HealthESites
July 25, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 25
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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PANEL: NEW U.S. LAWS NEEDED TO PROMOTE E-HEALTH
The information technology needed to improve the U.S. healthcare
system exists, but companies need federal incentives to implement
the technology and to develop new products. That was the thrust
of testimony by a panel of experts who spoke at a Senate hearing
about the state of e-health.
Source: Reuters Health - July 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010724/hl/technology_1.html


STUDY SAYS NET USERS STRESSED, NOT DEPRESSED
Reversing the findings of their earlier study, researchers at
Carnegie Mellon University report that using the Internet no
longer causes feelings of depression and loneliness among
surfers. However, the study also found that the more time you
spend online, the more stress and problems you'll have in your
daily life. They offered several theories to explain this
finding, but no firm evidence.
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 24, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/technology/
la-000060299jul24.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dtechnology



VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE HELPING DYSLEXICS
People with dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it
extremely difficult to write, are finding new hope with voice
recognition software. Students with dyslexia often find the
software allows them to express ideas that previously were
blocked inside by their language difficulties.
Source: New York Times - July 19, 2001
http://nytimes.com/2001/07/19/technology/circuits/19READ.html


HAND TOOLS: MANY USES FOR HANDHELDS
Physicians are using handheld devices such as Palm Pilots for
everything from looking up drug information to entering patient
data during exams. This article examines some of the most popular
medical applications and lists more than a dozen Web sites where
software is available.
Source: American Medical News - July 30, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa0730.htm


CLINICAL DRUG DATABASE POWERFUL ON HANDHELDS
Two free medical software programs for Palm devices are described
in this article. The programs from ePocrates include qRx, a
clinical drug database, and qID, a guide to infectious diseases.
Source: American Medical News - July 30, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/teca0730.htm


CRYONICS OVER DEAD GEEKS' BODIES
Surprise, surprise: Many of the folks who want to freeze their
bodies when they die are computer geeks. They've signed up for
cryonic suspension, a procedure that preserves their dead bodies
in the hope that future medical breakthroughs will make it
possible for them to live again.
Source: Wired News - July 20, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,45188,00.html


WEBVAN'S DEMISE LEAVES FOOD BANKS WITH LESS
During the two years it existed, the online grocer Webvan donated
several million pounds of meat, poultry, vegetables, and other
foods to food banks that serve the poor. The company's demise
this month has left many food banks scrambling for new donations.
Source: San Jose Mercury News - July 18, 2001
http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/svfront/webvan071901.htm


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