HealthESites
January 9, 2002
Vol. 3, No. 1
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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FDA APPROVES WEB-BASED HEART MONITORING SYSTEM
Doctors will be able to remotely monitor the heart rate of
patients who have a new implantable cardiac defibrillator that
has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Patients collect data from the device by waving a wand over their
chest, then attach the wand to a console that transmits the data
to a secure server over ordinary telephone lines. Doctors with
passwords will be able to access the data from any
Internet-connected computer in the world.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 3, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020103/hl/webheart_1.html


COMPLETENESS OF WEB-BASED
MELANOMA INFORMATION QUESTIONED
Now here's an incredibly stupid study: Some clueless researchers
at the University of Michigan Health System wanted to find out
whether Web sites about melanoma, a type of skin cancer, offered
complete information. So they typed the word "melanoma" into a
bunch of search engines and checked the resulting sites against a
35-item "gold standard" checklist of information they thought
should be included. Lo and behold, most sites didn't fare too
well. But then again, some of the "sites" they examined were
actually just single Web pages that didn't pretend to be complete
sources of information about melanoma. Others were sites by
melanoma patients that chronicled their own experiences and did
not present themselves as complete sources of information. Bottom
line: The researchers, who likely set out to "prove" that the
Internet is a lousy source of melanoma information, jiggered
their study to do just that. The totally worthless study is
published in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical
Oncology.
Source: The Lancet - Jan. 5, 2002
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9300/full/
llan.359.9300.news.18987.3



U.S. CRACKS DOWN ON WEB SITES
SELLING BIOTERROR GEAR
The Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to the
owners of 71 Web sites selling products that they claim can
protect buyers from attacks with chemical and biological weapons.
The FTC warned the site owners that they must either provide
scientific evidence supporting their product claims or change the
language.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 3, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020103/hl/bioterror_2.html
FTC press release: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2002/01/round2web.htm


MARYLAND BUILDING E-MAIL LINK TO DOCTORS
The state medical society in Maryland has collected the e-mail
addresses of just over half of the state's 10,200 physicians so
that government agencies can quickly disseminate medical
information during bioterrorism incidents. The system has already
sent out more than a dozen alerts since September, primarily
about anthrax and smallpox.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 3, 2002
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54548-2002Jan2.html


NEW WEB SITE OFFERS BIOTERRORISM INFORMATION
FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
The American Academy of Family Physicians has launched a Web site
that provides information for physicians about diagnosing and
treating illnesses resulting from bioterrorism attacks. The site,
btresponse.org (http://www.btresponse.org), offers streaming
video presentations, patient handouts, and news updates from
various federal agencies.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 4, 2002
http://www.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2002/01/01.07/
20020104prof002.html



BLURRED OUTLOOK FOR A SELLER OF CONTACTS
Most states regulate contact lenses as medical devices and bar
their sale without a prescription. A New York Times reporter who
did not have a prescription ordered contacts from a firm that on
its Web site calls itself the largest contact lens store in the
world. He supplied a fictitious name and telephone number for a
doctor, but nonetheless the lenses arrived quickly with no
problem. Regulators in Texas and other states are trying to clamp
down on the company.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 6, 2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/06/business/yourmoney/
06WATC.html



WORTHWHILE GUIDANCE ON EXERCISE
IS A FEW CLICKS AWAY
It's a natural progression: As soon as the holidays end, many
people begin diet and exercise programs to shed the pounds they
gained by eating too many cookies and other rich treats. The Los
Angeles Times article describes several authoritative Web sites
that provide fitness advice, while the Entertainment Today
article takes a more humorous look at such sites.
Sources: Los Angeles Times - Jan. 7, 2002
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000001529jan07.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth

Entertainment Today - Dec. 28, 2001
http://www.ent-today.com/12-28/cybernation.htm


COMPUTERIZED CONTROL IS NEXT FOR ARTIFICIAL LIMBS
Artificial legs that contain microprocessors, gauges, hydraulics,
and other equipment are allowing people who have lost a leg to
walk normally again in most situations. For one man who had to
walk down 70 flights of stairs to escape the World Trade Center
on Sept. 11, his computerized leg undoubtedly helped save his
life.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 3, 2002
http://nytimes.com/2002/01/03/technology/circuits/03KNEE.html


DRKOOP.COM JOINS DOT-BOMB BRIGADE
To the surprise of no one, the online health information site
DrKoop.com has declared bankruptcy. Shortly after the company
went public in 1999, its stock price reached a high of $45 per
share. DrKoop.com tried to make money by selling advertising, but
when the ad market nosedived even a new corporate name and
efforts to enter offline businesses could not save the company.
Source: Wired News - Dec. 18, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,49200,00.html


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