HealthESites
September 5, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 31
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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BREAST CANCER SCREENING GOES DIGITAL
Radiologists are getting a second set of eyes when it comes to
checking mammograms for signs of breast cancer. About 200
facilities, most in the United States, are using a computer-aided
device called an ImageChecker to check mammograms for suspicious
growths. One study reported that radiologists who used the
machine as a backup to their own examinations of mammograms
caught nearly 20 percent more cancerous growths than they would
have with mammography alone. The machine typically spots growths
at their very earliest stage, when they're most easily treatable.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Aug. 30, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20010830/hl/
gma010829scanning_mammography_1.html



PRO-ANOREXIA MOVEMENT WORRIES EXPERTS
In our continuing quest to show that reporters get most of their
story ideas by stealing from each other, here is yet another
story about Web sites that promote anorexia, a potentially deadly
eating disorder. Within the last month TIME.com
(http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,169660,00.html)
and ABCNEWS.com (see HealthESites Aug. 29 2001,
http://silverhammerpub.com/health/health8_29_2001.html) have
published stories that are almost identical to the new story,
which appeared in the Dallas Morning News courtesy of the Knight
Ridder/Tribune news wire.
Source: Dallas Morning News - Sept. 2, 2001
http://dallasnews.com/science/health/460438_anorexiadog_02.html


SOFTWARE MAY REPLACE THE EYE CHART ON THE WALL
When you're about to take a vision test, do you cheat by quickly
memorizing the letters on the eye chart tacked to the wall? If
so, you better look out for new online vision tests that may
replace the old eye charts.
Source: New York Times - Aug. 30, 2001
http://nytimes.com/2001/08/30/technology/circuits/30VISI.html


FOOTING THE BILL
If you didn't already think the U.S. healthcare system is in
trouble, read this story. A Mississippi man got his feet mangled
in a bad accident, and numerous surgeries since then have been
unsuccessful and he has no feeling in his feet. He wanted to get
them amputated and replaced with prosthetics, figuring this would
improve his quality of life. But neither Medicaid or Medicare
would pay for the operation or prosthetics, contending that his
bum feet do not threaten his health. So the man plans to chop off
the feet himself on Halloween - and anyone who pays $19.99 will
be able to watch it online at a live Webcast. Presumably,
afterwards Medicaid or Medicare will pay for prosthetics (and
maybe even throw in a little mental health care).
Source: Las Vegas Weekly - Aug. 27, 2001
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=11381


ONLINE COURSE LETS THE ISOLATED
BRING THEIR MEDICAL SKILLS UP TO DATE
Nearly two dozen people in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala
who make and fit prosthetic limbs are updating their skills
through an eight-month distance-education course that's being
delivered over the Internet. The pilot program was developed by
the Center for International Rehabilitation in Chicago, which
helps land mine victims.
Source: New York Times - Aug. 30, 2001
http://nytimes.com/2001/08/30/technology/circuits/30LIMB.html


TELEMEDICINE AND TRAUMA CARE
This article explores the current use of telemedicine in trauma
care and looks at possible future applications of the technology
in treating trauma cases.
Source: Southern Medical Journal - August 2001
http://www.sma.org/smj2001/augsmj01/smith.pdf


DRUG-FREE URINE OFFERED ONLINE
Now who said that entrepreneurism is dead? For just $69 plus
shipping, a South Carolina man sells "clean" urine over the
Internet to folks who face workplace drug tests and are afraid of
failing.
Source: Wired News - Sept. 3, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,46416,00.html


SHARING AND FINDING SUPPORT
FOR THOSE 'BABY BLUES'
In light of recent tragedies where mothers have murdered their
children, this article examines two Web sites about postpartum
depression. It's a useful story despite the stupid headline that
trivializes depression as "the blues."
Source: Los Angeles Times - Sept. 3, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000071260sep03.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



UNLIKELY GUIDE TO END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS:
COMPUTER EASES WAY
Computer programs and CD-ROMs have been developed that help
family members make decisions for critically ill relatives who
are unable to express their wishes about their end-of-life care.
It's unclear whether people who use the programs make better
decisions, but it's thought that the programs at least open lines
of communication between family members who are swept up in
traumatic events.
Source: New York Times - Sept. 4, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/04/health/psychology/04DECI.html

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