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Ten Health Courses From National Center For Comp & Alternative Medicine

  1. Ten Years of Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Promising Ideas from Outside the Mainstream
  2. Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements
  3. Mind-Body Medicine
  4. Acupuncture: An Evidence-Based Assessment
  5. Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies: Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation
  6. CAM and Aging
  7. Integrative Medicine
  8. Health and Spirituality
  9. Studying the Effects of Natural Products
  10. Neurobiological Correlates of Acupuncture
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Diseases and Conditions- Mayo Clinic

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Coping with Back Pain

For some people, it’s a dull, nagging ache in the lower back that starts up every time they play a round of golf. For others, the pain is more intense, arriving suddenly, leaving the victim doubled over helplessly.However and whenever it hits you, back pain is always an unwelcome visitor. About 90% of us will suffer at least one bout of debilitating back pain in our lifetime. That’s actually not such a surprising number, given the way the back is structured.

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Reducing Cholesterol

The main lifestyle changes to help you lower your cholesterol levels are:

  • Reduce fat and cholesterol in your diet.
  • Eat more foods rich in carbohydrates and fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Increase your level of physical activity.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.

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Alzheimer’s Association

http://www.alz.org
Information for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and health professionals make this the comprehensive resource on Alzheimer’s Disease. Fact sheets, information on diagnosis and management, planning ahead, a glossary and information in Spanish, Korean and Chinese are also useful. Message boards and chat rooms provide support and additional information sharing.

American Academy of Dermatology-Public Resource Center
http://www.aad.org/public
On this site, “Dermatology A-Z” gives extensive information and full text of AAD pamphlets on most common skin and nail conditions from acne and aging skin to tanning and tattoos. Also included are pamphlets and information in Spanish, a directory of dermatologists, and Kids Connection section with information for children on skin conditions.

American Diabetes Association

http://www.diabetes.org/
Extensive interactive tools add value and interest to this lively website. Diabetes assessment tools, recipes, weight-loss and exercise advice, latest diabetes research and a professional section add additional information. Information about ADA books, a message board, an email newsletter and information in Spanish are also included.

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org
Extensive information on heart disease and stroke, children’s health, healthy lifestyle, care giving, a heart and stroke encyclopedia and information in Spanish make this the premier source for information on these conditions. There is also a link to the website of American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which shares some of the same information on its website atwww.strokeassociation.org. Local area events and local chapters are covered and some scientific and professional materials are also available.

American Lung Association
http://www.lungusa.org
This is an excellent site with information on lung diseases, tobacco control, and air quality. Attractive and easy to use, it has special sections on asthma, allergy, treatment, how the lung functions and “Diseases A-Z” on lung disorders. There is a search by zip code for local chapter information, sign-up for a free email newsletter, and some information on current research efforts. A sub-section is available in Spanish.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
http://www.aafa.org
Information, advocacy, research, information on local chapters and support groups and  “Ask the Allergist” email feature make this an extremely useful website. Also included are a pollen count by zip code feature, and information on clinical trials and new treatments. Some of their patient brochures can be downloaded as well as ordered via the mail (with a few of them in Spanish).

National Eye Institute Health Information

http://www.nei.nih.gov/health
A diagram of the eye, glossary of eye-related terms, fact sheets and some videos on eye diseases and condition and eye organization database make this site especially useful. Tips on finding an eye care professional and on financial aid for eye care, as well as information in Spanish, add to this site’s value.

National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

The NHLBI site provides extensive information on conditions that affect the heart, blood vessels, lungs and blood, as well as sleep disorders. Health assessment tools, educational tutorials and recipes provide useful additional information. Full text color versions of data fact sheets are also available. Information for healthcare professionals is included.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
Health and Human Development information made available with an easy A to Z list, along with clinical trials and health education campaign information. Topic pages provide links to clinical trials, news releases, publications and related websites. Also available is information on research being conducted at and supported by NICHD.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Topicshttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml This site provides information about the signs and symptoms, treatment and resources available for mental illnesses. Full text of booklets and pamphlets on mental illness can be downloaded or printed. The latest news on mental illness, help in locating services, a link to clinical trials and pre-formatted Medline searches for the latest information add to the usefulness of this site. While the site isn’t in Spanish, many of the booklets and pamphlets are available in Spanish and a link to information on MedlinePlus in Spanish is provided.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

http://www.ninds.nih.gov

Extensive information on neurological disorders is provided at this website. The Disorders Index provides an alphabetic list of hundreds of neurological conditions, their treatments, prognosis, clinical research and contact information for organizations concerned with the condition. Clicking on the link to research literature under each condition leads you to a PubMed search on the condition. An accessible version of the web page is also provided. A news feed, list of patient resources and organizations and Spanish versions of some fact sheets on disorders can also be found at the NINDS website.

National Stroke Association

http://www.stroke.org/

This site provides excellent information on the symptoms of stoke, risk factors, prevention and recovery. Information specifically for women, for men, for African Americans, and caregivers and families as well as medical and EMS professionals is provided. Full text of the consumer publication Stroke Smart and other pamphlets are available. Some fact sheets are available in English, French and Spanish.

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