HealthESites
November 8, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 23
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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JAPAN COUPLE IN NET SUICIDE PACT
A Japanese man and woman who met in a chat room at a Web site
about suicide killed themselves together, according to the
British Broadcasting Corp. in an article based on reports in
Japanese newspapers. The man and woman reportedly exchanged
e-mail messages in which they sought the support of the other in
committing suicide.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Oct. 30, 2000
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/
newsid_998000/998566.stm



NZ BANS ONLINE SALE OF MEDICINES TO FOREIGNERS
New regulations bar New Zealand firms from selling prescription
medicines over the Internet to customers in other countries. The
regulations were adopted by New Zealand's Ministry of Health.
Source: Newsbytes - Nov. 1, 2000
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/00/157575.html


NET SEARCH FOR SPERM BRINGS HIGH RISK HOME
Some women want to be artificially inseminated at home. Since
most sperm banks will only ship to physicians, a mailing list has
sprung up where women seeking sperm and potential donors can get
matched up. Medical experts say the practice is extremely risky,
and it also raises a host of legal questions.
Source: USA Today - Nov. 7, 2000
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20001107/2812743s.htm


DRKOOP.COM SEWS UP DEAL FOR DRDREW.COM'S ASSETS
The troubled health site DrKoop.com has purchased the assets of
DrDrew.com, a site with even worse troubles, for cash and stock
valued at about $1.5 million. The DrDrew.com site has primarily
dispensed sexuality advice to teens, and some analysts questioned
how that fits in with the buyer's goals.
Source: Newsbytes - Nov. 2, 2000
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/00/157619.html


DOCTOR CHECK-UP
This article examines a handful of Web sites that help patients
find and choose doctors.
Source: Business 2.0 - Oct. 30, 2000
http://business2.com/content/magazine/getalife/2000/10/30/
21569?template=article_pf.wm



MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES ONLINE
This article reviews three Web sites that help patients manage
specific chronic illnesses.
Source: Gomez.com - Nov. 3, 2000
http://gomez.com/features/article.asp?topcat_id=0&col=73&id=6589


THE PLUGGED-IN CROWD: HOW MANY PHYSICIANS ARE
ONLINE?
Numerous surveys have examined how many doctors use the Internet,
but their results widely differ. This article looks at how to
interpret the varying survey results.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 13, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesa1113.htm


PHYSICIAN APATHY LED TO WEBMD'S DOWNTURN
The giant Internet health company WebMD set out to automate
physician offices, claiming its products would help streamline
care. But physicians have remained skeptical, and the company is
now pursuing other directions.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 13, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb1113.htm


HERE'S A NAGGING REMINDER: IT'S TIME FOR YOUR
MEDICINE
The Web company WellMed has launched a service that delivers
personalized health alerts by cell phone or pager. For example, a
user can arrange to receive alerts when he's supposed to take
various medications.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 2, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/02/technology/02GEE2.html


DOCTOR-PATIENT PRIVACY FACES TEST ON WEB
Pharmaceutical companies are using a new freebie to entice
doctors: free, personalized Web sites that allow patients to do
everything from scheduling appointments to researching medical
conditions. Some privacy advocates and physicians say this
practice raises serious privacy issues, since the pharmaceutical
companies are able to capture personal patient information
flowing through the sites they host.
Source: Austin American-Statesman - Nov. 5, 2000
http://www.austin360.com/statesman/editions/sunday/news_4.html


MOTHERNATURE.COM AT DEATH'S DOOR
The board of directors of MotherNature.com, a site that sold
natural health products, has voted to dissolve the company. The
company's stock hit a high of $14.56 shortly after it went public
in December 1999, but recently has been selling for less than $1
per share.
Source: Industry Standard - Nov. 7, 2000
http://www.thestandard.com/article/display/0,1151,20009,00.html


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