HealthESites
August 29, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 30
ISSN 1530-3608
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FOR GENE INFO, PATIENTS VISIT WEB BEFORE DOCTOR
Many people who are referred to genetics clinics search the
Internet for genetics information before their appointments,
according to a study published in the journal Mayo Clinic
Proceedings. Among those who visited genetics sites, only 53
percent said the information was accurate, and 41 percent
reported difficulty understanding what they found.
Source: Reuters Health - Aug. 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010823/hl/web_1.html


JUDGE ORDERS WOMAN'S MEDICAL RECORDS OFF NET
After an Illinois woman suffered complications during an abortion
and had to be hospitalized, three anti-abortion activists posted
her photograph, her medical records, and an article about her
case on a Web site. The woman sued the three, and a judge has
temporarily ordered them to remove the materials. However, it's
unclear how effective his order will be in protecting the woman's
privacy because the materials have spread to other anti-abortion
Web sites.
Source: Associated Press - Aug. 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010823/tc/
abortion_internet_2.html



HERBAL ANTI-IMPOTENCE SITES STRETCH THE TRUTH
Most male Web users are inundated with spam e-mails offering
herbal pills that supposedly enhance their sex drive, at least
temporarily cure impotence, and make their equipment larger. But
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is declaring war on the
hucksters. In addition, the manufacturer of the prescription
anti-impotence drug Viagra may take legal action based on
frequent claims in the spam and the accompanying Web sites that
the herbal products are better than Viagra.
Source: Reuters - Aug. 28, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010828/hl/impotence_1.html


WEB SITES PROVIDE FORUM FOR ANOREXIC GIRLS
In further proof that most reporters get their story ideas by
stealing from competitors, this article looks at the
proliferation of Web sites that promote anorexia, an eating
disorder that can be deadly. The article comes only three weeks
after TIME.com published a longer story that covers almost
exactly the same ground (available at
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,169660,00.html).
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Aug. 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20010824/hl/
anorexia_websites010821_1.html



BEEPING BOTTLE REMINDS PATIENTS TO TAKE MEDICINES
A Hong Kong company has developed a cap for pill bottles that
beeps and flashes a red light when it's time to take the
medication. Pharmacists can program the cap to issue a reminder
up to four times daily.
Source: Reuters Health - Aug. 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010822/hl/bottle_1.html


COMMON CONDITIONS
Experts contend that Web sites devoted to a specific disease are
likely to have a competitive advantage over general health
portals. But that doesn't mean they have an easier time finding a
revenue model that works.
Source: Internet Health Care - August 2001
http://internethealthcaremag.com/html/current/
CurrentIssueStory.cfm?DID=6357



INSURER, PRACTICE TEST PAYING FOR INTERNET CARE
A 160-member medical practice in Connecticut has joined with an
HMO to test a system where patients can send questions to their
doctors by e-mail. Patients pay $5 for the consultation, and the
HMO reimburses physicians an additional $20 for each online
consult.
Source: Internet Health Care - August 2001
http://internethealthcaremag.com/html/current/
CurrentIssueStory.cfm?DID=6352



POTENT SAVINGS
This article compares prescription drug prices at six online
drugstores with those at bricks-and-mortar pharmacies. The
conclusion: Consumers can consistently save a bundle of money by
buying online.
Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance - September 2001
http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/2001/September/
managing/edrugs.html



GET UP-TO-DATE ON NATIONAL STEM CELL DEBATE
Confused by all the controversy over stem cells? This article
describes several Web sites that explain the issues.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Aug. 27, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000069351aug27.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



DOCTORS' REGISTER GOES ONLINE
A register of licensed British doctors has been placed online by
the General Medical Council, which licenses UK physicians. But it
provides scant information: For each physician, it just lists the
year licensed and university attended.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Aug. 27, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1511000/
1511362.stm



COLLEGE STUDENTS ADMIT
THEY ARE CAUGHT UP IN WEB
In a small survey of college freshmen and sophomores, 11 percent
said they were addicted to the Internet. Surprisingly, those who
considered themselves addicts spent just six to 10 hours online
weekly.
Source: Reuters Health - Aug. 27, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010827/hl/education_1.html


VIEW: ONLINE INSURANCE MART CARRIES DEALS, RISKS
All kinds of Web sites claim to offer the lowest rates for life
insurance. This article lists the best sites and offers tips for
smart shopping.
Source: Reuters - Aug. 25, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010825/wr/
column_finance_dc_1.html



THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON ELECTRICITY
Clinical trials are underway in the United States to see whether
implantable pacemaker devices that send electrical signals to the
brain can help control Parkinson's disease, depression, chronic
pain, and other conditions. The early results are encouraging,
but doctors say the pacemakers should be a last resort when
nothing else works.
Source: Wired News - Aug. 28, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,46278,00.html


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