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MedHelp to Add Top Stanford Surgeons and Specialized Forums to Online Health Community
Date:9/5/2007

Community of More Than 35 Doctors Grow as MedHelp Focuses on Answering More

Consumer Health Questions Online

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- MedHelp, the leading online health community connecting people to medical experts, information and shared experiences, today announced Stanford University School of Medicine surgeons Denise L. Johnson, M.D. and Stephen Ryu, M.D. have joined their premier roster of more than 35 doctors and over 14 of America's leading medical institutions on MedHelp.org. In addition, MedHelp has also added respiratory and asthma/allergy forums with medical experts from National Jewish Medical and Research Center to its steadily growing list of more than 100 medical forums.

MedHelp's active online health community of more than 4 million people each month consistently maintains their position among the top ten most- visited Web sites in the U.S. in the health and medical information industry (Hitwise, June 2007). The health forums range in topic from allergies, cancer, child behavior, depression, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, urology and many more.

"We're focused on expanding our active expert community to provide the best medical resources for our users to take control of and learn more about their health. With the addition of top Stanford Surgeons to our MedHelp roster, we continue to provide a home base for those who seek health information and advice outside of the doctor's office," said MedHelp CEO John de Souza.

MedHelp's extensive roster of top-tier affiliated medical professionals continues to grow with the addition of two high-profile surgeons from Stanford University:

-- Denise L. Johnson, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery; Advising Dean;

and Director of the Melanoma Program at the Stanford University School

of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the California Breast

Cancer Advisory Board and will be hosting a new Cancer Surgery Forum on

MedHelp.org.

-- Stephen Ryu, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, who specializes

in Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spine Stereotactic

Radiosurgery, New Spinal Technologies and General Neurosurgery.

"The Internet is a great resource for getting and giving advice in addition to learning about health. It can also be an excellent place to support and learn from each other's experiences," said David Tinkelman, M.D and VP Health Initiatives, National Jewish Medical and Research Center. "National Jewish is pleased to participate as a resource for those who seek information about asthma and COPD from MedHelp."

As an online health resource since 1994, MedHelp is a pioneer in the movement to empower consumers to seek health information and advice online as a complement to regular doctors' visits. In addition to helping doctors build closer relationships with their own patients and connect with additional potential patents outside of the office, MedHelp provides medical professionals an opportunity to showcase specific expertise and specialties and to establish thought leadership in the field among colleagues, hospitals and patients.

To see a full list of affiliated doctors and specialists please visit: (http://www.medhelp.org/physician_profiles.htm).

To see a full list of affiliated hospitals and medical centers please visit: (http://www.medhelp.org/medical_partners.htm).

For more information on the new Asthma/Allergy forum please visit: (http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Asthma-Allergy/wwwboard.html)

For more information on the new Respiratory Disorder forum please visit: (http://www.medhelp.org/forums/RespiratoryDisorders/index.htm)

About MedHelp

Founded in 1994, MedHelp was created out of the need to have one reliable resource for people to access the highest quality medical information, expert advice and shared experiences. As one of the oldest and most active online health community, MedHelp has over 13 years of patient and doctor commentary and feedback on a wide range of health-related topics and information. MedHelp connects 4 million people each month with the best doctors, hospitals and specialists in the world as well as with others with shared healthcare interests and experiences. MedHelp is based in San Francisco and is self- funded. For more information, visit http://www.medhelp.org.


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