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NEW SOFTWARE PUTS MEDICAL INFO AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

 NEW SOFTWARE PUTS MEDICAL INFO AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
 MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Afraid that nagging


cough may be pneumonia? Need to know what prescriptions don't mix? Want to know when a pain is serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor without spending time and money in the emergency room?
 For computer buffs, the doctor is in -- instantly. Home computer users can now plug into advice from the experts with "The Home Medical Advisor", the new IBM software written by a physician, board-certified in emergency medicine and designed to bring medical information right to your fingertips. Saving money on health care is critical today, and "The Home Medical Advisor" offers one way to take advantage of reliable home care.
 "The Home Medical Advisor" doesn't take the place of face-to-face treatment from a doctor, but it does offer fast information for reference, first aid and education.
 "It's ironic that we have user manuals for our CDs, microwaves and TVs, yet we have no manual for our most important instrument -- ourselves," said program creator Dr. Stephen Schueler, a board- certified emergency physician on staff at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla. Dr. Schueler's own emergency department uses his software to provide printed instructions and explanations for patients.
 Easy-to-use on an IBM or IBM-compatible computer, the computerized home medical reference begins with seven basic files -- Symptoms, Diseases, Injuries, Poisons, Drugs, Tests and Referrals. Generating thousands of computer screens with over 600 color graphics, it provides detailed -- and understandable -- information on medical diagnoses, drug reactions and side effects, laboratory tests, injuries and poison information. Files also spell out:
 -- Causes, symptoms, tests and treatments for more than 450
 diseases.
 -- 130 laboratory tests, what they are, when and why they are
 necessary and the known complications.
 -- Descriptions of more than 800 prescription and non-prescription
 drugs, why and when they are prescribed, possible side effects
 and interactions with other drugs.
 -- Over 500 household chemicals with specifics on what to do and
 what not to do in an emergency.
 The program will be updated every 10-12 months for registered users with input from a national advisory group of board-certified physicians, Dr. Schueler added. "First aid reference books or home medical guides go out of date very quickly. By reviewing and updating our program regularly with new disks, we stay current and topical."
 The program sells nationally through Dr. Schueler's family- operated company, Pixel Perfect, for $69.95 and is on line in schools, hospitals, libraries, and many professional offices who use the computerized guide to reference information quickly for callers.
 To order "The Home Medical Advisor", call Pixel Perfect toll free at 800-788-2099.
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 /CONTACT: Merry Lynn Starling of Watermark Public Relations, 407-725-7204, for Pixel Perfect/ CO: Pixel Perfect ST: Florida IN: CPR SU: PDT


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