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The Best Web Sites for Managing Your Health

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These Web sites make managing your health easier than ever.

In the New York City area (with plans to expand), ZocDoc lets you make appointments with doctors or dentists just by going online. Like for foodies, it allows you to create "reservations" with a doctor and take advantage of last-minute cancellations.

Launched in the summer of 2008, American Well offers virtual doctor visits -- the ability to talk with a clinician, even a specialist, in real time, 24 hours a day. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Hawaii was the first to pick up the service; in early 2009, other major insurance companies are expected to offer it as well.

Like Facebook for healthcare, iMedix is a community-based Web site that allows you to create a profile and add whatever health issues interest you. Then you can chat with other members who share the same concerns. Is it normal to have bad monthly cramps at age 30? Are there any great home remedies for fighting a migraine? Post your question and be prepared for answers, stat.

This consumer-health search engine lets you narrow your inquiries with a filter to find clinical trials related to a topic that interests you, as well as the latest studies in academic journals.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2009.


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jstrong196 wrote:

I appreciate you sharing this info! My wife is really into fitness, and is always looking for ways to improve her workouts and the food she eats. I've never been on board with it, but I'm starting to really like it, and am trying to learn more about it. This has some really good insights that I think she would like to look at. I'll have to show her when I get home, thanks so much for sharing this! Jason |

4/4/2014 01:03:33 PM Report Abuse
jensmott wrote:

Online health care can be a great resource to find out health issues when a doctor isn't on call. Looking up information about your symptoms can really give you some information about why you are feeling that way and how you can feel better. Just make sure not to freak yourself out if you diagnose it incorrectly! It's easy to panic if you think you have a sickness you actually don't have. Jensen |

3/24/2014 04:45:48 PM Report Abuse
jimstout7878 wrote:

This was a really good read. It is amazing how many ways there are to lose weight. I need to go to the gym more.

2/4/2014 09:38:41 AM Report Abuse
seamuslowe53 wrote:

I'm always a little wary of these websites. Sometimes they just tell you something that it's not even closely related to. -Seamus |

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