January 23, 2002
Vol. 3, No. 3
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RESEARCHERS RECRUIT PC USERS
FOR ANTHRAX PROJECT
Computer users can help scientists find a treatment for anthrax
by loading a special screen saver on their computers that's
available at http://www.intel.com/cure.
The screen saver performs
computations when the computer is inactive, and then sends the
data to a central data center. The project is a joint effort of
Intel, Microsoft, the National Foundation for Cancer Research,
and Oxford University, among others.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 22, 2002
VIRUS ALERT: PHYSICIANS GO ONLINE
TO SHARE DATA ABOUT BIOTERRORISM
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, physicians, medical
societies, federal agencies, academic institutions, and others
have developed special online bioterrorism resources for
physicians. The article lists URLs for more than a dozen sites.
Source: American Medical News - Jan. 28, 2002
ELI LILLY SETTLES PRIVACY CHARGES
Eli Lilly and Co. has promised to improve security for personal
information as part of a case it settled with the U.S. Federal
Trade Commission. The government filed the charges after Lilly
mistakenly made public the e-mail addresses of more than 600
people who were taking the antidepressant Prozac.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 18, 2002
FTC press release: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2002/01/elililly.htm
FTC agreement: http://www.ftc.gov/os/2002/01/lillyagree.pdf
IMPROVING CARE, VIA THE PHONE LINE
In a study involving telemedicine, pediatric cardiologists in
Washington, D.C., were able to accurately interpret tests on
infants in two Maryland hospitals that they viewed using
videoconferencing equipment. Meanwhile, the Associated Press
story reports on a successful telemedicine program based in West
Sources: New York Times - Jan. 22, 2002
Associated Press - Jan. 20, 2002
WIRELESS HARMLESS, MORE OR LESS?
The use of wireless devices - from cell phones to local area
networks that let you surf the Internet untethered - is
skyrocketing. Questions remain, however, about the safety of the
electromagnetic fields that the devices generate.
Source: Wired News - Jan. 22, 2002
BONING UP ON OSTEOPOROSIS
This article briefly describes useful sites about osteoporosis
for patients and physicians. It highlights a new site from the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
that encourages young
people to drink milk.
Source: The Lancet - Jan. 19, 2002
DIETITIANS HELP WITH CARE OF ELDERLY
A new Web site (http://www.aafp.org/nsi)
is playing a leading role
in a campaign by the American Dietetic Association and the
American Academy of Family Physicians to educate physicians about
the nutritional needs of their elderly patients. The campaign
especially emphasizes the nutritional needs of elderly people who
have chronic diseases.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 22, 2002
TOBACCO FIRM SEEKS TO STOP
U.S. ANTI-SMOKING ADS
A campaign against youth smoking that features Internet,
television, radio, and print advertisements has raised the
hackles of Lorillard Tobacco Co., which claims the ads vilify
cigarette makers. The company plans to ask a judge to order a
halt to the campaign, which is funded with money from the 1998
settlement between the tobacco industry and 48 states.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 22, 2002
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