HealthESites
March 14, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 10
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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CDC TARGETING INTERNET EPIDEMIC OF
MEDICAL HOAXES
Medical hoaxes can spread by e-mail like wildfire. Strangely
enough, some of the people who forward them along have medical
training or work in health care.
Source: Boston Globe - March 9, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/068/nation/
CDC_targeting_Internet_epidemic_of_medical_hoaxes+.shtml



LAWMAKERS ASK FDA TO STEM FLOW OF
DRUGS BOUGHT ONLINE
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must take strong action to
stem the flow into the United States of prescription drugs bought
over the Internet. That's the message of a strongly worded letter
that the top Republican and Democratic leaders of the House
Energy and Commerce Committee have sent to the FDA.
Source: Newsbytes - March 9, 2001
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/162971.html


SCHUMER: USE WEB TO 'NET ORGAN DONORS
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce a bill that
would allow potential organ donors to sign up on the Internet.
Schumer said his system would speed up the matching of donors
with people needing transplants.
Source: New York Post - March 12, 2001
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/26231.htm


UK PATIENTS CAN SEE OWN MEDICAL RECORDS ONLINE
In Britain, pilot projects at two medical practices are allowing
patients to view their medical records on a computer. By 2004,
Britain's National Health Service plans to create lifetime
electronic health records for every person in England and Wales.
Source: Reuters Health - March 7, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010307/hl/
medical_online_1.html



CHARLATANS, LEECHES, AND OLD WIVES: MEDICAL
MISINFORMATION
If you have the patience to plug through this long-winded,
rambling article, it provides some good advice about searching
for health information online and avoiding medical
misinformation.
Source: Searcher - March 2001
http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/mar01/detwiler.htm


ONLINE POP-UP MESSAGES CAN ALTER PHYSICIAN
PRESCRIBING, PEDIATRICS STUDY SAYS
Pop-up messages that appear on a computer screen when a physician
writes an electronic prescription can have a major impact on
prescribing practices, according to researchers at the University
of Washington in Seattle. The study used pop-up messages that
provided correct dosage information for pediatric ear infections,
and resulted in a 34 percent drop in the excessive dosing of
antibiotics.
Source: American Medical News - March 12, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesc0312.htm


PUBLISHING ONLINE-ONLY PEER-REVIEWED BIOMEDICAL
LITERATURE: THREE YEARS OF CITATION, AUTHOR
PERCEPTION, AND USAGE EXPERIENCE
This article examines the effectiveness of a publishing approach
that the journal Pediatrics debuted in January 1997. As an
adjunct to its regular paper journal, Pediatrics has been
publishing a section of peer-reviewed articles that only appear
online.
Source: Journal of Electronic Publishing - March 2001
http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/06-03/anderson.html


DRKOOP HOPES BUY WILL GET SALES IN SHAPE
The Internet health site DrKoop.com has acquired StayFitUSA.com,
which provides wellness programs for large employers. Meanwhile,
a hearing is scheduled for March 30 on NASDAQ's effort to delist
the DrKoop.com stock because it has been trading for less than $1
per share for many months.
Source: CNET News.com - March 14, 2001
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1007-200-5135207.html


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