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Health information and the Internet facts and figures

April 02, 1999

* Within the next two years, 30 million adults will search the Internet for health content.

* While many topics appeal more to one sex than the other, about equal numbers of men and women seek out pharmaceutical and drug information online.

* About one in four disease-related searchers join an online support group.

* Cancer is the most frequently sought disease category, followed by heart disease.

* One of the foremost trends of the 1990s has been the marked increase in self-reliance in all areas of American life.

* Seventy percent of those seeking health and medical information online agree that the Internet empowers them to make better choices in their lives.

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- healthfinder information*

* Healthfinder, www.healthfinder.gov, provides consumer health and human services information. Healthfinder can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and nonprofit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

Launched in April 1997, healthfinder served Internet users more than 1.7 million times in its first year online.

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