HealthESites
May 10, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 4
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 HEALTH SITES UNVEIL STANDARDS
A coalition of 20 popular Web health sites has released a set of
14 ethical operating principles that are designed to help
consumers find reliable health information online. The coalition,
known as Hi-Ethics, includes such sites as America Online,
Drkoop.com, Healtheon/WebMD, HealthGate, InteliHealth, Medscape,
and PlanetRx.com. The Internet Healthcare Coalition is expected
to release its own ethical standards later this month.
Source: Washington Post - May 7, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12844-2000May5.html
The Hi-Ethics standards:
http://www.hiethics.org/Principles/index.asp


CHECKING UP ON DOCTORS ONLINE JUST GOT EASIER
A growing number of services are popping up online that help
consumers select doctors, hospitals, health plans, and nursing
homes. But all sites are not created equal, and consumers need to
be wary in using them.
Source: Knight Ridder Newspapers - May 10, 2000
http://www.ocregister.com/health/netdoc0c0510cci2.shtml


BRITAIN'S FIRST 'VIRTUAL HOSPITAL' GETS GO AHEAD
Britain's Defense Evaluation and Research Agency has launched a
two-year program under which patients will monitor their
conditions in their own homes and report the results to doctors
by telephone or modem. It's expected that thousands of patients
will get a chance to participate.
Source: British Medical Journal - May 6, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/320/7244/1227/a


AS GADGETS SHRINK, THEY MAY WIND UP IN SURPRISING PLACES
Some researchers predict that within a decade, Americans will be
swallowing microscopic sensors, processors, and radio
transceivers. The devices will be able to assess a patient's
medical condition and release drugs at appropriate times, besides
sending the data to the patient's doctor.
Source: New York Times - May 3, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/00/05/circuits/
articles/04next.html


PRACTICAL TRAVELER: MEDICAL HELP ON THE WEB
This article sorts through the numerous medical sites for
travelers, evaluating government, commercial, and association
sites.
Source: New York Times - May 7, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/travel/practical/pt000507.html


AIG TO USE INTERNET TO OFFER SECOND MEDICAL OPINIONS
Residents of 16 foreign countries who have health insurance
through American International Group Inc. will be able to obtain
second medical opinions via the Internet. The opinions will be
provided by doctors at some of the nation's leading hospitals,
including Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, Johns
Hopkins, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Source: Wall Street Journal - May 9, 2000
http://www.msnbc.com/news/405159.asp


STRANGE BREW: BOOZE ADS ON KIDS' SITES
Kids who recently logged into Snoopy.com, which features the
Peanuts gang, and United Media's Comics.com, the home page for
Garfield, were likely surprised to find banner ads touting Jack
Daniel's and Southern Comfort. Doubleclick Inc., which placed the
ads, says it was all a clerical error - not an effort to
advertise alcohol to children.
Source: Wall Street Journal - May 8, 2000
http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2565086,00.html


CYBERSEX ADDICTION SAID SPREADING
The obsession with cybersex is growing, according to
psychologists - and nearly as many women are participating as
men. The anonymous nature of the Internet presents some degree of
safety, psychologists say, but it also threatens relationships
because partners may lie to each other about what they're doing
online.
Source: Associated Press - May 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000506/tc/
cybersex_conference_2.html


The Sites
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High Blood Pressure
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/index.html
As part of a campaign to increase public awareness about the
dangers of high systolic blood pressure, the National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute has launched a site about high blood
pressure. The patient section has publications about topics such
as understanding high blood pressure and keeping blood pressure
under control, while the section for health professionals
provides information about topics such as improving patient
compliance.


Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses for 2000
http://nhic-nt.health.org/Pubs/2000healthobserv/clearghs.htm
This newly revised guide contains contact information for dozens
of federal centers and clearinghouses that provide health
information to the public. For each center, it provides a street
address, telephone number (many are toll free), e-mail address,
Web address (with a live link), and a description of the
facility's publications.


depression-screening.org
http://depression-screening.org
The National Mental Health Association launched this site May 1.
It offers a confidential online screening test for depression, a
national directory of health care professionals who provide free
one-on-one depression screenings and referrals, information about
the symptoms and treatments of depression, video clips that
provide personal stories about recovering from depression, and
links to related Web sites.


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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