HealthESites
December 6, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 27
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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REGULATORS WARN ABOUT ONLINE CANCER 'CURES'
A 55-year-old cancer patient died after taking hydrazine sulfate
that he bought on the Internet, according to an article published
in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Many Web sites sell hydrazine
sulfate, a component of jet fuel, and claim that it cures cancer.
The man reportedly refused conventional treatment for his cancer,
relying instead on hydrazine sulfate to cure him. Doctors who
treated the man said the compound caused kidney and liver
failure.
Source: CNN - Dec. 4, 2000
http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/cancer/12/04/
internet.cancer.drug



HEALTH SITE MAY LOSE NASDAQ LISTING
Drkoop.com is in danger of being booted from the Nasdaq Stock
Market because its stock has traded for less than $1 for more
than 30 days. Company officials said they'll call a special
meeting of stockholders to vote on a reverse stock split, which
would decrease the number of shares outstanding and thus boost
the stock's price.
Source: Associated Press - Dec. 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001206/tc/
drkoop_outlook_2.html



GATHERING CLINICAL EVIDENCE ONLINE
Many physicians aren't keen on consumer-oriented health Web
sites. However, doctors increasingly are using commercial
evidence-based sites that summarize research articles and suggest
appropriate treatments.
Source: American Medical News - Dec. 11, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesa1211.htm


PREEMIE PARENTS HAVE VIRTUAL VISITS
A new videoconferencing system at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center allows parents of premature infants to make
"virtual visits" to their children and talk to the medical staff.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that the system
helps babies go home earlier, primarily because the parents feel
better prepared to care for their babies.
Source: Associated Press - Dec. 5, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001205/tc/
virtual_preemies_2.html



DON'T FRET, PHYSICIANS WILL USE THE WEB FOR
HEALTHCARE - EVENTUALLY
Physicians have a reputation for shunning the Internet and other
technological advances that might be used in their practices.
However, a new physician survey found that doctors consider
themselves quite open to new technology - but they want proof
that the technology will actually improve their lives before
adopting it.
Source: Gomez.com - Dec. 1, 2000
http://www.gomez.com/features/
article.asp?topcat_id=0&col=73&id=6803&subSect=health



INSURERS TEAM UP FOR ELECTRONIC CLAIMS
A new electronic system for filing and processing health
insurance claims is slated to start tests in February 2001 with
hundreds of physicians in four states. The system was created by
MedUnite Inc., a San Diego company formed by seven large
insurers.
Source: American Medical News - Dec. 11, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb1211.htm


CHICAGO DENTIST'S WEB SITE DIAGNOSES HEADACHES
Why does your head throb? A Chicago dentist claims his new Web
site can tell you the reason for your headaches, from among 250
or more possible causes. Users answer a 200-question survey,
after which the site spits up a cause based on references from
standard medical texts and medical journals. Some doctors believe
the dentist risks losing his medical license over the site.
Source: Reuters - Dec. 4, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001204/wr/health_dc_1.html


AIRLINE READIES TELEMEDICINE TOOLS
Virgin Atlantic Airlines is installing diagnostic systems in all
its aircraft that let physicians on the ground remotely monitor
the condition of passengers who suffer medical emergencies on
board. With the diagnostic information, physicians can provide
treatment instructions to the flight crew.
Source: Computerworld - Dec. 4, 2000
http://www.computerworld.com/cwi/story/
0,1199,NAV47_STO54684,00.html?OpenDocument&~f



DEVELOPING WORLD SCIENTISTS TO GET INTERNET
BOOST
The World Health Organization has launched a project to provide
medical and other scientific information to researchers in Asia,
Africa, and Eastern Europe. The project will allow scientists to
access major scientific journals, databases, and discussion
groups through the Internet.
Source: Reuters - Dec. 5, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001205/wr/
who_scientists_dc_2.html



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