HealthESites
November 7, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 37
ISSN 1530-3608
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Editor's Note
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My apologies for not publishing for the last several weeks. I was
on an extended trip regarding a family medical matter. Regular
weekly publication resumes with this issue.


The News
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WEB MISHAP: KIDS' PSYCHOLOGICAL FILES POSTED
Personal psychological records for more than five dozen children
and teens were posted on the University of Montana's Web site and
available for eight days before they were removed. The records,
which in most cases contained names, addresses, and dates of
birth, described patient visits and provided diagnoses of
conditions such as mental retardation, depression, and
schizophrenia. University officials said the 400 pages of
documents were accidentally posted on the Web site.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Nov. 7, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/
la-110701private.story



WHEN PHYSICIANS SAY NO TO CIPRO,
SOME PEOPLE TURN TO THE INTERNET
Some patients who unsuccessfully demand from their doctors a
prescription for Cipro, the antibiotic most commonly used to
treat anthrax, are going online to get the drug. Dozens of
Internet sites are selling Cipro, and many of them did not exist
before the current anthrax scare. Reuters Health reports that the
Federal Trade Commission has warned consumers not to buy drugs
from Web sites that don't require a physical exam, and the Food
and Drug Administration is going after some sites that are
peddling Cipro. And the Washington Post reports that state health
authorities in Maryland and Virginia, two of the states hardest
hit by the anthrax attack, are warning residents to avoid online
companies that are seeking to capitalize on the tragedy.
Sources: American Medical News - Nov. 5, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa1105.htm
Reuters Health - Nov. 1, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011101/hl/cipro_6.html
Washington Post - Oct. 27, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59617-2001Oct26.html


USING YOUR HANDHELD TO DETECT BIOHAZARDS
In the wake of the current anthrax attacks, scientists at Georgia
Tech Research Institute are stepping up their development of a
plug-in for personal digital assistants that can detect
biological and chemical toxins. The researchers said the device
would allow emergency personnel to get immediate readings in
suspected "hot zones."
Source: TechTV - Oct. 31, 2001
http://www.techtv.com/print/story/0,23102,3357388,00.html


WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: BIOTERRORISM
This intriguing article briefly examines some of the Web sites
that are offering Cipro and other products that they claim will
protect against bioterrorism. Just ignore the British author's
snide insinuations that those of us in the colonies are all nut
cases.
Source: British Medical Journal - Oct. 20, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7318/942/a


RX SURVEILLANCE: WATCH OUT FOR
PRESCRIBING OVER THE INTERNET
State and federal authorities are targeting physicians who
prescribe drugs over the Internet without physically examining
the patient or having a valid doctor-patient relationship.
California has a full-time investigator on the case, and he will
refer cases involving out-of-state physicians to federal and
state authorities who have jurisdiction over them.
Source: American Medical News - Oct. 22/29, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa1022.htm


HEALTH SITE SEEKS TO MONITOR OTHERS
Some 42 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by Roper
Starch Worldwide and Harris Interactive said they look for health
information online at least once a month. The survey was
sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, which has launched a Web site
about how to judge the quality of health Web sites and the
information that they offer.
Source: HealthScoutNews - Nov. 3, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20011103/hl/
health_site_seeks_to_monitor_others_1.html



AOL PROMISES TO PROMOTE STD HEALTH
Health officials say online chatrooms for gay men are helping
lead to the spread of syphilis and other sexually transmitted
diseases. In response, America Online, the largest provider of
chatrooms on the Internet, plans a campaign aimed at educating
its members about sexually transmitted diseases. But some health
officials say AOL is being vague about its plans and probably
will do too little.
Source: HealthScoutNews - Oct. 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20011024/hl/
aol_promises_to_promote_std_health_1.html



CAN HANDHELD COMPUTERS IMPROVE
THE QUALITY OF CARE?
Recent studies indicate that personal digital assistants can help
improve the quality of care provided by physicians. Yet many
barriers still exist to persuading more physicians to use the
devices.
Source: The Lancet - Oct. 27, 2001
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/Iss9291/
full/llan.358.9291.news.18122.1



PILL BOTTLES THAT TALK
A device that reads aloud information printed on a pill bottle
may reach the consumer market sometime next year, according to
its manufacturer. The device will cost about $250, and special
microchips placed in bottle labels will cost about $2 each.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Nov. 1, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20011101/hl/
scriptalk_010129_1.html



PET SICK? DOWNLOAD THE DIAGNOSIS
Online health information isn't just for humans anymore.
Veterinarians can now check a new software program on the Web
that aims to help them diagnose more than 1,000 diseases suffered
by cats and dogs.
Source: Wired News - Nov. 2, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,47707,00.html


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