HealthESites
June 13, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 22
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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FTC TO TAKE ON SITES PUSHING BOGUS AIDS,
CANCER CURES
Tomorrow the Federal Trade Commission will announce a new effort
to stop companies from promoting bogus cures for deadly diseases
on the Internet. The FTC first targeted fraudulent online health
claims in June 2000, but FTC officials say such claims have
escalated since then. As part of its effort, the agency will
unveil new online tools aimed at helping consumers find credible
health sites online.
Source: Newsbytes - June 11, 2001
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/166690.html


PUTTING THE E IN DIET
Dieters are always looking for the latest fad. Now they're
flocking to online dieting companies, but the question is whether
the fad will develop into a long-term, successful business model.
Source: Los Angeles Times - June 11, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010611/t000048547.html


THE THERAPIST IS ON
Three hundred Web sites offer some form of online therapy or
counseling, but the debate continues about whether such services
are helpful or harmful. Some experts suggest that the online
services may be useful when dealing with the normal bumps and
bruises of living, but that serious mental health issues should
be left to office visits with therapists.
Source: Washington Post - June 10, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43307-2001Jun8.html


SLEEP TEST NO QUICK FIX, SAY DOCS
Some 90 online health sites offer the Epsworth Sleepiness Scale,
a test they bill as a way for users to find out if they have a
sleep problem. But a new study says the test is crude and Web
sites offering it don't provide enough information about what the
results mean. And even the test's inventor says it should only be
used by medical professionals.
Source: HealthScout - June 12, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010612/hl/
sleep_test_no_quick_fix_say_docs_1.html



STUDY: CANCER PATIENTS GET INFO
FROM THE INTERNET
Large numbers of cancer patients and their companions are
researching the disease online, according to a pair of studies
presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of
Clinical Oncology. However, the overwhelming majority of both
patients and companions use printed materials to supplement the
information they find online.
Source: Reuters Health - June 8, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010608/hl/Internet_1.html


OUR RAM IN HAVANA
Since the mid-1990s, a nonprofit group in San Jose, Calif., has
donated more than 2,000 computer workstations, printers, and disk
drives to Cuba's National Center for Medical Sciences
Information. The Cubans use the donations to link the island's
doctors, medical schools, and hospitals in an electronic
information network.
Source: Wired News - June 7, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,44140,00.html


INSIGHTS ON THE INTERNET
This brief article chronicles the creation of a Web site by the
parents of a baby who spent an extended period of time in a
neonatal intensive care unit. The site allowed the parents to
communicate with their families and friends about the baby's
progress, but medical personnel also found the Web site useful in
determining what the parents did - and did not - understand about
their baby's condition and care.
Source: British Medical Journal - June 9, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7299/1388


DOCS WHO LOSE LICENSES NOT REPORTED
TO DATABASE
Many consumer health advocates have pushed to make the National
Practitioner Data Bank publicly available on the Internet. The
nation's hospitals and doctors use the database to check out
doctors' credentials and backgrounds, but it's not publicly
available. Now Public Citizen, a public interest group, has
written a letter to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft claiming
that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has withheld from
the database the names of nearly 2,600 physicians who have
voluntarily given up their federal narcotic prescribing licenses.
Source: Reuters Health - June 6, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010606/hl/docs_1.html


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