MedBytes for March features Web sites giving you important information on hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C Forum
The Hepatitis C Forum offers an international look at the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and research being conducted in other parts of the world. Links to foreign research studies, information on alternative treatments, and a large links page make this site an excellent starting point for information on HCV.
This site, at www.epidemic.org, opens with a statement by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, that hepatitis C could potentially kill more people than AIDS. From there, the site goes into specifics that explain viruses, give statistics on infection, and offer links on where to find more information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/index.htm offers a clinical look at hepatitis C. With incidence and trend information, this site is best explored by someone with a clinical medicine background. This Web site's best feature is that the information is detailed and concise.
Visit www.hivandhepatitis.com for information on the treatment and prevention of both HIV and the hepatitis C virus. The site's primary function is to act as a clearinghouse for public news about the two diseases. The content is evenly split between staff reports and outside links such as Reuters News Service.
HEP Support Group Handbook
Located at www.scn.org/health/hepatitis/handbook.htm, the HEP Support Group Handbook gives insights on how to set up a hepatitis C support group. Dealing more with logistics than statistics, the handbook recommends procedures, such as the first steps in organizing a group, designating a meeting format, and selecting a meeting space.
Hepatitis Information Network
Visit the Hepatitis Information Network at www.hepnet.com/index.html for up-to-date information on hepatitis-related issues. Click on "Doctors" to reach the Hepatitis Knowledge Newsletter located in the site's section for physicians and other health care professionals. Also included on the site are news items, continuing medical education opportunities, and patient information.
Texas Medical Association
Got questions? Ask the TMA Knowledge Base. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the TMA Web site (www.texmed.org). Look for the "Got Questions?" icon. TMA has captured members' most commonly asked questions -- on practice management, legal and legislative issues, TMA membership and member services, continuing medical education, and public health and science. If you can't find your answer in the Knowledge Base, ask for Personal Assistance. TMA's professional staff will research your question, get back to you with the answer, and add it into the Knowledge Base to help those that come after you.
MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest to Texas physicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site at www.texmed.org. Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by the Texas Medical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.
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