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Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions.

Review Date: June 28, 2011

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NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

The primary responsibility of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is the scientific investigation of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. NHLBI oversees resources and research, demonstration, prevention, education, control, and sleep disorders and training activities in these fields. The program emphasizes the prevention and control of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders, and education concerning these diseases through more rapid transfer of knowledge into the mainstream of clinical medicine and personal health practices. Inquiries related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, and blood diseases, as well as any information requests associated with cardiovascular disease prevention and heart-health promotion are handled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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. FDA regulates the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

Review Date: August 08, 2011

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Academy of Doctors of Audiology

Established in 1977, the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) is a national organization that fosters and supports the professional dispensing of hearing aids by qualified audiologists in rehabilitative practice, encourages audiology training programs to include pertinent aspects of hearing aid dispensing in their curricula, supports research in relevant areas of aural rehabilitation, works cooperatively with individuals and organizations in improving hearing aid dispensing services, and provides guidance for audiologists interested in dispensing hearing aids as part of their rehabilitative practice.

Review Date: December 09, 2009

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American Academy of Audiology

Founded in 1988, the American Academy of Audiology is a professional organization of individuals dedicated to providing quality hearing care to the public. To accomplish its objective the Academy strives to enhance the ability of its membership to achieve career and practice objectives through professional development, education, research and increased public awareness of hearing disorders and audiological services.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Created in 1991, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is an international network of researchers and clinicians representing the leading edge approach to oral appliance therapy in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. The Academy's mission is to: improve the treatment of patients with sleep disorders through the involvement of dental practitioners and the utilization of oral appliances; and facilitate a coordinated synergistic approach with the medical community for research, treatment, education and professional development.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc.

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) is the comprehensive credentialing organization for establishing individual and organizational performance standards for the provision of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic care and services. Established in 1948, ABC continues to work toward setting clinical standards, furthering professionalism and establishing the orthotics and prosthetics practitioner as a member of the allied health care community. .

Review Date: April 10, 2012

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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), a nonprofit, voluntary health agency funded by private contributions, is dedicated to the reduction of death and disability from cardiovascular diseases, including heart diseases and stroke. The AHA is one of the world's largest voluntary health organizations with about 2,200 community organizations in all States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. More than 3.7 million persons volunteer with the AHA to fight cardiovascular diseases, the nation's No. 1 killer and a leading cause of disability. Preventing heart disease and stroke is the first priority of the American Heart Association. In support of this goal, the AHA has contributed more than $1 billion to cardiovascular research since 1949. Public education programs to inform people how to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke is another priority. The AHA also sponsors continuing medical education seminars and meetings throughout the year.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), founded in 1974 as the American Intra-Ocular Society, disseminates information and encourages communication among ophthalmologists about intra-ocular lens implantation and refractive surgery. ASCRS programs and services include publications, a bi-monthly journal, annual symposia, continuing medical education credits, intra-ocular lens quality control efforts, advocacy of lens implant patients' interests, study of lens safety, research fellowships, an emergency 24-hour consultation hotline, and emergency warnings on dangers involved with lenses.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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Amputee Coalition of America

The mission of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is to reach out to people with limb loss and to empower them through education, support and advocacy. The ACA operates the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC), the nation's most comprehensive source of information for people with limb differences.

Review Date: December 03, 2008

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Better Hearing Institute

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Founded in 1973, BHI is working to (1) erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss (2) show the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss for millions of Americans (3) promote treatment and demonstrate that this is a national problem that can be solved. BHI uses the media, the web site and other communications forums to give the facts about hearing loss and promote better hearing; produces and disseminates educational materials; conducts authoritative research on the incidence of hearing loss, the benefits of treatment, the consequences of ignoring it and related topics; operates a call center for consumers who have questions about hearing loss. (Call 1-800-EARWELL.)

Review Date: April 28, 2011

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Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal

The Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal was established in Houston in 2002 to assume a nationwide role in promoting the safe disposal of used sharps which includes, needles, lancets and syringes. This site provides a direct link to all states which describes the recommended needle disposal options for each state and links to any community disposal programs offered in the state. The site also provides an update of any new statistics and includes a discussion of and links to other disposal solutions.

Review Date: March 17, 2010

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Hearing Health Foundation

Hearing Health Foundation is the largest private funder of hearing research, with a mission to prevent and cure hearing loss through groundbreaking research. Since 1958 Hearing Health Foundation has given over $27.8 million to hearing and balance research, including work that led to cochlear implant technology. In 2011 Hearing Health Foundation launched the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP), a consortium of scientists working on cell regeneration in the ear. HRP's goal is a biologic cure for most types of acquired hearing loss within the next ten years. Hearing Health Foundation also publishes Hearing Health magazine, a free consumer resource on hearing loss and related technology, research, and products.

Review Date: October 23, 2012

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Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America, founded in 1979, seeks to educate people with hearing loss and the public about hearing loss and its management, and to promote the interests of people with hearing loss. The Association provides self-help programs, technical information, social activities, and referrals on the local chapter level; conferences, an annual convention, advocacy, research, publications, referrals, a bi-monthly journal and an information center on the national level. Advocacy and research efforts are directed at the improvement of hearing technology, the development of alternate communication skills, and the prevention of deafness.

