MSN Introduces Health Site

SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft Network said it has launched a specialized health site this week, 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 Tuesday 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.