Carbs or calories? Fiber or fat? Finally, a source you can trust for information on healthy eating. The Harvard School of Public Health has amassed easy-to-digest information on such matters as food pyramids, exercise, calcium, interpreting the mass media, alcohol and type 2 diabetes. The articles are all straightforward and grounded in real science rather than hype, and technical terms are hyper-linked for maximum comprehension. Dieters looking for a get-thin-quick solution won't find it here--the emphasis is on facts over fads, health over hype. Highly recommended for smart, helpful, reliable info you're less likely to find in glossy magazines or on your local news.
The Human Genome
The definitive site for information on the human genome, including the latest developments, disease, history, ethics and, of course, the mapping project. Most impressive is the Genome Interactive Centre's Flash-powered Chromosome Browser, wherein you may click on images of each pair of chromosomes in the genome and are offered a detailed explanation of the genes it contains and how they function. In Zoom in on Your Genome, your mouse takes you from the outside of a human body into an organ, then a cell, and deeper still until you've ventured as far as a chromosome and its component parts, right down to DNA bases.
Stem Cells in the Spotlight
One of the most hotly contested issues on the campaign trail this year gets a thorough unpacking at the University of Utah's topnotch stem cell site. Brush up on the fundamentals of the process with the animated intro, What Is a Stem Cell?; learn about the various ways in which scientists currently use the cells in their searches for cures for such diseases as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's and how they might employ them in the future; and even delve into the moral, religious and ethical debate surrounding lab access to the body's building blocks. Superb design, excellent graphics and jargon-free text elucidate the details of this fascinating and controversial medical phenomenon.
For those of us who decided against medical school--but are still fascinated by the inner workings of the human body--thank cyberspace for this site. Go as deep as you need into the muscles and bones of the body via Net Anatomy's radiographic, cross-sectional and gross anatomy components. Created by experts in the anatomical sciences, the site is geared toward students of the medical professions, but the layperson will be just as fascinated by the virtual open cadaver on microscopic display here.
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania provides one of the Web's most informative sites on cancer, including a compendium on different types of the disease, treatment options and coping suggestions. A battery of experts on hand to answer questions pertaining to their specialties plus a monthly newsletter containing cutting-edge info on the latest in cancer research make this site a high powered center for oncological knowledge. Most impressive is Oncolink/EmergingMed's Cancer Clinical Trials Matching Service, in which a patient can discover within seconds if his profile matches with any of the clinical trials currently underway at the University of Pennsylvania.
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