HealthESites
November 21, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 39
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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REPORT: U.S. DOESN'T PROTECT
MOST ONLINE HEALTH INFO
In April, the Bush administration approved rules developed by the
Clinton administration to protect the privacy of personal medical
information. But a new report says that most activities at health
Web sites aren't covered by the rules.
Source: Reuters - Nov. 19, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011119/ts/
health_privacy_dc_1.html

Pew report: http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/pdfs/
PIP_HPP_HealthPriv_report.pdf



U.S. WARNS BIOTERROR WEB SITES
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on Web sites
that sell products they falsely claim can prevent or treat
exposure to various chemical or biological agents. The agency has
sent e-mail warnings to the operators of more than three dozen
Web sites, and plans to take further action against those that
fail to respond.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 19, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011119/tc/
anthrax_internet_1.html

FTC press release: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/11/webwarn.htm


FDA WARNS AGAINST DIETARY SUPPLEMENT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to
immediately stop using a dietary supplement that has been widely
available on Internet weight loss and bodybuilding sites. The FDA
said that the supplement, called Lipokinetix, severely damaged
the livers of at least six people ages 20 to 32 who used it.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011120/hl/
supplement_warning_1.html



U.S. GOVERNMENT TO MAKE
NURSING HOME QUALITY DATA PUBLIC
A demonstration project launched by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services will eventually result in data about the
quality of care provided at nursing homes around the country
being posted on the agency's Web site. Over the next few years,
HHS plans to make similar data available about home healthcare
providers, hospitals, and other healthcare providers.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011120/hl/nursinghome_1.html


STRAIGHT TALK AIMED SQUARELY AT TEENAGERS
Few decent sites exist that address the specific health issues of
teenagers. This article briefly reviews two of the best.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Nov. 19, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000092412nov19.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



BOOT UP, LOG ON, TURN CALM
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. is running
television ads directing consumers to log onto the Web site of
WebMD, the financially troubled Internet healthcare firm. At the
site, consumers can sign up to receive a free month's supply of
Prozac, the antidepressant made by Eli Lilly.
Source: Reuters - Nov. 16, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,48469,00.html


WHERE TO GO FOR MEDICAL SOFTWARE REVIEWS
This article describes a number of Web sites that provide
information about practice management software systems for
physicians.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 26, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/teca1126.htm


GUIDE DOCUMENTS RESOURCES FOR APPEAL
The Kaiser Family Foundation and Consumers Union have teamed up
to create a Web guide for members of HMOs. The guide is aimed at
helping consumers appeal decisions by their HMOs.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Nov. 19, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000092417nov19.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth


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