HealthESites
May 30, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 20
ISSN 1530-3608
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ONLINE DATABASE REVEALS RESEARCHERS'
INDUSTRY TIES
A Web database launched by the Center for Science in the Public
Interest, a nonprofit advocacy group, lists financial ties
between scientific researchers and industry
(http://www.integrityinscience.org). The site also lists
financial links between nonprofit organizations and industry.
Source: The Lancet - May 26, 2001
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol357/Iss9269/full/
llan.357.9269.news.16431.1



COMPUTERS A SOURCE OF PATIENT ROOM
CONTAMINATION
Installing computers in patient hospital rooms to help doctors
and nurses is a great idea. However, researchers reported at a
recent meeting of the American Society for Microbiology that if
not properly cleaned, the machines can be a source of
contamination.
Source: Reuters Health - May 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010523/hl/computers_1.html


SOME ALTERNATIVE ANSWERS
A new feature on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed site
(http://www.pubmed.gov) allows users to limit their search to
articles about complementary and alternative medicine. PubMed
provides free access to 11 million citations for medical journal
articles.
Source: HealthScout - May 26, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010526/hl/
some_alternative_answers_1.html



HOSPITAL OFFERS NEW BABIES THEIR OWN
DOMAIN NAME
Only in California: Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City is giving
every baby born at the hospital a free domain name. The idea is
to give parents a place to post pictures and information about
their newborn.
Source: San Jose Mercury News - May 23, 2001
http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/svfront/baby052401.htm


MAKING A HEALTH WEB SITE ETHICALLY SOUND
This article discusses the need to separate editorial content on
health Web sites from marketing messages. It's a good overview of
the topic, although it presents no new information.
Source: American Medical News - June 4, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prca0604.htm


DOT-COM DOCTORS ARE IN
The market for second opinions via the Internet seems to be
picking up. A number of Web sites now offer second opinions based
on lab results, X-rays, and medical records. However, the
practice of giving opinions without physically examining the
patient is controversial, and no one is regulating or reviewing
the sites to make sure their doctors are legitimate.
Source: Los Angeles Times - May 28, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010528/t000044615.html


OLD FASHIONED MEDICINE'S NEW FRIEND:
THE COMPUTER
Internist James Hurowitz claims that having all of his patient
medical records computerized saves him three hours a day in time
that would be otherwise lost to dictation and paperwork. The
extra time allows him to slow down his practice and to give
patients extra attention they normally don't receive under
managed care.
Source: Boston Globe - May 29, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/149/science/
Old_fashioned_medicine_s_new_friend_the_computer+.shtml



'LET THE GAMES BEGIN' WITH INTERACTIVE CME
For years, physicians have received required continuing education
credits by reading journal articles or listening to lectures in
classrooms. But now, some Web sites are offering CME courses in
the form of interactive games, and the market for such courses is
expected to explode.
Source: American Medical News - June 4, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prl20604.htm


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