NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)
NORD is “committed to the identification, treatment and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research and service.” The site includes a rare disease database with information on over 1100 rare disorders as well as listings of organizations and support groups.
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, provides access to consumer information on hundreds of disorders and conditions. Includes a medical encyclopedia, dictionary, directories, news, and clinical trials.
PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is the world’s largest searchable medical database. It indexes over 15 million articles from more than 480 medical journals. Abstracts (summaries) of the articles are included and sometimes a link to the full text of the article is available. For help using PubMed link to the PubMed Tutorial.
March of Dimes
Information on pregnancy and newborn health defects and genetics.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, NICHCY is the national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues, with a special focus on children and youth from birth to age 22.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NINDS is one of the more than two dozen research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NINDS conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders.
How to evaluate health information on the Internet
This fact sheet from the National Cancer Institute helps consumers ask questions and evaluate health information.
Brain Imaging in Cavernous Angiomas
Written by radiologists at Scott and White Memorial Clinic and Hospital, this article is a primer for radiologists on diagnosing cavernous angiomas with CT and MRI. For the lay person, it provides many examples of cavernous angiomas in imaging.
Written by the staff of Massachusetts General Hopsital/Harvard Medial School Neurosurgery Department.
Cavernous Malformations of the Brain (Cavernomas)
From the Toronto Brain Vascular Malformation Study Group.
Children's Hospital Neurosurgery - Cavernous Angioma FAQ
This overview from the Boston Neurosurgical Foundation focuses on cavernous angioma in children.
GeneReviews: Cerebral Cavernous Malformation, Familial
A technical article focusing on the genetic aspects of cavernous malformations.
Anatomy of the brain
Interactive tour of the brain
Anatomy of the spine
For Fun: Pinky and the Brain
Clear and concise information from the British Epilepsy Association.
Neurologic Symptoms and Examination
From the highly regarded Merck Manual, 2nd Home Edition Online.
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT Scan) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
RadiologyInfo presents current and accurate patient information about head and spine CT scans, head and spine MRI, MRA, functional MRI of the brain, and other diagnostic tests. Related video clips explain the basics.
How and why the test is performed and risks involved.
Partners Against Pain
Although developed by a pharmaceutical company, this site offers comprehensive information for patient, physicians, and institutions about pain control, including alternative therapies. The site also includes links to other pain support organizations.
Medical Treatment of Seizures
General information on seizure medications from the Epilepsy Foundation.
MedlinePlus Drug Information
A guide to more than 9,000 prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that can be searched by the generic or brand name of the drug.
Preparing Patients for Possible Neuropsychological Consequences After Brain Surgery
Written by a neuropsychologist at the Barrow Neurological Institute, this article focuses on subtle problems such as attention or memory deficits that can sometimes accompany even successful cavernous angioma surgery.
Genetics Home Reference
From the National Library of Medicine, the site presents consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions.
The Genetic Alliance is “an international coalition comprised of more than 600 advocacy, research and healthcare organizations that represent millions of individuals with genetic conditions and their interests”. The site offers disease information, genetics resources and advocacy tools.
A publicly funded medical genetics information resource developed for physicians, healthcare providers, and researchers. Includes disease summaries, an international index of genetic laboratories, and a directory of genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics.
National Society of Genetic Counselors
Links to seven professional genetics organizations.
Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
VHL is a genetic condition involving the abnormal growth of blood vessels in certain parts of the body. Capillaries “knot” together to form benign growths known as angiomas. These may develop in the retinas of the eyes (retinoangioma), the brain (cerebellar hemangioblastoma) or in other parts of the body.
Sturge-Weber Syndrome is a congenital, non-familial disorder characterized by a facial birthmark and neurological abnormalities. Excessive blood vessel growth on the surface of the brain is typically located on the back (occipital) region of the brain, often causing seizures.
CLOVES stands for Congenital Lipotamous Overgrowth with Vascular Malformations and Structural/Skeletal Abnormalities. It is an extremely rare disease with only 50 patients identified as of August, 2010.
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
VBF provides support and informational resources for individuals affected by hemangiomas, port wine stains, and other vascular birthmarks and tumors.
National Organization of Vascular Anomalies
NOVA is dedicated to providing information and assistance on the diagnosis and treatment of hemangioma, vascular malformation, port wine stain (PWS), Klipple Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS) Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS), PHACES, Kaposi Form Hemangioma Endothelioma (KHE), pyogenic granuloma, vascular birthmarks, hepatic hemangioma, and all related syndromes.
National Stroke Association
The NSA mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. The organization provides education, services and community-based activities regarding prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.
A United Kingdom Charity run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors. It helps younger survivors optimize their recovery, take control of their lives, and regain as much independence as possible by offering rehabilitative services, information, advice and support.
Pediatric Stroke Network
The Network offers information, assistance and support to family, friends and survivors of childhood stroke. This site includes helpful links, a chat room, and a support network mailing list.
National Brain Tumor Society
Provides information and support for brain tumor patients, family members and healthcare professionals.
Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
This website provides an array of information and resources to assist in accessing expert care to ensure quality of life for the child with a brain or spinal cord tumor.
Ask the Doctor: The Neurology and Neurosurgery Forum at Med Help
This site allows you to post questions on a public forum and receive answers from neurologists and neurosurgeons at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is rated one of the best hospitals in the U.S. by US News and World Report and has a national reputation for quality neurosurgical care and training. The forum archives are available online and date back to 1997.
Well Spouse Association
Support for spousal caregivers.
MUMS National Parent to Parent Network
Matches parents with other parents whose children have the same or similar condition.
A national grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs.
Health Information Resource Database
Puts health professionals and consumers with health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. Sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
AMA Online Doctor Finder
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Academy of Neurology
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
National Association of Social Workers
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Hospital Directory
American Board of Medical Specialties
The ABMS, a not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty boards, is the pre-eminent entity overseeing physician certification in the United States