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Websites to lighten your health concerns

Websites to lighten your health concerns
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First Published: Mon, May 11 2009. 10 08 PM IST

Using Google in place of a doctor or a diagnostic lab can be injurious to health. You need to be aware about health issues in order to get the best care and support from professionals and avoid landing up at the doctor’s clinic too often. Here are a few websites to browse and bookmark:
1. Why pay for and go away to camps when you can get coaching on your couch? Improve your game (or your technique) this summer with online tips from the BBC Sports Academy. Take your pick of fitness facilitators: cricket, golf, football, swimming, cycling, judo, taekwondo… You can also download an “enhancement” that makes you look like Sachin Tendulkar.
2. Remember how we said laughter is good for children and seniors alike? It’s actually as good as a workout for everyone in between too, as you can read here. According to this study, a laugh a day may well keep a heart attack at bay.
3. Only in recent decades have women’s health concerns been recognized as significantly different and distinct from those of men. Often, even symptoms, diagnostics and treatment for a disease can vary based on gender, and of late, this has been especially recognized in the area of cardiovascular health. Ladies, this is one threat you should not take lightly. Find out more here
4. We also like Women Webmd for its easily navigated health guide and the way you can quickly pinpoint issues of concern with an age-group slider (both on the left-hand navigation bar). And it does look at the big picture without missing the details, dealing as much with cancers and cardiovascular health as sore throats, skincare and emergency contraception.
5.There’s a lot of portals out there to give you nutritional information on a slew of foods. But not all of them let you count according to the portions you eat. Here’s one that takes care of much of the mental math for you. It also goes the extra mile and has a recipe analyzer (along with a bank of 212,000 recipes, according to the website), BMI and calorie-counting tools, community features from forums to blogs, and a very handy unit converter. It even lets you keep your personal weight and activity logs online. If you think you’re good at eating healthy, take their Calorie Count Challenge to make certain. And it encourages you to exercise too.
6. A similar website presents you with “featured foods” to broaden your horizons. The site looks appetizing and varied too. (On 8 May it was Swiss chard, better known to us as amaranth)
7. What the above won’t help you with is Indian meals. But from maalpua to missi roti, you can find at least the usual (though not all) suspects here. Unusually too, it actually recognizes goat meat, rather than just interpolating values for mutton (sheep). Read here
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First Published: Mon, May 11 2009. 10 08 PM IST