HealthESites
May 3, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 3
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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PHYSICIANS LAUNCH INTERNET BUSINESS TO GRADE
DOCTORS
A new physician and hospital rating service called
DoctorQuality.com (http://www.doctorquality.com) is scheduled to
launch later this month. Similar services already exist, but two
of the partners in the new service are doctors who say theirs
will be different. The service will use proprietary methodology,
publicly available information, and consumer input to compile its
ratings.
Source: American Medical News - May 8, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb0508.htm


HARVARD MEDICAL JOINS AETNA HEALTH WEB SITE
Harvard Medical School has replaced Johns Hopkins University as a
provider of consumer health information to the InteliHealth site
operated by Aetna US Healthcare. The reason for the change was
not disclosed, but one analyst speculated that Johns Hopkins did
not want to invest more money in the site.
Source: Boston Globe - May 2, 2000
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/123/business/
Harvard_Medical_joins_Aetna_health_Web_site+.shtml


'VITAMIN O' SELLERS SETTLE FTC CHARGES FOR $375,000
Ads on the Internet and in national newspapers touted "Vitamin O"
as a nutritional supplement that could cure cancer and heart
disease. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission disagreed, saying the
$20 product "appears to be nothing more than salt water." In a
settlement with the FTC, the supplement's marketers agreed to pay
$375,000 and to stop making unsupported claims that "Vitamin O"
has health benefits.
Source: Reuters - May 2, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000502/hl/ftc_vitamin_1.html


THE INTERNET GETS A PULSE
Heart patients who are covered by the largest managed care
company in the Pacific Northwest will soon be able to hook
themselves to the Internet to get remotely monitored. Patients
who attach sensors to their bodies and send the data by modem
will be remotely checked by human technicians.
Source: CNET News.com - April 27, 2000
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-1773290.html


HEALTH WEB SITES LOOKING SICKLY
A major shakeout appears near among health-related Web sites,
with such well known sites as DrKoop.com having only enough cash
on hand to last a few more months. Lots of planned mergers also
may be off - especially those that were to be stock transactions.
Source: Reuters - April 26, 2000
http://www.pcworld.com/pcwtoday/article/
0,1510,16490,00.html?cp=reuters



The Sites
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MEDLINEplus: Drug Information
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
The National Library of Medicine's MEDLINEplus site has added
extensive information about more than 9,000 prescription and
over-the-counter drugs. For each drug, the site provides
information about side effects, dosing, drug interactions,
precautions, and storage. The information comes from the United
States Pharmacopeia's Drug Information Volume 2, "Advice for the
Patient."


MEDLINEplus: Herbal Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html
A new resource section about herbal medicine has been added to
the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINEplus site. The section
has links to publications and other materials produced by the
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, National
Toxicology Program, American Academy of Family Physicians,
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, among other organizations.


ArthritisCentral.com
http://www.arthritiscentral.com
Board-certified rheumatologists created this site, which offers a
variety of materials about arthritis. Some of the highlights
include original articles, answers to frequently asked questions,
a guide to medications used in rheumatic conditions, a glossary
of terms in the rheumatic diseases, and links to other arthritis
sites.


HealthGate: Medical Tests
http://www3.healthgate.com/mdx-books/tests/index.asp
This section of the HealthGate site offers information about more
than 400 medical tests. For each test, it describes the purpose,
how to prepare, the estimated cost, how long the test lasts, and
potential risks or side effects, among other details. You can
search the tests using keywords or browse them alphabetically.


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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