Helpful Website Resources

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For Families and Children

This site is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation.  It has a separate section for parents and is set up nicely.  www.kidshealth.org  

Comprehensive news and information. www.webmd.com

Site sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians and addresses the whole family.  www.familydoctor.org

A great support system for parents.  www.P2PUSA.org

Has listings in every state.  Offers entertainment, education, and family activities for seriously ill children. www.starlight.org

American Academy of Pediatrics web site. www.aap.org

Very interesting site. Letters that other parents have written about their own experiences with their sick children.  Also offers basic information on different disease processes. www.aparentsletter.com

A parents’ resource site for children with dyslexia. www.dyslexia-parent.com

A program in CA where kids with autism help other kids.www.edutopia.org/autism-peer-help-slide-show

A website sponsored by the National Institute of Health and explains clinical research to children and families. www.nhllbi.nih.gov/childrenandclinicalstudies/index.php

Also from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Lists topics related to children as well as possible treatments for conditions. www.healthychildren.org

Resource for health professionals and families interested in creating a medical home for children. www.medicalhomeinfo.org

Patient Advocate Foundation.  Has a comprehensive list of pediatric resources for parents of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. www.patientadvocate.org

National Children’s Cancer Society.  Helps children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance, advocacy, education and emotional support. www.children-cancer.com

Chai Lifeline.  Resources for seriously ill children and their families, including programs, family retreats, insurance support service, wish granting, sibling support. www.chailifeline.org

UnitedHealthcare Childrens Foundation.  Financial assistance for families with ill children, including funding medically necessary services when there is a gap in the commercial health benefit plan coverage. www.uhccf.org

Advocacy Partners

Independent consultants whose work is well known to us.

Insurance plan selection and treatment options research; advocacy and referrals. Based in Oregon and serving nationwide. Health Advocacy Solutions. www.hasolutions.org

Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

Advocacy, legal referrals, Medicare information, facility-specific information. www.canhr.org

Cancer

Types of cancer, clinical trails, drug protocols, sites for treatment of cancers: www.cancer.gov

Risk, diagnosis and treatment information. www.breastcancer.org

American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org

Diabetes

Guide to diabetes care and research. www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

Nutrition information, prevention, treatments. www.diabetes.org

Drug Information

Pill identification, side effects and drug interactions. www.drugs.com

Information on drugs, drug interactions, usage, side effects. Includes information on mineral and vitamin supplements. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

Research on medications and drug safety. www.fda.gov/cder

Healthcare Information

Symptom decision trees, self care information. www.familydoctor.org

Hospital success rates by diagnosis and surgery. www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

Heart Disease and Stroke

American Heart Association. www.americanheart.org

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. www.nhlbi.nih.gov


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