Medical Information and Resources

General Medical/Physician Information

American Board of Medical Specialists - to receive information about a physician (including board certification and specialty), 1-866-275-2267 or www.ABMS.org

American Chiropractic Association 703-276-8800 or http://www.acatoday.org

Center for Medical Consumers Laypersons Library - 212-674-7105 or http://medicalconsumers.org

New York State Medical Society - to check credentials of a physician, call 516-488-6100 or http://www.mssny.org

National Institutes of Health - 301-496-4000, http://health.nih.gov

New York State Department of Health Health Care Proxy Form - https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/patients/health_care_proxy/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Information Center - 1-888-ASK-HRSA (1-888-275-4772), http://www.hrsa.gov/index.html

Associations/Information for Specific Health Conditions

American Chronic Pain Association - 916-632-0922 or http://theacpa.org

American Diabetes Association - 1-800-ADA-DISC or http://www.diabetes.org

American Dietetic Association - 1-800-366-1655 or http://www.eatright.org

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association - 520-733-1570 or http://www.afsafund.org

American Heart Association - 212-661-5335 or http://www.heart.org

American Lung Association - 212-889-3370 or http://www.lung.org/

American Trauma Society - 1-800-556-7890 or http://www.amtrauma.org

Better Sleep Council - 703-683-8371 or http://www.bettersleep.org

Brain Resources and Information Network (National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke) - 1-800-352-9424 or http://www.ninds.nih.gov

Epilepsy Foundation - 212-633-2930 or http://www.epilepsy.com/

National Eye Institute - 301-496-5248 or https://nei.nih.gov/

National Fibromyalgia Association - http://www.fmaware.org/

National Headache Foundation - 1-800-843-2256 or http://www.headaches.org

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - 1-877-22-NIAMS or http://www.niams.nih.gov

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) - 1-800-891-5390 or http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - 212-463-7787 or http://www.nationalmssociety.org

National Stroke Association 1-800-STROKES or http://www.stroke.org

New York State HIV/AIDS Information Services - 1-800-541-2437 or http://nyaidsline.org/

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation - 212-685-4118 or http://www.lupusny.org

Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) - 1-877-946-4627 or http://win.niddk.nih.gov

Cancer Information

Bloch National Cancer Hotline connects cancer patients with cancer survivors who can address fears and questions; callers referred to volunteers matched for age, sex, and type of cancer, 1-800-433-0464 or http://blochcancer.org

Cancer Information Service (a program of the National Cancer Institute) - 1-800-4-CANCER or http://www.cancer.gov/contact/contact-center

Cancer Care - provides information and counseling, 1-800-813-HOPE or www.cancercare.org

American Cancer Society - provides information and counseling, 212-586-8700 or www.cancer.org

Gildas Club 212-647-9700 or http://gildasclubnyc.org/

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 1-888-OVARIAN or http://www.ovarian.org

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund 1-212-268-1002 or http://www.ocrf.org

Post Treatment Resource Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - seminars and support groups (you don't have to be a patient at Sloan-Kettering to attend), 212-717-3531 or https://www.mskcc.org/experience/living-beyond-cancer/services-survivors

SHARE (Self-Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer) - 212-719-0364 or http://www.sharecancersupport.org

Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health - http://nccam.nih.gov

American College for the Advancement in Medicine - 1-800-532-3688 or http://www.acamnet.org

Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons - 212-342-0101

H1N1 Flu Information

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - http://www.cdc.gov

New York State Department of Health - http://www.health.state.ny.us

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene - http://www.nyc.gov and http://www.nyc.gov/flu

Tips for Staying Healthy

  1. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing.
  2. Throw used tissue into garbage.
  3. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow, not your hands, to avoid spreading germs.
  4. Limit contact with others if you become sick.

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Keep in one easily accessible place:

  • a current list of all medications you and those you care for take;
  • a list of all medical conditions you and love ones have;
  • a list of doctors with phone numbers and addresses;
  • a list of pertinent insurance information for yourself and others you care for e.g., insurance ID numbers, phone numbers;
  • a health care proxy for yourself and those you care for e.g., elderly parent or relative (for more information on health care proxies, call the EAP office)

Have an emergency care plan or know who you would contact if someone you care for (e.g., elder or child) becomes sick so that you won't have to miss work. Although this might change in the future, have some idea now, so you don't have to scramble at the last minute.

Have extra food and water at home in case you can't go out for a few days.

Anxiety: Staying Calm

  1. Remember what you can and can't control and take a proactive approach.
  2. If you become anxious or fearful, try meditating or practice relaxation and deep breathing techniques. For assistance in learning how to do this, please call the EAP.
  3. Try to eat healthy, exercise, and limit alcohol consumption.
  4. You want to keep your immune system as healthy as possible.

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