HealthESites
January 30, 2002
Vol. 3, No. 4
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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CATCH IT BEFORE IT SPREADS
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a number of
companies and government agencies are developing Web-based
medical surveillance systems to help health officials quickly
identify disease outbreaks - whether they occur naturally or
because of a bioterrorist attack. Meanwhile, Wired News reports
that a Danish company is developing a $50 PDA accessory that can
test blood samples for anthrax and supply results in 10 minutes.
Sources: Washington Techway - Jan. 23, 2002
http://www.washtech.com/news/biotech/14779-1.html
Wired News - Jan. 29, 2002
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,50018,00.html


WHEN INFORMATION IS EVERYTHING
This article profiles the Web site operated by Nigerian
Journalists Against AIDS (http://www.nigeria-aids.org). The site
attempts to educate journalists about the disease so that they,
in turn, can properly inform the public.
Source: The Lancet - Jan. 26, 2002
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9303/full/
llan.359.9303.dissecting_room.19207.1



AIDS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
The Internet is helping people around the world, even in some of
the poorest countries, share knowledge about AIDS. This article
briefly describes those efforts and lists just over two dozen of
the most important AIDS Web sites.
Source: British Medical Journal - Jan. 26, 2002
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7331/246


POLL: DISABLED DON'T USE INTERNET
It's commonly believed that the Internet has opened a whole new
world of opportunities for people with disabilities. But a Harris
poll has found that only 38 percent of American adults with
disabilities have used the Internet, compared with 56 percent of
adults without disabilities.
Source: HealthScoutNews - Jan. 25, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20020125/hl/
poll_disabled_don_t_use_internet_1.html



PAYMENT PROPOSED FOR 'INFORMATION THERAPY'
Is information just as important as medication when treating a
disease? A nonprofit corporation thinks so, and is trying to
convince health insurers that they should reimburse doctors for
giving patients instructions about where to find good information
about their disease, such as Web sites.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Jan. 28, 2002
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000007002jan28.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



VIRGINIA HOME CAN MONITOR SENIORS
Researchers have equipped a test house in Virginia with sensors
that monitor just about every movement of the man who lives
there. The idea is that by watching an elderly person's
activities over an extended period of time, a computer that
processes data from the sensors would be able to determine
whether the person might be developing a chronic condition such
as Alzheimer's disease. If a discrepancy in activity was found,
the computer could alert a monitoring center or relatives.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 23, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020123/us/
pri_smart_house_1.html



SURVIVOR DRUGSTORE.COM
FACES MORE CHALLENGING DAYS
Drugstore.com is the last surviving major retailer of health,
drug, and beauty products on the Internet. It lost $182 million
in the last quarter of 2001, but company officials continue
forecasting that the firm will become profitable at the end of
2003. It's not a coincidence that the end of 2003 is also when
the company's remaining cash will run out.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 28, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020128/wr/
tech_drugstorecom_outlook_dc_1.html



A SECOND OPINION:
THE PROS & CONS OF ONLINE HEALTH SITES
This scattered mishmash of an article certainly doesn't live up
to its headline. The writer focuses on being cute instead of
giving anything like a decent overview of the online health
arena.
Source: Smart Computing - January 2002
http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=
articles%2F2002%2Fs1301%2F33s01%2F33s01%2Easp&guid=
wqt32k70&searchtype=1&WordList=online+health+sites



MICROCHIP CAN MEASURE BLOOD PRESSURE
Human testing is set to begin in May of a microchip that can be
inserted into the heart or an artery. The chip is designed to
measure blood pressure within the heart and major arteries, and
to transmit the information to a small handheld receiver. The aim
is to help doctors better monitor patients who have major heart
problems.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Jan. 23, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20020123/ts/
heartmicrochip020123_1.html


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