Just what the doctor ordered: Mayo Clinic offers free health care site

Something else to put on my to-do list. Consider signing up and joining the Mayo Clinic Health Manager.

It's a new web site, launched today -- and it's free to the public. And no, you don't have to be going to the famed Mayo Clinic to use it.

I've taken the web-based tour, but I haven't yet signed up, so I can't actually prescribe the health site to the hypochondriac or health-savvy individual, but it does look like a potentially useful tool for managing your health on the Internet.

Basically, from what I understand, you plug in a lot of your personal health care information, and the web site will use that to provide "guidance and recommendations," according to the Mayo Clinic press release that I was sent.

Obviously, it's not a substitute for going to the doctor, and it's not meant to be. In fact, the "tour" talks about how you can print out material from the site and take it to your doctor to look at, if you're afraid you might forget to share some important detail about your current condition.

But if you're always going to the doctor and trying to keep track of all of your appointments and medicines, or if you're pregnant, if you have diabetes, if you're trying to control your cholesterol or asthma -- then, this seems like the place to go. Or at least it seems worth checking out.
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