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    American Psychological Association Help Center
    Brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being. Provides 800 number for locating a psychologist in your area.

    California Department of Managed Health Care
    Provides information for consumers on claims, complaints, and information on plans and providers. Excellent place to start when investigating health care insurance.

    Classics in the History of Psychology
    Full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents in psychology and allied disciplines available online. The site provides over 25 books and about 200 articles and chapters as well as links to over 200 relevant works posted at other sites.

    Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide (CAM)
    The University of Maryland Medical Center lets you "browse documents" on many aspects of CAM such as treatments, depletions, conditions, drugs, herbs, and supplements.

    Current Topics in Psychology
    Current articles on various topics in the study of psychology.  Search alphabetically by subject. Dr. Michael Fenichel provides brief, but helpful, annotations for each article.  The site also provides links to other helpful psychology websites.

    Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services
    Provides mental health and substance abuse services in Los Angeles County, regardless of ability to pay. Services include crisis intervention, substance abuse treatment, and delinquency prevention.

    DEA: Drug Information
    The US Drug Enforcement Agency offers basic information, street names, short and long-term effects, photos, and treatment resources for many illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, steroids, etc. Also covers prescription drugs such as OxyContin and others.

    This is the Food and Drug Administration online catalog of approved and tentatively approved prescription, over-the-counter, and discontinued drugs. Search by drug name or browse alphabetically. Information on dosage form, strength, and manufacturer. Provides generic name and active ingredient(s).

    Find a Health Center 
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers this searchable database of clinics that will give you medical care, "even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income."

    Food Safety 
    Government's gateway site to information on food safety.

    Go Ask Alice! 
    Columbia University Health Services Provides this question and answer site for information on a variety of health-related topics.  Search by topic or browse the archives by keyword. Frank and authoritative, it answers questions people are often embarrassed to ask themselves.

    JAMA Collections
    The respected Journal of the American Medical Association provides over 390 entries.  Topics include  Lyme disease, dementia, lymphoma, and dozens of other conditions, medical procedures, and practices. Many pages also available in Spanish.

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
    A non-profit, non-sectarian agency serving individuals and families. Services and programs include food and hunger, people with disability, older adults services, counseling, shelter and others.

    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
    The County provides clinics, field services, and hospitals with services for children and adults. Use the site to locate a list of providers who are fluent in languages other than English as well as a complete list of service providers.

    Information publications, regulations and forms for enrolling in the Medi-Cal program. Services include online access to Medi-Cal rates for various procedures.

    A service of the National Institutes of Health. Includes information on health topics, drugs and supplements and more.

    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 
    This National Institutes of Health group offers information on such popular CAM topics as acupuncture, chiropractic, dietary supplements, chelation, homeopathy, naturopathy, etc.

    National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Includes fact sheets about the disorder, clinical research, specific information for veterans of the war in Iraq, and assessments. One useful feature is the "Most Popular Pages" that allows you to quickly find topics of general interest.

    Quackwatch is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. It was founded by Stephen Barrett MD. His stated aim is to "to promote accurate health information and increase consumer protection in the marketplace."

    Scientific American Health After 50 Alerts 
    Keep up-to-date on the latest breakthroughs for the most common medical conditions which prevent healthy aging.


    Online Resources Available to SMPL Card Holders

    Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer-oriented medical information from hundreds of medical journals and reference volumes. (Your SMPL card number is required if you access this resource remotely.)


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