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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

1600 Clifton Road, E29

Atlanta, GA 30333

(888) 422-8737

ATSDR’s role is to implement the laws that protect the public from hazardous wastes and environmental spills of hazardous substances.  The Web site contains information on toxic substances, hazardous waste sites, locations of occupational and environmental health clinics, and case studies in environmental medicine.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging (ADEAR)

P.O. Box 8250

Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250

(800) 438-4380 (toll-free)

A service of the National Institute on Aging, ADEAR provides accurate, up-to-date information about Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders as well as listings of AD Centers throughout the country.  By calling the center, individuals can obtain answers to basic questions about AD, caregiving, treatment studies, research findings and other resources.  Online resources include articles on forgetfulness, genetics and Alzheimer’s disease, and multi-infarct dementia.

Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894

(301) 496-6308

This is a registry for thousands of clinical trials of experimental treatments for serious or life-threatening diseases and conditions.  The trials are sponsored primarily by the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies and the pharmaceutical industry.  The information presented on each trial includes the purpose of the study, recruiting status, criteria for patient participation, location of the trial and specific contact information.

MEDLINEplus, National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health

Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894

(301) 496-6308

This free service provides information on more than 580 diseases and conditions; a medical encyclopedia; medical dictionaries; directories for finding physicians in various specialties, dentists, dietitians, nurse-midwives, therapies and other health professionals; directories for finding general and specialized hospitals; drug information; health information for older adults; summaries of health news from the past 30 days; and links to other health resources.

MEDLINE/PubMed, National Library of Medicine

Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894

(301) 496-6308

PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine’s database of references to more than 11 million articles published in 4300 biomedical journals.  The database covers the  fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems and preclinical sciences.  PubMed also includes access to some life sciences journals not in MEDLINE. Citations can be found by searching according to subject area, author name, title words or phrases, journal name or any combination of these.  Retrieved citations are displayed and their associated abstracts can be selected for viewing.  Currently, citations from nearly 3,000 journals are linked to the full-text of publsihers’ Web sites.  Users may have to register and/or pay  a fee or subscription cost to access the full-text.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 739-9333

This association advocates for the collective interest of state mental health authorities and their directors at the national level.  The Web site contains position statements on such issues as employment and rehabilitation for persons with severe psychiatric disabilities; services and supports to trauma survivors; and laws providing for the civil commitment of sexually violent criminal offenders.

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCCDPHP)

Mailstop K-13

4770 Buford Highway, N.E.

Atlanta, GA 30341-3724

(770) 488-5080

The center plans, directs and coordinates a national program for the prevention of premature mortality, morbidity and disability due to chronic illnesses and conditions and promotes the overall health of the population.  NCCDPHP maintains databases on health promotion and education; comprehensive school health; cancer prevention and control; prenatal smoking cessation; epilepsy education and prevention; and prevention and health promotion publications.  It also provides information on chronic illnesses, including arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease and stroke.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health  (NCCAM)

P.O. Box 7923

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-7923

888-644-6226 (voice toll-free)

(301) 519-3153

The center provides scientifically based information about complementary and alternative medicine to the public, including guidance on selecting a CAM practitioner, CAM treatments, public health advisories, research priorities, grants and clinical trials.

National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCID)

Mailstop C-14

1600 Clifton Road, N.E.

Atlanta, GA 30333

(404) 639-1338

The mission of NCID is to prevent illness, disability and death caused by infectious diseases in the United States and around the world.  Among its activities, NCID develops public education programs to prevent and control infectious diseases.  It also provides detailed information on various infectious diseases, such as anthrax, botulism, chronic fatigue syndrome, cat scratch disease, diphtheria, viral hepatitis and West Nile virus.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD)

National Center for PTSD (116D)

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

215 N. Main Street

White River Junction, VT 05009

(802) 296-6300

NCPTSD is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Web site provides a variety of resources for consumers and health care professionals, including fact sheets

and full-text articles on PTSD and descriptions of PTSD assessments.  

