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BODY WATCH : The Health Hot Lines

June 06, 1995|LESLIE KNOWLTON

Sneezing from allergies? Suffering from gout? Does someone close to you have Alzheimer's disease? The good news is that for just about any physical health problem you can name--and even those you can't--there are lots of organizations and federal agencies out there ready to provide assistance.

The best news: Most of it is free. Here is a sampling of resources, which will send you brochures, bibliographies, studies and other printed material.

For groups that don't list phone numbers, write for information. To contact the local chapters of national organizations, consult your phone book.

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AGING

* Administration on Aging

Department of Health and Human Services

330 Independence Ave. S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

(800) 677-1116 (Eldercare Locator Program only)

* National Institute on Aging Information Center

P.O. Box 8057

Gaithersburg, Md. 20898-8057

AIDS / HIV

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National AIDS Hotline

(800) 342-2437 (24 hours); Spanish: (800) 344-7432; TTY: (800) 243-7889

* Project Inform HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline

(800) 822-7422 or (415) 558-9051

ALCOHOL ABUSE

* National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

12 W. 21st St.

New York, N.Y. 10010

(800) 622-2255 or (212) 206-6770

* American Council on Alcoholism

(800) 527-5344

* National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

P.O. Box 2345

Rockville, Md. 20847-2345

(800) 729-6686 or (301) 468-2600; TTY: (800) 487-4889 or (301) 230-2867; fax: (301) 468-6433

ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA

* American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

611 E. Wells St.

Milwaukee, Wis. 53202

(800) 822-2762

* Allergy and Asthma Network

3554 Chain Bridge Road

Suite 200

Fairfax, Va. 22030

(800) 878-4403

* Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

1125 15th St. N.W., Suite 502

Washington, D.C. 20005

(800) 7-ASTHMA

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

* Office for the Study of Unconventional Medical Practices

National Institutes of Health

Building 31, Room 2B25

Bethesda, Md. 20892

(301) 496-7498

Refers to associations including homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

* Alzheimer's Assn.

919 N. Michigan, Suite 1000

Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676

(800) 272-3900

ARTHRITIS

* National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

1 AMS Circle

Bethesda, Md. 20892-3675

(301) 495-4484; fax: (301) 587-4352

* Arthritis Foundation Information Line

1314 Spring St. N.W.

Atlanta, Ga. 30309

(800) 283-7800

BACK PAIN

* Back Pain Hotline, (800) 247-BACK

CANCER

* American Cancer Society Response Line

(800) 227-2345

* Cancer Information Service

National Cancer Institute

Building 31, Room 10A16

9000 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, Md. 20892

(800) 4-CANCER

* American Institute for Cancer Research

1759 R St. N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20009

(800) 843-8114

CHILDREN'S HEALTH

* National Information Center for Children and Youth With Disabilities

P.O. Box 1492

Washington, D.C. 20013-1492

Voice or TTY: (800) 695-0285 or (202) 884-8200; fax: (202) 884-8441

* National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

P.O. Box 1182

Washington, D.C. 20013-1182

(800) FYI-3366 or (703) 385-7565; fax: (703) 385-3206

* National Youth Crisis Hotline

(800) 448-4663 (24 hours)

DENTAL

* American Dental Assn.

211 E. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, Ill. 60611

(312) 440-2593

* National Institute of Dental Research

Building 31 Room 2C35

31 Center Drive MSC 2290

Bethesda, Md. 20892-2290

(301) 496-4261

DIABETES

* American Diabetes Assn.

(800) DIABETES or (703) 549-1500; fax: (703) 549-6995

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

* National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

2 Information Way

Bethesda, Md. 20892-3570

DRUG ABUSE

* National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

P.O. Box 2345

Rockville, Md. 20847-2345

(800) 729-6686 or (301) 468-2600; TTY: (800) 487-4889 or (301) 230-2867; fax: (301) 468-6433

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

* Environmental Protection Agency Public Information Center

401 M St. S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20460

(800) 424-4000; Asbestos Hot Line: (800) 368-5888; Drinking Water Hot Line: (800) 426-4791; Lead Hot Line: (800) LEAD-FYI; Indoor Air Hot Line: (800) 438-4318; Radon Hot Line: (800) SOS-RADON

EYES

* The National Eye Institute

2020 Vision Place

Bethesda, Md. 20892-3658

* National Eye Care Project Helpline

P.O. Box 9688

San Francisco, Calif. 94101-9688

(800) 222-EYES

* American Council of the Blind

1155 15th St. N.W., Suite 720

Washington, D.C. 20005

(800) 424-8666 or (202) 467-5081; fax: (202) 467-5085; electronic bulletin board: (202) 331-1058

* National Assn. for Parents of the Visually Impaired

P.O. Box 317

Watertown, Mass. 02272-0317

(800) 562-6265; fax: (617) 972-7444

FAMILY PLANNING

* Office of Population Affairs Clearinghouse

P.O. Box 30686

Bethesda, Md. 20824-0686

(301) 654-6190; fax: (301) 907-9655

Information, publications and referrals in areas of family planning, adolescent pregnancy and adoption.

* Planned Parenthood Federation of America

810 7th Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10019

(800) 669-0156 (health information); (800) 230-PLAN (for the center nearest you)

FOOD SAFETY

* Meat and Poultry Hotline (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture)

(800) 535-4555

* Seafood Hotline

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