Some medical hotline numbers include 800-HIV-0440 for questions about AIDS/HIV, 866-284-4107 for allergy and infection questions, 800-4-CANCER for questions about cancer and 800-891-5389 for questions about digestive diseases. A full list of medical hotlines, including those specializing in answering questions about arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases, Alzheimer's disease, aging in general, bowel control, diabetes and the heart, lungs and blood, are available from the National Institutes of Health. Some other medical questions hotlines include WE CAN (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) on 866-35-WE-CAN and the National Library of Medicine on 888-346-3656.
For mental health questions, some hotlines include:
- The Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline: 800-622-HELP
- The Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
- The Cocaine Help Line: 1-800-COCAINE
- CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder): 1-800-233-4050
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI
- The Panic Disorder Information Helpline: 800-64-PANIC
For more general medical information, Independent Health provides a 24-Hour Medical Help Line to members. This can provide advice on treating children's fevers or injuries, medicine interactions and side effects, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, surgery, nutrition, smoking cessation and vaccinations, as listed at the Independent Health website. The hotline can also provide information on which treatments are the most suitable for a range of medical issues.