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Health On the Net Foundation Newsletter - Jun 2005 
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In this issue... 

    * Major Update for HONselect 
    * HONcode in 29 languages 
    * Health  Information online: an American survey from the Pew Internet Project 

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Major  Update  for  HONselect 

Health  On  the  Net's  user-friendly  directory, 
HONselect, is based on  the 22,568 Medical Subject  Headings (MeSH) of the  U.S. 
National Library  of Medicine.  HON has  just completed  a major  update of  its 
directory, incorporating new medical terms that have appeared in the  scientific 
literature or in emerging  areas of research. The  2005 update includes 487  new 
descriptors, 129 existing descriptors that have been modified, and 60 that  have 
been deleted. HONselect has been updated in its English, French, German, Spanish 
and Portuguese editions. 
http://www.hon.ch/HONselect/ 

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HONcode in 29 languages 

Health On the Net is pleased to invite Romanian-language 
health  and  medical  websites to  apply  for  HONcode accreditation,  following 
publication of the HONcode in  Romanian. Guidelines for web publishers  are also 
available in Romanian.  The application form  also in Romanian  can be found  at 
http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/HONcode_membership_ro.html. This latest translation of 
the HONcode is the fruit  of HON's collaboration with the  Mediclass Association 
of  Cluj,  Romania,  and brings  to  29  the number  of  languages  available to 
webmasters seeking HONcode accreditation. 

HON guidelines to ethical standards in web publishing have also been  translated 
into a growing number of languages. HONcode guidelines have recently been issued 
in Russian. 
http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Guidelines/guidelines_ru.html 

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Health Information  online: 

an  American survey  from the  Pew Internet  Project 
Eight in ten internet users have  looked online for information on at  least one 
of 16  health topics,  with increased  interest in  diet, fitness, drugs, health 
insurance, experimental treatments, and  particular doctors and hospitals.  That 
translates to about  95 million American  adults (18+) who  use the internet  to 
find  health information.  Some demographic  groups showed  notable interest  in 
specific topics   59%  of online  women have  read up  on nutrition information 
online, for example,  compared with 43%  of online men.  Thirty-eight percent of 
online parents have  checked online for  health insurance information,  compared 
with 26% of internet  users who do not  have children living at  home. Forty-one 
percent of internet users with a  broadband connection at home have looked  up a 
particular doctor or hospital, compared with  19% of internet users with a  dial 
-up connection at home. 
Complete report at: 
http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Healthtopics_May05.pdf 



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