HealthESites
July 26, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 14
ISSN 1530-3608
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MEDIC BLAMES SUICIDES ON NET DIAGNOSIS
A few more details are becoming available about last week's item
reporting that an Australian couple had committed suicide after
consulting health information on the Internet and mistakenly
deciding the wife had cancer (see HealthESites July 19, 2000).
The suicides were revealed by Dr. David Rivett, chairman of the
Australian Medical Association's Council of General Practice, at
a conference. They involved an elderly couple from New South
Wales, and apparently happened several years ago. At the
conference, Rivett declined to name the couple or provide other
details about their deaths because of confidentiality and to
spare the family more pain.
[Editor's note: After last week's item appeared, several readers
suggested the story is probably just an urban myth. I would not
have used the story if I believed this was so, but nonetheless am
doing my best to check it out with Australian sources. I tracked
down Dr. Rivett, but so far he has not responded to phone calls
or e-mail messages. I'll keep working on this and will report any
further developments].
Sources: South China Morning Post - July 20, 2000
http://www.scmp.com/News/Asia/Article/
FullText_asp_ArticleID-20000720034447523.asp

Sydney Morning Herald - July 19, 2000
http://www.smh.com.au/news/0007/19/national/national10.html


SURFING FOR SEX? NET PARTNERS OFTEN CARRY
STD RISKS
If you're looking for sexual relationships online, you may end up
with more than you bargained for. People who look for sex
partners online have a greater risk for sexually transmitted
diseases than those who do not, according to a study reported in
the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, a
second study in the same issue found that an Internet chat room
helped medical officials track down men who had been infected
with syphilis.
Source: Reuters Health - July 25, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000725/hl/std_2.html
JAMA STD study:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n4/full/joc00445.html
JAMA syphilis study:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n4/full/joc00896.html
JAMA editorial:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n4/full/jed00048.html


DEVELOPING RULES FOR THE WEB
Several different codes of ethical principles for health Web
sites have been developed recently, but little effort is being
made to merge those documents into a single, universally accepted
code. The effectiveness of the current codes also is
questionable, since they lack strong enforcement mechanisms.
Source: American Medical News - July 31, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/prsa0731.htm


UNDERTHERAPY.COM MAKES UNSOLICITED BID FOR
DRKOOP.COM
A little-known company called Undertherapy.com has become the
latest suitor for the ailing DrKoop.com Web site. It made an
unsolicited bid for the site only days after another unsolicited
offer from MillenniumHealth Communications Inc. Not everyone's
taking the offers seriously. "It's bottom-feeders trying to get
into the business," one analyst told Reuters.
Source: Reuters - July 25, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000725/wr/
health_drkoop_dc_3.html



THE LIFE AND NEAR DEATH OF DRKOOP.COM
What brought down DrKoop.com? This lengthy, detailed account
tracks the company's fortunes and misfortunes from before its
founding to its current financial crisis.
Source: Industry Standard - July 24, 2000
http://www.thestandard.com/article/article_print/
1,1153,16995,00.html



INTERNET OFFERS AN ELECTRONIC SOAPBOX
Doctors involved in public disputes with hospitals, HMOs, or
other entities are starting to enlist the Internet in support of
their causes. Two recent Ohio cases are profiled in this article,
one involving a doctor suing a hospital and the other involving
doctors trying to save their hospital from closure.
Source: American Medical News - July 31, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesa0731.htm


TELEMEDICINE USE GROWING, BUT SLOWLY
The growth of telemedicine, or the provision of medical services
to remote locations through telecommunications, faces many
hurdles. The biggest is the lack of a clear system for paying
doctors who provide telemedicine services, according to this
article in the American Medical News.
Source: American Medical News - July 31, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/tesb0731.htm


DATA BASICS
Pharmaceutical companies should be able to bring products to the
market faster and reduce development costs by using the Internet,
according to a survey by Andersen Consulting. Yet the survey also
found that many barriers still exist to fully utilizing the
Internet's capabilities.
Source: Washington Post - July 20, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10952-2000Jul19.html


LIVING WITH DISABILITIES ON THE NET
This article profiles two Web sites for people with disabilities:
HalfThePlanet.com (http://www.halftheplanet.com) and CanDO.com
(http://www.cando.com).
Source: USATODAY.com - July 25, 2000
http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/ccarch/cctam000.htm


HYPERLINKS FOR HYPOCHONDRIACS: OLD MALADY IN
A NEW WORLD
The Web was made for hypochondriacs, as this humorous essay makes
clear.
Source: New York Times - July 25, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/
072500hth-essay.html



INTERNET SYSTEM REMINDS PATIENTS TO TAKE MEDICATION
Having trouble keeping track of when you should take your
medicines? A new system called MediMOM will automatically send
alerts at the proper time to your e-mail account, pager, or cell
phone.
Source: Reuters Health - July 24, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000724/hl/www_2.html


A HEALTHY SCENARIO FOR MEDIALOGIC/MEDSCAPE
The price of stock in MediaLogic/Medscape now sits at about $6
per share, far below the initial offering price of $17 a share
last December before MediaLogic acquired Medscape and even
further below the high of $51 that the stock achieved in
mid-February. But some Wall Street analysts are bullish on the
stock, believing it could double in price within the next year.
Source: Business Week Online - July 25, 2000
http://businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/july2000/nf00725h.htm


HEALTHCENTRAL.COM TO PICK UP DRUGEMPORIUM.COM
HealthCentral.com has agreed to purchase the money-losing online
drugstore DrugEmporium.com in a stock deal worth $7.3 million.
HealthCentral.com did not take over DrugEmporium's costly deals
to be featured on portals.
Source: Industry Standard - July 25, 2000
http://biz.yahoo.com/st/000725/17103.html


PLANETRX UP ON FINANCING
Another ailing online drugstore, PlanetRx.com, has obtained $50
million in equity financing. The money will be provided by Alpha
Venture Capital Inc., a private equity fund.
Source: CNNfn - July 25, 2000
http://cnnfn.cnn.com/2000/07/25/companies/planetrx


WEB EDITION: AMNEWS ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
The full text of the American Medical News, a publication of the
American Medical Association, has been available for free on the
Web since January. Now it's also available for Palm Pilots and
other handheld devices, including wireless Internet phones.
Source: American Medical News - July 31, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/amn_00/edsa0731.htm


CLICK HERE FOR SMALLER TITS
A hospital in South Africa is offering breast reduction surgery
through an Internet auction. In subsequent auctions, the Park
Lane Clinic in Johannesburg plans to sell laser skin resurfacing,
fat removal, facial hair removal, and eyelid surgery.
Source: The Register (England) - July 24, 2000
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/1/12128.html


The Sites
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Because the News section ran so long this week, the Sites section
is taking a temporary hiatus.
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