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Website of the Week — WebMD


Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.

This week, we're featuring one of the top medical information sites on the Web.

"On WebMD, we have both medical news and general health information," says Dr. Michael Smith, Chief Medical Editor at WebMD.com.

"We actually have a WebMD news center. In addition we have an expansive medical library with everything from videos and tools to features and a complete reference library."

At WebMD, you can keep up with the latest medical research, learn about specific diseases and conditions, and even try to diagnose a problem through the "symptom checker" feature.

And everything is reviewed by experts. "So every piece of content on our site actually goes through a doctor's eyes. A board-certified physician will look at the content, make sure it's up to date, accurate, and doesn't have anything misleading that might be misconstrued by a lay audience."

WebMD is an advertiser-supported site, but Smith said the editorial and advertising departments are kept separate to ensure that sponsors don't influence the news and information.

Among the many other features are almost 200 message boards on subjects ranging from allergies to yoga.

"The message boards allow you not only to communicate with others living with your condition, but it also allows you to post questions for health experts, either physicians or nurses, a wide variety of health professionals, even nutritionists in the diet and nutrition area, to actually post questions to them, ask a specific question, and get a response back."

There are also special sections for men, women, and children's health issues, nutritional advice, and much more.

Good health information is only a click away at WebMD.com, or get the link to this and more than 200 other Websites of the Week from our site, voanews.com.

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