The film world has been buzzing about Michael Moore’s “Sicko” and its provocative look at the health care industry, but for most families, health care begins not politically, but with a sad little, “Mommy, I don’t feel good.” And whether it’s strange bumps or raging stomach bugs, most of us do a bit of do-it-yourself diagnosis online before calling in the MDs … then prowl the ‘net afterward for second opinions.
Now, we know you know better than to use Wikipedia to diagnose your ailments, but even pediatric hospital web sites guides can be thorny to navigate … or so terminally boring, your eyes glaze over before you’ve even gotten to chicken pox. So, when youth and media culture expert Anastasia Goodstein started talking about the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s sites for teens and tweens, we took a look — and we agree with Anastasia. They offer balanced, reputable, user-friendly information on the health issues most pertinent to young adolescents and teens, including sexual health and substance issues. If you’ve got others to recommend, we’d love to hear about them.
– Jackie Burrell