June 6, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 21
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A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, AN EARLY DEATH, A FRAUD EXPOSED
For nearly a year, a Weblog written by a teenage girl chronicled
her heroic battle with leukemia, culminating with her death May
14. Thousands of people visited the Weblog, and many were
emotionally devastated when she died. But a few suspicious
visitors investigated and found out the whole thing was a hoax
perpetrated by a 40-year-old homemaker in Kansas. The Wired News
article suggests the case might be an example of Munchausen by
Internet, a mental disorder in which a person joins mailing lists
or other online communities and pretends to be seriously ill.
Sources: New York Times - May 31, 2001
Wired News - June 6, 2001
lA NEW WEB SITE AND A NEW POLICY
The New England Journal of Medicine has announced a new policy
regarding access to its electronic archives. Until now, online
access to the full texts of research articles published in the
Journal has only been available to subscribers. But under a new
policy, six months after publication research articles will be
available online for free.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine - May 31, 2001
HOUSE PANEL PLANS HEARING ON NET PHARMACY RISKS
A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will
hold a hearing tomorrow about the dangers posed by imported
prescription drugs, especially those ordered online. The hearing
by the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is expected to
include testimony from pharmaceutical companies, law enforcement
agencies, and the parents of a man who died after taking
prescription drugs that he had ordered on the Internet.
Source: Newsbytes - June 6, 2001
SAY AHH, THEN REMAIN SILENT
New federal privacy regulations that took effect April 14 are
supposed to protect the confidentiality of medical records. But a
loophole in the regulations give law enforcement officers
virtually unlimited access to any medical records they want.
Privacy advocates fear that with the increased computerization of
medical records, officers will use the loophole to search the
files for evidence of criminal behavior.
Source: Wired News - June 5, 2001
DOCTORS BRISTLE AT QUALITY WEB RATINGS
IN TWO CITIES
A company has surveyed patients in two cities to compile ratings
of primary care physicians for a new Internet database. The firm
hopes to survey the nation's 100 largest cities in the next few
years. It goes without saying that doctors are up in arms over
Source: American Medical News - June 11, 2001
DRUGS.COM KICKS DOMAIN HABIT
The company that bought the domain name drugs.com for $823,456 in
August 1999 is in the process of selling it. The price and buyer
have not been disclosed.
Source: Wired News - June 1, 2001
ROBOTS ENABLE REMOTE-CONTROL 'TELESURGERY'
Using computers, telecommunications equipment, videoconferencing,
and surgical robots, doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical
Institutions in Baltimore have conducted 17 "telesurgeries" on
patients in Rome. All the surgeries were successful, although in
some cases the telesurgery was stopped and doctors in Rome took
Source: Reuters - June 5, 2001
CONSORTIUM HOPES TO MAKE IT EASIER TO
MOVE DATA ONLINE
Speaking of Johns Hopkins, it has joined with numerous medical
societies to create Web standards and software that are aimed at
making it easier for physicians to share data online. The group,
called the MedBiquitous Consortium, will create a common medical
vocabulary in XML and XML-based software for a variety of
Source: American Medical News - June 11, 2001
GAINING INSIGHT INTO WORLD OF ARTHRITIS
This article reviews Web sites operated by the Arthritis
Foundation and the American College of Rheumatology. The writer
isn't keen on either one.
Source: Los Angeles Times - June 4, 2001
A HELPING HANDHELD FOR THE DISABLED
Handheld computers are changing the lives of people suffering
from a variety of medical conditions. The computers are being
used by everyone from diabetics to help them track their diets
and blood sugar levels to people with attention deficit disorder,
who use them to stay organized.
Source: Business Week - June 6, 2001
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