Government, Medical, and Research Organizations

These agencies and organizations are all either government entities or are funded by the US government, OR they are another country's organization that has an equivalent in the US. The commentary is, for the most part, quoted right from the site in its self-description area (usually called "About Us").

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality "AHRQ is committed to improving care safety and quality by developing successful partnerships and generating the knowledge and tools required for long-term improvement. The goal of our research is measurable improvements in health care in America, gauged in terms of improved quality of life and patient outcomes, lives saved, and value gained for what we spend."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC's mission is "Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats." One of the world's most trusted authorities on disease trends in the world.

CenterWatch (clinical trials) "CenterWatch offers several services and resources specifically to patients. With our Clinical Trial Listing Service we are able to provide patients unbiased information on clinical trials, with a clinical trial database that contains thousands of currently enrolling trials. Information on drugs and new medical therapies are available to review."

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), veterinary products, and cosmetics." (quote from Wikipedia)

Library of Congress "Today's Library of Congress is an unparalleled world resource. The collection of more than 144 million items includes more than 33 million cataloged books and other print materials in 460 languages; more than 63 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings."

Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program "For more than 30 years, Mayo Clinic's Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) has helped people with chronic pain return to an active lifestyle. Mayo's pain rehabilitation program was one of the first in the world. Now, it is one of the largest pain rehabilitation programs in the United States, treating approximately 600 patients annually."

Medical Council of New Zealand New Zealand's equivalent to the US American Medical Association.

National Center for Biotechnology Information "NCBI's mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. More specifically, the NCBI has been charged with creating automated systems for storing and analyzing knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine "The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine."

National Institutes of Health (NIH) "NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."

National Library of Medicine "The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care."

National Network of Libraries of Medicine "The mission is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers."

National Pain Care Policy Acts of 2003 and 2009 from the excellent site, this site has summaries of both important pain care laws, as well as both laws in their entirety.

Pain Management Resource Center from Medscape, a great collections of articles and links on pain management. "Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools."

University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain this organization is "a partnership involving the Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The mission of the Centre is to lead, both nationally and internationally, in pain research, education, knowledge translation, networking and sustainability."

University of Washington Adolescent Medicine Section: Musculoskeletal and "Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND)" diagnosed with RND with or without autonomic dysfunction, fibromyalgia and conversion reaction.

World Health Organization (WHO) "WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends."