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National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Provides information on clinical trials and current research projects conducted on alternative medicine.

Voice: 1-888-644-6226

Verified: 1/30/2013

American Board of Medical Specialties

Will tell you if your physician is board certified.

Voice: 1-866-275-2267

Website: http://www.abms.org

Verified: 1/30/2013

NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)

Information and networking for persons with rare disorders. Literature.

Voice: 1-800-999-6673 (in Connecticut 203-744-0100)

Website: http://www.rarediseases.org

Verified: 1/30/2013

National Health Information Center

Helps the public and health professionals locate health information through identification of health, information resources, information and referral systems. Distributes publications and directories on good health and disease prevention topics.

Voice: 1-800-336-4797

Website: http://www.healthfinder.gov

Verified: 1/30/2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Provides information on health related topics, vaccinations, traveler's health, grants, genetics, hoaxes, rumors and emergency responses.

Voice: 1-800-232-4636

Verified: 2/1/2013

UAB Eat Right

Information on nutrition and related topics such as weight loss and cholesterol. Sponsored by Nutrition Information Services.

Write:

Dept. of Nutritional Sciences

1530 3rd Ave. South

Birmingham, AL 35294

Voice: 1-800-231-3438

Website: http://www.uab.edu/eatright

Verified: 1/30/2013

American Health Assistance Foundation

Provides educational information and funds research for Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Voice: 1-800-437-2423

Website: http://www.ahaf.org

Verified: 1/25/2013

American Running Association

Information on aerobic sports. Referrals to sports medicine clinics, podiatrists and orthopedists.

Voice: 1-800-776-2732

Website: http://www.americanrunning.org

Verified: 1/30/2013

Visiting Nurse Association of America

Referrals to local Visiting Nurse Associations.

Voice: 1-888-866-8773

Website: http://www.vnaa.org

Verified: 1/30/2013

American Dietetic Association

Information on diet. Referrals to dietitians. Brochures available. Sponsored by National Center for Nutrition and Diatetics.

Voice: 1-800-877-1600

Verified: 1/30/2013

National Immunizations Information Hotline

Information and referrals on immunizations for infants and adults. Referrals to health care professionals.

Voice: 1-800-232-4636

Verified: 1/30/2013

Minority Health Resource Center

Federally-funded library service that provides information and referral to sources on health problems for minorities.

Voice: 1-800-444-6472

Website: http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov

Verified: 1/30/2013

Medicare + Choice Helpline Assistant

Provides information on Medicare, Medigap and health plan options. Publications and audiotapes. Sponsored by federal government.

Voice: 1-800-633-4227

Verified: 1/30/2013

National Women's Health Information Center

Provides information and referrals for all women's health questions, including questions on breastfeeding.

Voice: 1-800-994-9662

Website: http://www.womenshealth.gov

Verified: 2/1/2013

DES Action USA

Information for women who were prescribed DES during pregnancy and their children. Referrals and education for the public and health workers. Quarterly newsletter.

Write:

DES Action USA

PO Box 7296

Jupiter, FL 33468

Voice: 1-800-337-9288

Website: http://www.desaction.org

E-mail: info@desaction.org

Verified: 1/30/2013

Center for Disease Control

Provides information for persons traveling overseas. Includes vaccinations, diseases, safe food and water, traveling with children, persons with special needs, etc.

Voice: 1-800-232-4636

Verified: 1/30/2013

'Su Familia' Health Helpline

Provides confidential health information to Hispanic patients and their families. Provides bilingual fact sheets for a wide variety of health topics. Sponsored by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Voice: 1-866-783-2645 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm EST) or 1-800-504-7081 (pre-natal)

Website: http://www.hispanichealth.org

Verified: 1/30/2013

Center for Human Genetics

Provides information on disorders currently under study by the Center for Human Genetics. These include: Alzheimer's, ALS, asthma, autism, Bethlehem myopathy, Chiari malformation, CMT, cardiovascular, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophies, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, spastic paraparesis, glaucoma, benign intraepithelial dyskeratosis, hypophosphatemic rickets, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, MS, neural tube defects, osteoarthritis, Parkinson's and tuberous sclerosis.

Voice: 1-800-385-3244

Website: http://www.chg.duke.edu

Verified: 1/30/2013

March of Dimes

Dedicated to decreasing the incidence of birth defects, infant mortality, low birth weight and lack of prenatal care. Provides information, referrals and literature.

Voice: 1-888-663-4637

Website: http://www.marchofdimes.com

Verified: 1/30/2013

Healthy Women Resource Center

Provides information on women's health issues. Dedicated to helping women make informed decisions about their health.

Voice: 1-877-986-9472

Verified: 1/30/2013

National Library of Medicine

Provides information and referrals to help callers research health questions.

Voice: 1-888-346-3656

Website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Verified: 1/30/2013

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