September 26, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 34
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ALMOST NO EVIDENCE EXISTS
THAT THE INTERNET HARMS HEALTH
It's often claimed that bad information on the Internet is
causing widespread harm to patients. But an exhaustive search of
major medical databases turned up only one report of a patient
getting hurt by the Internet. That case involved a patient with
lung cancer who died from taking a drug ordered online.
Source: British Medical Journal - Sept. 22, 2001
WEB-BASED THERAPISTS AWAIT CHANCE TO HELP
Online therapists thought they'd be flooded with people seeking
help after the barbaric attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon. But the deluge hasn't happened, even after some started
offering free counseling.
Source: Reuters - Sept. 25, 2001
SINS OF OMISSION
At least some physician profiles published on a new
state-sponsored Web site in Virginia contain major omissions and
misrepresentations, according to this lengthy article in the
Washington Post. The likely reason? Physicians supplied their own
data and no one checked it for accuracy or completeness.
Source: Washington Post - Sept. 25, 2001
THE LITTLE SCREENSAVER THAT COULD
IBM is building the world's fastest supercomputer, a $100 million
project that will help scientists conduct state-of-the-art
medical research. At the same time, some 15,000 computer owners
are contributing spare computing cycles to a distributed
computing project that's doing very similar work.
Source: Wired News - Sept. 21, 2001
DEVICES UNITE TO FIND DRUGS
New drugs to fight cancer may hit the market more quickly thanks
to a distributed computing project that involves 556,000
participants. The project, which is sponsored by the chip maker
Intel and United Devices, a distributed computing company, is
screening more than three billion molecules that may bind with 16
proteins known to cause cancer.
Source: Wired News - Sept. 21, 2001
THE CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
The Internet has given everyone access to a huge range of medical
information, but it has been particularly important for parents
of children born with rare disorders. These parents use the
Internet to communicate with each other and scientists, to
research their child's condition, to place collections of
personal medical data online for use by researchers, and
sometimes even to collaborate with scientists on research.
Source: Wired - September 2001
DRUGSTORE.COM REITERATES EARLIER Q3 GUIDANCE
Drugstore.com, which sells health and beauty products online,
says it expects to lose $17 million to $18 million in the third
quarter on sales of about $34 million. Company officials said the
firm is on track to become profitable in 2004.
Source: Reuters - Sept. 21, 2001
WEBMD PRESIDENT RESIGNS,
FOUR EXECS TO SHARE DUTIES
Marvin Rich, president of the Internet health care company WebMD
Corp., has resigned. He's being replaced by four of the company's
top executives, who will share responsibilities for WebMD's
operations and strategic planning.
Source: Reuters - Sept. 20, 2001
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