December 12, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 42
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75 PERCENT OF YOUTH LOOK FOR HEALTH ON NET
Seventy-five percent of young Internet users aged 15 to 24 have
looked for health information online, according to a new survey
by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Not surprisingly, a large
proportion of them have sought information about sexual health
issues such as pregnancy, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Dec. 11, 2001
Kaiser report: http://www.kff.org/content/2001/20011211a
LOGGING ON, LIGHTING UP
Nearly 100 Web sites in the United States sell cigarettes, with
more than half located on Indian reservations. Researchers warn
that the sites are likely to become increasingly important
sources of cigarettes for kids as states try to crack down on
retail stores that sell tobacco to minors.
Source: HealthScoutNews - Dec. 11, 2001
EFFORTS LINK SICK CHILDREN TO CLASSES
Children with serious illnesses often cannot attend school,
robbing them of the education, social interactions, and normalcy
that school provides. But limited efforts are underway to use the
Internet to allow children to keep participating in school from
their homes or hospital beds.
Source: Education Week - Dec. 5, 2001
COMPUTER PROJECT LINKS MEDICAL INFO
A group of technology companies, consumer advocates, and
physicians is joining in an ambitious effort to create a
computerized medical record system that doctors anywhere can
access. The idea is to put all of a patient's records in one
place so doctors can quickly learn a patient's medical history
even if the person cannot communicate. The group has raised $8
million, and plans to begin a pilot test early next year.
Source: Associated Press - Dec. 12, 2001
DOCS NOT INSULTED
WHEN PATIENTS SCOUR HEALTH NEWS
In a survey of cancer patients, more than half reported that
their physicians provided insufficient information. Many patients
used the Internet to supplement what they received from doctors.
Although doctors surveyed separately questioned their patients'
ability to apply the information they found to their own medical
problem, most reported that the information did not harm their
relationships with patients.
Source: Reuters Health - Dec. 12, 2001
COMPANY ACCUSED OF EXPLOITING FEAR
At its Web site, a company called Spectrum Homeland Security
Solutions Inc. promoted the DeGERMinator, a handheld device that
it claimed could kill anthrax. Authorities said the device had
not been tested on anthrax, and charged four men associated with
the company with conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
Source: Associated Press - Dec. 11, 2001
DOCTORS' USE OF ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
SYSTEMS IN HOSPITALS: CROSS SECTIONAL SURVEY
This study examines physicians' use of three different electronic
medical records systems at Norwegian hospitals. The bottom line:
Doctors used only a few features in each system.
Source: British Medical Journal - Dec. 8, 2001
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: TAKING A HISTORY
Some misguided souls believe that all health information is
available on the Internet if you just know where to look. But the
author of this article struck out online when he looked for
information about how to take a proper medical history.
Source: British Medical Journal - Dec. 8, 2001
PACEMAKERS THAT CAN CALL DOCTORS
Two new high-tech implantable devices are making life easier for
heart patients. Both help keep a patient's heart beating
normally, but they also record information about the heart's
condition that can be sent to doctors by telephone. One of the
devices even sends the information automatically, usually while
the patient is sleeping.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Dec. 7, 2001
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