This National Institutes of Health (NIH) link has general guidelines for evaluting heath information: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/evaluatinghealthinformation.html
In addiiton our Physicians recommend the following sites for their helpful information and lack of bias :
The Top 100 health Websites You Can Trust from the Medical Library Association: http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/
Shared Decision Making: http://www.informedmedicaldecisions.org/patient-resources/
General Government Health Information Website: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
• FamilyDoctor.org has information about health and family medicine from the American Acacdemy of Family Physicians.
Household Product Safety: http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/
For Emergency Alerts:
• MedicAlert® provides identification and medical information in emergencies
• The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has information on food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Latex Allergy: http://latexallergyresources.org/about-latex-allergy
Dr. Sumana Reddy’s article on latex allergy:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0101/p93.html and educational summary:
How to use an inhaler correctly - We would add two details not explained in these videos: If your inhaler is new, or you have not used it in over a week, you need to prime the pump by releasing 4 sprays into the air before using. Also, they do not explain that generally albuterol inhalers require two puffs not just one, and the second is a 5-10 seconds after the first.
with a spacer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbONuRXJdr0
La Leche League: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5c632362#/5c632362/1
National Caregiver AllIance http://www.caregiver.org/
Children and Teens
SuperKids Nutrition: http://www.superkidsnutrition.com/
Child Psychiatry: http://www.aacap.org/
• School Psychiatry is dedicated to mental health for children and teens.
Keeping Children Healthy and Media Awareness
• Reach Out and Read is an organization promoting literacy and school readiness by giving books to children in pediatric visits and providing advice and encouragement for parents to read to their children. Acacia Family Medical Group has been a proud participant, providing thousands of books to the children of Monterey County since 1999.
• Screen Free Week is an organization encouraging people to spend a week every year without any screen based media.
Cost Issues in Healthcare: Can google 'name-of-the-drug cost' and goodrx.com has begun to provide fairly reliable cost comparisons from pharmacy to pharmacy. This will allow for sudden increases in pricing to be noticed.
• The American Diabetes Association website has information and suggestions about living with diabetes.
A manual for Diabetes self care and education: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/ext/Dcmnt?ncid=51081386
Another government site with a lot of diabetes information: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/diabetes/diabetes.htm
End of Life Care
Living will: http://www.caringinfo.org
Five Wishes: http://www.agingwithdignity.org/index.php
Values History: http://hsc.unm.edu/ethics/docs/Values_History.pdf
Heart and Lung Diseases
• The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website has information on asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions and healthy recipes for heart and blood pressure
American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/GettingHealthy_UCM_001078_SubHomePage.jsp
Fitness, including Apps
Lose It!, My Food Diary, My Fitness Pal, MyNetDiary, Spark People
Physical Activity Aids
New Lifesyles, Accusplit pedometers
Accelerometers, Fitbit, Gruve, Fitbug
Food and Safety of Medications and Supplements
Safe use, storage and disposal of drugs: http://www.learnaboutrxsafety.org/
• MedWatch has timely safety information on the drugs and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Clearing house for prescription drug information: http://www.needymeds.org/
Safety and available information on supplements: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/complementaryandalternativemedicine.html
Finding Psychologists and Psychaitrists: Start with your insurance lists, try Psychology Today's site, many are starting to provide detailed information:
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/
General Support and articles on mental health: http://psychcentral.com/
Suicide Prevention: http://www.suicideispreventable.org/
Alliance on Aging: http://allianceonaging.org/
• Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) is the hospital for the Monterey Peninsula.
• The Central Coast Alliance for Health is a health plan in Monterey County.
• The Monterey Health Department has topical information on food recalls, flu surveillance, health alerts and environmental health.
Monterey County Resource Guide for Aging: http://allianceonaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2015-AAA-Resource-Guide-ENGLISH.pdf
Monterey County Family Resources Guide, with thanks to Susan McNelly: http://www.samsresources.com/
Sports Injuries: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/menus/sports.cfm
• The American Academy of Neurology has guidelines for concussions.
Aging Resources in Monterey County: http://allianceonaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2015-Senior-Resource-List-SPANISH.pdf
Center for Disease Control: Infections, Vaccines, Travel http://www.cdc.gov/spanish/
Americal Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/es/?loc=util-header_es
Mental Health: http://espanol.nami.org/