HealthESites
August 1, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 26
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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COULD LIBRARIANS' HELP
HAVE PREVENTED HOPKINS TRAGEDY?
Everything isn't available online, as a medical researcher at
Johns Hopkins learned when a participant in his clinical trial
died after inhaling the drug Hexamethonium. The researcher
apparently only checked literature available online before
conducting the trial, and missed studies published in the 1950s
warning that the drug could cause potentially fatal lung damage.
Source: Johns Hopkins internal investigation report
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/press/2001/JULY/
report_of_internal_investigation.htm



NEW TECH, OLD POLITICS
Last week, Virginia launched a new Web site that's supposed to
contain extensive information about the state's 31,000
physicians, including data about malpractice payments and
disciplinary actions by other states. But an emergency bill that
was quietly snuck through the state legislature just before the
site went live bars it from posting some of the most sensitive
data - even though it's public information that's available to
anyone who contacts the state Board of Medicine.
Source: Washington Post - July 31, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8401-2001Jul30.html


HEALTH-CARE SITES CONFRONT PRIVACY, DISCLOSURE
Quality standards for consumer health Web sites have been
released by the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission,
which plans to accredit health sites starting this fall. A
15-page document released by the commission lists 53 standards
that focus primarily on the content editorial process, disclosure
of financial relationships, linking to other Web sites, privacy,
security, and consumer complaint mechanisms.
Source: InternetWeek - July 31, 2001
http://www.internetwk.com/story/INW20010731S0001
Quality standards: http://www.urac.org/websiteaccreditation.htm


MEDICAL WEB SITE EXPLAINS LAB RESULTS
TO PATIENTS
Patients can learn how to interpret the results from a variety of
lab tests at the new Web site Lab Tests Online
(http://www.labtestsonline.org). The site is sponsored by the
American Association for Clinical Chemistry and five other
clinical laboratory groups.
Source: Reuters - July 31, 2001
http://reutershealth.com/archive/2001/07/31/eline/links/
20010731elin026.html



PATIENTS WILL GAIN ACCESS TO THEIR
PATHOLOGY REPORTS THROUGH SECURE WEB SITE
Starting later this year, prostate cancer patients treated at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will be able to access
their pathology reports online. Specific sections in each report
will be linked to online information about prevention, treatment,
and support.
Source: Reuters Health - July 31, 2001
http://www.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2001/08/08.01/
20010731prof002.html



TWO WEBBY FAVORITES TACKLE WOMEN'S ISSUES
This article reviews two women's health sites that recently
received Webby awards from the International Academy of Digital
Arts and Sciences. The sites are Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
(http://www.ppgg.org) and Thriveonline
(http://www.thriveonline.com).
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 30, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000061916jul30.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



SOME SENIORS BREAK LAW FOR PRESCRIPTIONS
In an effort to save money, a growing number of seniors are
ordering prescription drugs from other countries over the
Internet. Some report that the practice, which is illegal, saves
them up to several hundred dollars on a single prescription.
Source: Associated Press - July 31, 2001
http://news.excite.com/news/ap/010731/02/online-prescriptions


PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
The first of these two lengthy articles examines efforts by
thousands of bioscientists around the world to force journals to
place their contents online for free within six months of
publication. So far, nearly 23,000 scientists have pledged to
boycott any publications that don't comply by September 1. The
second article looks at efforts by the Scholarly Publishing and
Academic Resources Coalition to identify alternatives to
commercial publishing.
Sources: College & Research Libraries News - July/August 2001
http://www.ala.org/acrl/case.html
Journal of Electronic Publishing - August 2001
http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/07-01/buckholtz.html


WHERE TO LOOK FOR DRUG INFORMATION
ON THE INTERNET
This article contains brief descriptions of Web sites that offer
information about prescription drugs, dietary supplements, or
illegal drugs. It's a pretty decent roundup except for the author
repeatedly referring to the "Federal Drug Administration" when he
means the Food and Drug Administration.
Source: College & Research Libraries News - July/August 2001
http://www.ala.org/acrl/resjuly01.html


NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE RELEASES
INTERNET CITATION GUIDELINES
The National Library of Medicine has released a 106-page document
that contains recommended formats for bibliographic citations of
Internet information. The document is currently available only in
PDF format, but an HTML version is promised soon.
Source: National Library of Medicine - July 31, 2001
NLM guidelines: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/formats/internet.pdf


GLAXO WILL USE WEB SITE TO PUSH VACCINES
TO DOCTORS
The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has launched a Web site
aimed at promoting its vaccine products. The site is only
available to medical professionals.
Source: Reuters Health - July 26, 2001
http://www.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2001/07/07.27/
20010726inds016.html



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