
  • A Parent's Guide to Childhood Vaccinations (Health.com): 12 V accines Your Child Needs
  • Parenthood Web: online parenting resource dedicated to 'helping families grow.' Our goal is to help you understand and connect with your child.
  • Robyn’s Nest - The Parenting Network: Extensive parenting site "devoted to providing you with the optimal tools to insure the best possible quality of life for your children."
  • Safety Tips for Halloween: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • "Take Back Your Kids: How to Teach and Get Respect" by William J. Doherty, Excellence & Ethics (Winter/Spring, 2013): 1-4 (CERC). "We are facing an epidemic of insecure parenting. We may now have the most child-sensitive generation of parents the world has ever known and – the most confused and insecure.…" PDF version.
  • "Talking to Your Teen about Drinking" (Medline Plus): The best time to begin talking with your teen about drugs and alcohol is now. Children as young as 9 years old may become curious about drinking, and they may even try it alcohol.
  • T.E.A.R. - Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships. Run by teens for teens, TEAR's goal is to prevent dating abuse through education. We work to educate society about the complexities and seriousness of violent dating relationships.
  • Teen Dating Violence (CDC): Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling. These behaviors are often thought to be a "normal" part of a relationship. But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
  • Help for Troubled Teens: Parents of troubled teens across the country are realizing that they need help dealing with a son or daughter that is making poor decisions. And they are discovering that they are not alone. It is a time to take action! We offer both wilderness training and academic training for troubled teens.

       Cyber-Abuse and Child Protection:               Index

  • Family Watchdog (National Sex Offender Registry): "Free national US search for registered sex offenders. Map registered sex offenders to see who lives in your area." The mission is to build a bilingual safety portal for awareness of nearby threats by providing accessible and accurate sex offender location information. Contains information from all states, and is updated on a daily basis to ensure that the information is as current as the states from which sex offender data is received.
  • GetNetWise - Families: The Internet offers kids many opportunities for learning, constructive entertainment, and personal growth. At the same time, parents are concerned about the risks kids face online. The challenge for parents is to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. Includes: Online Safety Guide | Tools for Families | Web Sites for Kids | Reporting Trouble.
  • Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe): Positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.
  • OnGuardOnline.gov: Practical tips from the federal government (FTC, Justice Dept., Homeland Security, IRS, US Postal Inspection Service, Commerce Dept., SEC, FDIC, NCIS) and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
  • Parry Aftab, Esq., The Privacy Lawyer™: Managing cybercrime, privacy and cyber-abuse risks. Check out resource sections on Best Practices, CyberLaw, Internet Safety, Cyberbulling, and more.
  • Teaching Kids to Stay Cyber-Safe (National Cyber Security Alliance): A national campaign to engrain the three Cs—cyberethics, cybersafety and cybersecurity—into the subconscious of K-12 students.
  • Safety Tips for Parents (LeanrtheNet.com): Protect children from online exploitation.
  • Stay Safe Online: powered by National Cyber Security Alliance to educate and empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.
  • TotalNetGuard by American Family Online. Multiple filtering options to protect your family from the dark side of the Internet. Reasonable pricing options.
  • WiredSafety.org: the world's largest Internet safety and help group. Provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. Helps victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malicious code attacks. Also help for parents with issues, such as MySpace and cyberbullying.
Sports Medicine, Exercise & Strength Training:               Index
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective physical activity.
  • ACE Exercise Library: Extensive library of detailed exercises with images for strengthening the abs, butt & hips, legs, shoulders, back, chest, arms, full body/integrated exercises.
  • Be Active Your Way -  A Guide for Adults. Written for men and women ages 18 to 64, this booklet is based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Exercise is Medicine (American College of Sports Medicine & the American Medical Association): the primary objective is to encourage athletic trainers, physicians and other health care providers to record physical activity as a vital sign during patient visits. Able patients will be advised to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity, and 10 minutes of stretching and light muscle training, five days a week. Includes sections for Physicians, Health & Fitness Professionals, the Public, Media and other Exercise Resources.
  • Exercise for Seniors (MedlinePlus): Regular exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and heart trouble. It can also reduce arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. There are four main types of exercise and seniors need some of each: 1) Endurance activities - like walking, swimming, or riding a bike - which build "staying power" and improve the health of the heart and circulatory system. 2) Strengthening exercises which build muscle tissue and reduce age-related muscle loss. 3) Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible. 4) Balance exercises to reduce the chances of a fall.
    • Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging!…the goal of our research is to improve the health and well-being of older adults.
    • Exercise and Physical Fitness (Medline Plus): Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.
    • Go4Life (National Institute on Aging at NIH): Designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life.
    • Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults: developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Exercises that have been shown to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. In addition, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases, including arthritis.
  • Fabrication Enterprises (FEI) is a manufacturer, importer and master distributor of products for physical and occupation therapy, athletic training, and home care. FEI is the manufacturer of the following product lines: CanDo® Twist-n-Bend™ Exercisers, bands and tubing; Relief Pak® hot and cold therapy products and more.
  • FitClick Exercise Program: Customize a free exercise program and fitness plan. Browse 1000's of exercise plans or build your own. Workout tracker, 700+ exercises & more. It's Free.
  • FIT Radio: Streams A High Energy Music For Working Out. Workouts are better if there's loud and, more importantly, energetic music playing in the background. If you are someone who feels that the music being played during your workout session could be better, try out this new tool called FIT Radio. It is a web based and mobile app that streams high energy music.
  • Ice Wraps: Get your gel packs, cold therapy ice packs and heating pads to treat your leg pain, elbow joint pain, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, or arthritis pain!
  • ImPACT - Concussion Management. ImPACT is used by numerous NFL teams, a number of Major League Baseball teams (including all umpires), several National Basketball Association teams, and more than 250 colleges and universities. In addition, more than 900 high schools nationwide currently use the ImPACT program.
    • Concussion ABCs: Learn How to Respond (CDC). Learn concussion symptoms and how to respond. Know your concussion ABCs: A-Assess the situation. B-Be alert for signs and symptoms. C-Contact a health care professional.
    • Concussions in Soccer flyer (CDC)
    • Don’t ‘Tough Out’ a Concussion. Know the 5 Rs for Concussion Safety: Official USA Rugby Concussion Policy. The"5 Rs" of concussion awareness: Recognize, Remove, Refer, Recover and Return.
    • Head and Brain Injuries -  Also called: Concussion, TBI, Traumatic brain injury. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. sustain head and brain injuries. Some are minor because the skull is quite good at protecting the brain. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. Serious head injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
    • Heads Up -  Concussion in Youth Sports. CDC’s new youth sports tool kit teaches coaches, athletes, and parents to play it safe when it comes to concussions.
    • Sports Concussion Toolkit: The American Academy of Neurology has the following resources available on sports concussion for physicians, coaches, parents, and athletes.
  • Knee Injuries and Disorders (Medline Plus)
  • MMAR Medical Group, Inc.: Orthopaedic Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Products. Wholesale pricing on wide selection of braces, cold therapy units, contracture management splints & other high quality medical equipment.
  • National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Periodic Table of Bodyweight Exercise - Strength Stack 52: This clickable infograph shows only bodyweight exercises that require no equipment, so you can do them anywhere. Some of the most advanced bodybuilders in the world use them in their workout routines as they can be integrated in any workout program or be used as a standalone routine.
  • Sports Injuries (Medline Plus): Accidents, poor training practices or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape. Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries.
  • Sports Injuries & Prevention: OrthoInfo by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Check out all the topics in the left margin.
  • STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries initiated by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). STOP focuses on the importance of children’ sports safety – specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. The initiative not only raises awareness and provides education on injury reduction, but also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child's athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity.
  • Thera-Band Academy: Find exercises and research for rehabilitation, fitness, and wellness. The site does require a free sign-up for viewing more than one exercise or article.

Wellness:               Index

  • 3SmartCubes: Tests meant for those who are serious about discovering themselves. They are scientific, accurate and certified by PhD's. They measure one’s skills and aptitude in the following areas: IQ & Aptitude | Personality | Career | Parenting | Relationship.
  • Active Living by Design: a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This program establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
  • Church Health Reader: innovative resources on health, wellness and healing for lay leaders and clergy.
  • Color Matters: Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite.
  • "Forgiveness: the Keystone of Human Values." © 2008 Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR Forgiveness can be "one way to reduce conflict and hostility, as well as to promote understanding and respect…to diminish unresolved hurt and pain that burdens many…"
    • Forgiveness: Letting go of Grudges and Bitterness (Mayo Clinic). When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge—or embrace forgiveness and move forward. Katherine Piderman, Ph.D., staff ch aplain at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., discusses forgiveness and how it can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
  • Games for the Brain: training in "brain fitness."
  • HealthNews: Health News, Natural Health, Family Health, Nutrition & Diet, Fitness & Exercise, Health & Beauty
  • How Many Calories in Your Food? Find out how many calories in over 90,000 foods. Get the nutrition facts – food calories, carbs, fat, protein & more. Calorie counter, diets & more. It's Free.
  • "LEAN Works: A Workplace Obesity Prevention Program" (CDC). A free web-based resource that offers interactive tools and evidence-based resources to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity is costing your company and how much savings your company could reap with different workplace interventions.
  • Quotes To Live By: provides you with attitudes, characteristics, and values so you can create a vision of how you want to live your life. Scroll down for an extensive collection of "Quotes To Live By" organized by Subject.
  • The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation: Inspires people to practice kindness and to 'pass it on' to others. With all of the pressures of everyday living, too often we forget the difference that simple acts of kindness can make In Your Classroom and In Your Community.
  • SelfGrowth.com: Provides informative, quality Self Improvement, Personal Growth and Natural Health information to help people improve their lives. Provides information ranging from Goal Setting and Stress Management to Natural Health and Alternative Medicine.
  • Sounds of Nature: You can select high quality audio loops from four different categories - Birds & Forest, Water & Waves, Rain, and Night.
  • Wellness Resources (SparkPeople). We offer nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources.

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