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INFORMATION ACCESS OFFERS COMPLETE CD-ROM RESOURCE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION

 FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Your mother has just been diagnosed as having breast cancer, and you want to read about similar cases and their outcome. Your daughter's best friend is HIV-positive, and she would like some information on the virus that causes AIDS. You've recently read newspaper articles about the benefits of holistic medicine, and you want to know more. Where can you get complete information about these and other health concerns and issues? Information Access Co.'s Health Reference Center(TM) -- the most comprehensive resource for answering consumers' health-related questions.
 Designed and first introduced in 1991, Health Reference Center, is now available in hundreds of medical, academic and public libraries across the country.
 Health Reference Center is a self-contained source providing vital healthcare information in one efficient package. Patients, public and academic library patrons can receive all sorts of medical information on topics including diseases, nutrition, fitness, sports medicine, medical studies and other health and medical topics.
 Health Reference Center provides a diverse collection of articles from health periodicals; summaries and articles from professional journals; a medical dictionary; reference books such as Mosby's Medical Dictionary, Oryx Press Consumer Health Information Source book, USP Advice for the Patient, the Columbia University's Complete Home Medical Guide; health pamphlets; support group contacts; hotlines; and much more.
 Using compact disc technology, Health Reference Center's CD-ROM workstation is as easy to use as an electric typewriter. Offering multiple levels of information, materials are written in terminology that the general public will understand. By just tapping several keystrokes, users can obtain information about hundreds of diseases and tap into hundreds of publications for information; they can access this information at their convenience and without professional help. Users also can print out the information they find, and because of the system's added full text feature, they can even print out whole articles to take home.
 "Health Reference Center really empowers people," said Michael Schott, director of Information Resources at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. "It gives them the information they need to make decisions about their own healthcare. For people who are very shy about their conditions, it's very easy for them to find the information they need without a librarian's intervention."
 "Users, medical patients and the student nurses who frequent our library are really appreciative of the wide variety of sources, i.e. pamphlets and medical journals that the system provides," said Cindy Mitchell, head of Reference for Tippecanoe County Public Library in Lafayette, Ind. "The ease of use is also contagious; I've seen nursing students show newcomers to the library how to use it, and they become hooked."
 Information Access Co., owned by the parent company of Ziff Communications Co., is located in Foster City. and special libraries.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For the library nearest you, contact the Information Access Co./
 /CONTACT: Celeste M. Alleyne, public relations manager of Information Access, 415-378-5249/


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