Review Date: August 31, 2010

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House Research Institute

The House Research Institute (formerly House Ear Institute) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with hearing loss and related disorders through scientific research, patient care, and the sharing of knowledge. Institute scientists investigate hearing loss and ear disease at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels, as well as the complex neurological interactions between the auditory system and brain. The researchers also study ways to improve auditory implants, diagnostics, clinical treatments and intervention methods. Outreach programs for the public serve people with hearing loss and related disorders as well as offer information about general hearing health and hearing conservation.

Review Date: October 27, 2011

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International Ventilator Users Network

The mission of Post-Polio Health International, including International Ventilators Users Network is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home mechanical ventilator users by promoting education, networking, and advocacy among these individuals and healthcare providers. IVUN is a forum for ventilator users, their families, pulmonologists, pediatricians, respiratory therapists, ventilator manufacturers, and vendors to discuss unique problems of home ventilation and to cooperatively seek solutions.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

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Low Vision Center

The Low Vision Center (LVC), is a nonprofit organization that provides up-to-date information about eye diseases; programs about low vision for interested groups; referrals to other agencies in related fields; and support and information to families, friends, and the general public. LVC has a hands-on display of visual aids that includes magnifiers, closed circuit TV's, writing materials, reading aids, sunglasses, lighting, kitchen aids, and household aids; advises clients on how to select the aids and where to purchase them. LVC also sells a select group of low vision aids. Appointment required. There is no fee.

Review Date: August 07, 2014

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, (MDA) is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA has more than 200 offices across the country, sponsors some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports more than 330 research projects around the world.

Review Date: May 24, 2011

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National Amputation Foundation

The National Amputation Foundation.....(1st sentence correct as is). Services include peer phone calls or visits when possible, information, resources and support. There is a donated durable medical equipment give-a-way program open to anyone in need. Items must be picked up at the office. NAF also has a scholarship program for students with major limb amputations attending full time.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of Deaf (NAD), founded in 1880, safeguards the civil rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. As a national federation of state association, organizational and corporate affiliates, the advocacy work of the NAD encompasses a broad spectrum of areas including, but not limited to accessibility, education, employment, healthcare, mental health, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications and transportation. The NAD Web site (http://www.nad.org) has a wealth of advocacy information and resources.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

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National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences

The National Board for Certification is an independent, non-profit, credentialing organization, established to promote continuing competency assurance of hearing health professionals and to provide a standard of excellence in hearing health care for the consumer.

Review Date: April 12, 2012

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National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), established in 1940 as an organization of blind persons, serves as both an advocacy and a public information vehicle. NFB contacts newly blind persons to help them with adjustment problems, provides information on services available from governmental and private agencies and on applicable laws and regulations, provides scholarships, and assists blind persons who are the victims of discrimination or whose rights have been denied. NFB monitors legislation for blind persons and evaluates and promotes new technology useful to the blind. NFB prepares pamphlets and uses public appearances to educate the public to the fact that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality with others.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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National Limb Loss Information Center

The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. The Amputee Coalition Programs include advocacy, support and education. Advocacy: Amputee Coalition advocates for the rights of people with limb loss. This includes access to, and delivery of, information, quality care, appropriate devices, reimbursement, and the services required to lead empowered lives. Amputee Coalition promotes full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other legislation which guarantees full participation in society for all people, regardless of disability. Amputee Coalition sensitizes professionals, the general public and policy makers to the issues, needs and concerns of amputees. Support: Amputee Coalition publishes inMotion, a magazine that comprehensively addresses areas of interest and concern to amputees and those who care for and about them. The Amputee Coalition toll-free hotline provides answers and resources for people who have experienced the loss of a limb and those involved with their lives. Education:Amputee Coalition develops and distributes educational resources, booklets, video tapes, and fact sheets to enhance the knowledge and coping skills of people affected by amputation or congenital limb differences.Amputee Coalition acts as a source of comprehensive information regarding amputation and rehabilitation through its National Limb Loss Information Center. Amputee Coalition provides technical help, resources and training for local amputee educational and support organizations Amputee Coalition conducts programs for its members, professionals, and the general public to educate them regarding the physical, emotional, technological, and other issues involving amputees.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

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Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA's mission is winning advocacy for public policies that encourage the discovery of life-saving and life enhancing new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical/biotechnology research companies. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) – a nationwide effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies – helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

Review Date: September 27, 2010

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Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. We take an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines and devices to collaborative programs with communities. Through our work in more than 70 countries, PATH and our partners empower people to achieve their full potential. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, PATH operates offices in 34 cities in 23 countries. PATH currently works in the areas of health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.

Review Date: July 02, 2008

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U.S. Pharmacopeia

USP promotes the public health and benefits practitioners and patients by disseminating authoritative standards and information developed by its volunteers for medicines, other healthcare technologies, and related practices used to maintain and improve health and promote optimal healthcare delivery.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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