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Short Take: FTC warns about Net health claims

The Federal Trade Commission has notified hundreds of Web site and newsgroup operators that they must have proof to support their medical- and health-related claims. The FTC, along with U.S., Canadian, and Mexican public agencies, found an abundance of ads and information targeted at sufferers of arthritis, diabetes, and AIDS, for example. In a few weeks, the FTC will check the sites for changes and could file federal charges if inaccurate information remains posted.

The Federal Trade Commission has notified hundreds of Web site and newsgroup operators that they must have proof to support their medical- and health-related claims. The FTC, along with U.S., Canadian, and Mexican public agencies, found an abundance of ads and information targeted at sufferers of arthritis, diabetes, and AIDS, for example. In a few weeks, the FTC will check the sites for changes and could file federal charges if inaccurate information remains posted.