Googling Your Way Back to Health: What the Web's Health Sites Can Offer
The expert: Lynne Shuster, MD, founding director of the Women's Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic
The pick: "WomenHeart.org is the website of the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, founded by three women who had heart attacks in their 40s. The site provides a wide range of information that is unique to women with heart conditions, and it's carefully reviewed by a committed team of heart disease experts."
The issue: Mental health
The expert: Robert Klitzman, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the author of When Doctors Become Patients
The pick: "A lot of mental health sites focus solely on depression, but WebMD.com gives good background on everything from stress management to ADHD. The site, however, could do a slightly better job of making it clear that in many instances the best treatment for mental health disorders may be talk therapy, by itself or combined with medication."
The issue: Infertility
The expert: Alice Domar, PhD, founder of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health and author of Conquering Infertility
The pick: "For unbiased, comprehensive, and up-to-date information on infertility, the best site is Resolve.org. It combines medical information, tips, and strategies for coping with the emotional impact of infertility, plus information on all family-building options. It has links to local resources and state-by-state insurance coverage."
The issue: Disease risk
The expert: Tara Parker-Pope, author of the New York Times "Well" blog
The pick: "YourDiseaseRisk.com is a guide for assessing your chances of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke. You answer questions and it gives you an indication of where you fall on the spectrum. It was created by a Harvard doctor, and it's based on all the scientific evidence out there."
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