HealthESites
February 21, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 7
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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INTERNET RUSH TO BUY HUMAN EGGS
A growing number of infertile British couples are traveling to
the United States to purchase human eggs. With the Internet,
buyers can check the looks, background, and health history of
potential donors before leaving home.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Feb. 16, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/
newsid_1172000/1172616.stm



GRIPEVINE: WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT YOU
ON THE INTERNET
At a number of Web sites, patients who are unhappy about the care
they received from a physician can post their complaints for the
whole world to see. Some complaints are posted anonymously, and
the subjects of the complaints are rarely informed about the
postings.
Source: American Medical News - Feb. 26, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa0226.htm


DANGEROUS SUPPLEMENTS CAUSING DEATHS
The industrial solvent 1,4 butanediol, also known as BD, is being
sold over the Internet as a dietary supplement, according to
researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The
solvent, which is touted for everything from aiding sleep to
building muscles, can cause loss of consciousness, vomiting, and
severe respiratory distress. Six deaths have been attributed to
the solvent.
Source: Reuters Health - Feb. 16, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010216/hl/deaths_1.html


E-HEALTH PLANS WILL SOON CHALLENGE HMOs - REPORT
By next year, 24 percent of employers will offer "e-health" plans
that compete with offerings from HMOs, according to a report by
Forrester Research. The new plans will allow consumers to manage
their insurance online and to custom-tailor policies to their
needs, the report said.
Source: Newsbytes - Feb. 20, 2001
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/162185.html


ONLINE CHECKUP
A telemedicine demonstration project has linked doctors at
Massachusetts General Hospital with impoverished people living in
a Cambodian village. To diagnose problems of the Cambodian
patients, the Massachusetts doctors relied on e-mail from a nurse
at the scene and digital pictures of the patients.
Source: Boston Globe - Feb. 16, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/047/metro/Online_checkup+.shtml


CIGARETTE SHOPPERS TURN TO THE INTERNET
Cigarette sales are booming on the Internet, where smokers can
save major money by ordering from states or Native American lands
with low taxes. Anti-smoking advocates fear that the largely
unregulated online sales will undermine efforts to reduce smoking
and will make it easier for minors to obtain cigarettes.
Source: Boston Globe - Feb. 16, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/047/nation/
Cigarette_shoppers_turn_to_the_Internet+.shtml



CYBERSPACE COLLABORATION HELPS AIDS RESEARCH
For the last two years, AIDS researchers at four Midwestern
universities have collaborated over the Internet. The scientists
use the Internet to share data, conduct "virtual lab meetings,"
and discuss future directions for research.
Source: EurekAlert! - Feb. 19, 2001
http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/uom-cch021201.html


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