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American Heart Association - CPR

American Heart Association - CPR

The American Heart Association provides an educational video one proper way to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Additionally, the Medtronic Foundation and the Heart Rescue Project have produced a video demonstrating the practical steps involved in CPR in a public place, where an automated external defibrillator (AED)  is available, such as an airport or shopping mall.

Remember--if you see someone collapse and the victim is unresponsive, the first thing you should always do is call 9-1-1 before attempting to administer aid to the victim.

Seven Simple Steps to Heart Health

There are seven simple things you can do that will improve your cardiovascular health, which the AHA calls “Life’s Simple Seven.”

 

Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats. This handout from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Antibiotics: Will They Work When You Really Need Them?" explains the effects of unncessary or inappropriate antibiotic use and what patients should do.

Birth Injury

While birth injuries can be caused by a variety of reasons, Birth Injury Center was created to raise awareness and shine a light on this important issue. This comprehensive website is dedicated to promoting awareness of common birth injuries and their causes in order to help users find helpful information on devastating birth injuries and their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

Cord Blood Banking

Cord Blood Center

Cord blood banking refers to the collection and storage of stem cells from a child's umbilical cord. These adaptable cells treat a wide variety of diseases, and will automatically change into the type of cell most needed by the body. The Core Blood Center provides expectant families the most relevant and up-to-date information on the benefits of donating umbilical cord blood.

Cord Blood Guide

The Cord Blood Guide is a sister site to the Core Blood Center, offering a free downloadable guide as well as user-friendly content relating to cord blood and how cord blood banking works.

Cord 23 Biobank

Cord 23 Biobank uses state-of-the-art cord blood banking technology to help protect families from life-threatening diseases.


Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide is an organization dedicated to the education and support of parents and caregivers of children with CP. Parents can learn about cerebral palsy symptoms, causes and treatment options that are often associated with a cerebral palsy diagnosis.

Diabetes

Changing Diabetes Barometer

The Changing Diabetes® Barometer (CDB) is a worldwide quality monitoring system for diabetes management developed to measure the gains made in the fight against diabetes. A Novo Nordisk initiative, the Barometer is an essential tool in the effort to change how diabetes is dealt with around the world. The framework of the Barometer is built on three cornerstones: Measure, Share, Improve. Through measuring the quality of diabetes care and sharing this data with each other, improvements can be made.

Cornerstones4Care: Information for Living with Diabetes

This website is an excellent resource for both patients and providers, providing educational material and diabetic resources at no charge. It was created by Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care and an innovator of products for hemophilia and growth hormone deficiency.

DoIHavePrediabetes.org - Prediabetes Self-Test and Other Resources

One in three American adults has prediabetes, but a little exercise and change in diet can help reverse that. This site provide a prediabetes self-test, as well as tips for reversing prediabetes.

Influenza

www.flu.gov

This federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has everything you need to know about protecting yourself and your loved ones from the flu.


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN)

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Disabilities

Expertise.com-Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

This webiste is a comprehensive resource that aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and disabled people much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility.

The Simple Dollar-Disability Benefits Guide

Many people living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. This guide will not only answer common questions like qualifications, application process, as well as a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.


Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

Consumer Dangers

This website provides a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about defective drugs and medical devices that can potentially cause harm and even death.

The Partnership for Safe Medicines

This Partnership for Safe Medicines is a group of not-for-profit organizations and individuals that have policies, procedures, and programs to protect consumers from counterfeit or contraband medicines.

RX Dangers

The purpose of RX Dangers is to educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States.

Prescription Drug Disposal

Household Medication Waste Disposal

These guidelines outline how to safely dispose of household medication waste.

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate Cancer: Informed Decision Making for Men 40 and Over

These guidelines from the California Prostate Cancer Coalition include ten questions you should ask your doctor about you and prostate cancer.

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Addiction Resources

AddictionLibrary.org

Part of the Florida Non-Profit, USA Addiction Treatment Partnership, the Addiction Library is a resource about addiction, substance and alcohol that are commonly abused.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

American Addiction Centers

Rehab guides for addiction and mental health, particularly the financial aspect of finding treatment.

Alcohol Rehab Guide

Alcohol Rehab Guide is an online resource created to help people struggling with an alcohol addiction find treatment when they need it most. The team at ARG is made up of recovering addicts and industry professionals who are dedicated to helping everyone find hope in recovery.

California Addiction and Inpatient Drug Rehab

This website provides information and support on mental health disorders, addictions, and recovery resources so that addicts and their family can get help and put their lives back together.

DrugRehab.com

Provides patients and families with information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is an international,community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 61,800 weekly meetings in 129 countries worldwide.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
 

Mesothelioma Resources

Mesothelioma Survival Rate

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos particles. Mesothelioma Guide provides This website provides free information about prognosis outlooks, including survival rates and life expectancies for patients with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos particles. This website provides free information about treatment options, legal support, and more.

Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, etc.

LongTermCare.gov

This website managed by the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an online clearinghouse for long-term care information.

AboutAssistedLiving.org

There are many different options for seniors who want to remain autonomous but need a little help to fully enjoy life. This website defines the different types of care available and helps users find the right facility for their needs. It even has advice about how to help pay for care.

AssistedLiving.com

This website provides expert senior care referrals and information to help families with the finding assisted living.

Assisted-Living-Directory.com

This website lists numerous facilities and, at times, other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city. It also includes video tutorials, interviews, video tours, and helpful state and local resources.

AssistedLivingFacilities.org

Assisted living is licensed and regulated at the state level, which makes for a wide range of differences among assisted living communities. This website strives to serve as the informational resource for assisted living in the United States.

AdultDayCare.org

This website is a national clearinghouse of senior care locations that are open during normal business hours and provide various care services, supervision and social interaction for the elderly.

The Friendship Line

The Institute on Aging's Friendship Line is the nation's only accredited 24-hour toll-free hotline and warm-line designed to meet the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities. Friendship Line staff make outbound phone calls to older adults who request it for crisis intervention, reassurance, and emtional support, and safety or "well-being" check=ins. There is no fee for services offered by the Friendship Line. Call 1-800-971-0016.

HomeHealthCareAgencies.com

This website is a national clearinghouse of home health care companies that offer a wide range of skilled medical services such as nursing care, physical therapy and occupational therapy from qualified medical professionals in addition to various services from home health aides.

SkilledNursingFacilities.org

Nursing homes provide the skilled nursing care, appropriate medical monitoring and assistance with activities of daily living that many elderly persons require as they age and suffer various health setbacks. This website is a senior care resource that offers a nationwide directory of nursing homes.

SeniorAdvisor.com - San Mateo

This website features trusted reviews and advice on local senior living communities and provides various search methods with seamless links to the best senior living communities.

Prepare for Your Care

This no-cost website was developed by physicians at the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center and the Veterans Health Research Insitute, to help people make difficult medical decisions. The website aims to help families identify their priorities, communicate those priorities to loved ones, and make informed medical decisions.

AliMed

AliMed is a leading provider of medical, healthcare and ergonomic products serving all segments of the healthcare market including hospitals and clinics, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, private medical practices, and therapists.
 

Patient Support Groups