Health Newsbrief
October 11, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 20
ISSN 1530-3616
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The News
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NEW DIETARY GUIDELINES TARGET OBESITY
The American Heart Association has issued new dietary guidelines
that focus on halting the rapid rise in obesity among Americans.
The guidelines stress eating a healthy diet overall instead of
focusing on specific numbers.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 5, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001005/hl/obesity_3.html
American Heart Association guidelines:
http://www.americanheart.org/dietaryguidelines/index.html


IT REVOLUTION ADDS TO WORKPLACE STRESS - SURVEY
The flood of new technologies in the workplace is one factor in
the growing prevalence of stress, burnout, and mental illness in
the workplace, according to a study by the International Labor
Organization. The ILO is a United Nations agency.
Source: Reuters - Oct. 10, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001010/hl/stress_1.html
International Labor Organization report:
http://www.ilo.int/public/english/employment/skills/targets/
disability/papers/execsumcontents.htm



REFUSED AND GRANTED REQUESTS FOR EUTHANASIA
AND ASSISTED SUICIDE IN THE NETHERLANDS
This study examines patient requests for euthanasia or assisted
suicide to doctors in the Netherlands. It explores the
differences between those requests that were granted and those
that were refused.
Source: British Medical Journal - Oct. 7, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7265/865


CUTTING YOUR PATIENTS' PAIN
Numerous studies have found that physicians routinely overlook
and undertreat pain in their patients. That may change in January
2001, though, when new pain management standards take effect. The
sidebar examines additional barriers to pain control faced by
minorities.
Source: American Medical News - Oct. 16, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/hlsa1016.htm
Sidebar:
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/hlsb1016.htm


SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA
Each year, a typical American racks up a "sleep debt" of more
than two full weeks, according to sleep experts. However, new
research indicates that sleep may be just as important as eating
right and exercising in living a long and healthy life, according
to this cover story in U.S. News & World Report.
Source: U.S. News & World Report - Oct. 16, 2000
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/001016/nycu/sleep.htm


LYME DISEASE: A TICKING BOMB
In this article, the Washington Post looks at the symptoms and
treatments of Lyme disease.
Source: Washington Post - Oct. 10, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41547-2000Oct10.html


WITHHOLDING AND WITHDRAWING LIFE-SUSTAINING
TREATMENT
Physicians must make a host of decisions when providing
end-of-life care, usually in consultation with patients and their
families. This article describes the decision-making process, and
the two patient handouts briefly describe the pluses and minuses
of two end-of-life treatments.
Source: American Family Physician - Oct. 1, 2000
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001001/1555.html
Patient handout about cardiopulmonary resuscitation:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001001/1564ph.html
Patient handout about artificial fluids and nutrition:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001001/1562ph.html


SCIENTISTS SAY AGING MAY RESULT FROM BRAIN'S
HORMONAL SIGNALS
Hormonal signals from the brain launch puberty and menopause. New
research indicates they also may set off aging.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 10, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/10/science/10AGIN.html


GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
This article examines the assessment and treatment of generalized
anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia. The article
is aimed at physicians, but a simplified version is provided as a
patient handout.
Source: American Family Physician - Oct. 1, 2000
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001001/1591.html
Patient handout:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001001/1602ph.html


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