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					Health Information: Taking Control of Your Health

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One of the best ways to ensure that you and your family enjoy good health
is to equip yourself with the facts about important health issues. This
section contains the health information you need to make informed
decisions about participating in clinical trials, choosing the right
health care insurance plan and ensuring early detection of health
problems with regular medical screening.

Clinical Health Care Trials
A clinical trial tests the effectiveness of a particular type of
treatment, method of diagnosis or medical screening technique on human
subjects. Clinical trials are a critical step in both the research and
approval processes for any new medical treatment or technique.

Although thousands of people participate in clinical trials every year,
they represent only a small fraction of potential participants. If more
people participated in clinical health care trials, new treatments would
be available to the public much sooner. According to a survey conducted
in 2000 by the National Cancer Institute, the main reason people gave for
not participating in clinical trials was that they didn't have enough
information about the trials.

Participating in a clinical trial has a number of health care benefits.
Participants receive the best possible health care from leading medical
experts, and all treatment and medication provided during the trial is
completely free of charge. Some trials even offer compensation for your
time. Explore this section to learn more about clinical trials going on
in your area.

Health Care Insurance
With the rising costs of medical care, health care insurance has become
an important essential. Although premiums may be high, health care
insurance protects you against paying costly, out-of-pocket emergency
health care costs. By equipping yourself with the proper health
information, you can find out how to get health care coverage for
yourself and your family and keep your costs down at the same time.

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