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Sound advice on health problems

September 22, 1997
Web posted at: 5:55 p.m. EDT (1755 GMT)

(CNN) -- There's plenty of medical information on the Internet, but if it comes to medical information it helps to have a discerning eye -- your personal health might otherwise suffer.

For serious information there is no better place to start out than with the Web site of the American Medical Association.

Among its great features are an atlas of the human body, which comes complete with internal organs, muscles and the skeleton.

Three special sections let you focus on the needs of individual family members. And while you can calculate your body mass index, analyze your diet and check out heart healthy recipes, you may even find a doctor close to you.

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It brings together a wide variety of specific information that might otherwise be hard to find. Users can search for a particular condition, browse the categories of listings or simply look at the "Hot Med Sites."

The Mayo Clinic's Health Oasis has a great first-aid section with helpful hints on all sorts of topics.

You can take the Fast Food Quiz to find some surprising facts about fat content, for instance, or click on the Virtual Cookbook, which is packed with all sorts of ideas to modify recipes. You can even send your own favorites for a healthy upgrade.

This site also allows pregnant women to track their baby's development with the illustrated calendar.

Correspondent Lori Waffenschmidt contributed to this report.


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