Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are solid masses made up of minerals that form in the kidney and interfere with kidney function. They can be painful and are either passed naturally through urinary release, broken up with lasers, and then passed, or removed surgically.

Free Materials for Teachers

Women Are Scientists video series  

Produced by the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education, the Women Are Scientists video series showcases successful female scientists in several healthcare specialties. Each video presents three women scientists who discuss how they became interested in their chosen specialty and what they have done to achieve their goals. The videos are valuable resources to motivate students to prepare for a career in healthcare fields.

These videos, developed through a partnership between the Office of Science Education and the Office of Research on Women’s Health, have won the Aegis Award and the Telly Award.

Use the link below to find the downloadable videos and also how to order a free DVD copy:

Resources for high school students developed by the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education

Twenty-six web pages listing resources on a wide variety of health topics. Pamphlets, fact sheets, charts, articles, booklets, brochures, essays, dictionaries, guides, and lists of selected links provide a wealth of information on numerous healthcare issues.

This site is a “must see” for biology and health teachers. Many of the resources would also be valuable additions to school guidance and counseling offices.

Resources developed by the NIH Office of Science Education and categorized by resource formats 

A variety of resource topics are listed according to format. Formats include bookmarks, multimedia, newsletters, photos, images, posters slides and presentation, among others.

For example: “Photos, Images, & Graphics” link to images of the blood and lymphatic system, bones, joints, muscles, and more…

“Posters” further link to specifically “High school”,  “Middle School” or “Elementary School” levels. 

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 Curriculum supplements consist of teacher’s guides to two weeks of lesson on various topics. HTML and PDF version of each supplement are online. Print versions are free upon request to educators in the U. S.

Demos of activities from selected supplements are viewable on the site.

NIH/NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) webinars for selected topics are assessable from this site.

Examples of topics for high school students include:

  • Evolution and Medicine
  • Exploring Bioethics
  • Cell Biology and Cancer
  • Human Genetic Variation
  • The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
  • Using Technology to Understand Cellular and Molecular Biology

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The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) offers many free resources on a variety of topics. Assess The NIDCD Clearinghouse for information and to order publications in bulk at:

For the free publication order form, go to   View all topics or narrow your search by choosing separate topics listed under such headings as

 Hearing Balance Smell and Taste Voice, Speech and Language--Spanish versions are available.


Center for Disease Control (CDC)—Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders information

This CDC site offers free brochures, fact sheets, posters, and training guides for information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

The site also lists curriculum packages and training guides for counseling information on FASD. Some packages include a facilitator guide, counseling manual, and client workbook.  Informational packets and resources target varying audiences.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders information homepage:
This link provides more information on FASD and links to a quiz about alcohol and pregnancy, posters, free materials, and downloadable data and statistics tables, graphs, and maps.


CDC-National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental  Disabilities 

This site lists free materials by topic. Topics include Disability and Health, Sickle Cell Disease, Spina Bifida, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and more. Materials vary, but include posters, brochures, fact sheets, and guides.

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CDC-Seasonal Flu Resources

This site offers links to print materials, web tools, buttons, and Badges, Flu Virus Images, Video/Audio Tools, and a Flu Prevention Toolkit.

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CDC-National Center for Injury Prevention

This site contains the order form for a many free CDC publications on injury prevention. Topics include Child Injury Prevention, Fire Safety, Poisoning, Fild Triage Decisions Schemes, Motor Vehicle Safety for Teen Drivers, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Violence Prevention, Suicide, and Youth Violence.

Formats vary but include fact sheets, activities guides, posters, articles, teacher and student toolkits, posters, and others

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CDC-Tobacco-Free Sports Initiative materials

This initiative for promoting tobacco-free sports for teens includes free sports information sheets:  Tips for Coaches and Action Tips, a Tobacco-Free Sports Playbook” Creating Programs for Healthier Youth, Teams, and Communities, a Tobacco-Free Coach’s Manual, and a facilitator’s guide and poster for Soccer: Kickin’ Butts. 

Sports Initiative posters are also available, including Improve Your Game-Sports and Tovacco Don’t Mix, Jackie Chan-“Strike Back Against Tobacco”. And Tony Hawk-“Be Tobacco Free”.

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Center for Disease Control (CDC)—Media Sharp  

Seven-minute videoclip and learners’ guide with lots of activities teaches middle- and high school students about media literacy and smoking.  Great resource to use in classrooms, youth groups, after-school clubs, scout troops, or faith-based groups.

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National Institutes of Health-Office of Education-LifeWorks® E-mentoring

A site developed and sponsored by the NIH Office of Science Education in which students can register for e-mentoring for healthcare careers. Students who at least 16 years of age and attend school in the United States are eligible to be e-connected with health professionals.

This homepage has links which lead to  Introductions for both students and mentors, registration pages, and frequently asked questions.
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HHMI—Howard Hughes Medical Institute Catalog

A must-view site of educational materials, including videos, lesson plans, publications available in the HHMI catalog.  Browse through listings or use the search function to find resources for your classroom—all free!

Multiple copies of certain materials can be ordered for whole-classroom use. A link on the catalog homepage details instructions on ordering multiple copies of instructional materials.


HHMI—Howard Hughes Medical Institute—Free downloadable posters

Download and print copies of HHMI posters from their Holiday Lectures on Science.  Posters include:

  • Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans
  • Making Your Mind: Molecules, Motion, and Memory
  • AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic
  • Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads