EPEAT - Global registry for greener electronics. EPEAT is used by hundreds of companies, universities
and government agencies in dozens of countries. Its rigorous requirements and searchable product database let buyers bypass marketing hype and confusing
ResellerRatings - Compare prices and read store reviews by real customers, compare products.
More than 1,659 retailers, including top brands like B&H Photo, TigerDirect, 1800PetMeds, and Newegg.com, participate at ResellerRatings to
monitor reviews and resolve issues.
Consumer Reports Webwatch - Provides unbiased and practical research on Web site publishing
and business practices; help devise guidelines for credibility; expose practices that are a cause for consumer concern; and recognize good practices.
AARP: Health - Information about healthy living, health insurance, medicare and medicaid,
doctors and hospitals, symptoms, medications, and health conditions with treatments. Find health and wellness information for senior citizens including
insurance and medicare, health conditions, and find a doctor or hospital near you.
Administrators in Medicine (AIM): Docfinder - AIM's DocFinder contains
licensing background and disciplinary information for physicians and other health care practitioners along with more detailed medical malpractice,
hospital discipline and criminal conviction information from physician profile law states.
American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) - Represents the poison control centers of the United
States and the interests of poison prevention and treatment of poisoning. The nation's 57 poison centers as well as other poison-related organizations
are members of AAPCC.
California Medical Board - State agency that licenses medical doctors, investigates complaints,
disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate. The Board performs
similar functions for affiliated healing arts professions including registered dispensing opticians, spectacle lens dispensers, contact lens dispensers,
licensed midwives, and research psychoanalysts.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - A coalition of women's, public health, labor, environmental
health and consumer-rights groups. Its goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase
out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives.
Center for Environmental Health (CEH) - The problem is serious: powerful industries invent, manufacture,
and use dangerous and untested chemicals that are making people sick. This sweeping problem is the field where industries, laws, governments, communities,
and consumers all overlap. CEH's Public Interest Litigation Program uses California's Safe
Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) to eliminate toxics from industrial emissions and consumer products.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - A worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW's work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and Campaign for Fair Food.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - FDA is responsible for protecting the public health
by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics,
and products that emit radiation. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines
more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods
to maintain and improve their health. Finally, FDA plays a role in the US counterterrorism by ensuring the security of the food supply and
fostering development of medical products to respond to public health threats. Also see:
FDA Consumer Updates - Reports on current FDA activities to ensure
that the products the agency regulates - food, human and animal drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, radiation-emitting products, biologics - are
fit to us and provides additional information on various health topics. Also, get consumer updates by email or RSS.
Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996 - The FQPA of
1996 amended the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
These amendments fundamentally changed the way EPA regulates pesticides. This web site provides background information on FQPA's
provisions and discusses some of the specific issues raised by FQPA, as well as status of implementation of this law.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) - FSIS is the public
health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg
products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
Gateway to Government Food Safety Information - Provides links to selected government food
safety-related information. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve important roles in ensuring food safety in the
Health Pages - Rate your doctors, find a physician, compare insurance plans and explore
your health care options.
HealthCentral - Doctor-approved health encyclopedia of diseases and conditions. Find symptoms and
treatments and drug information, including side effects and interactions.
HealthGrades - Grades the performance of health care providers in the U.S.
Healthy Child Healthy World - Growing children are vulnerable to pollutants in our homes. Some products
expose children to harm. Limiting toxins is important for your family. Small changes make a big difference in your child's health. This site's easy-to-follow
tips on how to keep your children safe from environmental health risks.
Join Together - Advancing effective alcohol and drug policy. A collaboration of
the Boston University School of Public Health and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA-UK) - The executive agency
of the UK Department of Health protecting and promoting public health and patient safety by ensuring that medicines, healthcare products and medical
equipment meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, performance and effectiveness, and are used safely.
SeniorAdvisor - Features trusted reviews and advice on local senior living communities, providing the information you need to make an informed decision.
What's on Tap? - This June 2003 NRDC study of drinking
water quality in 19 U.S. cities finds that pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing are sometimes delivering drinking water that might pose
health risks to some residents -- and unless steps are taken now, tap water will get worse. The report issues grades to each municipal water system
studied in three problem areas - water quality and compliance, source water protection, and right-to-know compliance - and outlines a plan for protecting
the nation's drinking water supply.
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