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5/17/05

HealthWise @ 5: Health on the Web

Sorting out the good from the bad and the helpful from the dangerous on the internet can be difficult. Here are some sites that will help with health questions and answers.

Tummy Test
The American Gastrological Association, a group of physicians who specialize in the GI tract, has a quiz for you that will indicate whether or not you should go to see a specialist. www.gastro.org/corescore

Cancer Prevention
This site attacks the myth that cancer cannot be prevented. It can and here you will find definite ways to do it. The site is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is a source for all kinds of good accurate information. www.cdc.gov/od/spotlight/nwhw/myths

Preventing Chronic Disease
A Harvard education may help you avoid a number of diseases. At an internet site sponsored by Harvard, you can assess your risk of colon cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and several other chronic problems.  The site is quick and easy to use. You can calculate your risk and then find tips on how to improve your health. This is very reliable internet information just as the Harvard Health Letter has been. www.yourdiseaserisk.harvard.edu

Travelers' Health

With vacation time coming up, a good site to consult is the CDC Travelers' Health page. You can check on how to prevent a specific disease or what diseases may be a risk where you are traveling. It gives an outline of the vaccinations you need to stay safe. It is especially worth a look if you are traveling to an undeveloped country where Travelers' diarrhea is a risk. Knowing how to prevent or treat turista (also known as Montezuma's revenge, Delhi belly, the Turkey trots) may mean the difference between a great vacation and a fiasco. www.cdc.gov/travel

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