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|As a service and convenience to our visitors, we have provided the hyper-links listed below. These links are to other health-related and community-interest Web sites and are provided for your convenience and entertainment. Calais Hospital does not endorse these sites and the information contained in them should not be considered a reflection of the views of the Hospital. The Hospital does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented on other Web sites, nor does the Hospital endorse the information presented in sites linked to this Web site. In addition, Calais Hospital is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the information provided in any Web site linked to this site. We encourage you to confirm all health-related information contained on any Web site with your physician. |
Select a Topic of Interest:
- AARP: American Association of Retired Persons – The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. The association provides information and resources, advocates on legislative, consumer, and legal issues, assists members to serve their communities, and offers a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for members. These benefits include the AARP Web-place at http://www.aarp.org, Modern Maturity and My Generation magazines, and the monthly AARP Bulletin. Active in every U.S. state and territory, AARP celebrates the attitude that age isn't just a number — it's about how you live your life.
- Annie E. Casey Foundation – The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. Its mission is to foster public policies, improved human services, and community supports that effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families (Annie E. Casey Foundation - Kids Count Project).
- The National CASA Association – The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association provides leadership for CASA programs and volunteers across the country. Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday people who are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children until they are placed into safe, permanent, and nurturing homes.
- Children's Defense Fund – The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child BehindŽ and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
- Stand for Children – Stand for Children's mission is to build a powerful citizen voice to ensure all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and safe. By building a strong and strategic grassroots voice for children across the country, Stand for Children is shifting funding priorities at every level to help ensure that every child has: (1) parents who are prepared for and supported in their vital role; (2) access to high-quality early care and education; (3) high-quality elementary, middle, and high schools; (4) access to enriching after-school activities; (5) safe communities and homes; and (6) access to medical, mental health, and dental care.
Health & Wellness – Health Information Advocacy:
- Health On the Net Foundation – Health On the Net FoundationTM is a not-for-profit international Swiss Organization whose stated mission is "to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable on-line medical and health information."
- Hi-Ethics – Link to Hi-EthicsTM, Inc., or Health Internet Ethics, an organization that has established 14 principles/ethical guidelines regarding privacy, confidentiality, and quality of health information, advertising, commercial relationships, and consumer relations, as well as guidelines for best practices for professionals on the Internet. The organization seeks agreements with widely used health-related Internet sites to support these principles. A member list is available on the website.
- Internet Healthcare Coalition – Link to an organization that "supports quality healthcare resources on the Internet through well-informed Internet healthcare consumers, professionals, educators, marketers, media, and policy-makers concerning the range of uses of the Internet to deliver high-quality healthcare resources," as well as "self-regulation through adherence to voluntary guidelines established to provide accurate information."
- Medem – A group of leading medical societies joined forces to create Medem, a physician-patient communications network, to provide credible healthcare information, products, and services over the Internet.
- The National Council Against Health Fraud – NCAHF is a private, nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses on health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems. Its positions are based upon the principles of science that underlie consumer protection law. It advocates: (a) adequate disclosure in labeling and other warranties to enable consumers to make truly informed choices; (b) premarketing proof of safety and effectiveness for products and services claimed to prevent, alleviate, or cure any health problem; and (c) accountability for those who violate the law.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Article: How to Spot Health Fraud – "You don't have to look far to find a health product that's totally bogus . . . "
- Quackwatch – Quackwatch, Inc., a member of the Consumer Federation of America, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere.
Health & Wellness – General:
- Achoo Gateway to Healthcare – One of the greatest hurdles for the healthcare sector is the sheer volume of information available through the Internet. Achoo acts as a jump point and information resource for the medical community and all other Internet users interested in healthcare information.
- American Council on Science and Health – The American Council on Science and Health, Inc. The ACSH is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment, and health. The ACSH is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.
- American Red Cross – The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
- American Running Association – The American Running Association is a nonprofit, educational association of runners, medical professionals, and corporations dedicated to promoting running nationwide. For over 30 years, The American Running Association and its sister organization, The American Medical Athletic Association, have been influential clearinghouses, providing information and support to runners nationwide.
- Beck Health Science Library & Resource Center – Link to BeckLibrary.org, a resource of links to health care sites, journals, publications, and more.
- Council on Family Health – The Council on Family Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating consumers about dietary supplements, home safety, personal health, and the proper use of nonprescription and prescription medicines.
- DiscoveryHealth.com – Link to the Discovery Health Channel's Web site.
