HealthESites
April 26, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 2
ISSN pending
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Bruce Maxwell, Editor <bmax@silverhammerpub.com>
Silver Hammer Publishing <http://silverhammerpub.com>

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The News
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ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: AN OPPORTUNITY,
OR AN ALARM?
Mental health sites - many offering counseling for a fee - are
popping up all over the Internet. Not everyone's convinced this
is a good thing.
Source: New York Times - April 22, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/00/04/biztech/articles/
22online.html



GUIDELINES FOR ADVERTISING ON HEALTH WEB SITES:
WHO'S GUARDING THE KOOP?
Using the controversy over conflicts of interest at drkoop.com as
a starting point, the author presents suggested guidelines for
health Web sites to use in selecting advertisers.
Source: Western Journal of Medicine - April 2000
http://www.ewjm.com/cgi/content/full/172/4/230


DRKOOP.COM PROGNOSIS LOOKS GRIM
Although drkoop.com is the second-most-visited health site on the
Internet, lower than expected advertising revenues are pushing
the site to the brink. The company says it has less than five
months of cash remaining, and some analysts believe its only hope
is a takeover.
Source: Associated Press
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000426/tc/drkoop_outlook_3.html


ACUTE TRAUMA AHEAD FOR ONLINE HEALTH COMPANIES
Drkoop.com is far from the only online health site facing
financial problems. There seem to be two causes: the broad
consolidation in e-tailing and the oversaturation of the health
and beauty category online.
Source: Forbes.com - April 19, 2000
http://www.forbes.com/tool/html/00/apr/0419/feat2.htm


VIRTUAL MEDICINE: PROMISE AND PERIL
Nearly half of the 72 million Americans with Internet access seek
health information online at least once a month. Some find
life-saving information, but others get mired down in biased
sites and Internet hoaxes.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - April 24, 2000
http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/2000/Apr/24/magazine/
webhealth24.htm



CAN MENTAL ILLNESSES BE TREATED VIA COMPUTER?
Another look at some of the problems caused by the proliferation
of mental health sites on the Net. One of the big ones: Folks who
aren't trained or licensed are throwing Web pages together and
declaring themselves ready to provide counseling.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - April 24, 2000
http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/2000/Apr/24/magazine/
WEBMENTAL24.htm



DEALING LEGAL DRUGS ILLEGALLY ON THE WEB
Reputable online pharmacies can be a great service to consumers,
especially those who have trouble getting out or live far from
stores. But rogue sites will sell just about anything to anybody
without a prescription - even Viagra to a dog.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - April 24, 2000
http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/2000/Apr/24/magazine/
WEBDRUGS24.htm



The Sites
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MEDLINEplus
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
The National Library of Medicine has added resource pages about
hypoglycemia, interstitial cystitis, low blood pressure, and
tinnitus to its MEDLINEplus site. The pages offer extensive links
to information from government agencies, physician groups,
patient organizations, and others.


Your Cancer Risk
http://www.yourcancerrisk.harvard.edu
The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention created this site, which
allows visitors to get estimates of their personal risk of cancer
and offers tips for cancer prevention. Visitors can check for
their risk of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer, but each
type must be queried separately. The site is designed for adults
ages 40 and over who have not had cancer.


Ear, Nose, and Throat Manual
http://www.entmanual.com
A physician wrote this patient-oriented site, which has good
general information about topics such as ear infections,
nosebleeds, sinus surgery, tonsillitis, obstructive sleep apnea,
snoring, hoarseness, and head and neck cancer.


About.com: Pharmacology
http://pharmacology.about.com
This site's strength is its neatly arranged links to hundreds of
sites about antibiotics, anticancer drugs, contraceptives, drug
regulations, drug safety, the immune system, steroids, and many
other topics. It also offers articles about clinical trials,
childhood immunizations, FDA drug approvals, generic drugs,
medicine fraud, and other subjects.


A Quick Plug
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Congressional Quarterly has just published my book, "How to Track
Politics on the Internet," which describes more than 600 of the
best political Web sites, newsgroups, and mailing lists. The book
costs $29.95, and can be ordered from CQ (800-638-1710) or any
online bookstore. The table of contents and introduction are
available at http://bmaxwell.home.mindspring.com
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