The United Ostomy Association of America (UOAA). Our parent organization. A wealth of information and resources.
The International Ostomy Association is the international association of ostomy associations. Yep, the big poo-paa!! A whole lot of good stuff here even for us continentals. You might say they are the U.N. of the ostomy associations. They have a wonderful chat forum. Post a message here and it goes around the world!
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation CCFA is a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. They sponsor basic and clinical research, offer educational programs for patients and healthcare professionals, and provide supportive services to help people cope.
Health Care Financing Administration HCFA provides health insurance for over 74 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health.
The American Cancer Society is the premier cancer information site. Here you can search for information regarding all types of cancers.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Idealist Organization operates a website that is devoted to different types of non-profit organizations. Here you can find a wealth of information about an organization in your area.
The WOCN, an association of ET nurses, is a professional nursing society which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities, to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Find an ET nurse in your area through this site.
The Israel Ostomy Association Home Page.
The Internet Drug Index provides information about the pills you're popping! Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are covered.
Handi-Links A Complete Ostomy Equipment and Supplies Directory, Ostomy Equipment and Supplies Guide, and Index of Links related to Products.
Shaz's Page. A really well put together website. Loads of information and a chat area to boot!
Ostomy Village is a comprehensive online store carrying all major brands. In depth medical information. Advice on pouching issues and access to an ET nurse. Confidential discussion groups and community support.
OnHealth. A very interesting site that gives a lot of information concerning your personal health. Has an "A to Z" health database that gives an overview of different conditions. Real good page for those who went to the doctor, he told them what they had, but he didn't explain what it was and they didn't ask.
Ostomy Resource Centre - Canada The site is owned by the chapter of Ostomy Toronto. The Ostomy Resource Centre has it's very own Bulletin Board that is free to use by anybody. They also have postings of many articles all dealing with ostomy and related surgeries. There will be more to come in the near future.
They tell about different types of surgeries. No medical diagnosis done here, just an explanation as to what to expect.
Your surgery.Com is an expanding multimedia database of operative procedures designed to educate the average individual about their surgery. This site will explain the most commonly performed surgeries, using simple diagrams and cutting edge animation.
Yahoo's surgery site provides health research, expert advice, healthy recipes, and more.
About.Com's Surgery site. About.Com,the network of 'sites' led by expert guides!.
Unsure how to sort the nonsense from the facts and don't want to risk your health in the process of trying to do so? We suggest that you visit sites that are maintained by the government or other established institutions, since they tend to be more careful about what they publish. Don't let yourself be fooled. It is very easy for someone to create a site that appears credible. Remember, just because the name of an association sounds legitimate doesn't mean it is. Here are some places to try:
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) was established in December 1989 under Public Law 101-239 (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989). AHCPR, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services. AHCPR's broad programs of research bring practical, science-based information to medical practitioners and to consumers and other health care purchasers.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information has a great research and materials reference site especially at the PubMed page where you can find reference material on all sorts of medical publications. Gets kind of 'techie' at times.
The Mayo Health O@sis offers timely information on many popular health questions. Find links to various online health resources, read published articles or e-mail Mayo doctors. Looking at this site regularly will keep you up-to-date on current health care issues:
OBGYN.net is dedicated to women's health. Searching through this site is a great way for women to learn about their special health needs. It is also a thorough resource for everything from Breast Cancer to Birth Control:
healthfinder (tm) was developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a service that reviews health sites for general reliability and credibility. It contains a vast amount of information and puts you in touch with online self-help and support groups. You will appreciate the simple layout of this site:
The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest biomedical library. If you have questions about a particular issue or illness, this may be a good site to visit, but be prepared to spend some time searching. It gives you access to published journals and links you to information about various medical organizations:
Medical World Search is "Medical Intelligence At Your Fingertips." Enter plain English for everything from illnesses to medications, and it will search through thousands of selected medical sites to find the information you are looking for:
Center Watch provides information about the latest and most cutting-edge thrapies for medical problems. Worth looking at if your current therapy isn't working.
American Oncology Resources, Inc. a new Internet-based system that opened recently promises to make it easier for patients desperate to try the latest experimental cancer treatments, and their doctors, to find out about clinical trials. They says its AOR SecureNet will constantly scan patients' medical records to see if they meet the criteria for clinical trials. The Houston, Texas-based company currently links 40 practices in 18 states. Check with them to find a doctor or clinc that is participating in the project.
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