- DrKoop.com – Link to drkoop.com, a company led by Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by empowering them to improve their health.
- DrWeil.com – DrWeil.com strives to be a leading provider of on-line information and products for optimum health and wellness. Per the site, the Ask Dr. Weil on-line feature has provided a tradition of quality on-line solutions for consumers and professionals, and was notably one of the first on-line help resources available on the Web.
- eDiets.com – eDiets.com, Inc. is the largest subscription-based on-line diet, fitness, and counseling network, with upwards of 300,000 paid members through the fourth quarter of 2001. Founded in 1996 and with corporate headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida, eDiets.com offers on-line, subscription-based weight-loss programs using proprietary software to generate customized diet programs. The programs are designed based upon individual members' personal goals, food preferences, and lifestyles. In addition, eDiets.com publishes one of the Internet's most popular biweekly diet and fitness email newsletters, eDiets Diet & Fitness News, which is delivered to a community of more than 10 million subscribers. For a monthly fee, eDiets.com creates custom diet plans based on information provided in response to a comprehensive personal profile questionnaire. To date, millions of consumers have completed the eDiets.com personal profile, which elicits information on weight-loss goals, lifestyle, food preferences and/or restrictions, pertinent medical conditions, fitness level, and attitude.
- FamilyDoctor.org – This site is published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP is a national, nonprofit medical association, including family physicians, family practice residents, and medical students. All of the information within FamilyDoctor.org has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. The information is said to be regularly reviewed and updated.
- FitnessDay.com – Link to a site that provides information about fitness events.
- Health and Age – The Health and Age Web site claims to be both a statement and an invitation. The statement: They believe that aging — so long considered something unpleasantly inevitable, to be ignored for as long as possible — is a process that should be examined, and exploited, for all the positive aspects that it can offer. This statement finds expression in the wide range of articles they publish on this admittedly complex subject. The invitation is addressed to all who visit the site, whether ordinary citizens or health professionals: join in the dialogue, express your opinion — they value it.
- HealthCentral.com – This site contains information about the important health issues of today, and easy access to health products and drugstore essentials. There are thousands of pages of in-depth drug and medical information in the Library & Encyclopedias, and the site provides personalized feedback using the Health Profiles.
- HealthSCOUT – The HealthScout Network is a leading Internet provider and distributor of consumer health information, news, and tools. The HealthScout Network hosts Health sections for over 200 affiliates including Yahoo, iWon, USAToday.com, InfoSpace, and NBCi. Network sites have access to HealthScout’s syndicated personalized daily health news on over 800 topics, health information, and interactive health management tools. The HealthScout Network is owned and operated by MDchoice.com, Inc. For more information about MDchoice.com go to http://www.mdchoice.com.
- InteliHealth – InteliHealth's stated mission is to empower people with trusted solutions for healthier lives. They strive to accomplish this by providing credible information from the most trusted sources, including Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Their health information includes health news and content as well as access to trackers, tools, and risk assessments. InteliHealth is a subsidiary of Aetna. InteliHealth employs expert editors who develop consumer-friendly health information to make it accessible to the widest possible audience. To promote quality, health information developed by InteliHealth is reviewed and approved by leading medical and dental experts. More than 150 top health care organizations contribute to InteliHealth's content, including the National Institutes of Health, other government agencies, major non-profits, other publishers, and news media. As always, the material on the site is provided for informational purposes only. It is important for you to consult with your physician about your individual medical needs.
- iVillage – This site strives to be a place where women don't just read about how they can get the most out of life, but where they can help each other do it: The Women's Network.
- LifeMatters – This site describes its services as a compilation of articles from various authors intended to contribute to having a life that is empowered, fulfilled, and profoundly related, to ourselves and to others within families, communities, and organizations.
- MayoClinic.com – MayoClinic.com is produced by a team of writers, editors, multimedia and graphics producers, health educators, nurses, doctors, and scientists. It gives you access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of the Mayo Clinic. The site is owned by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
- MDchoice.com – MDchoice.com is a privately-held company founded by academic physicians and backed by private venture capital. Its stated goal is to make access to the Internet's vast array of health and medical information as efficient and reliable as possible for healthcare professionals as well as consumers.
- MedicineNet.com – MedicineNet, Inc. is an on-line healthcare media publishing company that strives to provide easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers. It is said to be nationally-recognized, and 100% doctor-produced by a network of over 70 U.S. board-certified physicians.
- MEDtropolis – Link to a site whose goal is to educate and entertain kids and adults alike in the areas of healthcare and healthy living.
