Research -  This web site provides current information about clinical research studies to patients, their families, their friends and caregivers, and the public. Each study record includes a summary of the study protocol, including the purpose, recruitment status, and eligibility criteria.  If you are thinking of participating in a study or just want to see what research is being done on any type of medical condition, this is the place to start!  Enjoy it: this website is your tax dollar at work!
DART STUDY - Valley Health Care is participating in this study.  We are looking at how our genes affect medications we take.  This is the field of pharmacogenomics and is the wave of the future. 


Dr. Anne’s Favorite Health Websites

First go to National Institute of Health and get their information sheet "Ten Things to Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web".

This website is a fantastic source of reliable health information: quick guides to healthy living, health advice and tips.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Here's a list of topics to help you find what you're looking for:

Alternative Medicine
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Cardiovascular Disease
Centers for Disease Control
Children and Families
Consumer Reports Medical Guide
Gastroenterology [stomach stuff]

People With Disabilities
Mental Health
Neurologic Conditions
Rome and Northwest Georgia
Smoking Cessation
Weight Management
Women's Health


Alternative Health News Online Recognized by Tufts University Center on Nutrition Information, this site has given itself the daunting task of weeding out unreputable alternative medicine information on the Internet. Features links to other sites, articles and abstracts on different therapies, lists the various alternative/integrative specialties. Communicate with integrative medicine practitioners like Dr. Andrew Weil.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine This is a division of the National Institute of Health and is funded by our tax dollars. This is the first organization to systematically conduct scientific studies into the value of alternative medicine.

The absence of many controlled clinical trials involving unconventional remedies limits not only our ability to quantify risks, but also our capacity to measure benefits. The allure of unconventional remedies probably means that the general bias that traditional medical treatments are poisons, homeopathic treatments are wholesome elixirs, will never be eliminated. Nonetheless, more study [such as that being supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine, established in 1992] will at least make data-driven decisions possible for those of us who like to view medicine as a science, not a belief system.

Quackwatch - Your guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions. Operated by Stephen Barrett MD. To help visitors with special areas of interest, we maintain 21 additional sites for autism, chiropractic, dentistry, multilevel marketing, and many other hot topics. We are also closely affiliated with the National Council Against Health Fraud, which cosponsors our free weekly newsletter, and with Bioethics Watch, which highlights issues of questionable research on humans.

Snort, Sniffle Sneeze, no antibiotics please

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American Academy of Family Physicians This has a great consumer area where you can look up just about anything.

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ADD Warehouse - This is a fantastic resource! It is a mail order publishing house that specializes in material concerned with ADD, ADHD, Tourette's syndrome, Learning Disorders and other problems. It has material appropriate for teachers, parents, physicians and, most important of all, individuals ranging from ages preschool to adulthood who have these problems. A sampling of books available from the Warehouse: Putting on the Brakes: Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Otto Learns About His Medicine; Your Defiant Child: 8 Steps to Better Behavior. There are many more so order your own copy of the catalog for free and place an order! (No, I get no kickback for this great publicity!)

CHADD a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating everyone about disorders of attention. Every family with an individual with ADHD/ADD should be a member of CHADD.

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The Sister Study - a scientific study of breast cancer risk in the sisters of women who have had breast cancer. This study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health so we all pay for it with our taxes. 2007 is the last recruitment year and they are really wanting to recruit minority and Latina women although women of any ethnic background are welcome.

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The Dash Diet a dietary approach to treating high blood pressure. You know who you are! Yes, this is the site Dr. Anne preaches about. Go on, click on the title and surf over the entire site. This is chock full of great tips for dietary management [that means NO PILLS] of high blood pressure.

American Heart Association A great site with information about High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Smoking, Stroke and many other areas. - This educational website has information about this powerful drug, Aspirin. Many people don't realize that aspirin probably would only be available by prescription today if it were recently discovered. If you have some form of cardiovascular disease, you should probably be taking aspirin but check with Dr. Anne first!

