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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 06/28/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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FTC Names NetWellness as Quality On-line Health Resource

Cincinnati—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recognized NetWellness as one of 40 quality health Web sites. This list puts NetWellness in the company of other health information Web sites such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and the site of the former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD.

"We are honored to be selected to this elite listing of quality health information Web sites," says Stephen Marine, NetWellness program director and associate director of Academic Information Technology and Libraries at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center. NetWellness provides health information from physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals at UC, Case Western Reserve University, and The Ohio State University. The Web site address is netwellness.org.

Last week the FTC invited representatives from 11 of the recommended web sites to participate in a national press conference. Stephen Marine represented NetWellness at the event in Washington, DC. This press conference was part of the FTC's "Operation Cure.All" consumer education campaign. The campaign uses the Internet as a law enforcement tool to stop false product and treatment claims for various diseases and to provide consumers with a list of quality on-line health information sites.

NetWellness offers the world's largest base of medical experts to provide on-line consumer health information. Nearly 200 health faculty from Ohio's three research universities work together to provide expert services for popular NetWellness features, such as "Ask an Expert." "Ask an Expert" features the faculty answering users' questions usually within two to three days.



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