I have found some interesting and helpful information on women’s Health on these sites
Breast Cancer Action is a non-profit advocacy group that provides information via newsletters, its website, and their toll-free phone number. The organization also lobbies for policy changes aimed at finding a true cure for breast cancer, achieving prevention through determining and eradicating the causes of the disease, and attaining universal access to healthcare.
This website has links to sign up for the Breast Cancer Action newsletter and for e-alerts and also gives visitors five concrete steps to take to end the breast cancer epidemic.
The author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book and Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book provides online information on women’s health concerns, focused specifically on menopause and breast cancer.
Her website includes links to the latest updates on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), natural means of transitioning off HRT, and natural ways to cope with menopausal symptoms.
The website also includes detailed information and graphics on breast cancer prevention/detection and recurrence; information for individuals at high risk, the newly diagnosed, and breast cancer survivors; in addition to links to the latest published information available on breast cancer and links to groups and organizations that provide community support and advocacy.
The NBCC is an advocacy group that lobbies at national, state, and local levels to impact policies regarding the research, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. This organization seeks to improve women’s access to high-quality care, increase the funds invested in peer-reviewed research, and ensure that the voices of breast cancer activists and patients are heard in the decision-making that affects breast cancer issues.
The website offers links to fact sheets on breast cancer, advocates’ education and training programs, information on special community events, public policy activities, and regular updates on NBCC’s grassroots advocacy, including the NBCC annual advocacy training conference.
The Implant Information Project of the National Research Center for Women & Families provides trustworthy information based on the most recent research and analysis. The National Research Center for Women & Families developed this website for girls and women considering breast implants, and for those who already have implants and want more information. The Implant Information Project collects, analyses, and summarizes information from peer-reviewed research and from speaking with surgeons, other health professionals, and women with implants. The website gives helpful information about breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.
The Center for Medical Consumers is committed to broadening public awareness about the safety and quality problems that pervade America’s health care system. They are active in both statewide and national efforts to reduce medical errors, improve the quality of medical care, and the public access to information about the comparative performance of doctors and hospitals. The website has links to the newsletter, Health Facts; an archive of helpful articles on a myriad of topics ranging from low-dose aspirin for heart protection to FDA credibility; links to other helpful online resources; and a detailed index of their advocacy work.
Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a public education project of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. This website offers free guidance for consumers on prescription medications in the form of drug reports. These reports are all downloadable and compare prescription drugs by category ‘ that is, drugs in the same class that is used to treat a specific condition or illness such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, coronary-artery disease, heartburn, or depression. They combine an expert review of the scientific evidence with pricing information.
The National Women’s Health Network is a member organization of Consumers United for Evidence-Based Health Care (CUE), a pioneering effort started in 2003, which unites consumer advocates with a common interest in integrating understanding and interpretation of evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) into their advocacy activities. CUE member-organizations work in partnership with the US Cochrane Center and other scientists to communicate the language of EBHC, strengthen the voice of consumers, and provide leadership in healthcare research. This website has available by subscription a quarterly electronic journal comprising a collection of evidence-based medicine databases in addition to information about Cochrane Center workshops and meetings on evidence-based research.
This independent organization, funded by the Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education grant program, is run by physicians for physicians, including former NWHN board member Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. The organization’s website seeks to raise doctors’ awareness of the influence of pharmaceutical companies and to increase access to unbiased drug information. This website has a variety of resources available about how to increase access to unbiased information about drugs including presentations, books, articles, reports, databases, blogs, and links to other organizations.
Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded to represent consumer interests in Congress. One of the six divisions of Public Citizen is the Health Research Group. The Health Research Group promotes research-based, system-wide changes in health care policy and provides oversight concerning drugs, medical devices, doctors and hospitals, and occupational health. This group works to ban or re-label unsafe or ineffective drugs and medical devices; improve safety standards at worksites; and educate consumers about the health care services they receive by providing information about doctors disciplined by state medical boards, hospital cesarean section rates, how to obtain your medical records, and dispute resolution in Medicare HMOs. The website provides expert, second opinion for prescription drug information; in-depth fact sheets with information ranging from attention deficit disorder to herbal & nutritional supplements; articles and downloadable reports on occupational health, food safety, medical devices, and healthcare delivery; and online health activist courses.
GENERAL WOMEN’S HEALTH
An information clearinghouse maintained by the Department for Health and Human Services and the Office on Women’s Health that provides access to a variety of government publications on women’s health and general health topics. Trained English- and Spanish-speaking Information and Referral Specialists will find and send you free health information or provide organizational referrals to assist you with any health questions.
This is an informational resource designed to help the public understand the nature of a medical condition and the surgical procedure most commonly used to treat it. The site contains videos that guide the viewer through the most common surgical procedures for both men and women. It is designed to help patients gain a better understanding of their medical condition, know their treatment options, understand the risks of surgery, know what to expect on the day of surgery, and know-how to practice care during recovery.
HEALTH CARE ISSUES
This nonprofit organization focuses on major healthcare issues in the United States and serves as a non-partisan source of information and analysis for the public, the healthcare community, the media, and policymakers. The Kaiser Family Foundation conducts its own research and policy analysis, serves as online health news and information service, and develops public health campaigns both domestically and internationally.
The Prescription Access Litigation (PAL) Project works to make prescription drug prices more affordable for consumers, using class action litigation and public education. PAL and its members seek to challenge illegal pricing tactics and deceptive marketing by drug companies, Pharmacy Benefit Managers, and other pharmaceutical industry players. The website hosts a variety of resources including a blog that details the advocacy and action work of PAL coalition members and detailed information about the drug industry, generic drugs, drug advertising, and price manipulation. The website also features a clearinghouse where visitors can ask specific prescription drug industry questions.