Health Newsbrief
October 18, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 21
ISSN 1530-3616
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The News
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THE PAINFUL TRUTH: PHYSICIANS ARE NOT INVINCIBLE
This article examines the numerous psychosocial problems that
physicians face that can lead to substance abuse, marital
problems, depression, suicide, and other problems. It also
suggests ways to improve physician self-care.
Source: Southern Medical Journal - October 2000
http://www.sma.org/smj2000/octsmj00/miller.pdf


THE PRICE WE PAY
The annual savings over brand-name drugs would amount to $11
billion annually if the United States could boost generic drug
use by 10 percent, according to one study. Manufacturers of
brand-name drugs are doing everything possible to keep that from
happening.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Oct. 16, 2000
http://www.latimes.com/news/health/20001016/t000098520.html


CHRONIC PAIN AND ITS MANAGEMENT IN PRIMARY CARE
Chronic pain is one of the most untreated conditions among
primary care physicians. This article in the Southern Medical
Journal presents guidelines for treating and managing chronic
pain.
Source: Southern Medical Journal - October 2000
http://www.sma.org/smj2000/octsmj00/khouzam.pdf


SUPPLEMENTS, NOT SUSTENANCE
Seniors spent nearly $7.2 billion on dietary supplements in 1999.
But physicians caution that seniors should not rely on
supplements to replace nutrients in foods. This article also
looks at some of the most popular supplements.
Source: Washington Post - Oct. 17, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16894-2000Oct16.html


PHYSICIANS SAY QUALITY OF CARE DECLINING
A survey of physicians in five major industrialized countries,
including the United States, found that a large percentage
believe the quality of care that patients receive has declined in
the last five years. Some of the problems cited by physicians
include a lack of nursing staff, a lack of resources such as
hospital beds and diagnostic equipment, the high price of
prescription drugs, little attention by hospitals to medical
errors, and having too little time to spend with each patient.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 12, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001012/hl/physicians_2.html


TREATMENT OF CHOICE
This article examines the diagnosis and treatment of carpal
tunnel syndrome, an ailment that strikes one in 10 Americans
sometime in their lives.
Source: Washington Post - Oct. 17, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21028-2000Oct17.html


HOW THE BODY KNOWS WHEN TO GAIN OR LOSE
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that brain signals
play a crucial role in controlling eating. Yet until scientists
develop a magic pill to adjust those signals, columnist Jane
Brody writes in a separate article that the only way to lose
weight is the old tried-and-true method of exercising and
watching calories.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 17, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/17/science/17LEPT.html
Jane Brody column:
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/17/science/17EXER.html


MORE CLINICS BAN DRUG SAMPLES, CITING COST,
SAFETY CONCERNS
Sales representatives for drug companies give physicians billions
of dollars' worth of samples each year. For a variety of reasons,
some medical facilities are barring physicians from accepting
samples, and some are going so far as to restrict visits to
physicians by drug reps.
Source: American Medical News - Oct. 16, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/bil11016.htm


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