August 15, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 28
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JOHNS HOPKINS TRAGEDY: COULD LIBRARIANS
HAVE PREVENTED A DEATH?
This article looks at the recent death of a volunteer in an
asthma study at Johns Hopkins University from the perspective of
a professional librarian. The inescapable conclusion: If the
scientist who conducted the study had relied on a librarian
instead of himself to research the chemical involved, the
volunteer would still be alive.
Source: Information Today - Aug. 7, 2001
WHY ANTI-ABORTION WEB SITE CAN FILM PATIENTS
AND DOCTORS - WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT
An anti-abortion activist has launched a Web site that displays
photographs and videos of doctors, clinic personnel, and patients
entering and leaving abortion clinics in 21 states. The man also
plans to repackage the videos into a TV program to be shown on
public access channels around the country. Legal experts say the
man's actions are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S.
Source: Inside.com - Aug. 14, 2001
DRUG WEB SITES PROVIDE
HARMFUL INFORMATION: STUDY
Here's a big surprise: Web users who use search engines to find
information about illegal drugs are more likely to be pointed to
sites that promote drug use than to those that caution against
it. That's the conclusion of a study published in the New England
Journal of Medicine. The study also found that drug education
sites operated by the federal government don't appear in search
results because federal webmasters fail to use keyword meta tags
in their pages.
Source: Reuters - Aug. 9, 2001
6,160,717,289 CURES FOR CANCER
Researchers are using powerful computers to help them develop
customized treatments for people with cancer. Such "tailored
therapies" will be based on the genetic characteristics of the
cancer that's attacking a specific individual.
Source: Business 2.0 - August 2001
MARYLAND OFFERS DETAILED LOOK AT NURSING HOMES
Maryland residents can compare the quality of the state's 233
nursing homes at a new Web site operated by state health
officials. The site (http://126.96.36.199)
has everything from
results of state inspections of each home to data the homes must
submit to the federal government regarding how they measure up in
23 quality-of-care categories.
Source: Washington Post - Aug. 8, 2001
HIGH-TECH HEART DEVICES DELIVER DATA OVER THE WEB
A trial currently underway is looking at the effectiveness of
tiny implantable devices that constantly monitor a patient's
heart functions. Patients send data from the devices to their
doctors over the Internet, allowing for careful monitoring of
people with heart problems.
Source: Reuters - Aug. 13, 2001
REPORT EXAMINES STATUS OF E-HEALTH
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a 136-page report
titled "The eHealth Landscape: A Terrain Map of Emerging
Information and Communication Technologies in Health and Health
Care." The full text of the report is available at the
foundation's Web site in PDF format.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
NEW GEAR FOR DISABLED WEB SURFERS
A host of software and hardware products are helping people with
disabilities surf the Web. The products aren't perfect, though,
and most are very expensive.
Source: Business Week - Aug. 8, 2001
'WEARABLE MOTHERBOARDS' COULD SAVE LIVES
At least two companies are developing shirts and other types of
clothing with monitoring devices woven in that can record the
wearer's vital signs and other types of health information. Data
gathered by the clothes can be sent to medical personnel over the
Source: NewsFactor Network - Aug. 10, 2001
WebMD POSTS LOSS, SEES PROFIT IN 2002
In the second quarter, the Internet health care firm WebMD lost
$23.8 million. Nonetheless, company officials predicted that the
firm will be profitable in 2002.
Source: Reuters - Aug. 9, 2001
LOSS NARROWS FOR BELEAGUERED DRKOOP.COM
And speaking of losses, the ailing Internet health site
drkoop.com reported a net loss of $3 million in the second
quarter, far below the $40.6 million loss the company suffered in
the quarter one year ago. The company took in $800,000 in total
revenue during the quarter, compared with $2.5 million a year
Source: Reuters - Aug. 14, 2001
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