December 27, 2007 08:00 ET

Planning to Use Weight-Loss Drugs or Supplements to Support Your New Year's Resolution? eMedTV Can Help You Cut Through the Hype of Dietary Products

Innovative Health Information Web Site Combines Fact-Based Information in Everyday Language From Medical Experts

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - December 27, 2007) - As New Year's resolutions are made, and consumers look for ways to shed their holiday pounds, many will undoubtedly turn to diet supplements and medications. Misinformation about these options, however, is widespread.

eMedTV ( today announced a unique initiative to help educate consumers about their choices. On the homepage, for each of the next 30 days, eMedTV will feature detailed information on a different weight-loss drug or supplement. Articles will cover such things as how they work (if they do work), possible drug interactions, precautions and appropriate dosing.

"The National Institute of Health estimates that 66 percent of adults are overweight, and research shows that 31 percent will go on a diet this year," said Art Schoenstadt, MD, founder and president of eMedTV. "For many consumers, getting straight answers to medical questions can be intimidating and complicated. We want people to reach their weight-loss goals safely and effectively, and also make informed and confident healthcare decisions."

Schoenstadt said products such as Hydroxycut, TrimSpa, Hoodia, Ephedra, Alli and Meridia might work well for some individuals. But he urged anyone who plans to use drugs or supplements to educate themselves on how these products work and what the potential outcomes or side effects might be.

"Our site is loaded with evidence-based information -- all from qualified healthcare providers -- that can help people make the right decisions for their weight-loss needs," Schoenstadt said. This information is available by visiting the weight-loss health channel on eMedTV at

The site's impressive library of original health educations videos -- the largest available on the Web today -- is combined with eMedTV's growing collection of more than 17,000 easy-to-understand print articles covering more than 2,000 health topics, including medical conditions, procedures and treatments. In turn, eMedTV helps its users not only better understand their health, but also play a more active role in planning their healthcare with their physician.

About eMedTV:

eMedTV is the only health information Web site that combines straight talk from medical experts with the Web's largest library of original health education videos.

eMedTV provides consumers with thousands of short videos and articles designed to quickly and easily educate them about a wide variety of diseases, treatments and procedures. The site's award-winning original content has been used by the National Institutes of Health and top medical centers both within the United States and overseas.

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