Good Medical Sites
It is ALWAYS
best to discuss any medical problems with your family physician
BEFORE taking any medical treatments, advise or
medications for any condition.
for medical information on the internet, it is very important
to remember that not all sources are credible or reliable.. Low
quality information or complete misdirection can be potentially harmful
or even life threatening.
The following steps will
assist you in searching for reliable Internet resources.
Evaluate a Site: Choose a site whose name you recognize. University
sites, government-sponsored sites and not-for-profit sites are usually
a safe bet.
Accountability: Web sites should permanently display their ownership
and credentials. E.g.. Canadian Cancer Society or Mayo Clinic Web Site
would be considered credible sources
When possible, check the credentials of the author of the site or article.
References and sources for all site content should be listed clearly,
and all relevant copyright information noted.
Format: Sites should be easy to navigate and search. Key words
are important in searching. Check for reputable links pages to similar
subject content if you are on a reliable site.
It is best to only use your first name in chat rooms. Do not share personal
information such as birth dates or personal pass words on web sites or
on chat lines. If you don't like what you are seeing or reading, simply
leave the site.
following sites can help you in evaluating internet resources:
Foundation for the Blind: a nonprofit organization
whose mission is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve
equality of access and opportunity.
National Institute for the Blind: provides useful information for
blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind Canadians and their caregivers.
to HotBraille: HotBraille.com is the leading provider of web-based
communication tools for the visually impaired, their friends and family. Here
you can send Braille letters, learn the Braille alphabet, meet new people,
and connect with over 10,000 other HotBraille members.
Blindness: "Color blindness is an inaccurate term for a lack
of perceptual sensitivity to certain colors. "
Take the test.
Health Information about Blindness: A comprehensive listing of
pertinent health and resource information about Braille.
Cancer Societies and
Other Cancer Information Sites:
Guide Tool: "This tour of CancerGuide will help
you find appropriate information for your situation. CancerGuide is about
researching your options in cancer. Before you start, you may want to read
about the pros and cons of doing your own research. "
"This site is aimed at anyone with a strong interest in information
related to cancer of the pancreas. However, any decisions in regard to treating
pancreatic cancer should be made strictly in conjunction with your personal
Pancreatic Cancer, has a database which is the largest compilation of clinical
trials against pancreatic cancer in the world, comprised of almost 370 trials
in more than 1,000 locations throughout the world, more than five times
larger than NCI's PDQ database. Pancreatica is available for patient or
physician study and review and receives no remuneration if patients join
any of the trials.
Pancreatica provides a concentrated wealth of current and topical scientific
and medical information about pancreatic cancer presented in such venues
as the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ), "Pancreatic Cancer
News and Archives" and Newswire sections.
We are presently listed as ONE of only TWO pancreatic cancer sites by the
National Cancer Institute, and are the ONLY boutique site (listed twice)
by the National Library of Medicine.
Graham Bell Association for the Deaf: "The Alexander
Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is one of the
world's largest membership organizations and information centers on
hearing loss and the auditory approach. AG Bell focuses specifically
on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy
for parents, professionals and other interested parties. "
Resource Library: "The Deaf Resource Library (in ASL:
D-R-L or DEAF-LIBRARY; http://www.deaflibrary.org) is a virtual library
-- an online collection of reference material and links intended to
educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United
States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics. "
Association of the Deaf: "The National Association of
the Deaf (NAD), established in 1880, is the oldest and largest constituency
organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million
deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health
care, and telecommunications. "
Groups: ... Groups, Members, Message Archives. 1, USA-L_News
News/information for and about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing around the
Sign Language Browser "Welcome to Michigan State University's
ASL Browser web site, an online American Sign Language (ASL) browser
where you can look up video of thousands of ASL signs and learn interesting
things about them.
This web site contains the signs found in MSU Comm Tech Lab's award
winning Personal Communicator CD-ROM. The CD-ROM runs on laptop or desktop
computers and is designed for deaf children to use at school and at
Sign Language Fingerspelling "Welcome to the ASL Fingerspelling
site! We have a number of tools for novices and experts alike to help
you become proficient at fingerspelling. For novices, we have a standard
dictionary to learn the basic fingershapes. For fun, see what a word
looks like with our fingerspelling converter. If you need to practice
your receptive skills, try our interactive quiz."
