Online Health Sites Growing in Popularity

Websites offer just about anything from job listings, to games, dating advice, and help with health problems.

The sites are not just giving information; they are also bringing people together.

This is the only family Karen Adrian has around: Her 18-month-old daughter and her husband.

Otherwise, she is all alone in Connecticut.

So when she was recently diagnosed with an illness she turned to the internet for support.

Karen said, "I went on google and I looked for different websites what would help me on a daily basis."

She found help on a site called daily

The membership is free.

The site offers information about treatments, blogs, a place to write journals, and talk to other people going through the same thing.

Karen added "It's not uptight. It's not a medical point of view. It's a normal people point of view. And it makes me feel more comfortable."

University of Connecticut Medical School Head Librarian Evelyn Morgen says high tech healthcare is on the rise because of two main reasons:

  • in general people are taking more of an interest in their health.

  • and the internet has grown more interactive.

    Morgan stated, "I think they will actually work as self help groups, you know, old self help groups where people would get together in a room they can now do this virtually."

    She adds that the doctors of tomorrow are being taught to deal with this new phenomenon and how it relates to the care of their patients.

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