HealthESites
September 27, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 18
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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ORIGINAL REPORT: AMA ENDS FREE WEB ACCESS
After months of delay, the American Medical Association has ended
free Web access to the full text of its journals, including JAMA.
The move covers all current and back issues of the journals. Only
AMA members and paid subscribers can access the full texts
online. However, the AMA journals site (http://pubs.ama-assn.org)
still provides free access to the table of contents, abstracts,
letters, editorials, book reviews, and selected full-text
features from each journal.


LACK OF CONSUMER TRUST HAMPERS ONLINE DRUG
MARKETING
Pharmaceutical companies don't plan to pump up their online
marketing budgets anytime soon, according to a survey of health
industry executives by Jupiter Communications. The survey also
found that less than 25 percent of online consumers are willing
to share personal information with pharmaceutical firms.
Source: CyberAtlas - Sept. 21, 2000
http://cyberatlas.internet.com/markets/healthcare/article/
0,,10101_466121,00.html



WEB SURFING MAY FUEL EXOTIC SELF-DIAGNOSES
In this opinion article, a physician takes a mixed view of the
Internet and consumers. The Internet is great for consumers with
established diagnoses, according to the author, but also can fuel
hypochondria in those who seek to diagnose themselves with
information found online.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Sept. 25, 2000
http://www.latimes.com/business/cutting/20000925/t000090788.html


ELDERLY OFFERED 'DEATH' ADVICE ONLINE
A new Web site in England is providing information to the elderly
about how to cope with illness and death. The site,
Guideforlife.com (http://guideforlife.com), was launched by the
vice president of the Royal College of Nursing and is backed by
more than 50 charities and other organizations.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Sept. 20, 2000
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_932000/932453.stm


FDA TARGETS FOUR DRUG-SELLING WEB SITES
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent letters to four
Web sites outside the United States warning them that they're
marketing dietary supplements or drugs that cannot be legally
imported into the United States. The four sites are located in
Canada, Bermuda, Israel, and New Zealand.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 21, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000921/hl/web_sites_1.html


FTC BANS INTERNET SALES OF FAULTY HIV TESTS
The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges with a U.S.
company that sold HIV tests over the Internet that the agency
found to sometimes be inaccurate. Sovo Tec Diagnostics Inc. is
still free to export the tests to other countries, a practice
that drew the concern of two FTC commissioners.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 22, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000922/hl/hiv_tests_1.html


SEARCHING FOR MENTAL HEALTH ON THE WEB
Now, now - let's not hear any smart cracks based on the story's
headline. The story actually takes a brief look at four leading
mental health sites, comparing their features and providing
advice to users.
Source: Gomez.com - Sept. 21, 2000
http://www.gomez.com/features/
article.cfm?topcat_id=0&col=73&id=6234



THE WEB AS MEDICAL SUPPLEMENT
In a survey conducted by PC Data, 35 percent of people who use
medical Web sites said the Web is the first place they go when
they have medical questions. But by a 7-to-1 margin, those
responding said consulting a Web site is no substitute for seeing
a doctor.
Source: Inter@ctive Week - Sept. 25, 2000
http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/stories/news/0,4164,2631217,00.html


AILING GAZOONTITE REMEDIES SITE WITH CLOSURE
Gazoontite.com, which started as a Web-only retailer of asthma
and allergy products, has closed its Web operations, although
company officials say the closure is only temporary. The San
Francisco-based Gazoontite, which laid off 40 percent of its
staff last month, also has four bricks-and-mortar stores that
will remain open.
Source: CNET News.com - Sept. 25, 2000
http://news.cnet.com/news/
0-1007-200-2864496.html?tag=st.ne.ron.lthd.ni



HOSPITAL INTRODUCES COMPUTERS
With the cooperation of Intel, Doernbercher Children's Hospital
in Portland, Ore., has installed Internet-connected computers in
each of its 16 pediatric oncology rooms. Children in the ward are
typically hospitalized for long periods, and the computer project
is designed to help keep them from getting bored.
Source: Associated Press - Sept. 22, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000922/tc/
wired_hospital_1.html



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