HealthESites
May 9, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 17
ISSN 1530-3608
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BILL WOULD CURB MEDICAL ERRORS
Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) is one of the sponsors of a bill that
would give nearly $1 billion to hospitals and technology
companies to develop and install computerized devices designed to
cut medication errors. A variety of such devices are being
developed, ranging from a robot that sorts pills for hospital
carts to handheld devices for patients with poor eyesight that
read out loud the information on medicine bottle labels.
Source: Associated Press - May 4, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010504/pl/
medical_errors_2.html



WebMD QUARTERLY LOSS NARROWS
In the first quarter, the Internet health care firm WebMD more
than doubled its revenue to $184.5 million from $65.9 million the
previous year. Its loss also narrowed, from $51.8 million a year
ago to $32.7 million this year. In a related move, the company
announced that it plans to lay off about 350 employees by the end
of the year.
Source: Reuters - May 8, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010508/wr/
health_webmd_earns_dc_4.htm



lUSE OF COMPUTER TERMINALS ON WARDS TO ACCESS
EMERGENCY TEST RESULTS: A RETROSPECTIVE AUDIT
In most hospitals, the results from emergency lab tests are
telephoned to the requesting physician. A British study found
this procedure actually works better than transmitting the
results by computer terminal.
Source: British Medical Journal - May 5, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7294/1101


INTERNET THERAPY
In this article, an Italian neurologist writes of a patient who
he diagnosed with a fatal degenerative disease of the nervous
system. The patient and her husband insisted that the doctor try
a "therapy" advertised on the Internet that he knew to be bogus,
and the doctor explains why he finally went along.
Source: British Medical Journal - May 5, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7294/1131


MUNCHAUSEN BY INTERNET: FAKING ILLNESS ONLINE
People pretending to have illnesses that they do not are turning
up in electronic chat rooms, newsgroups, and support groups for
various illnesses. This article offers clues to detecting false
claims and suggestions for dealing with the offender and the
remaining group members.
Source: Self Help Magazine - April 30, 2001
http://www.shpm.com/articles/chronic/faking.html


SICK WORLD OF PRO-ANOREXIA INTERNET SITES
Dozens of online forums and Web sites are devoted to promoting
anorexia, a potentially fatal eating disorder. Most have been
created and are frequented by teenage girls.
Source: New York Post - May 7, 2001
http://www.nypost.com/living/29944.htm


ONLINE LINK TO ANTIBIOTIC INFORMATION
WILL HELP RESEARCH USE
Johns Hopkins University has created a free Web site
(http://www.hopkins-abxguide.org) where primary care physicians
can look up information about how to use antibiotics properly.
The database, which is also available for handheld devices,
contains information about more than 160 antibiotics and 140
diseases.
Source: American Medical News - May 14, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesb0514.htm


DEPRESSION: MANY FACTS BUT FEW VOICES
This article reviews two Web sites devoted to depression and
suicide awareness. The author praises many features at both
sites, but also strongly criticizes both for not providing useful
personal testimonies about coping with depression.
Source: Los Angeles Times - May 7, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010507/t000038426.html


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