HealthESites
December 5, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 41
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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IMPACT OF THE MEDIA AND THE INTERNET ON
ONCOLOGY: SURVEY OF CANCER PATIENTS AND
ONCOLOGISTS IN CANADA
Only the abstract of this article is available online for free,
but it's definitely worth a look. In a survey of Canadian cancer
patients, 50 percent reported that they looked on the Internet
for information about their disease. But here's what's
frightening: Fully seven percent of the patients said the
Internet was their chief information source - not their doctor.
Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology - December 2001
http://www.jco.org/cgi/content/abstract/19/23/4291


MICHIGAN DOCTORS FIND PAPER STILL WORKS BEST
Anesthesiologists in a Michigan practice have to keep a detailed
record of their productivity for payment purposes. They tried a
handheld system, but decided it's too cumbersome and are back to
paper.
Source: American Medical News - Dec. 10, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tel21210.htm


IN THE BRONX, AN OUNCE OF CONNECTION
At the foot of every bed in the new 106-bed Children's Hospital
at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx sits a 42-inch plasma
computer display. Using a wireless keyboard, patients can link to
2,000 selected Web sites on the hospital's intranet and look up
information about their medical conditions.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 29, 2001
http://nytimes.com/2001/11/29/technology/circuits/29HOSP.html


ABORTION CLINICS ON NEW NET ALERT
Workers at abortion clinics are breathing a little easier with
the arrest of Clayton Waagner, an anti-abortion extremist who was
on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. Shortly before he was captured,
Waagner warned that he planned to kill 42 unnamed workers at
abortion clinics unless they contacted him through the Internet
and said they had quit their jobs.
Source: Wired News - Nov. 29, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,48692,00.html


WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: CHILDHOOD OBESITY
The author examines several sites that provide information about
childhood obesity, but finds that their information is stale. The
author concludes: "The Web might be alive, but much of it is
already dead."
Source: British Medical Journal - Dec. 1, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7324/1314/a


ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY COMPUTER
Scientists in Israel have created a "biological computer" that
consists of molecules of DNA suspended in solution. Decades down
the road, similar computers may be released into the bloodstream
to deliver drugs or fight bacteria.
Source: Wired News - Nov. 30, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,48697,00.html


MANY FACETS OF CLONING DEBATE ARE ACCESSIBLE
Cloning is back in the news again after a Massachusetts company
said that it had cloned human embryos. If you're a little shaky
on the science behind the cloning controversy, two Web sites
featured in this article can get you up to speed.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Dec. 3, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000096087dec03.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



THE BLAME GAME
This editorial examines the recent case at Johns Hopkins
University where a research volunteer died, apparently because
the principal investigator conducted a poor online search of the
medical literature. It concludes that in this age of end-user
searching, database providers must do a better job of designing
their products.
Source: Searcher - October 2001
http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/oct01/voice.htm


Need a Freelance Writer or Researcher?
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of the book "How to Find Health Information on the Internet." To
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