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Sunday, 17 December, 2000, 00:01 GMT
Top health websites
There is a wealth of information on the web
The Stationery Office has published a guide to internet health sites, Your Health and the Internet.

The guide highlights 11 top sites which can be relied upon to give readers reliable and authoritative health information. Comments below are from The Stationery Office. A commercial portal site with a busy layout, combining a directory element with health information, discussion boards, online shops and all sorts of other services. A well organised gateway with a good directory of links to mainly UK-focused health-related sites - a good place to find some relevant single-topic sites. The Clinic is the main public health links section. Set up by the charity of the same name the site, a superbly comprehensive online resource for cancer patients, their families and health professionals. OMNI (Organising Medical Network Information) is an outstanding database of 4,500 carefully vetted, medical, biomedical and health links, aimed primarily at the UK's academic, scientific and medical communities, but also of great use to laypeople. The Samaritans provide an unparalleled support service. Their site includes extensive contact information and support for those suffering exam stress. A core Department of Health health promotion policy site. The 'Health Focus' section has links to many useful sites including ones related to alcohol, coronary heart disease and stroke, food safety and hygiene, nutrition, sexual health and smoking. As well as carrying its own information, NHS Direct Online also acts as a gateway to quality-controlled information on health elsewhere on the web. Conditions and treatment information can be accessed through an interactive diagram of the human body - just click on the bit that hurts. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the organisation charged by the government with evaluating the value of new treatments and pharmaceutical products to the NHS. The site is simple to navigate and understand, and contains up to date information on controversial treatments. The online equivalent of a high-street chemists shop. It offers medicines, toiletries and other non-medical goods for sale and can fulfil NHS and private prescriptions by email and post. The site contains useful information about the possible side-effects of some treatments and the circumstances in which they should not be taken. The online trading name for a real chemist's shop in Harehills Lane, Leeds. Private prescriptions can be fulfilled - with free delivery - and payment can be made online by debit or credit card. The Health on the Net Foundation (HON) has produced a code of conduct for reliable and high-quality medical and health web sites. Sites that adhere to the HON code display the HON logo on their home page. This web site is a major non profit gateway to good-quality health related information on the Internet.

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