- National Association of Health Education Centers – The NAHEC's mission is to promote the development and advancement of health education centers across the United States, and its vision is to provide every child in the country with access to a Health Education Center.
- National Safety Council – The National Safety Council is the nation's leading advocate for safety and health. Its mission is "to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health, and environmental policies, practices, and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes."
- physicianschoice.com – Physicianschoice.com is a search engine that has indexed many retail medical sites.
- safemedication.com – Link to a site that is maintained by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to help you find the important information that you need in order to use your medications safely and effectively.
- Tobacco.org – Tobacco.org is a source for tobacco-related news and information.
- WebMD – WebMD states that their content staff blends award-winning expertise in content creation, community services, expert commentary, medical review, and aggregation of licensed resources to give their site users a variety of ways to find what they are looking for.
Medical Search Engines:
- CliniWeb – Sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University.
- MDchoice.com Consumer and MDchoice.com Health Professional – MDchoice.com is a privately-held company founded by academic physicians and backed by private venture capital. Its stated goal is to make access to the Internet's vast array of health and medical information as efficient and reliable as possible for healthcare professionals as well as consumers.
- MedBot – Sponsored by Stanford University.
- MedHunt and HONselect – HON's mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable on-line medical and health information.
- MedWeb @ Emory University – Sponsored by Emory University.
- Yahoo Health – Sponsored by Yahoo.com.
Sites focused on Parenting and Child Care:
- AmazingBabyClub.com – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that are pregnant or have just given birth.
- AmazingPregnancy.com – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that are pregnant or have just given birth.
- American Academy of Pediatrics – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists.
- At Home Mothers – Link to a site that strives to provide "complete support for the at-home motherhood lifestyle."
- BabyCenter – BabyCenter.com, together with its companion site, ParentCenter.com, strives to be the leading destination on the Internet for new and expectant parents. Per the site, it is a Web resource for parents of children ages 2 to 8, and is dedicated to helping parents find the information and support they need during pregnancy and in caring for a babies, toddlers, or children.
- Beansprout.net – Link to a site that specializes in connecting parents with their pediatricians and child care providers.
- Breastfeeding.com – This site claims to be the #1 site for breastfeeding information, support, and attitude.
- Bright Futures – Link to a site that advocates a developmental approach to providing health supervision for children of all ages.
- ColicHelp.com – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that have a baby with colic-type tendencies or symptoms.
- Drs4Kids.com – DRs4Kids is a web site that strives to take common medical topics concerning infants, children, and adolescents and present them in such a way as to make them easier for a parent to understand.
- eChildsHealth.com – Link to a site that contains links to other child health and development Web sites.
- Healthy Childcare – Healthy Childcare is an award-winning, bimonthly publication for childcare programs devoted to health and safety issues. The site includes information on health, safety, medicines, staff health, health education activities, illnesses, and more.
- KidsGrowth.com – Link to a source for health information developed by pediatricians and an on-line health information leader for parents.
- KidsHealth.org – Link to a site that was called "the most visited pediatric Web site in the nation," and "was named best Web site for health content at the eHealthcare World Conference in New York."1
- La Leche League – Link to a site that provides education, information, support, and encouragement to breast-feeding mothers.
- MorningSicknessHelp.com – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those going through pregnancy.
- Motherstuff – Link to Motherstuff, a privately-published site that claims to be a "meta-index of mother-knowledge on the Internet."
- National Safe Kids Campaign – The National SAFE KIDS Campaign claims to be the first national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury.
- ParentCenter.com – ParentCenter.com, together with its companion site, BabyCenter.com, strives to be the leading destination on the Internet for new and expectant parents. Per the site, it is a Web resource for parents of children ages 2 to 8, and is dedicated to helping parents find the information and support they need during pregnancy and in caring for a babies, toddlers, or children.
- ParenthoodWeb.com – Link to a parenting site published by United Advertising Publications, Inc.
- Parentsoup – Link to a parenting site published by http://www.iVillage.com.
- ParentsPlace.com – Link to another parenting site published by http://www.iVillage.com.
- SafeKids.Com – This site contains tips, advice, and suggestions to make your family's on-line experience fun and productive.
- TeenGrowth.com – Link to a source for health information developed by pediatricians and an on-line health information leader for teens.
- The Labor of Love – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that are trying to conceive, struggling with infertility, pregnant, or already a mom or dad.
1 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will spend $16 Million on its Web site over the next three years, 1/29/2001, John George, Staff Writer, Philadelphia Business Journal.
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