Blood Pressure Monitors - the ultimate source to find out which products are properly calibrated and approved by the national certification agency for monitors. Fewer than half the monitors on the market are reliable. This site will help you find out which monitors are worth your money.

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FootSmart Comfort Shoes & Socks * Footcare * Lower Body Health. OK I have never ordered from this company but somehow I got on their mailing list and every time I look at their catalog I see stuff I want. I also see items I know my patients could use. They have items for low back pain down to your tootsies. You can call them and request a paper catalog at 800.870.7149.

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Centers for Disease Control  A great website with information on everything from allergies to traveling to Zanzibar. (Get it, A to Z?) They have information on immunizations, travel and infectious disease including sexually transmitted infections. These three are the most commonly encountered reasons Dr. Anne's patients need to go to this website.

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Children and Families

The International Dyslexia Society Great information for those who struggle with dyslexia which is really just a general term for all types of problems understanding written information.

Kids Are Worth It! A phenomenal woman is behind this site. Barbara Colaroso is a former nun and now mother of 3 children who left school teaching to work full time educating parents and teachers about methods to deal with children. Dr. Anne adopted her famous "Kids pay for their own socks" rule utilizing Mrs. Colaroso's philosophy of natural consequences. When Dr. Anne's kids kept going outdoors in their sock feet and driving Dr. Anne crazy with this behavior, she realized something had to change. Dr. Anne decided to have the kids pay for their own socks thus allowing her to "let go" of her frustration. It worked; Dr. Anne is no longer frustrated by this particular problem and, yes, the kids still go outside in their sock feet!

Kid's Health is a very lively and clever web site designed to encourage kids, teens and parents to find the information they need.

Grand's Place News This is a site Dr. Anne read about in Dear Abby! It is a support type site for Grandparents raising grandchildren. For local resources geared towards "Grands", see the page Northwest Georgia Resources.

Media and the Family exists to maximize the benefits and minimize the harm of media on the health and development of children and families. The vision of this nonprofit national institute is to be the trusted national voice and resource to help children and families thrive within the dynamic media culture.

Million Mom March This non-profit organization focuses on gun safety, the national epidemic of gun violence in our country and how it impacts our children. Every time we lose another child to gun violence, we hear a great deal of outrage at the senselessness of the tragedy; but rarely do we hear about a tangible opportunity to do something to prevent more children from dying.

PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL This not for profit organization has a great website to bring you the latest information about campaigns to clean up television, family viewing guides and tools to take action. It's all free although they would love a donation!

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Consumer Reports Medical Guide Get unbiased, independent health information at your fingertips when you need it, from What can I say? This organization has been around for decades, takes no advertising and has a solid reputation. The regular i.e. non-medical Consumer Reports is another worthwhile resource for everyone. Neither accepts any type of advertising.

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AcneNet This site is sponsored by the American College of Dermatology. It has a lot of other information re dermatologic issues but the section on acne is wonderful.

National Rosacea Society This is a not for profit organization. Their newsletter is published several times a year with all sorts of information about the treatment of the skin disorder known as Rosacea. W.C. Fields and Bill Clinton are two examples of individuals with Rosacea. They can be reached at 1-800-NO-BLUSH.

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American Diabetes Association homepage

Accuchek This website has many resources for diabetics.

National Institute of Heatlh Podcasts Five minute podcasts on a variety of topics, including diabetes.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   Established in 1980, the Clearinghouse provides information about digestive diseases to people with digestive disorders and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. The NDDIC answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about digestive diseases.

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Collage Video This is a mail-order company that specializes in exercise videos. They have over 300 videos ranging from sittercise to the Marine Corp Workout and everything in between. Dr. Anne has ordered from them a number of times and has never had a problem with their service. They carry the "Fitball", the large inflatable exercise ball that Dr. Anne may have mentioned to you.

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International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders - International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD):  a nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to informing, assisting, and supporting people affected by gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.  IFFGD was founded in 1991 by one person struggling with the challenges imposed by a chronic GI disorder. We work with patients, families, physicians, nurses, practitioners, investigators, regulators, employers, and others to improve digestive health in the adults and children.

