Amherst Family Practice
Cottage Street, Amherst,
There is wonderful and fascinating information on the internet! We provide the following information to help you answer questions you may have about health topics. Although we try to list only reliable sources, Amherst Family Practice takes no responsibility for the accuracy or currency of any of this information. If you find errors, please let us know. We will be adding and updating sources from time to time.
Some "smart phone" applications are at the bottom of this page
For lots of useful general information: Merck provides interactive video displays, a medical dictionary, a medical reference book, a guide to over-the-counter medications, an anatomy guide, and explanations by symptoms, age group, disease or test name at www.mercksource.com. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) provides excellent and balanced information about an enormous range of topics through access to the National Library of Medicine (see MedlinePlus) and through its specialty divisions that cover almost every disease and system, plus aging, alcoholism, alternative therapies, etc. at www.nih.gov. Medical question answers are at www.uptodate.com/patients. To search many sources in multiple languages: www.hon.ch. Try also Healthfinder at www.healthfinder.gov, Combined Health Information Database at phpartners.org/tutorial/02-her/2-sources/2.2.10.html, MedicineNet at medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.asp, and Mayo Clinic Health Oasis at www.mayohealth.org.
Here's some great information for pregnant women and new parents: There is a very helpful free phone line: 1-800-311-BABY (1-800-311-2229) or 1-800-504-7081 for Spanish. These numbers connect to the state Department of Health for information on finding free prenatal care, help with diabetes in pregnancy, and so much more. Also, for free text messages timed to baby's due date or birth date, check out "Text4baby." Register online at www.text4baby.org or text "BABY" ("BEEBE" for Spanish) to 511411.
To help with parenting toddlers and pre-schoolers: www.cdc.gov/parents/essentials/. For children's and teens' issues and illnesses, including handling common problems and minor injuries and parenting - www.healthyChildren.org , AAP.org, or www.chop.edu/consumer/your_child/index.jsp; questions about body changes or tattoos- www.kidsgrowth.com; drugs, including marijuana, club drugs, and anabolic steroids - www.nida.nih.gov; internet safety - www.internetsafetyproject.org/wiki/wiredkids; for safety while traveling - /www.healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/on-the-go; rating movies, TV, videos - www.aap.org/family/ratingsgame.htm. Also try Virtual Pediatric Hospital at www.virtualpediatrichospital.org/. To track your child's development, try cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html or www.babycenter.com. For disabilities nichcy.org. For a website for podcasts about kids' issues, go to www.healthradio.net/show/kids-health. There are also many excellent brief audio webcasts on children's health issues on radiomd.com/show/healthy-children.
For issues related to aging: www.nia.nih.gov/.
For information on any type of cancer, including prevention and treatment, alternative therapies, and explanations of terms and statistics: www.nci.nih.gov.
For lung disease, including asthma and COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis): www.nhlbi.nih.gov. For lung disease information and help stopping smoking: www.trytostop.org, or www.healthline.com/channel/nicotine-addiction-and-dependence.html, or www.lungusa.org. For particular information on the effects of smoking on members of your family and on the community, see www.epa.gov/smokefree/ and www.quitsmokingcommunity.org/. For asthma and allergies, try www.aaaai.org.
For mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD, try www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml and www.mentalhealth.org. There is a depression screening test at www.depressiontest.com. For support with family alcohol issues, Al-Anon/ Alateen www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org or valleyalanon.org.
For questions about hearing or language: www.asha.org or www.umass.edu/sphhs/research/centers/center-language-speech-and-hearing. For hearing loss in aging, www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/presbycusis.aspx and also my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/hearing_loss/hic-presbycusis-(age-related-hearing-loss).aspx.
For vaccinations, try www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide/default.htm and also www.whattoexpect.org. For travel recommendations, including vaccinations: www.cdc.gov/travel. For information and scheduling of vaccinations for ages birth-6 year, 7-18, above 18 and also for adults by health condition, check this page.
For information on complimentary and alternative medicine, including links to information about therapies for menopausal symptoms: www.nccam.nih.gov and nccam.nih.gov/health/menopause/menopausesymptoms.
For dietary and exercise information try these. To find what nutrients are in particular foods: www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/cgi-bin/nut_search.pl. Other useful information at www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/ includes information about what nutrients are in particular foods and has tools to evaluate your own diet, calculate how many calories you burn with different exercises, and evaluate fast food meals and recipes, plus links to information about performance-enhancing supplements; see also www.nutritiondata.com. Various other exercise sites include www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/exercise-healthy-heart. Also, there are familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/exercise-fitness/exercise-basics/the-exercise-habit.html, and www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/staying-active-full-story/. For obesity, www.nhlbi.nih.gov and www.obesity.org. For reviews of nutrition resources, navigator.tufts.edu/among_list.html/4/. The Food and Drug Administration has information at www.fda.gov.
For organ donation or body donation: www.organdonor.gov and http://www.umassmed.edu/anatomicalgiftprogram/index.aspx/ -- for this site, if you don't have a password, choose "Cancel" twice. The site will then display.
For product safety information: www.cpsc.gov. US government recalls from six different agencies can be viewed at www.recalls.gov. Car seat recalls are at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm .
For a listing of local support groups and resources, including Alanon/ Alateen, Alzheimers, Amputees, Aphasia, Better Breathers, Bereavement, Birthparents, Bisexuals, Cancer, Caregivers, Childhood Abuse, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Grandparents as Parents, Grief, Hepatitis, Incest Survivors, Interstitial Cystitis, La Leche, Leukemia, Lupus, Lymphedema, MDA/ALS, Menopause, Mental Illness, Osteoporosis, Ostomy, Overeaters, Parenting, Parkinsons, Physical Disabilities, PCOS, Smoking, Stroke, Stuttering, Tourette's - and much more: Search on Google for support groups, Western Massachusetts.
Vaccine Tracking and Reminder Application: If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, there is a free application that you can download from VaxTrak.com. You can enter the vaccinations for each family member. It then lets you know what routine vaccinations you are missing or when the next ones are coming up. It also lets you know about travel vaccines.
Symptom Checker for Kids' Problems - Application: KidsDoc Symptom Checker app from HealthyChildren.org is available for iPhones and Androids for a small fee.
Website for Kids' Health Information: HealthyChildren.org is a service of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This website is full of useful information about children of all ages. You can also download a free e-magazine about children's health issues.
Pregnancy and Infant Information: Get free text messages on your cell phone during pregnancy and baby's first year from text4baby. You will receive 3 messages a week with information about vaccinations, nutrition, prenatal and infant care, etc. timed to your due date or baby's birth date. The messages are free even if you have no message plan or limited messaging. To enroll, text BABY to 511411.
Vaccine Information Handouts: The vaccine information statements available for each vaccine are accessible
on-line and are down-loadable to many mobile devices. We are happy to give
you the traditional paper handouts, but if you prefer to use your mobile
device and to save trees and recycling costs as you do so, please access:
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