HealthESites
May 2, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 16
ISSN 1530-3608
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HAWKING MUCUS ON THE NET
Arthur Bloom, 79, claims at his Internet site that toxic mucus
causes a whole range of debilitating and deadly medical
conditions. He also claims to have gotten more than a million
hits since last year. Bloom isn't selling anything, but lots of
other quacks are preying on people's health concerns online to
make a fast buck. Critics say the Federal Trade Commission isn't
doing enough to shut down the hucksters.
Source: Wired News - April 26, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,43210,00.html


ONLINE HEALTH CONSUMERS MORE PROACTIVE
ABOUT HEALTHCARE
A survey of people who frequently search the Internet for health
information found when they visit a doctor, 36 percent suggest
what illness they're suffering from and 45 percent request
specific treatments. Those numbers are more than double the rates
for people who infrequently use the Internet to find health
information.
Source: CyberAtlas - April 30, 2001
http://cyberatlas.internet.com/markets/healthcare/article/
0,,10101_755471,00.html



PUBLISH FREE OR PERISH
Nearly 16,000 life scientists from around the world have signed a
letter threatening to boycott any scientific journal that refuses
to put its articles on the Web for free within six months after
they're published. The letter is causing a showdown in scientific
publishing, and no one's quite sure how it will turn out.
Source: Scientific American - April 23, 2001
http://www.sciam.com/explorations/2001/042301publish


E-COMMERCE REPORT: CONTENT THAT SELLS
What do sex Web sites, financial sites, and diet sites all have
in common? They all appear likely to be able to make a profit by
selling their content.
Source: New York Times - April 30, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/30/technology/30ECOMMERCE.html


THE MAN WHO LOVES TO BUST QUACKS
This article profiles Stephen Barrett, the retired psychiatrist
who runs the influential Quack Watch site at
http://www.quackwatch.com. Barrett, who has been exposing
health-related frauds and hucksters for nearly 30 years, credits
the Internet with giving him a powerful tool for disseminating
his work.
Source: Time Magazine - May 1, 2001
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,107254,00.html


CLICK HERE FOR HELP ON FERTILITY ISSUES
Fertility Web sites operated by Resolve and the American Society
for Reproductive Medicine are reviewed in this article. The
author praises many aspects of the sites, but says both fail to
deliver detailed scientific information in terms that a patient
can understand.
Source: Los Angeles Times - April 30, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010430/t000036378.html


NEW MEXICO'S VISION TEST QUEST
The New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division is testing software that
it hopes will eventually allow it to offer vision tests for
driver's licenses online. A full rollout is likely several years
away because the biometric technology needed to prevent cheating
is still being developed.
Source: Wired News - April 30, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/
0,1282,43076,00.html?tw=wn20010430



ONLINE MEDICAL GENETICS RESOURCES
This pair of articles looks at medical genetics sites on the Web
that are based in the United States and the United Kingdom. The
articles review sites for genetics professionals, primary care
providers, and patients.
Source: British Medical Journal - April 28, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7293/1035
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7293/1037


DRUGSTORE.COM LOSS NARROWS,
PRESCRIPTIONS HELP
Last week, Drugstore.com announced a net loss of $41.7 million
for the first quarter, which was better than analysts had
predicted. As the Associated Press reports, the day after the
financial announcement the company's president and chief
executive, Peter Neupert, announced that he will leave those jobs
to become chairman.
Sources: Reuters - April 26, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010426/wr/
tech_drugstoredotcom_earns_dc_2.html

Associated Press - April 27, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010427/tc/
drugstorecom_ceo_1.html



UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LEADS 3-D,
INTERACTIVE ONLINE HUMAN PROJECT
Researchers at three American universities are developing
interactive, three-dimensional computer models of the human body
that will be available through the federal government's Next
Generation Internet Project. The models could revolutionize
medical training by making cadavers unnecessary.
Source: Associated Press - April 30, 2001
http://www.freep.com/news/latestnews/pm2951_20010430.htm


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