can have a severely adverse affect on both patients and their
families. Much controversy surrounds the diagnosis and treatment
of many of these diseases, leaving patients and families with a
sometimes uncertain future.
Today, there are thousands of
resources available on the web for patients and families dealing
with these complicated issues. Many times the information provided
by these resources is inaccurate or is not based on any science. STOP
provides valuable information to those dealing with the adverse
affects of these diseases.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as
the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of
people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to
enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong
partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and
applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and
health promotion and education activities designed to improve the
health of the people of the United States.
The CDC offers a general search.
Founded in 1887, the National
Institutes of Health today is one of the world's foremost
medical research centers, and the Federal focal point for
medical research in the U.S. The NIH, comprised of 27 separate
Institutes and Centers, is one of eight health agencies of the
Public Health Service which, in turn, is part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
Simply described, the goal of NIH
research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect,
diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest
genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to
uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for
everyone. NIH works toward that mission by: conducting research
in its own laboratories; supporting the research of non-Federal
scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and
research institutions throughout the country and abroad; helping
in the training of research investigators; and fostering
communication of medical and health sciences information.
The NIH offers a general search or advanced
search for more experienced users.
Search State Health Departments
The Centers for Disease Control offers the ability
to search one or more state health departments for specific
keywords or terms. Search terms are referenced against each
of the state agencies checked on the search form. Results are
returned ordered by state.
The CDC offers a general
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Free prescription medications listings are
provided by Needy Meds. Needy Meds is NOT a drug assistance
program, they are an information provider. They provide
information on manufacturer based drug assistance programs to help
consumers in obtaining medications that are not covered by any
insurance plan or would otherwise be too expensive.
Consumers are provided information on applying for
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Lyme Disease Research Study
Formally designated in 1994, the Lyme Disease
Research Program of the New York State Psychiatric Institute is
the first in the United States to focus research efforts on the
neuropsychiatric aspects of Chronic Lyme Disease in adults and
Using the vast research resources of the New York
State Psychiatric Institute (the second largest federal grant
recipient for mental health research in the United States outside
of the National Institute of Mental Health) and of its physically
adjacent medical partner, the Columbia Presbyterian Medical
Center, scientists at the Lyme Disease Research Program have
explored clinical phenomenology, brain imaging, and treatment
questions related to chronic Lyme disease.