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A big happy and healthy new year from all of us at WebMD. Your health and well-being mean so much to us. We are dedicated to making sure you are enlightened with the information, motivation, and resources you need every day to feel better about your health decisions.

And we have made some New Year's resolutions of our own to help you even more:

1. To deeply understand how your health is affected by every part of your life — how you eat, sleep, work, relate to others, parent, shop, drive, entertain, travel, love, and balance your obligations.

2. To give you a more compelling, convenient, and gratifying experience here on our web site. (We are so fortunate to have more than 32 million of you each month to show us what you like ... so we can keep giving you more.)

3. To help you feel that you belong to one of the largest health information communities in the world, to bring you closer to the best minds in health and medicine, and to help you find practical wisdom from others like you.

Of course, I've made my own personal resolutions, too. I have never publicly presented my never-ending goals, but I thought if I go first maybe you'll be able to focus on your own:

1. To not blame the clothes dryer for tight-fitting pants (especially when the pants were hung to dry ...)

2. To ignore the bread basket while waiting for the entrée (but I am just trying to get my money's worth ...)

3. To love mustard more than mayonnaise (switching the labels just doesn't work ...)

4. To buy only what I need when food shopping (but what about some unknown natural disaster that could shut down the food market?)

5. To remember that a new hairdo cannot solve my missed yoga class "issue."

Yes, my resolutions are a bit tongue-in-cheek -- just like this month'sthis month's cover story, starring Hugh Laurie, who plays the quirky Dr. Gregory House on TV's hit medical drama. Laurie tells us he knows that arriving at a correct diagnosis is often a real challenge. He also truly respects the medical profession. I wonder, would his father, who was a gentle physician with a warm bedside manner, approve of his son's role on House? Laurie's answer is informative for us all.

Finally, check out the popular blog, TV Checkup, where you'll find our own medical experts delivering their own diagnoses of House, ER, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, and more.

Yours in well-being,

Nan-Kirsen Forte

Nan-Kirsten Forte, MS
Editor in Chief, WebMD the Magazine

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