The Daavlin Company strives to provide the best in current information about phototherapy and your related healthcare issues. The organizations and programs listed here can provide patients and their families with information about and support services for psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema/atopic dermatitis, and scleroderma among others. The resource links below take you away from the Daavlin website and are for your convenience only. These links lead to external Web sites that are not owned or maintained by the Daavlin Company. The Daavlin Company is not responsible for, and does not necessarily recommend or endorse, the content presented on these web sites.
American Academy of Dermatology www.aad.org
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) membership of nearly 14,000 includes virtually all of the dermatologists practicing in the United States. The largest and most influential of all dermatologic associations, the AAD is committed to excellence in patient care, ethical conduct, responsiveness both to its members and to the general public, and excellence in education and research. The Web site allows patients to search for and learn more about dermatologists in their area. It also offers information and resources for both children and adults regarding a variety of skin conditions, as well as specific information about psoriasis through an educational program entitled Psoriasis Net.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association www.aarda.org
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is a national nonprofit agency that is “dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering.” AARDA sponsors conferences for physicians, programs to increase public awareness, and autoimmune research. The association also provides a toll-free referral line which provides information and support services to thousands of people annually. The Web site offers patient information on more than 60 autoimmune diseases (including psoriasis). Patients may also request additional information and link to other relevant resources.
American Skin Association www.americanskin.org
Founded in 1987, the American Skin Association (ASA) is the only volunteer-led health organization committed to “saving lives and alleviating human suffering caused by the full spectrum of skin disorders.” The ASA pursues this goal through a variety of programs and activities, including a number of educational initiatives to raise awareness of skin diseases, in addition to national research grants and awards programs.
Dermatology Nurses’ Association www.dnanurse.org
The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is a professional nursing organization that was established in 1981. Its mission is to “develop and promote education and nursing leadership in dermatologic care.” The DNA serves its members at the national, regional, and local levels through its journal (Dermatology Nursing) and its Web site. The Web site offers information for nurses, continuing-education and certification opportunities, a forum for discussion, lists of important events and career opportunities, and links to useful resources.
International Psoriasis Community (IPC) www.psoriasissupport.org
The International Psoriasis Community (IPC), founded by Steve Wiseman, a person living with psoriasis, is an organization that seeks to unite psoriasis patients across the world. The Web site includes an overview of psoriasis and its treatments, an up-to-date “News” section with the latest research, as well as links to other psoriasis organizations and resources. In addition, the site offers visitors access to a video library of educational programs led by medical advice, and research. Visitors can also post messages on a community Web forum, and look for in-person support group meeting information in their area.
MEDLINEplus offers health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. It contains extensive health-related information from the National Institutes of Health and other reliable sources on more than 600 diseases and conditions. The Web site also provides lists of hospitals and physicians, a searchable medical dictionary, extensive information on both prescription and nonprescription medications, updated health information from the media, health information in Spanish, and links to thousands of resources. MEDLINEplus is updated daily and therefore is an excellent source for current consumer health information.
National Eczema Society www.eczema.org The National Eczema Society is a UK based organization dedicated to the needs of people with eczema, dermatitis and sensitive skin. The society provides a comprehensive information and advice service, an extensive network of local contacts, an expanding network of local support, funds for research and a campaigning voice on behalf of people with eczema.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases www.niams.nih.gov
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is a government agency that supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis, musculoskeletal, and skin diseases. NIAMS also sponsors the training of basic and clinical scientists to perform this research, and offers information on the progress of research in this field. The Web site provides health information on a number of diseases including acne, arthritis, and psoriasis among others.
National Institutes of Health www.nih.gov
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) serve as the “steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation.” This government agency comprises 27 separate institutes and centers, each with a specific research focus. The NIH advances its mission—to uncover information that will ultimately improve the health of everyone—by conducting research in laboratories at its institutes; supporting research at colleges, universities, medical schools, and hospitals; sponsoring the training of researchers; and promoting the dissemination of health-related information. The Web site offers vital health information alphabetically by topic and provides the opportunity to link to other Web sites within its institutes.
National Psoriasis Foundation www.psoriasis.org
Since 1968, the National Psoriasis Foundation has been the nation’s leading nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, providing a voice for all who are affected by these diseases. The Web site offers extensive information about psoriasis, including treatment options, research, news updates, and links to important resources. Members of the Psoriasis Foundation receive an online subscription to the magazine Psoriasis Advance, as well as access to special features like “It Works For Me” and the ability to participate in online discussions. The Web site also offers an opportunity to
National Women’s Health Resource Center www.healthywomen.org Since the late 1980s, the National Women’s Health Resource Center, Inc. (NWHRC) has helped millions of women educate themselves about the health topics that concern them the most. The non-profit organization, dedicated to helping women make informed decisions about their health, encourages women to embrace healthy lifestyles to promote wellness and prevent disease. As the national clearinghouse for women’s health information, providing access to health information and resources is our primary goal. The information we provide is comprehensive, objective, and supported by an advisory council comprised of the nation’s leading medical and health experts.
United States Food and Drug Administration www.fda.gov
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency 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.” The FDA is also involved in finding ways to increase the safety, effectiveness, and affordability of medicines and foods and for providing the public with accurate information on using medicines and foods in ways that improve health. The FDA Web site provides up-to-date information on a number of topics and products, including information tailored specifically to women and children and content in Spanish. Because all new therapeutics must be approved by the FDA before becoming available to the general public, the Web site also offers information about clinical trials and new medications currently under review.
Vitiligo Support International www.vitiligosupport.org A nonprofit, tax exempt organization, with more than 35,000 registered members. Originally created as a grassroots approach to the skin disorder known as vitiligo, Vitiligo Support promotes awareness and education about vitiligo, provides information and interaction to people living with vitiligo, advocates on behalf of vitiligo patients, and strives to encourage and support medical research to find better treatments and a cure for vitiligo. On Vitiligo Support, you can learn about the latest treatment information and the search for answers. They have regular chats, and active, message board conversations.
WebMD www.webmd.com WebMD is the leading online resource for consumer healthcare information, attracting more than 20 million visitors each month. Its aim is to help people play an active role in managing their own health by providing “trustworthy, credible, and timely health information.” WebMD offers news, support groups, and interactive tools for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including psoriasis. It also offers people the opportunity for real-time discussions with experts and others who share the same health concerns.