Summit, NJ (PRWEB) March 28, 2006
After careful review, http://www.SnorEnder.com has received the HONcode seal of approval from the Health On the Net Foundation (HON), based in Geneva, Switzerland. Health On the Net Foundation - http://www.hon.ch - is the leading organization promoting and guiding the deployment of useful and reliable online medical and health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Established in 1995, HON is a widely respected independent authority on the credibility and reliability of health related information on the Internet. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
- Finding Better Health Information on the Web
According to Google, MSN and Yahoo, there are more than 4.2 billion pages containing the word ‘health’ (about 1.25 billion 2 years ago), 1.6 billion mentioning the term ‘medical’ (about 500 million 2 years ago), and more than 265 million referencing "alternative health" (fewer than 60 million 2 years ago). The unprecedented growth of health information sources on a global scale means that searching for good information has become far more difficult. Users are also finding that the quality of search results they get is often very confusing, usually generating little more than a list of thousands of Web sites that may contain nothing more than a search keyword. But now this confusion is starting to change.
The major search engines realize that they have a big financial and business credibilty stake in making sure the results of their searches are relevant, reliable, safe, and trustworthy. Recently, the Walt Street Journal, " Web Sites Make Health Searches Easier", by Jessica E. Vascellaro, reported that these leading search engines are now working to develop better medical and health search capabilities. The Wall Street Journal noted that the growth of specialized search engines and capabilities promoting trustworthy health and medical sites such as Kosmix.com, mamashealth.com, Webmd.com, and Healthline.com, is increasingly reliant on accreditation by reputable online Web ethics committees like the prestigious Health on the Net Foundation.
- Need for HON Certification
Of the billions of Web pages that may contain health and medical information, fewer than 40,000 Web sites have applied for and received the prestigious HON certification. Among these few that have become HONcode-certified is http://www.snorender.com. There is a recognized need to help people everywhere better understand and evaluate the quality and relevance of information found in the hundreds of millions of health-related Web sites available to them online. HON certification is an important step. HON standards are intended to help online viewers better understand what they read, and how it may be relevant to their health need. For example, a key requirement of the HON certification is the mandate that Web sites affirm the need for good doctor-patient communication, especially with regard to non-traditional, alternative, and complementary healthcare approaches.
- Exploding US Healthcare Crisis
Finding relevant health information and ascertaining its trustworthiness and accuracy to the user, especially for common, alternative or complementary healthcare topics, are two inseparable concepts. Both are necessary as the web has now become a primary source of healthcare knowledge. For example, some researchers are now reporting that millions of people are using the Web to research common, alternative and complementary healthcare approaches and treatment options. This may actually help them reduce treatment costs and improve doctor-patient communication.
Improved access to good online healthcare information is very important since by the end of this decade, an estimated 60% of all American families will probably not be able to afford adequate healthcare insurance. Because most experts now think that this catastrophic healthcare access trend will continue, almost half the US population could have little or no access to good medical information. If this disturbing trend unfolds as many think it will, the potential economic, social, and political consequences could be devastating to the USA. Because so many people today lack adequate heathcare coverage, they must use the Worldwide Web to find basic healthcare information and services, particularly about common, alternative, and complementary health concerns.
- Snoring Is A Huge Problem
About 60% of adult men and women over the age of 45 snore loud enough to disturb their mate and children. Chronic, loud, non-apnea snoring is often cited as one of the most common reasons for marital, family, and job-related stress. An estimated 20% of divorces have been linked, at least in part, to untreated loud snoring by one spouse. But snoring can also be difficult and expensive to treat, with few, if any, effective "cures" available. Many experts say that as many as 85% of adult snorers actually snore because they breathe through their mouth while asleep. These sleep experts also say that closing the mouth and breathing through the nose can often be helpful in reducing loud adult snoring, especially for those who do not have obstructive sleep apnea.
SnorEnder provides information about non-apnea snoring in adults. It encourages the doctor-patient relationship by urging those who snore to become better informed about sleep disorders, to see their healthcare professional right away and get tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or other sleep disorders. Millions of chronic snorers who don't suffer from OSA or other snoring-related sleep disorders may find relief from loud snoring by using the unique, patent-pending SnorEnder at http://www.snorender.com.