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Though many physicians and public officials had thought that the emergence of the Internet would do much to assist patients in obtaining reliable information, in March 2001 the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering" health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Since the late 1990s, physicians have seen a general increase in patient Internet usage rates. Patients frequently enter their doctor's offices with printed Web pages of home remedies in the guise of latest medical research. This scenario is so common that doctors often spend more time dispelling misleading information than guiding patients through sound therapies. ... This book has been created for patients who have decided to make education and research an integral part of the treatment process. ... While this sourcebook covers stuttering, your doctor, research publications, and specialists may refer to your condition using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that stuttering is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following: disfluent speech; stammering.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
PART I: THE ESSENTIALS
Chapter 1. The Essentials on Stuttering: Guidelines
What Is Stuttering?
How Is Speech Normally Produced?
What Causes Stuttering?
How Is Stuttering Diagnosed?
How Is Stuttering Treated?
What Research Is Being Done about Stuttering?
Where Can I Get Additional Information?
More Guideline Sources
Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance
Associations and Stuttering
Finding More Associations
Finding a Speech-Language Pathologist
Selecting Your Doctor
Working with Your Doctor
Broader Health-Related Resources
Chapter 3. Clinical Trials and Stuttering
Recent Trials on Stuttering
Benefits and Risks
Keeping Current on Clinical Trials
PART II: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ADVANCED MATERIAL
Chapter 4. Studies on Stuttering
The Combined Health Information Database
Federally-Funded Research on Stuttering
The National Library of Medicine: PubMed
Chapter 5. Patents on Stuttering
Patents on Stuttering
Patent Applications on Stuttering
Chapter 6. Books on Stuttering
Book Summaries: Federal Agencies
Book Summaries: Online Booksellers
The National Library of Medicine Book Index
Chapters on Stuttering
General Home References
Chapter 7.Multimedia on Stuttering
Bibliography: Multimedia on Stuttering
Chapter 8. Periodicals and News on Stuttering
News Services & Press Releases
Newsletters on Stuttering
Academic Periodicals covering Stuttering
Chapter 9. Physician Guidelines and Databases
Other Commercial Databases
The Genome Project and Stuttering
Chapter 10. Dissertations on Stuttering
Dissertations on Stuttering
PART III. APPENDICES
Appendix A. Researching Your Medications
Your Medications: The Basics
Learning More about Your Medications
Contraindications and Interactions (Hidden Dangers)
A Final Warning
Appendix B. Researching Alternative Medicine
What Is CAM?
What Are the Domains of Alternative Medicine?
Can Alternatives Affect My Treatment?
Finding CAM References on Stuttering
Additional Web Resources
Appendix C. Researching Nutrition
Food and Nutrition: General Principles
Finding Studies on Stuttering
Federal Resources on Nutrition
Additional Web Resources
Appendix D. Finding Medical Libraries
Finding a Local Medical Library
Medical Libraries Open to the Public
Appendix E. Your Rights and Insurance
Your Rights as a Patient
Choosing an Insurance Plan
Medicare and Medicaid
NORD's Medication Assistance Programs
Online Dictionary Directories
General Dictionaries and Glossaries