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Health/Awareness Links
Texas Cancer Data Center
Online cancer information for Texans. Health professionals and facilities, demographics and statistics, community resources, links to other cancer information resources, etc. Visit their web site at
Children & Families
Texas Health and Human Services . The Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS) administers several programs which provide medical care for:
  • Children who are not eligible for TANF because of income and/or because they do not meet the TANF definition of deprived children.
  • Pregnant women who are not eligibile for TANF because of income and/or because they do not have TANF-eligible children.
  • Caretakers and second parents of children who meet the definition of deprived children.
  • Undocumented aliens, nonimmigrants, and some legal permanent residents who meet all TANF and TANF-related Medicaid eligibility requirements except citizenship.
Disease Outbreak

Disease Outbreak News issues immediate alerts to outbreaks that have not been detected and verified by World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with a large number of technical partners. The service is the outgrowth of a network of networks, formalized in 9197, that constantly scans the world for news or rumors of outbreaks, investigates each case, and verifies genuine outbreaks of international concern.

Once verified, information on outbreaks is immediately communicated to the world at large via the Internet. Outbreak alerts are updated as the situation evolves, and include clear information about the steps being taken to provide assistance and prevent further spread. Required protective measures, such as travel restrictions, are also reported.

Disease Outbreak News is one of the most frequently accessed sites on the WHO home page.

Disease Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
Drugs-Free Perscription Program

The research-based pharmaceutical industry has had a long-standing tradition of providing prescription medicines free of charge to physicians whose patients might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines.

To make it easier for physicians to identify the growing number of programs available for needy patients, member companies of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) created this directory. It lists company programs that provide drugs to physicians whose patients could not otherwise afford them. The programs are listed alphabetically by company. Under the entry for each program is information about how to make a request for assistance, what prescription medicines are covered, and basic eligibility criteria. For other information visit the PhRMA web site at .

Health Department

Texas Dept of State Health Services

San Antonio Metropolitin Health District - The San Antonio Metropolitan Health istrict is the single public agency charged by State Law, City Code, and County Resolution with the responsibility for public health programs in San Antonio and unincorporated areas of Bexar County . Although the Health District is a City/County organization, administrative control is under the City of San Antonio and the District is operated as a City Department. Health District services include: preventive health services, health code enforcement, clinical services, environmental monitoring, animal control, disease control, health education, dental health, and maintenance of birth and death certificates.

Texas Health Insurance

Texas Insurance Marketplace

Learn about your options for Affordable Care Act plans, Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and other pathways to insurance for Texans. This guide explains how you can get health care coverage, the cost of coverage, and how to find the best plan for you or your family's health care needs.

Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) Online
The people who produce Medical Economics, Contermporary OB, Patient Care and other similar magazines bring to you. While online versions of these magazines are available, the more useful areas are: an online searchable PDR, daily breaking health news from Reuters Health, and a daily feature called "What your patients are reading," with articles that have been released to the public. Picking up a PDR from next to your desk remains quicker for most inquiries, but if your PDR is missing and you have a T1 or DSL connection, this service can be very convenient. (Source: TCMS)
Spinal Information Web Sites
Source:National Scoliosis Foundation
Spine and Health
Scoliosis Research Society
American Acdaemy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Spine Universe
American Chronic Pain Association
Scoliosis Treatment
Texas Back Institute
Shriner's Hospital for Children
National Scoliosis Foundation
Healthlink USA
New York Spine Team