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Health Resource Services You Can Use

If you need information regarding a physical or mental health problem, help is just a phone call away. The following toll-free hotlines and websites offer information, referrals, and counseling.

AGING

The Eldercare Locator can make referrals to groups familiar with home care, transportation and nutrition programs for the elderly in your area. Call 800-677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

The National Council on Aging furnishes information and referrals regarding problems associated with aging. Call 202-479-1200 or visit www.ncoa.org.

The National Institute on Aging offers fact sheets concerning the needs of older Americans. These topics, among others, are covered: health care, women's health, aging, menopause, exercise programs, and social security. Call 800-222-2225 or visit www.nih.gov/nia.

AIDS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer information on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases. Call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or visit www.cdc.gov/hiv.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE

The National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service offers information regarding substance abuse and provides local substance abuse treatment referral information in your state. Call 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357).

The Hazelden Foundation is one of the foremost addiction treatment centers in the United States. The foundation offers referrals to recovery services, shares important criteria to help you compare addiction treatment centers, and provides information on how to confront a friend about addiction. Call 800-257-7810 or visit www.hazelden.org.

ARTHRITIS

The Arthritis Foundation provides publications and information about arthritis and referrals to local organizations. Call 800-283-7800 or visit www.arthritis.org.

ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers information and referrals for physicians in your area. Call 800-822-2762 or visit www.aaaai.org.

CANCER PREVENTION

The American Cancer Society furnishes information on cancer prevention and treatment. Call 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure offers information regarding breast cancer risk evaluation and prevention. Call 800-IM-AWARE (800-462-9273) or visit ww5.komen.org.

CHILD HEALTH

Child Care Aware refers callers to experts who can recommend high-quality child-care providers. Call 800-424-2246 or visit www.childcareaware.org.

ChildHelp USA offers help, counseling, and referrals if you suspect your child is a victim of any kind of abuse. Call 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453) or visit www.childhelp.org.

CRIME

The National Center for Victims of Crime offers bulletins and information packets on more than 60 subjects including coping advice for crime victims and their families, prevention programs, and legislative issues. Referrals to local support services are also available. Call 202-467-8700 or visit www.ncvc.org.

The McGruff Safe Kids Identification Kits can help you take a bite out of crime. The kit includes a fingerprint and identification section, safety tips, and a tear-off card on which youngsters can write family and emergency phone numbers. To order the kit, call 800-288-3344.

DIABETES

The American Diabetes Association provides literature and free e-newsletters about the disease. It also makes referrals to local affiliates who can recommend support groups. Call 800-342-2383 or visit www.diabetes.org.

DOCTOR CERTIFICATION

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Certification Verification Service can tell you if a particular doctor has been certified by the ABMS, the year of certification, and the specialty. Call 866-ASK-ABMS (866-275-2267) or visit www.abms.org.

ENVIRONMENT

The Environmental Protection Agency offers several help lines to answer questions regarding water quality, lead levels in tap water, and other environmental concerns. For water questions, call 800-426-4791 or visit water.epa.gov/drink/index.cfm; for pesticides and toxic substances, call 800-858-7378 or visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/npic.htm.

GENERAL HEALTH

The American Lung Association offers information on the health benefits of quitting smoking, referrals to smoking cessation programs, and answers to other smoking-related questions. Call 800-LUNGUSA (800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.

The National Institute of Mental Health offers information on mental illnesses. Free brochures explain the symptoms and provide treatment information. Call 866-615-6464 or visit www.nimh.nih.gov.

The National Headache Foundation offers physician referrals and information regarding headache treatment and prevention. Call 888-NHF-5552 (800-643-5552) or visit www.headaches.org.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides information and materials on back care. Call 800-321-OSHA or visit www.OSHA.gov.

HEARING & SIGHT

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides information on speech and hearing impairments as well as physician referrals. Call 800-638-8255 or visit www.asha.org.

The Better Hearing Institute will send free brochures explaining how to prevent and treat hearing loss in youngsters and adults. Also available are lists of hearing specialists by zip code. Call 800-EAR-WELL (800-327-9355) or visit www.betterhearing.org.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders can answer questions regarding deafness and disorders relating to hearing, smelling, tasting, speaking, and using language skills. Free brochures also are available. Call 800-241-1044 or visit www.nidcd.nih.gov.

Prevent Blindness America supplies information on eye safety and disease prevention as well as referrals for treatment. Call 800-331-2020 or visit www.preventblindness.org.

HEART HEALTH

The American Heart Association offers information on preventing and treating heart attacks and other conditions, controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and quitting smoking. Call 800-AHA-USA-1 (800-242-8721) or visit www.heart.org.

INCONTINENCE

The Simon Foundation for incontinence offers information on how incontinence can be treated. Call 800-23SIMON (800-237-4666) or visit www.simonfoundation.org.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Counselors at the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America answer questions regarding the disease and make referrals to support groups and clinics. Call 800-532-7667 or visit www.msaa.com.

PET CARE

The American Animal Hospital Association offers recommendations on where to take a sick pet. Its member clinics and hospitals must adhere to rigorous standards. Call 800-883-6301 or visit www.healthypet.com.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

The Aerobics and Fitness Foundation of America answers questions regarding exercise, health, and fitness safety. Call 877-YOUR BODY (877-968-7263) or visit www.afaa.com.

The American Running Association offers expert advice on treatment for injuries associated with running and injury prevention. The association also makes referrals to sports medicine professionals. Call 800-776-2732, ex. 12 or 13, or visit www.americanrunning.org.

STROKE

The National Stroke Association offers free educational materials and information regarding stroke prevention, treatment research, rehabilitation, and survivor and caregiver resources. Call 800-STROKES (800-787-6537) or visit www.stroke.org.
 

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