WEBTREATS: Teratology/Toxicology

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites.  This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

Federal Sites:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers many resources on teratology and toxicology, some of which are listed below.  Use the search box or alphabetic index on the main CDC page to find additional resources.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
ATSDR provides trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

Medication Use during Pregnancy
This CDC page provides general trend data on the use of drugs during pregnancy and links to the main CDC page on medications and pregnancy and other resources.

Medications and Pregnancy
This page is the gateway to CDC information on the use of medication during pregnancy. 

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
The NCBDDD currently includes three divisions - the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Human Development and Disability, and the Division of Blood Disorders.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH is responsible for conducting research on occupational disease and injury.  The website provides information on occupational hazards, safety, guidelines, and links to databases.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
This is the primary FDA page, with links to food safety, drugs, cosmetics, tobacco products, and other topics.  Use the search box or alphabetic list to find specific topics. 

Food Safety for Moms-To-Be
This FDA site provides pregnant women with guidelines on safe food, safe food preparation, and foodborne illnesses of particular impact on pregnant women and their babies.

Pregnancy Registries
This FDA Office of Women’s Health site provides an explanation of how pregnancy exposure registries work and how to participate in them, as well as a list of registries and resources for additional information on taking medications during pregnancy.

What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish (FDA/EPA)
This FDA/EPA site provides advice, data, and resources on mercury risks in seafood for pregnant and nursing women.

National Children’s Study (NCS)
The NCS will examine the environmental impact on 100,000 children from before birth through age 21.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal

This portal is a knowledge management tool for locating scientific literature on the health implications of climate change, providing access to a database of studies from around the world, published between 2007 and 2014.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Environmental Health and Toxicology
This is the main website for NLM Specialized Information Services toxicology information.  Search all of TOXNET or specific databases such as TOXMAP, Haz-Map, listservs, and LactMed.

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) (NLM)
LactMed is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.

Household Products Database (NLM)
This database contains health and safety information on over 6000 products used in and around the home.  Pregnancy and birth defects risks are included, but not as a separate category.

Tox Town provides an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks encountered in everyday life, in everyday places.

National Toxicology Program (NTP)
The NTP coordinates toxicology research and testing activities.  The website provides links, fact sheets, testing information, study results, reports, grants, and other information.

National Toxicology Program (NTP): Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT, formerly CERHR)
OHAT Nominations under consideration and evaluations are found through this page.  Completed evaluations include links to reports on risk from exposure to several key environmental agents.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers. Site information is arranged by broad topics, including compliance, laws, enforcement, state programs, safety and health topics, and statistics. 

Non-Governmental Sites:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Toxic Environmental Agents
This page links to key College documents on the impact of toxic environmental agents on women and reproductive health.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists  Women and Alcohol
This website provides information on the risks of drinking for women and their children, screening tools, and other resources for both clinicians and consumers.

Canary Database
Staff of the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program select, curate, and index thousands of articles to review the evidence of animals as “early warning” sentinels of human health hazards.

Clinical Teratology Web Site
This site, a project of the Teratogen Information System at the University of Washington, offers access to computerized databases such as TERIS & Shepards's Catalog of Teratogenic Agents.  The site also offers information about lactation, training programs, other organizations, meetings, and other resources.

March of Dimes Foundation (MOD)
This MOD site links to specific information on birth defects.  Users can also ask specific questions through the MOD Ask the Experts feature.

Mother to Baby
Mother to Baby, a service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), provides links to the Teratology Information Services in the United States and Canada. Teratology Information Services provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary resources for medical consultation on prenatal exposure to teratogens.  Their phone number is 866-626-6847.

Motherisk provides evidence based information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals, and disease during pregnancy and lactation.

National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN)
NBDPN, a group of individuals involved in birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention, was created to establish and maintain a national network of state and population-based programs for birth defects surveillance and research. 

REPROTOX® is an information service developed by the Reproductive Toxicology Center.  The database provides assessments on the potentially harmful effects on pregnancy, reproduction, and development.  Access to this database is by subscription or as a paid visitor.

Society of Toxicology
This site provides information about the Society's mission, publications, and links to other sites.

Teratology Society
This site provides information on teratology, resources, research, and training in teratology.

Please also refer to the WEBTREAT on Genomics, Genetics and the HGP for related links.  
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