Microsoft Network Introduces Health Site

SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft Network said it has launched a specialized health site today, pairing with content providers such as the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School.

Other partners in MSN Health & Fitness (http://health.msn.com) include Heathwise, a nonprofit medical encyclopedia resource; HealthDay, a news service for hospitals and insurers; Rodale, a health-book publisher; and iVillage, a women’s community site.

The site has interactive tools, such as quizzes and diet calculators, among its features, along with content and search functions. It opened today with a main story called “Four Ways to Improve Your Diet”

Dr. Anthony Komaroff, editor in chief of Harvard Medical School’s consumer health publications, said the partnership would help get the institution’s advances out to millions of people.

“Pairing our content with the easy-to-use search tools of MSN ensures that people will be able to quickly find the health information they’re looking for on anything from illnesses to diets,” Komaroff said.

MSN, a division of Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., attracts more than 360 million users per month worldwide. MSN offers localized versions of its sites globally, in 40 markets and 20 languages.