Library

Welcome to our resource library where you can find specific information about health care issues such as Alzheimer's, cancer, and Parkinson's Disease. You can also find information about medications, complimentary and alternative medicine, and patient education to name just a few. Just click on any heading below to find a resource.

Advanced Directives

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Aging

AIDS

Alzheimer's

Asbestos

  • Mesothelioma Guide Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. It affects the linings of lungs (pleura), abdomen (peritoneum) or heart (pericardium). These linings are known as the mesothelium. There are many treatment options for mesothelioma depending on your specific diagnosis, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Many patients turn to clinical trials that are exploring promising new treatments like immunotherapy.

    Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. It affects the linings of lungs (pleura), abdomen (peritoneum) or heart (pericardium). These linings are known as the mesothelium. There are many treatment options for mesothelioma depending on your specific diagnosis, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Many patients turn to clinical trials that are exploring promising new treatments like immunotherapy.

Back Pain

  • Back Pain Support Group is a non-profit message board and live forum for "the open exchange of valuable information between fellow back pain sufferers." This site contains no advertising banners, browser cookies, registration sign-ups, and such.

Brain Injury

  • Brain Injury Association of America is the oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization in the nation. They are the "voice of brain injury" that advocates, educates, and "brings help, hope, and healing to millions of individuals with brain injury."

Breast Cancer

Caregiving

Child Obesity

Chronic Disease

Clinical Trials

  • CenterWatch is a leading source of clinical trials information for patients as well as clinical research professionals.
  • Current Controlled Trials is an international database of randomized controlled trials. Researchers who want their study results published in one of the leading medical journals are now required to post their studies in this database.
  • IDE Early/Expanded Access for medical devices is a guide to how to market your device.
  • The Marti Nelson Cancer Foundation's Website CancerActionNow includes a partial list of disease-specific patient advocacy groups and foundations. These groups often have information about current trials, and some even maintain cancer-specific databases. These include: Clinical Trials and Noteworthy Treatments for Brain Tumors. Phone toll free 1-888-295-4740.
  • Mayo Clinic Clinical Trials is a comprehensive listing of clinical trials in various states around the country. It includes information about why the trial is being done, who is eligible to participate, contact information, as well as where the trial is located.
  • Pancreatica.org. Phone 1-831-658-0600.
  • The Physician Data Query (PDQ) clinical trials database, run by the National Cancer Institute, includes more than 2000 clinical trials. You can also get information by calling toll free 1-800-4-CANCER. (This same database can be accessed through the National Library of Medicine's database ClinicalTrials.gov.)
  • The TrialCheck database is maintained by the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups. The coalition's members include many of the conductors of large cancer clinical trials in the United States. Phone toll free 1-877-520-4457.

Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

Consumer Health

Dementia

Depression

Dying

Elder Care

  • The "Cost of Elder Care" is an NPR presentation that shows the average costs and rates paid for various types of adult care throughout the country. (April 27, 2012)

End of Life

Fibromyalgia

General Health Information

Health Economics

Health Insurance

Health Policy

Hospice Care

Informed Decision Making

Integrative Medicine

Know About Where You Get Your Care

Lupus

  • Tax Tips for the Legally Disabled from TurboTax outlines several tax breaks that are available for people with disabilities-an important site to visit.
  • "Understanding Lupus" an informative podcast presented by Joan T. Merrill, MD on May 1, 2012.
  • Visit the the Lupus Foundation of America provides information about the causes, forms, and symptoms of this disease that can affect different parts of the body, such as the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.

Medical Bill Negotiations

Medicare

Medications

Medication Questions

  • Drugs.com is a huge library of drug information, which includes free, peer-reviewed independent advice on featured drugs.
  • RxList is another source with detailed information about drugs, conditions, and research.

Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma Guide Mesothelioma Guide is your trusted ally in the fight against asbestos-related cancer. Our comprehensive guide includes up-to-date information about living with mesothelioma, top doctors and treatment options..

Nutrition

Nursing Homes

Obesity

Ovarian Cancer

Overtreatment

Patient Advocacy

Patient Education

Patient Safety

Quality of Life

Respite Care

Right to Die

Seniors

Sleep

Stress

Support Services

  • American Cancer Society--For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program has helped people cope with their breast cancer experience.
  • Camp Agape Northwest--PO BOX 65504, University Place, WA 98464; 206-325-4347.
  • Gilda's Club Seattle offers a community-based program of social, emotional, and educational support for cancer survivors, family, and friends.
  • ElderFriends is a volunteer-based program that provides companionship, outreach, and advocacy services to isolated older adults throughout Seattle and King County.
  • The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp--1-860-429-3444. A summer camp founded by Paul Newman for children with cancer and serious blood diseases. Located in Ashford, Connecticut.
  • Senior Resource Center Resources is a useful center for caregivers who seek expert advice and other resources for caring for the elderly.
  • Treatment diaries is a social network for anyone that has been touched by illness.

Understanding Cancer

Vision

Women's Health Issues

  • EmpowHer.com is a social health community for women.
  • Guide to Women's Health is provided by MapleShade Dental Group that points out issues that contribute to women's medical and dental health as well as an over-all sense of well being.
  • womenshealth.gov is a federal government website that's managed by the Office on Women's Health.

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