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Last week URCA released a list of 13 Web sites that met their 14 criteria, principles that were set in the interest of consumer protection, including privacy, security, quality of information, harmony of information, fairness of transactions, and professional conduct.

The sites that made the grade are:

A.D.A.M. at www.adam.com – A.D.A.M. publishes the Health Illustrated Encyclopedia, as well as books on anatomy. It also supplies other health Web sites with images and information.

Healthyroads at www.healthyroads.com – This site is by the American Specialty health Networks, and covers a wide range of topics and cures that are outside the mainstream, with articles on health issues like vegan diets, back pain, stress and arthritis.

Group Health Incorporated at www.ghi.com – GHI is a not-for-profit health insurance company based in New York state. They also supply general information on health and wellness.

Hayes OnHealth at www.hayesonhealth.com – Hayes provides independent health care information to help consumers make informed medical decisions. You can’t get in, however, unless your health insurance company directs you there for a second opinion.

Health Insurance Association of America at www.hiaa.org – The HIAA helps to direct consumers towards insurance programs that can benefit them, and creates and maintains standards within the health insurance industry.

HealthHelp: Information and Beyond at www.hhni.com – HealthHelp administrates radiology services for health insurers.

HealthWise at www.healthwise.org – Healthwise monitors and recommends perscription-strength information to doctors and consumers.

Intelihealth at www.intelihealth.com – Intelihealth is consumer-oriented, guiding the public to information by the Harvard Medical Schools on illnesses and health. This site features a "Symptom Scout," where you can enter information about your illness and receive a list of possible ailments. It also features a medical dictionary, a summary of tests and procedures, fitness information, and literally dozens of other information services.

Veritas Medicine at www.veritasmedicine.com – This site provides information for doctor’s, evaluating the different treatment options and providing the clinical trials reports available on a comprehensive list of cures.

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