HealthESites
May 24, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 6
ISSN 1530-3608
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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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JAMA WEB SITE ENTERS NEW PHASE
In a blow to public access to health information, the American
Medical Association is shutting off free access to the full-text
versions of its journals online, including the Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA). Starting in June, only AMA
members and paid subscribers will be able to access the journals
online. Free access to the journals has been provided on the Web
since September 1999, but the AMA claims it planned all along to
restrict access.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association - May 24/31,
2000
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v283n20/full/jmn0524-2.html


DRKOOP PRESCRIBES BIG LAYOFF
In the ongoing saga of Drkoop.com, the Industry Standard reports
that the health Web site has laid off 35 percent of its staff
since April, with the most recent cuts coming last week.
Corporate documents indicate that shortly before the layoffs,
Drkoop.com had 185 employees.
Source: The Industry Standard - May 19, 2000
http://www.thestandard.com/article/display/0,1151,15277,00.html


DR. KOOP AND THE GREED DISEASE
A lengthy article in Fortune dissects the spectacular rise and
even more spectacular fall of Drkoop.com, which now hovers on the
edge of bankruptcy. The magazine's conclusion: The crash was
inevitable from the beginning.
Source: Fortune, May 29, 2000
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/2000/05/29/drk.html


PUTTING THE HEX ON RX: HOW ONLINE PHARMACIES
ARE FALLING VICTIM TO GOVERNMENT REGULATION
Not surprisingly, Forbes ASAP doesn't think that having the
government regulate online pharmacies is a good idea. Writer
Virginia Postrel contends that practices of respectable online
pharmacies are no different than those of their bricks and mortar
counterparts.
Source: Forbes ASAP - May 29, 2000
http://www.forbes.com/asap/00/0529/062.htm


WEB MEDICINE: A POWER SHIFT FOR PATIENTS TAKES
FIRST CAUTIOUS STEPS
The Internet is transforming the health care industry, but there
are some nasty bumps along the way. One likely victim: general
health portals, which face sharp competition for advertising
dollars.
Source: Christian Science Monitor - May 18, 2000
http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/2000/05/18/p11s1.htm


DISEASE-MANAGEMENT FIRMS SEE INTERNET AS RX
FOR GROWTH
Dozens of companies are developing services that can monitor
patients' health over the Internet. The companies say their
services make patients more informed and more conscientious about
following their doctors' directions for keeping their chronic
illnesses under control.
Source: Los Angeles Times - May 22, 2000
http://www.latimes.com/business/20000522/t000048290.html


PHYSICIAN, REVEAL THYSELF
There's a growing move to provide public access to existing
federal or state databases that contain records for every doctor
regarding disciplinary actions, malpractice lawsuits, and even
criminal convictions. The American Medical Association likes some
proposals better than others.
Source: Los Angeles Times - May 22, 2000
http://www.latimes.com/news/health/20000522/t000048270.html


The Sites
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FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
http://www.facingourrisk.org
This site is aimed at women who are at high risk or wonder
whether they might be at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer
because of family history or a genetic predisposition. It offers
an excellent set of annotated links to information across the
Internet, message boards, and links to related sites. FORCE is a
non-profit organization solely supported by private donations.


FDA Children & Tobacco ComplianceChecker
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/campaigns/tobacco/
compliancechecker.html

Which retail establishments in your community are illegally
selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to children? A
search of this database of compliance checks by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration will quickly tell you. Unfortunately, the
U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 21, 2000, that the FDA lacks the
authority to regulate tobacco, so the agency has halted its
compliance checks. But data about checks conducted before the
Supreme Court's decision are still available online.


MEDLINEPplus: Sleep Disorders
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html
This page at the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINEplus site
has links to selected resources about topics such as insomnia,
sleep apnea, melatonin, and children's sleep problems. The links
lead to publications produced by the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Medical
Association, the National Women's Health Information Center, the
American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute.


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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