HealthESites
June 14, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 9
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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INTERNET USE INCREASES AMONG U.S. DOCTORS
Seventy percent of the 1,300 U.S. doctors surveyed by Medem said
they have Internet access in their offices. Yet only 6 percent
use e-mail to communicate with patients, a figure that many
experts expect to skyrocket.
Source: IDG News Service - June 12, 2000
http://www.idg.net/ec?go=1&content_source_id=13&link_id=273729


DEMS TURN TO WEB TO LOBBY FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG
COSTS
The Democratic National Committee has established a Web site at
http://www.1-877-leadnow.com to push the prescription drug plan
developed by congressional Democrats. The Web site is part of an
advertising campaign that also includes a toll-free telephone
number people can call for more information.
Source: internet.com - June 12, 2000
http://dc.internet.com/news/article/0,1934,2101_392071,00.html


CANCER INSTITUTE SEEKS TO BRIDGE DIVIDE
The National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National
Institutes of Health, will spend $1.5 million this year on pilot
projects aimed at bridging the so-called digital divide that
prevents some people from accessing health information online.
The money will likely go towards installing more public computers
with Internet access, training staff in locations such as
libraries how to help patrons find reliable cancer information
online, and making online cancer information easier to access and
understand.
Source: Inter@ctive Week
http://www.zdnet.com/filters/printerfriendly/
0,6061,2585261-35,00.html



CYBER ADVICE: ONLINE SEX THERAPY IS BOOMING
Sex is the most popular topic online, and sex therapy is no
exception. Sex therapists are starting to counsel people with
sexual problems through e-mail, chats, and video conferencing.
Some therapists limit what they discuss online, referring people
with serious problems to traditional therapists.
Source: Fox News - June 8, 2000
http://www.foxnews.com/health/s_file/s_file_15.sml


PLANETRX.COM LAYS OFF 70 EMPLOYEES
The online drugstore PlanetRx.com has laid off about 15 percent
of its workforce, or approximately 70 employees. The company had
a net loss of $49.6 million in the first quarter of 2000, and is
exploring a number of alternatives - including a merger - to
remain viable.
Source: The Standard - June 12, 2000
http://www.thestandard.net/article/display/0,1151,15941,00.html


MEDICALOGIC/MEDSCAPE TO FIRE 110 WORKERS
The recent merger of MedicaLogic and Medscape will result in the
layoff of about 110 people, or 10 percent of the combined staff.
Company officials said the move will save $20 million annually,
but that it's not caused by any financial difficulties.
Source: The Standard
http://www.thestandard.com/article/display/
0,1151,15872,00.html?nl=mg



INTERNET ADDICTION: HOOKED ON THE NET
Addictions to Internet sex, Internet gambling, and the Internet
itself are soaring, according to some researchers. They contend
that the medical community isn't doing enough to cope with the
new problems.
Source: American Medical News - June 19, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/hlsa0619.htm


The Sites
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MEDLINEplus: Appendicitis and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Appendicitis:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/appendicitis.html
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/fetalalcoholsyndrome.html
The National Library of Medicine has recently added pages about
appendicitis and fetal alcohol syndrome to its MEDLINEplus site.
The appendicitis page links to publications about diagnosis and
symptoms, children, treatment, and other topics from the National
Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, the Mayo Foundation
for Medical Education and Research, the American Medical
Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, among
other sources. The fetal alcohol syndrome page offers
publications about prevention and screening, research, specific
conditions, teenagers, and other subjects from the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the March of Dimes Birth Defects
Foundation, and many other sources.


PERC Pathways
http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/learn/percpathways.htm
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Michigan
offers more than a dozen lists of patient-oriented resources
about specific cancer types or issues at this site. The lists
include pamphlets, newsletters, videotapes, books, mailing lists,
Web sites, and other resources.


National Guideline Clearinghouse
http://www.guideline.gov
Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of hundreds of
diseases and medical conditions are available at the National
Guideline Clearinghouse, which is sponsored by the federal Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Medical
Association, and the American Association of Health Plans. A
warning: The guidelines are written for physicians and other
medical professionals, so they can be quite technical.


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