Monday, March 10, 2014

Sources of Reliable Information on the Web

MedlinePlus, from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers comprehensive, reliable, up-to-date health information.

The American Academy of Pediatrics site offers information about a variety of children's health topics, parenting, advocacy, and provides official statements on many important aspects of child health.

Healthy Children, a website for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics with information about healthy living, safety, development, health issues, and answers to parents' questions.

Vaccine Education Center, from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, this site offers reliable, balanced information about vaccines and their safety.

Other trustworthy sources of information about immunizations include:
American Academy of Pediatrics (link to immunization questions for families)

Quackwatch, "Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions"-helpful for checking out "information" that may not sound quite right.  The site operates several other sites focused on specific topics, such as autism and MLM. (Multi-level-marketing)

The Center on Media and Child Health aims to educate and empower both children and those who care for them to create and consume media in ways that optimize children's health and development.  The "For Parents & Teachers" section offers ideas to help families and kids use media responsibly.

Let's Go! has lots of ideas and resources for parents, kids, and families on healthy eating and active lifestyles.  Organization is based in Maine.

From the Nemours Foundation, KidsHealth offers sections for Parents, Kids, and Teens, providing information written for consumers about many health and development related topics.

FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers information for consumers about safety related to drugs, medical devices, and more.  Click on "Consumer Information by Audience" and then "For Kids" for information and games about health and safety.

The CDC site offers information about infectious diseases (including vaccines and traveler's health), birth defects, disabilities, and environmental health.

Also on the CDC site, Safe and Healthy Kids and Teens provides information on many topics related to raising healthy kids, including safety tips and web sites for kids.

From the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Genetics Home Reference provides patient-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

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