HealthESites
August 2, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 15
ISSN 1530-3608
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SOME ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP USERS FAKE ILLNESS
Online support groups can be wonderful resources for people
suffering from a variety of illnesses. But a study in the
Southern Medical Journal says a few participants are faking
illnesses just to get attention, a version of the mental illness
known as the Munchausen syndrome.
Source: Reuters Health - July 27, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000727/hl/support_1.html
Southern Medical Journal study:
http://www.sma.org/smj2000/julysmj00/feldman.pdf


COMPANY SEEKING DONORS OF DNA FOR A
'GENE TRUST'
A new California company called DNA Sciences has launched a Web
site (http://dna.com) that asks users to donate their DNA as part
of the effort to find genes that cause diseases. Volunteers fill
out an online questionnaire about the medical histories of
themselves and their family members, and the company then
dispatches someone to their home or office to take blood samples.
The company has some hefty backers. James D. Watson, who
discovered the DNA double helix, is a director, and Netscape
founder James H. Clark is an investor.
Source: New York Times - Aug. 1, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/financial/080100dna-web.html


VIRTUAL-REALITY GLOVE LETS DOCTORS EXAMINE
LONG DISTANCE
If your doctor wears a special glove next time he feels your
abdomen for problems, don't be alarmed. He's just recording the
exam so that another doctor - possibly hundreds or thousands of
miles away - can slip on another glove and feel the exact
sensations as the first doctor.
Source: Reuters Health - July 27, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000727/hl/virtual_1.html


HARVARD, AETNA FORGE ALLIANCE WITH WEB SITE
As expected, Harvard Medical School will start providing consumer
health information for the InteliHealth Web site
(http://www.intelihealth.com) operated by Aetna US Healthcare.
The contract has an interesting conflict-of-interest provision
that basically bars any advertising for drugs or health services
from appearing on pages written by Harvard faculty. Previously,
Johns Hopkins University provided content for the site.
Source: Boston Globe - July 28, 2000
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/210/business/
Harvard_Aetna_forge_alliance_with_Web_site+.shtml



AT IMPOTENT.COM, A POWERFUL PITCH
To many visitors, the Web site impotent.com (http://impotent.com)
may appear to be offering detailed, unbiased information about
various options for treating impotence. But the site is actually
an advertising vehicle for Pharmacia & Upjohn, the drug company
that makes Caverject, an injection-based impotence treatment. The
site also collects lots of personal information from visitors,
and until a reporter called to inquire had no privacy policy.
Source: Washington Post - Aug. 1, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14784-2000Aug1.html
(scroll down to read the story)


ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS SEEN EMPOWERING PATIENTS
The CareGroup, a network of hospitals and doctors, will soon roll
out an interactive medical record Web site that will allow
patients to check their records and get test results. The system,
which is currently being tested by a select number of doctors and
patients, is expected to serve up to 1,000 doctors and 700,000
patients.
Source: Boston Globe - July 31, 2000
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/213/nation/
Online_medical_records_seen_empowering_patients+.shtml



AOL AVOIDS LAWSUIT FROM BLIND USERS
America Online has agreed to make the upcoming version of its
software accessible to screen-reading programs used by people
with visual impairments. With the announcement, the National
Federation for the Blind dropped a lawsuit it filed against AOL
in Massachusetts federal court in November. The suit alleged that
AOL was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. AOL said
it had planned all along to make the new version of its software,
which is due out this fall, accessible to people using
screen-reading programs.
Source: Industry Standard - July 26, 2000
http://www.thestandard.com/article/display/0,1151,17163,00.html


DRUGSTORE.COM EXCEEDS ANALYSTS' EXPECTATIONS
Drugstore.com has announced results for the second quarter that
beat analysts' expectations, even though the company still
suffered a loss. The company reported sales of $24.6 million,
with a net loss of $54.7 million. The company also announced that
it has raised $63 million in new financing.
Source: Seattle Times - Aug. 1, 2000
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/business/html98/
drugstore01_20000801.html



MILLENNIUMHEALTH, DRKOOP.COM TALKS END
MillenniumHealth Communications Inc., a little-known company in
Virginia, has ended discussions with Drkoop.com over a possible
merger. Within a day after ending the talks, though,
MilllenniumHealth announced that it will acquire Salud, a service
that provides health information to Central and South America.
Sources: Reuters - July 31, 2000
http://news.excite.com/news/r/000731/12/net-health-drkoop-dc
Washington Post - Aug. 2, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20485-2000Aug1.html


The Sites
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Health, United States: 2000
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs
At its site, the National Center for Health Statistics has
released the full text of its annual comprehensive report about
the nation's health. The report - Health, United States: 2000 -
presents a huge array of health statistics for the United States.
One of the most important findings this year is that more women
ages 50 and over are getting mammograms than ever before.


Clinical Guideline on Low Back Pain
http://www.guideline.gov/VIEWS/summary.asp?guideline=932&
summary_type=full_summary&view=full_summary&sSearch_string=

This clinical guideline explains the actions that doctors should
take when a patient complains about low back pain. It's written
for doctors, but patients also may find it useful in making sure
their doctor follows all the recommended steps. The guideline was
written by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the
North American Spine Society, and has just been posted at the Web
site of the National Guideline Clearinghouse.
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