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National Institutes of Health (NIH) SeniorHealth 12/17/07

This Web site makes aging-related health information easily accessible for adults 60 and older, as well as their family members and friends.

This Web site addresses the following topics:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Balance problems
  • Breast cancer
  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
  • Cataract
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic retinopathy...
A Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers--Fluid in the Middle Ear (Otitis Media With Effusion) 12/17/07

This one-page fact sheet is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” campaign. It provides parents with information about otitis media with effusion (OME) and ear infections. This tool addresses the following questions:

  • What are the main kinds of ear infections?
  • What causes OME?
  • Are antibiotics ever needed for OME?
  • What should I do?
  • Why not try antibiotics now?
A Parent's Quick Reference Card--Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement 12/17/07

This tool provides a list for parents of 10 warning signs that their child may be involved with a gang, as well as what parents can do to prevent gang involvement.

Frequently Asked Questions About Early Stage Breast Cancer: A Patient and Doctor Dialogue 12/17/07

This tool presents questions and answers addressing early stage breast cancer.

It covers the following breast cancer-related topics:

  • Tumors
  • Lobular vs. ductal carcinoma
  • Survival
  • Mastectomy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Recurrence
  • Lumpectomy
  • Radiation
  • Side effects
  • Breast reconstruction
  • More information/links to other resources
Medicare Plan Finder 12/17/07

This database enables users to view and print a personalized chart comparing Medicare health plans in their area and provides information about the various types of Medicare plans.

This tool offers the following options:

  • Find and compare Medicare health plans (includes original Medicare plan and Medicare health plans)
  • Find and compare Medigap policies
  • Enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan
  • Access a directory of all Medicare health plans in your State or...
Preventing Dental Caries in Preschool Children, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on preventing dental caries in preschool children.

Topics addressed include:

  • What does the USPSTF recommend?
  • What should primary clinicians know?
  • What forms of fluoride may be used to prevent dental caries?
  • What are the potential harms of fluoride supplementation?
  • More information
Tuberculosis: A Guide for Adults and Adolescents with HIV 12/17/07

This guide provides information about tuberculosis (TB) to people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, specifically, what it is, how it is spread, and how it can be avoided. This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • What is TB?
  • How is TB spread?
  • How can I avoid TB?
  • How do I know if I might have active TB?
  • Does TB affect only the lungs?
  • Am I at greater risk of getting TB because...
Flu Season and Schools 12/17/07

This fact sheet addresses the prevention, spread, and treatment of the flu in schools.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • Fast flu facts
  • Things to keep in mind for school-age children
  • Things for schools to keep in mind
Prostate Cancer Screening - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about prostate cancer screening.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Summary of evidence
    • Digital rectal examination and prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
      • Benefits
      • Harms
  • Significance
    • Incidence and mortality
    • Risk factors
  • Evidence of benefit...
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: High Blood Cholesterol 12/17/07

This tool provides patient information about high blood cholesterol.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • What is cholesterol?
  • What is high blood cholesterol?
  • Other names for high blood cholesterol
  • What causes high blood cholesterol?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of high blood cholesterol?
  • How is high blood cholesterol diagnosed?
  • How is high blood cholesterol treated?
  • Key points

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