and Community Health
numbers: 362.1; 381.33; 614; 640.73]
From Johns Hopkins University Medical Center comes a consumer-oriented
medical website. Check out their News section (on the menu bar at the bottom
of the page) for informative news stories related to consumer health issues.
- Consumer Gateway:
Collections of links to consumer-oriented reports and news on a variety
of health topics from the federal government.
Advice: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Links to information on a variety of food safety issues and problems, from
the Food and Drug Administration.
Things to look out for are described in these online brochures from the
Federal Trade Commission.
Publications which address food safety issues, from the U.S. Department
- Electronic Public
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services supports many public service
campaigns, providing health and social service information to the public.
These public service campaigns often include their own Web site.
- EPA Fact
Sheets on Indoor Air Quality
- "The EPA has produced 7 fact sheets on indoor air quality. Some are policy
documents, while others are more practically-oriented."
- Here are some signs of phony, exaggerated, or unproven claims for "miracle" health-related products, from the Federal Trade Commission.
You Believe These Weight Loss Claims?
Information on schemes that try to deceive consumers related to weight
loss, from the Federal Trade Commission.
- Consumer Reports
- Unbiased reports and information about products and services, prepared
by the Consumers' Union. "You'll find Consumer Reports advice, ratings
and recommendations, based on [their] independent testing of consumer products
and services. You'll find no advertising on this site."
- Better Business Bureau
- "The Better Business Bureau provides instant access to business and consumer
alerts as well as helpful resources. Plus, you can file a complaint online
and more." Includes the latest consumer warnings and other news from the
BBB, consumer buying guides and business publications, and related information.
Health Information Services
- Check here for recent alerts and news about consumer health issues in the
Reuters medical news archive. (Tip: Search on the keyword: "fraud".)
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