Irritable Bowl Association - The name says it all!

Can Diet Influence Barrett's Esophagus?

Digestive Health SmartBrief - a FREE weekly newsletter sponsored by the American College of Gastroenterology that has cutting edge news about developments in the GI world. Some quotes from subscribers: "The design is perfect and easy to read. There is an abundance of information. It's good that there is information of various conditions because not everyone suffers from the same problems."

"The amount of material is not overwhelming and there seems to be a little bit for everyone! The format is also very user friendly."

American College of Gastroenterology - the website for all the Gastroenterology consultants in the country. They have a great patient site and this link will take you to it. This is one of the better patient websites sponsored by a physician organization and time is well spent here if you have GI concerns or issues. They have everything from podcasts to webpages explaining different conditions and procedures. En Española!

The American Liver Foundation - The liver may be the largest organ in the body, weighing in at 3 1/2 pounds, but it is neither the most popular nor the best understood. So when a diagnosis of liver disease is made, it can be a frightening and confusing time in the lives of many patients and their families. That's where the American Liver Foundation comes in. Their mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Some brochures in Spanish.

U.S. Pharmacopeia - a non–governmental, non-profit, official public standards–setting authority for prescription and over–the–counter medicines and other healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States. USP also sets widely recognized standards for food ingredients and dietary supplements. USP sets standards for the quality, purity, strength, and consistency of these products–critical to the public health. USP's standards are recognized and used in more than 130 countries around the globe. These standards have helped to ensure public health throughout the world for close to 200 years.

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Devices 4 Less Another resource for handicapped individuals.

VocaliD - The VocaliD approach extracts acoustic properties from a target talker’s disordered speech (whatever sounds they can still produce) and applies these features to a synthetic voice that was created from a surrogate voice donor who is similar in age, size, gender, etc. The result is a synthetic voice that contains as much of the vocal identity of the target talker as possible yet the speech clarity of the surrogate talker. It’s a simple idea that could make a powerful impact on the lives of those who rely on synthetic voices to express themselves. 

The Lighthouse Specializing in items for visually handicapped individuals; this is a great resource to know about. They publish a paper catalog and you can get on their mailing list for this.

National Association For Continence - a national, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and related pelvic floor disorders. Great source of information; however, they do NOT have an online store.

TV Ears A great product to help the hearing impaired hear television clearly. Dr. Anne's mother obtained this product and couldn't believe how clearly she heard TV. The cost is a little steep at a little over $200.00 but this is one great product.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

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Harvard Health Newsletter Dr. Anne always encourages patients to get good quality medical information. Can't get much more reliable than Harvard University.

National Headache Foundation This is a non-profit organization that exists to educate the public about all types of headaches. There is a wealth of information about migraine headache on this site.

American Heart Association A great site with information about High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Smoking, Stroke and many other areas.

American Lung Association Great information on lung disease. Some really good stuff on smoking cessation.

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It's getting pretty standard for new drugs to have their own website. Try typing in your drug name followed by .com and see what you get.


Questions have been raised in the US press recently about the safety of Canadian drugs. The process of drug approval in Canada is similar to that in the US (D Paul, Int. J Med Marketing 2001; 1:224). More than 90% of drugs available in Canada have also been approved by the FDA. Most of these drugs come from the same manufacturers as drugs in the US. Health Canada takes longer on average to release drugs than the FDA does; more than half the drugs discontinued for safety reasons by the FDA between 1992 and 2001 had not been approved for use in Canada (NS Rawson and KI Kaitin, Ann Pharmacotherapy 2003; 37:1403). Websites claiming to sell Canadian drugs, however, may be selling counterfeit drugs from unregulated sources


Zostavax Online tutorial for patients about using the medication for shingles. Another is here.

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Alzheimer's Association The association is the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to conquering Alzheimer's disease through research and providing support and assistance to people with the disease and their caregivers. Call for information or go online. 800-272-3900.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance This is a not for profit organization that exists to provide education and information about these disorders. Their scientific board of directors is like a "Who's Who" in the world of mental health. Excellent website; they have online support groups available.

