HealthESites
July 18, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 24
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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BILL ON ONLINE DRUG SALES RAISES HOPE, FEARS
A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now being
considered by the Senate would allow Americans to legally order
prescription drugs from other countries on the Internet or by
mail. The bill's advocates say it would save Americans money by
allowing them to buy drugs in countries where they're cheaper
than in the United States. But opponents contend the measure
could open to the door to counterfeit drugs and unscrupulous
sellers.
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 16, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000058157jul16.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



WEB SITES ON KIDS' HEALTH AIM TOO HIGH
A study of 89 Web sites about children's health found that
they're written at a 12th-grade reading level, which the
researcher who conducted the study contends is too high. The Web
sites were all aimed at adults, and one expert quoted by
HealthScout wonders whether it's really a good idea to "dumb
down" health information.
Source: HealthScout - July 14, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010714/hl/
web_sites_on_kids_health_aim_too_high_1.html



JUST LIKE THEIR PARENTS,
TEENS LEARN ABOUT HEALTH ONLINE
Half of all teenagers have looked for health information online
about topics ranging from sex to mental illness, according to a
study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent
Medicine. The authors suggested the Internet may be a good way
for teens to access personal health information without
embarrassment.
Source: WebMD - July 12, 2001
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1728.83643


YAHOO! TO ADD CLINICAL TRIAL DATA
The Web portal Yahoo! plans to launch a new Clinical Trials
Center that will list clinical trials that are seeking patients
and provide information about new medical therapies. The data
will be supplied by Acurian, a Pennsylvania company that provides
the same data to CBSHealthWatch.com and drkoop.com.
Source: Associated Press - July 15, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010715/tc/
online_clinical_trials_1.html



WHAT IS E-HEALTH?
In this article, the editor of the Journal of Medical Internet
Research takes a stab at defining the term "e-health." It's a
cogent analysis that avoids getting bogged down in meaningless
generalities and convoluted theories.
Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research - June 18, 2001
http://www.jmir.org/2001/2/e20/index.htm


DYING FOR ATTENTION?
The live Web cam appeared to show a woman trying to commit
suicide. Online friends sprang into action to call paramedics,
but with the woman now safely home again her actual intentions
remain murky.
Source: Wired News - July 14, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,45247,00.html


ONLINE DETAILING: THE NEW WAY TO SELL
In-person visits by sales reps aren't enough anymore for the
pharmaceutical companies when it comes to peddling their wares to
doctors. Now they're offering videoconferencing systems that
allow physicians to interact with sales reps online. Some
companies are giving away free computers, free Internet
connections, and honorariums to physicians who sign up for the
online pitches.
Source: American Medical News - July 9/16, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa0709.htm


ETHICAL CHALLENGES OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
ON THE INTERNET: A REVIEW
This extensive article examines many of the ethical issues
involved in using the Internet in healthcare. It also describes
recently completed and ongoing efforts to develop ethics
guidelines.
Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research - June 28, 2001
http://www.jmir.org/2001/2/e23/index.htm


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