HealthESites
October 18, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 21
ISSN 1530-3608
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INTERNET A POPULAR SOURCE OF MEDICAL
INFORMATION
So many patients are using the Web to find health information
that doctors should develop their own Web sites, according to a
study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association. The authors said doctors should use the Web as a
patient education tool and should help patients separate the good
sites from the bad.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 17, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001017/hl/information_1.html


GROUPS COLLABORATE ON ETHICS CODE FOR HEALTH
WEBSITES
Three major health ethics groups are working together to develop
a common code of conduct for Web sites that offer health
information. The groups include Hi-Ethics, the Health on the Net
(HON) Foundation, and the Internet Healthcare Coalition.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 17, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001017/hl/websites_1.html


BILL WOULD REGULATE INTERNET PHARMACIES
Members of the U.S. House and Senate have introduced similar
bills that would make it easier for state and federal government
agencies to regulate Internet pharmacies. The bills would give
state attorneys general power to obtain nationwide injunctions
against companies selling drugs illegally online. They also would
allow the U.S. Justice Department to block payments by U.S.
citizens to foreign companies that sold drugs illegally.
Source: Reuters - Oct. 18, 2000
http://news.excite.com/news/r/001018/11/net-health-drugs-dc


WEBMD FOUNDERS STEP ASIDE
Two key officials at the electronic health company WebMD have
resigned, and company officials said they are streamlining
operations to eliminate any units that lose money. The company is
currently losing $80 million every three months, but company
officials said the firm will break even by the fourth quarter of
2001.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 13, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/13/technology/13HEAL.html


WHEN ARE WOMEN MOST FERTILE? A WEB SITE KNOWS
German woman who register at a Web site can receive free mobile
phone calls reminding them of the days they're most likely to
become pregnant. Women also can have the phone messages sent to
their partners.
Source: Reuters - Oct. 13, 2000
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1007-200-3182807.html


IS CYBERTHERAPY FOR YOU?
Sites offering psychological therapy of one sort or another are
popping up across the Web. This article explains what to look for
in a cybertherapy site.
Source: Gomez.com - Oct. 13, 2000
http://www.gomez.com/features/
article.cfm?topcat_id=0&col=73&id=6418



DOCTORS GET X-RAYS ON THE WEB
A top British hospital has installed a software system that
allows doctors to view x-rays and scans on the Web. Just one of
the benefits is that in an emergency, specialists will be able to
examine the x-rays without having to travel to the hospital.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Oct. 16, 2000
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_974000/974661.stm


WEB SITE HELPS CANCER PATIENTS GET A SECOND
OPINION
Patients who are diagnosed with cancer now can get a second
opinion through the Web. Patients pay a new site at
http://www.findcancerexperts.com an $80 fee, and within 24 hours
the site sends them the names of three pathologists and
instructions for sending biopsy slides. The physicians, who are
some of the leading pathologists around the country, typically
charge $150 to $300 to examine the slides.
Source: USA Today - Aug. 16, 2000
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20001016/2752482s.htm


SITE READING: PHYSICIANS GRAPPLE WITH
RECOMMENDING WEB SITES
Many doctors are screening health sites so they can recommend
high-quality sites to their patients. This article discusses some
of the sites that doctors recommend most frequently.
Source: American Medical News - Oct. 23/30, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesa1023.htm


DON'T FALL PREY TO THE CANCER RUMOR MILL
Did you know that using antiperspirant or deodorant can cause
breast cancer? Or that a chemical in shampoo causes cancer? These
are just two of the many cancer-related hoaxes flying across the
Internet via e-mail. Leading authorities attempt to squelch the
hoaxes where possible, but have a hard time keeping up with the
misinformation.
Source: WebMD - Oct. 13, 2000
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1728.62276


BROKEN RECORDS
The electronic medical record, which would contain a patient's
entire medical history with various doctors, a list of drugs
being taken, x-rays, and other information is seen by some as a
way to make doctors more efficient and provide better care to
patients. But any widely deployed system is probably at least a
decade away.
Source: Red Herring - October 2000
http://redherring.com/mag/issue83/mag-broken-83.html


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