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Web Sites That Will Leave You Armed and Informed

April 13, 1998|SHARI ROAN | TIMES HEALTH WRITER

The Women's Cancer Network Web site

http://www.wcn.org

Reproductive cancers are among the most dangerous because they are sometimes detected at an advanced stage. For the 80,000 American women each year found to have reproductive cancer--ovarian, uterine, cervical or breast cancer--it's crucial to have quick access to information on treatment options. This new Web site, developed by the Society of Gynecological Oncologists, is designed to arm women with knowledge. Healthy women can also use the site to obtain information on their personal risk for these diseases and to find out how the risks can be reduced.

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LA HealthCare Web site

http://www.lahealthcare.com

This site is designed to provide references for local health care providers, services, events and other health-related information. Among the services is a calendar of health events and a HealthCare Directory that provides free listings and a free Web page to providers and companies. This is a useful tool, not just to help providers advertise, but allows consumers to read about the provider or something the provider has written before deciding to make an appointment with the provider. Because the site is new, there isn't a whole lot on it yet, but if the site can build its directory and remain current, it should prove to be a valuable resource for the Los Angeles area.

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Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Assn.

http://www.ndmainfo.org

This site offers information and background on a wide range of issues involving self-care with nonprescription medication. The idea behind the site is to improve consumer safety and compliance in use of over-the-counter medications. The site will be especially useful, for example, when a product moves from prescription to OTC status. Anyone with a broader interest of the pharmaceutical field can also obtain facts and figures about the industry.

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Weider Publications' Fitnessonline

http://www.fitnessonline.com

News, information and a fitness cybermall are obtainable on this site. The site is geared to everyday folks--as opposed to fitness professionals--who are looking for an interactive guide to health and fitness. There are seven channels including training, lifestyle, nutrition, talk, shop, search and newsstand. Users can tap into content from all 10 of Weider's publications. There's also a place for chatting and accessing forums.

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