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Much of the following indexed listing of health care web sites was obtained and edited from a listing provided in Air Force Retiree News, August 29, 2001 and is reprinted with permission. Click on a category title (such as General Health Topics) to see a description of the sites in that category and a link to each site. Click on a specific topic in the index to go directly to the web site.
All links were verified, corrected or replaced on March 5, 2011.


Index of Health Care Web Sites

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1. Health Topics for Seniors

Latest News
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seniorshealth.html#cat57
Current news from U.S. and foreign sources on health topics of interest to seniors.

(National Institutes of Health) NIHSenior Health
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/
This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

Seniors' Health
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seniorshealth.html
People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. Eating a balanced diet, keeping mind and body active, not smoking, getting regular checkups, and practicing safety habits at home and in the car will help you make the most of life.

Good Health Habits at 60 and Beyond
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/seniors/staying/799.html
Do you feel as good now as you did at 40 years of age? At 50? If the answer is no, read on. You might be able to feel as good as you used to (or even better) by picking up a few new good health habits.

A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease
http://www.medical-assistant.net/alzheimers-resources
From research to personal accounts, suggested activities to support networks, we have gathered all things Alzheimer's.

Dementia: It's not always Alzheimer's
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dementia/DS01131
Many disorders, some curable, can cause dementia. Don't assume it's always Alzheimer's.

Senior Citizens' Resources
http://www.firstgov.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml
A government wide initiative to deliver electronic services from government agencies and organizations to seniors. Some features include Benefits, Health, Consumer Protection, Services, Employment & Volunteer Activities, a Retirement Planner online, Taxes, Travel & Leisure, Education & Training, and Other Links.

AARP Health
http://www.aarp.org/health/
More information on senior health and wellness from the American Association of Retired Persons.


2. General Health Topics

VA Health Care
http://www1.va.gov/health/index.asp
VA health care information for veterans and their families.

Healthfinder.gov
http://www.healthfinder.gov/
This comprehensive site is the federal government's gateway to consumer health and human services information. Provides an index of the current month's weekly newsletters in various categories, plus an archive of previous newsletters.

MEDLINE Plus
http://m.medlineplus.gov/
With over 9 million biomedical journal article abstracts, Medline is highly regarded by medical professionals. Plus links for health topics, dictionaries, organizations, news, and more

The Surgeon General
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/index.html
Visit the virtual office of the Surgeon General of the United States

Reports of the Surgeon General
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports.htm
Reports on smoking, suicide, nutrition, physical activity and health, and HIV/AIDS, to name a few

National Institutes of Health
http://www.nih.gov
Easy access to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) 25 institutions and research trials (an NIH site specifically devoted to cancer trials is http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials)

Health Topics A to Z
http://www.cdc.gov/health/diseases.htm
Health Topics A to Z from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a listing of disease and health topics found on the agency's Web site

Links to State and Local Health Departments
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/map_page.htm
Click on your state to view data on health statistics

Health Web Links
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/whocares/index.shtml
The FTC has created this website to help you find reliable sources of information on health topics important to you, whether you're an older consumer or a family member, caregiver, or friend.

Government and Consumer Publications on Health
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/health.htm
General health information from the Federal Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado

Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project
http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/
Identify, track, analyze, and compare statistics on hospitals at the national, regional, and state level

Symptom Checker
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml
What's causing your foot pain? Why does your child's throat hurt? And what should you do about it? Use this guide to discover the most common causes of the most common symptoms.


3. Food and Nutrition

Food Information Gateway
http://www.foodsafety.gov/
Your gateway to government food safety information. Ask a question, report a problem

Interactive Healthy Eating Index
http://www.usda.gov/cnpp
Provides a quick assessment of the quality of your diet, including nutrition information targeted to your specific score

FoodSafety.Gov
http://www.foodsafety.gov
Gateway to government food safety information

Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
http://www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm
Food and nutrition information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Local Farmers Markets
http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/map.htm
Click on your state to find a local farmers market

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 include 23 key recommendations for the general population and 6 additional key recommendations for specific population groups, such as pregnant women. The recommendations are intended to help people choose an overall healthy diet.


4. Specific Topics or Concerns

Help with Substance Abuse or Mental Health Problems
http://www.samhsa.gov
This site has resources to help you with a mental health or substance abuse problem, including directories of service providers, referral hotlines, and mental health/consumer survival resources

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/home.html
A look at mental illness as a critical public health problem

Asthma Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, which causes attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Diet, Health and Fitness
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/health.shtm
Consumer education publications in English and Spanish on topics such as dieting, indoor tanning, vision correction procedures, and infertility services to name a few

My Medicines
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/health/my-medicines/meds_eng.html
Advice for women on using medicines wisely

Travelers' Health
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
How to protect yourself from disease when traveling outside the U.S. and alerts about disease outbreaks

CancerNet
http://www.cancer.gov/
Gateway to the most recent and accurate cancer information from the National Cancer Institute

Clinical Trials
http://www.clinicaltrials.gov
Provides patients, family members, and members of the public current information about clinical research studies

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
http://nccam.nih.gov/
Sponsored by The National Institutes of Health, NCCAM conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine

Oral Health
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/HealthInformation
Compilation of links to oral health topics

Office of Oncology Products
http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/CDER/ucm091745.htm
Responsible for making safe and effective drug and therapeutic biologic treatments for cancer available to the U.S. public

Organ Donation
http://www.organdonor.gov
Information on how to become an organ and tissue donor

Diabetes
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002194/
Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood

Prostate Cancer Fact Sheet
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prostatecancer.html
Learn about prostate cancer, its symptoms, risk factors, and more

Screening Mammograms Questions & Answers
http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/5_28.htm
Learn the difference between screening and diagnostic mammograms, the factors that place a woman at increased risk for breast cancer, and more

Tuberculosis (TB)
http://www.cdc.gov:80/tb/faqs/default.htm
Information on TB, how to get tested and treated, and more

Cosmetics
http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/default.html
Answers to questions about cosmetic safety, animal testing, allergic reactions, and more

HIV/AIDS
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/
Provides information on many aspects of contracting and treating HIV/AIDS


5. Health Sites for Kids

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
http://www.samhsa.gov/
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities

Childhood Cancer
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/childhoodcancers
Prevention, causes and cures for childhood cancer

Dental Health for Kids
http://www.adha.org/kidstuff/index.html
Information for children on their teeth and how to care for them from the American Dental Hygienists' Association

Youth Smoking & Tobacco Use
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/youth/index.htm
Prevention, quitting and health benefits of living smoke free

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