Getting Them Sober - This website and series of books by Toby Rice Drews has won recognition for her practical approach to the multiple issues faced by families of alcoholics. Dear Abby said, "this book should be read by everyone". Her writings have been endorsed by Harvard University, Library Journal and Dr. Normal Vincent Peale.

NCADD The National council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence provides education and public awareness information. Hope Line 800-NCA-CALL.

National Institute of Mental Health Our government sponsored website on mental health. This is full of all sorts of information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI's greatest strength is the dedication of our grassroots leaders and members. We are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country.

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National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dizziness and Balance Information about dizziness, balance, and hearing

The Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation, now know as The Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED) Foundation, is dedicated to improving the lives of the men, women and children who live with this often devastating disease. The organization's goals are to increase awareness of the disease, improve treatments and through research, find a cure.

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest Dr. Anne often recommends this website to patients for its great nutritional content. A year's subscription to their paper newsletter costs only $28 and is worth double the price. Dr. Anne has subscribed to their newsletter for years and thinks every American should receive it! So, what are you waiting for? Subscribe!

Tufts University Nutrition Newsletter Another great nutrition newsletter from a university with an international reputation in the field of Nutrition research. Subscription to this is also quite reasonable.

Interactive Healthy Eating Index evaluates your diet. All you need to do is type in what you ate and how much. This site created by the US Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, uses a database of 7,500 different foods and allows you to enter as many foods as you've eaten on a given day. This site is packed full of information. It's nice to see our tax dollar being spent wisely!

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American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons This has a good section for the public and includes all sorts of information on orthopedic problems i.e. diseases and conditions involving the skeleton. There is also information on the following and more: Risk of Falling; Driving Safety; Sports injuries; Shoe wear; Spine problems. Some information is available in Spanish.

Intelihealth This site is sponsored by the Aetna Insurance Company; however, it features information from Harvard University's Consumer Health information website also.

Spine Health publishes original, award-winning articles written for patients by over 80 physician authors and peer-reviewed by a 23 member Medical Advisory Board. This trusted, independent site is supported by hundreds of physician members and visited by millions of patients and their physicians.

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National Osteoporosis Foundation This is the organization that sets the standards for management of osteoporosis. They have the ear of the government and insurance companies. The board of directors is like a "Who's Who" of osteoporosis research.

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center This site is dedicated to providing patients, health professionals and the public with educational materials and other resources to expand awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding about osteoporosis and related bone diseases.

Coral Calcium So, you are interested in this, are you? Here is a great expose from Quackwatch on Robert Barefoot, the proponent for coral calcium. Basically, coral calcium is no better than any other type of calcium but, what really gets my goat is that it profits this guy, who seems to be a real lowlife. Read the expose.

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American Academy of Pain Management

American Chronic Pain Association

National Fibromyalgia Association

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AARP Who doesn't know what AARP is? Great website.

Aging with Dignity This organization, created to help improve the quality of care for sick and dying patients and their families, offers "5 Wishes", an easy to read living will and health care proxy form without all the legalese. Their "Next Steps" brochure has tips on how to talk with loved ones about their wishes, how to be a good health-care proxy for someone else, and how to broach the subject of end-of-live care with your doctor. You can preview both documents online; call [888]5-WISHES [594-7437] to order ($5 apiece).

Driving Issues - This webpage from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration has a number of items of interest. It has a self assessment quiz for Seniors to review their driving habits. It has information for family members of seniors. It has information resources including other websites, books and driving courses available to Seniors.

Eldercare Online An Internet community of people caring for aging loved ones. It provides information, education, practical tools and support to families coping with the impact of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

ElderStore - a family owned business which was started in the spring of 2001. ElderStore® was created because of the needs of the owner's parents and other elderly relatives. They relate and empathize with many of their customers as they go through the process of caring for their parents or other loved ones and wanting to provide anything that will be of help. Their aim is to offer products that help retain independence and dignity. Anything that can aid someone to be able to "do it themselves" is what they attempt to achieve with their product selection.