Sign Language as a Foreign Language "Interest in American
Sign Language (ASL) as a foreign language has become, in the words of
Gary Olsen, former Executive Director of the National Association of
the Deaf, "an American ground swell." Many colleges and universities
are beginning to recognize the study of ASL and Deaf culture as legitimate
academic pursuits and are starting to accept ASL in fulfillment of their
foreign language entrance and exit requirements. In several states,
ASL is mandated by law as acceptable in fulfillment of high school foreign
language graduation requirements."
ASL Dictionary - animated GIFs provide a visual representation
of American Sign Language.
Dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL) "Here are
a few American Sign Language terms to help those of you who are trying
to communicate with a person who signs, but does not hear. New word
definitions are being added, and this will soon bring the total number
of ASL terms to more than 1270! Also included is the basic alphabet
and numbers 1-10. "
a multilingual links pages for the deaf. Updated daily.
- Online Schools: A Guide
To Learning American Sign Language: "American Sign Language (ASL)
is the language of the deaf. Between half a million to two million deaf
individuals and those who communicate with those individuals, use ASL.
Though called American, it is also used in parts of Mexico, Canada and
in parts of Asia, Africa and South America. Before the establishment
of ASL, languages for the deaf were cultural and varied by what region
or town one might live in, today the deaf use one basic language...."
Languages: A good multi-lingual dictionary site.
Junction: "DiabetesJunction.com, "Where everything about
diabetes comes together", is the jumpstation from which to begin your
search for diabetes and diabetic related products and services. DiabetesJunction.com
strives to provide quality links to businesses, organizations (American Diabetes
Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators,) and health care
professionals (doctors (and hospitals), nurses, pharmacists (and pharmacies
and drugstores), specialists (endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists),
certified diabetes educators (CDE), registered dietitians, exercise physiologists,
psychologists, and all members of the health care team. "
Links Page: Multilingual site
and Humalog Daily Testing Sheet: This
is actually a sheet I just worked up. I am just switching onto Humalog and
my diabetic counselor didn't have a good functional worksheet, so I made one.
Use it with my blessing if you so desire.
Avril Bourquin If new ideas come in to improve on it, the worksheet may
change from time to time so you may want to check on it from time to time.
Medical Libraries Online:
Library of Medicine: (USA)
- search the National Library of Medicine's Medline and Pre-Medline
databases for the latest medical journal information. Includes an index
of other web sources.
Search.com: "BioMedSearch is a biomedical search engine that contains
NIH/PubMed documents, plus a large collection of theses, dissertations, and
other publications not found anywhere else for free, making it the most comprehensive
free search on the web. ..."
Medical Manuals Online:
Do not try to diagnose medical problems yourself or use over-the-counter
drugs if you're not 100% sure what the problem is. Only your doctor or other
reputable health technicians should treat medical problems.
Medical Web Search Engines:
"Mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lung, is caused by
exposure to asbestos. At some point in our lives, nearly all of us have been
exposed to asbestos in the air we breathe and the water we drink; from natural
deposits in the earth, and from the deterioration of asbestos products around
us. While most of us do not become ill as a result of our exposure, because
of long dormancy periods, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases
can remain undetected for over a decade before the patient shows any signs
of illness. An exposure of as little as one or two months can result in mesothelioma
30 or 40 years later. " For more great information, please visit their
Pharmaceutical Drug Bases:
REMEMBER!!! Check with your doctor before taking or changing
Health: The site contains authorative and credible information on more
than 4000 health topics.
"Welcome to Healthopedia.com, a medical and health consumer information
resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly
language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focussed health
centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications. ..."
Traveling With a Medical
Condition or What you Should Know Medically Before Traveling:
- The Travel Doctor: Travel
Medicine is a relatively new field that was started in the 1980's. It was
developed in response to a growing number or people making international trips,
especially to less developed countries
Women's Medical Issues:
This is a new counter system set up by Globel on
December 01, 2002