HealthESites
August 22, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 29
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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A VIRTUAL ESCAPE FROM PAIN
Patients with serious burns experience severe pain, especially
during therapy and when nurses change their bandages. But doctors
at Harborview Burn Center in Seattle have developed a virtual
reality system that they say shifts a patient's focus away from
pain during sessions and lowers perceived pain levels.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Aug. 17, 2001
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/DailyNews/
techtv_vr_med010817.html



JAMA EDITORS SAY THEY WERE DUPED
Much has been made about the alleged poor quality of health
information on the Internet. However, in yet another example that
other sources aren't necessarily better, the esteemed Journal of
the American Medical Association got duped into publishing a
supposedly factual essay that turned out to be fiction.
Source: Associated Press - Aug. 21, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010821/hl/
snookered_journal_2.html



AS WIRELESS NETWORKS GROW,
SO DO SECURITY FEARS
Lots of hospitals are installing wireless networks so that nurses
and other staff members can enter patient data on laptop
computers as they move from room to room. But some of the
networks have weak security or none at all, leaving them wide
open to data theft and corruption.
Source: New York Times - Aug. 19, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/technology/19WIRE.html


UPSTREAM: SMART HOME CARE
Several companies have already developed home-monitoring
technologies that take a patient's vital signs and report them to
a home PC or to a physician at a remote location. Now researchers
are focusing on high-tech devices for home use that help keep
medical problems from developing and that diagnose them when they
do.
Source: Technology Review - September 2001
http://www.techreview.com/magazine/sep01/upstream.asp


LET'S MAKE YOUR HEAD INTERACTIVE
As part of the Human Brain Project, researchers are taking
thousands of high-resolution human brain scans and placing them
in a database that will be open to the public. That database and
associated efforts may one day make desktop computers just as
important as laboratories and operating rooms in discovering
solutions for medical problems ranging from Alzheimer's disease
to depression.
Source: Wired - August 2001
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.08/brain_pr.html


VACCINE VERITY:
NEW STUDIES WEIGH BENEFITS AND RISKS
Childhood vaccinations have eliminated many major diseases and
made others very rare. Yet some parents refuse to have their
children vaccinated, fearing dangerous side effects from the
vaccines. Doctors blame inaccurate information available on the
Internet for causing increased worries about vaccine safety.
Source: Science News - Aug. 18, 2001
http://www.sciencenews.org/20010818/bob17.asp


NHS MODERNIZATION HAMPERED
BY LACK OF IT SKILLS
By 2005, Britain's National Health Service is supposed to have
all of the nation's patient records stored on computers. However,
a poll of IT managers in the National Health Service found that
nearly all are experiencing serious problems recruiting and
keeping computing professionals, putting the 2005 goal in
question. Many of the managers blamed low salaries for their
recruiting problems.
Source: Reuters Health - Aug. 17, 2001
http://www.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2001/08/08.20/
20010817prof003.html



A MORE ACCESSIBLE WEB
Hardware and software companies are scrambling to develop
technologies aimed at helping people with disabilities access the
Web and use other office technology. Much of the impetus comes
from a new rule that requires federal agencies to make their Web
sites accessible to people with disabilities and to redesign
office equipment to make it more accessible for federal workers
who have disabilities.
Source: Washington Post - Aug. 21, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37741-2001Aug20.html


SECOND OPINIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Three major Boston hospitals - Massachusetts General Hospital,
the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women's
Hospital - have launched a service where they offer second
opinions from medical specialists online. The opinions are based
solely on medical histories and records, and cost $600 each. The
Cleveland Clinic is expected to launch a similar service before
the end of this year.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Aug. 22, 2001
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/
secondopiniononline010821.html



DEAR DOCTOR
A Seattle-area physician has found many benefits from letting his
patients e-mail him with questions. A study by the American
Medical Association determined that of the 70 percent of
physicians who use the Internet, 25 percent are exchanging e-mail
with patients.
Source: Internet Health Care - August 2001
http://www.internethealthcaremag.com/html/current/
CurrentIssueStory.cfm?DID=6359



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