The internet provides access to a lot of bewildering medical
information. See www.100hot/directory/sports/health
The following sites have been selected in that they appear to
have authenticity and relevance but, as always with the web, care should be
taken when interpreting general information for personal use.
The initial decision on whether to go to the doctor or
not is, for some people, always difficult. One site which may be able to help is
The other more publicised site is www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
which is not yet as easy to use as one would have required from an emergency
The web is probably best for finding out more about your condition once it has
been diagnosed by a professional. The BBC site www.bbc.co.uk/health
is quite thorough for this purpose with an 'ask the doctor' section and 'webguide'
which links to specialist sites for a wide variety of conditions and illnesses.
Try also www.netdoctor.com which is an
independent UK site. It also has an 'ask the doctor' section and information
about most common diseases.
Fitness and Diet
The BBC ran a Fighting Fit Fighting Fat campaign on
television but have kept the web pages which provide basic information about
diet and fitness for those who are overweight and under fit. www.bbc.co.uk/health/fightingfit/
The brain needs to be kept active particularly during
periods of non employment or in retirement.'Use it or lose it' applies to the
brain as much as to the rest of the body. www.bewell.com
is a U.S. based site but has a wide range of useful information. Click on mental
health and then brain and memory. The article sums up the current
thinking about the ageing brain and provides some useful exercises.
How to live a long and healthy life has become a media
provides tips to living to 100 and other information about ageing. You can
calculate your chances of becoming a centenarian on www.beeson.org/Livingto100/
The media are always finding a health story based on
new research. Its often fascinating but difficult to follow up afterwards. Many
of the health sites carry research sections and its often where the story
emanates from. Examples are www.bloodpressure.com
that keeps up to date with cardiac and blood pressure topics or www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/news
that reports new developments in prostate cancer research. A general interest
site for the over 50's which reports regularly on current research in the health
field is www.vavo.com. One of the better
search engines for research topics is www.google.com.
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