LINKS / ON-LINE RESOURCES
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Healthfinder (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network
- CentraCare Health System / Health Day
- Health News Review
- National Institutes of Health
- Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)
- The National Library of Medicine
- Family Doctor (American Academy of Family Physicians)
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (National Institutes of Health)
- WebMD Health
- General Health
- Urinary Tract Stones
- Drug Information
HealthGate Data Corp. of Malden, Mass., offers medical search and database services, including Medline, AIDSLine and CancerLit searches, for hospitals and organizations.
The Health on the Net Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Geneva that monitors medical Web sites to make sure they are dispensing credible, accurate information. The group was founded in 1995 after a conference of international medical experts decided there was a need for oversight on the Internet. Health on the Net has issued its seal of approval to over 1300 Web sites that promise to follow its guidelines. At the site, you can read about the group’s code of conduct and search its database of sites that meet the foundation’s standards. A seal from the group is a good sign that a Web site is playing by the rules.
InteliHealth, a joint venture of Aetna U.S. Healthcare Inc. and Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Health System, is frequently recommended because of big names behind it. It also has content supplied by such trusted names as the National Institutes of Health and the National Health Council. The site’s main focus is advice, ranging from what causes panic attacks to how to cure hiccups. Another particularly useful feature is a drug index that describes the uses and side effects of both generic and brand name medications.
A team of doctors and researchers from the respected clinic directs this site, which contains sections – called “centers” – that focus on different topics, such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart issues. Each of the centers is then broken into smaller sections, such as quizzes to test your knowledge, a library of references and links to other sites. One of the best features is the Ask Mayo section, which allows a patient to e-mail a question directly to a team of Mayo clinic physicians. Answers are posted to the Web site, and an archive of previously asked questions can be searched according to topic.
Accessible through this site is a huge database of abstracts from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. The abstracts cover more than nine million articles from more than 3800 biomedical journals. The site isn’t particularly fancy-it’s basically just a barebones search engine-but this is some of the most useful medical information on the Web. The Medline database covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health-care system, and preclinical studies. Unfortunately, receiving the full articles is a complicated process that involves setting up a relationship with a local medical library.
The online version of this prestigious medical journal allows visitors to search for scientific studies the journal has published. The full text of the publication is available online only to subscribers or to nonsubscribers by mail or fax for $10 per article, but anyone can check out the abstracts, back to 1990.
This valuable website serves patients and physicians by providing a wide range of educational resources and responding to inquiries about urological conditions and treatments. The channel’s interactive features include Health Profilers enabling users to profile their PSA, prostate cancer risk, and more. Visitors can post questions for physicians or peers via online forums.
Bart Moran, Villanova, Pa., started this site more than five years ago after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mr. Moran went to several doctors to find out about different treatment, but didn’t feel he was getting the whole truth about alternative-medicine procedures. He spent half a year researching the topic, and then posted what he learned on the Web to share with others. In time, the site grew to include lots of other medical information; now it has big sections on both alternative and conventional medicine. The alternative-medicine section, for example, offers news about herbs and supplements, nutritional medicine, and questionable practices.
Urinary Tract Stones:
Extensive education with clinical photos about urinary tract stones and obstructions. Learn about treatment options for stones based on their location in the urinary tract and the size of the obstruction.
This scientific society, which has more than 13,000 laboratory and clinical cancer researchers as members, was founded in 1907 to disseminate knowledge about cancer. Some areas of the site are for members only, but nonmembers can use the site to search the abstracts of the society’s four scientific journals. Search for the words “prostate cancer” and the site returns dozens of abstracts.
The association is a national interdisciplinary group that attempts to improve the care of cancer patients. The site has a useful database about cancer centers in all 50 states. It doesn’t rate the centers, but does give basic quantitative information-such as the number of beds, affiliations and certifications, and number of medical oncologists on staff-to help patients compare the centers.
This site is created by a cancer patient and is designed to help other cancer patients find the answers to their questions-and to figure out what questions they should be asking. The site does a good job of walking a patient through the difficult choices he or she will face, with sections on everything from the basic information about cancer to issues that should be considered before undergoing experimental treatment. Also offered: stories from other cancer patients about how they have coped.
CancerNet has separate sections for patients, health professionals and basic researchers. Here you can get access to data from PDQ, the National Cancer Institute’s computer system that tracks cancer and its treatments. This is some of the most up-to-date cancer information on the Net. To make sure it is current, the data are reviewed and updated each month by cancer experts. In the section for patients, you can find screening, prevention, and treatment data on dozens of types of cancer, all written in easy-to-understand language. You can find a typical treatment plan for prostate cancer in each of the four stages of advancement.
This informative website serves patients and physicians by providing a wide variety of educational resources for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Board-certified physicians develop and monitor the content on oncologychannel to ensure accurate and reliable information. The site also offers online forums where consumers can post their questions for physicians.
This online drug index allows visitors to look up a drug by either generic or brand name, find out about possible side effects, read about clinical studies and find out about any warnings. This site is smart enough to have “fuzzy search” capability – if you misspell the name of a drug you are seeking, it will bring up other possible matches.
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National Child Abuse Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
American Urological Association
Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate Cancer Calculator
Prostate Cancer Research Institute
The Prostate Centre
Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada
ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer Education Council
University of Michigan Health System
Urological Research Foundation
Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education and Support
The Cancer Information Network
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
American Social Health Association (ASHA)
Your continuing medical education community
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