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                                             I want to stand

on the shoulders of those who have come before me so that I may see what they want me to behold; in that, I humbly give you the lens that I have created for myself so that I may reach for what I do not know.                                                                                                                              

Listed below are healthcare professionals and associated websites I include in my own virtual heathcare team so that I may meander through the wealth of medical information in order to better understand my own reality. 

Each section below is taken directly from the website listed after the name of the person or subject and is freely available on the web; I have included their own words about the website for which they are responsible.

                                                                                Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
                                                              NIH, National Institute of Health, Director

                                                               http://www.nih.gov/about/director/index.htm

At NIH, ... are dedicated to improving the health of Americans by conducting and funding medical research.

...also train scientists, and communicate medical and health sciences information to patients, their families, health care providers and the general public.

NIH guides America's efforts in medical research. Our goal is to uncover new knowledge that will help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the common cold to the rarest genetic disorder.

...investment in understanding such diseases as AIDS, diabetes, heart disease and cancer returns dividends in longer, healthier, and safer lives.

...continue to make major inroads in fighting humanity's most enduring illnesses. And ... are working to confront new threats to our health and safety, like bioterrorism.

...encourage you to explore the wealth of medical research on the NIH Web site and to learn more about our world-class research, scientists, and programs.

                                                                                        Dr. Donald A.B.Lindberg

                                                                   Director, National Library of Medicine 

                                           http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/aboutmedlineplus.html

Welcome to MedlinePlus, a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 800 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, easy-to-understand tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

                                                     About MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is updated daily and can be bookmarked at the URL: medlineplus.gov. There is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or program.

MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

                                              About NIH News in Health

                                                                                             http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays a major role in finding better ways to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. The practical health information in NIH News in Health is reviewed by NIH’s medical experts and based on research conducted either by NIH's own scientists or by our grantees at universities and medical schools around the country.      

                                             Who do I pay attention to on TV?

                                Meet Dr. Tim Johnson and Dr Richard Besser

                                                                            http://abcnews.go.com/Health/OnCall/

Dr. G. Timothy Johnson is one of the nation's leading medical communicators of health care information. As Medical Editor for ABC News, Johnson provides on-air medical analysis for "World News Tonight," "Nightline" and "20/20." He has provided commentary on medical problems and answers for viewers of ABC News' "Good Morning America" since the program's debut in 1975.

Johnson's programs and feature reports have won several awards, including a National Emmy Award as well as two Emmy Awards from the local Boston/New England Chapter, the Gabriel Award in 1999 in the best news story category for the two-part piece, "Alzheimer's: A Faded Memory." Johnson was also selected as the recipient of the 1998 Bradford Washburn Award presented by the Museum of Science, Boston -- an honor also bestowed upon Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite, Dr. Jane Goodall and Alan Alda, among others. In 1988, he received the Lewis Thomas Award for Communications from the American College of Physicians, and in 1987 and 1989, he won the Howard W. Blakeslee Award given by the American Heart Association.

Johnson is the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the "Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book," as well as several other health books. 

Originally headed for the ministry, he graduated from North Park Seminary in 1963, then decided two years later to enter medicine. He holds a masters degree in public health from Harvard University. He is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital.

ABC NEWS expanded ITS MEDICAL REPORTING TEAM in 2009; Dr. Timothy Johnson remains as ABC News' Chief Medical Editor;

Dr. Richard E. Besser joined  the medical reporting team for ABC News as Senior Health and Medical Editor. He has taken over the frequent medical news reports. He was the acting director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he led the agency's response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

                                                   CDC Online Newsroom

                                                                                            http://www.cdc.gov/media/

...the CDC Online Newsroom, a one-stop source for journalists seeking public health information.  Global media and the general public can access current and archived press releases, media advisories and press briefing transcripts.  While here, check out our image library, formatted releases and story ideas pages, and sign up to receive press releases and other updates by e-mail.

                                                              FDA                                                                                  

is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and consists of centers and offices, which are listed in menu at the left of

                                                    http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/default.htm.  
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. 

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.-

 
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