Georgia Council on Aging The GCOA advocates on behalf of older Georgians and their families.

National Institute on Aging

Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging [no website available] A great information resource covering the following: financial assistance with utilities, in-home care, local prescription assistance, finding a sitter, elder abuse protection, fraud prevention, food and many other resources. There are over 1,600 listings for Northwest Georgia alone. Contact them at 706-295-6485 or P.O. Box 1793 Rome, GA 30162-1793.

This Caring Home - Provides tips and tools to enhance home safety for persons with dementia.   Received the 2010 National Alzheimer's Caregiver Award.

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Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Support and Advocacy resources.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) SIECUS is a national nonprofit organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of living. An excellent source, with an extensive library filled with information about sexuality and sex education.

Information Podcast on Chlamydia

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American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

California Smokers Quitline 1-800-NO-BUTTS

Massachusetts Smokers' Quitline 1-800-879-8678

National Cancer Institute

Nicotine Anonymous


Quit Smoking Support

Why Quit This site is full of all sorts of smoking related information including pictures of lungs of smokers. The site seems to be somewhat against nicotine replacement therapy but, other than that, seems pretty well balanced.

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Weight Management

Academy for Eating Disorders

American Society for Bariatric Surgery This professional organization of surgeons who specialize in surgery for weight reduction i.e. "stomach stapling", gastric bypass, etc. You can call them at 352-331-4900. Excellent website with a lot of great information about this type of surgery.

Bariatric website for Harbin Clinic This is full of information about the new bariatric program at Harbin Clinic. Dr. Scott is the bariatric surgeon affiliated with Harbin Clinic since August 2003 and he has had an active role in planning this website.

Dottie's Weight Loss Zone This site has incredible information about the nutritional content of foods eaten out in chain restaurants. Want to know the nutrition content and Weight Watcher points for Appleby's blackened chicken salad? This is the site for you!

Collage Video This is a mail-order company that specializes in exercise videos. They have over 300 videos ranging from sittercise to the Marine Corp Workout and everything in between. Dr. Anne has ordered from them a number of times and has never had a problem with their service. They carry the "Fitball", the large inflatable exercise ball that Dr. Anne may have mentioned to you.

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Inc.

National Eating Disorders Association

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative Your tax dollar at work! This is a great website. You can call them at 301-592-8573.

Overeaters Anonymous

Weight Watcher's Home Page This is one of the few commercial weight loss programs recommended by Dr. Anne. They have an internet based program that allows you to participate without having to attend meetings. The chat rooms and bulletin boards are available to everyone without membership.

The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.  WIN also developed Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better, a national program to encourage black women to maintain a healthy weight by becoming more physically active and eating healthier foods.  WIN provides fact sheets and brochures for a range of audiences, including parents, men, African American women, children, and many others. Some of WIN's materials are available in both English and Spanish, like the series Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan. WIN also operates a toll-free telephone line to respond to requests from the public.

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American College of OB-GYN an excellent site obviously dedicated to women's health issues.

Center for Young Women's Health Sponsored by Children's Hospital in Boston, this site provides information about health issues that affect teenage girls and young women.

North American Menopause Society (NAMS) a professional organization of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals dedicated to improving the lives of women from the menopause and beyond.

Planned Parenthood This is the world's largest and oldest voluntary family planning organization. An excellent resource for information about birth control and women's health.

University of Virginia - This university, founded by Thomas Jefferson, is a jewel of an institution. Many women don't realize that TJ's school is in the forefront of women's health. They have a great website with a large area devoted to all aspects of women's health not just GYN.

PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES - Vaginal cones are a type of "weight lifting" for the pelvic floor muscles. Easy to use and inexpensive, they have good research showing that they help stress urinary incontinence [urine leakage with cough, laugh or sneeze]. You do not need a prescription to purchase them and the cost is @ $60 over the internet. Feel free to speak with Dr. Anne re this option if you haven't already.

Podcast on Importance of Folic Acid during Pregnancy

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