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health (NCMHD)

6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800


Bethesda, MD 20892-5465

(301) 402-1366

NCMHD seeks to assess, reduce and eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.  It provides information on such issues as kidney disease and hypertension among African Americans.

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NCSDR)

Two Rockledge Centre, Suite 10038

6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC-7920

Bethesda, MD 20892-7920

(301) 435-0199

NCSDR supports research, scientist training, dissemination of health information and other activities on sleep disorders and related concerns.  Online resources include articles on insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (NCADI)

P.O. Box 2345

Rockville, MD 20847-2345

(800) 729-6686 (toll-free)

NCADI is the world’s largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse, including fact sheets, brochures, monographs and videotapes.  It also provides access to the Prevention Materials database and the Treatment Resources database.  Among the online resources are tips for teens about steroids, tips for teens about crack cocaine, an alcohol impairment chart and guidance on what to do if someone close has an alcohol or drug problem.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NHLBI)

Building 31, Room 5A-52

31 Center Drive, MSC-2470

Bethesda, MD 20892-2470

(301) 592-8573 (information center)

NHLBI’s responsibilities include the scientific investigation of heart, blood vessel, lung and blood diseases.  Inquiries related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma and blood resources, as well as any information requests associated with cardiovascular disease prevention and heart-health promotion are handled by the information center.  Online resources provided include cardiovascular information for health care professionals and a woman’s guide to controlling high blood pressure.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIAMS)

Building 31, Room 4C-02

31 Center Drive, MSC-2350

Bethesda, MD 20892-2350

(301) 496-8190

NIAMS disseminates information on arthritis, bone diseases and skin diseases.  Online resources include information about hip replacements, about childhood sports injuries and about arthritis.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIDDK)

Building 31, Room 9A-04

31 Center Drive, MSC-2560

Bethesda, MD 20892-2560

(301) 496-3583

(800) 860-8747 (Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, toll-free)

(800) 891-5389 (Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, toll-free)

(800) 891-5390 (Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse, toll-free)

NIDDK provides information on the following conditions and diseases: diabetes, obesity, endocrine diseases, nutrition, digestive diseases and kidney diseases.  Online resources include information on Addison’s disease, alternative therapies for diabetes and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.  The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse handle requests for specific publications.

National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH)

Building 1

1 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

(301) 496-4000

Comprised of 27 institutes and centers, NIH’s mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone.  The Web site provides links to NIH’s many institutes and centers; information on health conditions; and guidance on grants and training opportunities.  Online resources include information on adjuvant therapy for breast cancer, on cerebral palsy risks and pregnancy and on stem cell research. 


National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health (NIMH)

Room 8184, MSC-9663

6001 Executive Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20892-9663

(301) 443-4513

NIMH conducts and supports research to understand, treat and prevent mental illness.  Printed materials are provided on anxiety disorders, autism, basic behavioral research, neuroscience of mental health, rural mental health, bipolar disorder, children’s mental disorders, schizophrenia and learning disabilities, among others.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health (NINDS)

P.O. Box 5801

Bethesda, MD 20824

(800) 352-9424 (toll-free)

(301) 496-5751

NINDS conducts and supports research and research training on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and strokes.  Online resources include information on Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism and back pain. 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health (NIAAA)

6000 Executive Boulevard-Wilco Building, Suite 400

Bethesda, MD 20892-7003

(301) 443-3860

NIAAA supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.  Online resources include information on drinking and pregnancy and college drinking prevention.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIDA)

Room 5213

6001 Executive Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20892-9561

(301) 443-1124

NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world’s research on health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.  It provides information for researchers, health professionals and the public on such topics as marijuana, neurobiology of ecstasy and principles of drug addiction treatment.  Online resources include information on anabolic steroids, club drugs, cocaine abuse, heroin addiction and inhalant abuse.

National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NLM)

Building 38, Room 2S-10

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20894

(888) 346-3656 (toll-free)

(301) 594-5983 (local calls)

NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world.  Included are more than six million books, journals, technical reports and other print and audiovisual maters in 40 biomedical fields.  Online resources include articles on anthrax; current bibliographies in medicine on acupuncture; and information on arctic health.

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