Health Newsbrief
October 25, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 22
ISSN 1530-3616
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THE BATTLE TO SAVE YOUR MEMORY
In the lead article, a 40-something reporter frets about his
failing memory and tries several methods for improving it. The
first sidebar looks at current scientific experiments involving
memory, and the second examines when you should start becoming
concerned about memory problems.
Source: TIME Asia - Oct. 30, 2000
http://cnn.com/ASIANOW/time/magazine/2000/1030/memory.html
Sidebar 1:
http://cnn.com/ASIANOW/time/magazine/2000/1030/
memory_sb1.html

Sidebar 2:
http://cnn.com/ASIANOW/time/magazine/2000/1030/
memory_sb2.html



AIRLINES URGED TO WARN PEOPLE OF BLOOD CLOT
DANGER
As the airlines keep jamming seats closer together to cram in as
many passengers as possible, they may be raising the risk that
passengers will suffer potentially fatal blood clots, according
to some experts. The issue is drawing attention again after a
young British woman died shortly after arriving in London
following a long flight from Australia.
Source: Reuters - Oct. 23, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001023/hl/airplanes_1.html


WATCHING VOLUNTEERS EAT, PSYCHIATRISTS SEEK
CLUES TO OBESITY
Psychiatrists are trying to figure out what accounts for the huge
variations in eating among Americans. In the second story,
columnist Jane Brody examines the seeming paradox that it's
possible for fat people to be very fit.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 24, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/24/science/24FAT.html
Jane Brody column:
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/24/science/24BROD.html


GREEK RESTAURANTS ARE BURSTING WITH FAT
Love Greek food? Me too. But lots of the most popular Greek
dishes contain huge amounts of fat and calories, according to a
study performed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest
in Washington, D.C. CSPI's advice: Skip the gyros and order the
kebobs.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 25, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001025/hl/greek_1.html
CSPI study: http://www.cspinet.org/nah/11_00/greekfood.html


FOR BACK PAIN SUFFERERS, A TECHNIQUE UNDER STUDY
MAY OFFER HOPE
Previously, the main treatment for major disk problems in the
back has been spinal fusion. Now doctors are using a new
technique that seals the back tear with heat. The procedure is
done under local anesthesia, and patients walk out of the
hospital an hour or two after the procedure is performed.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 24, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/24/science/24BACK.html


UNMET HEALTH NEEDS OF UNINSURED ADULTS IN THE
UNITED STATES
In another study proving the obvious, researchers report in the
Journal of the American Medical Association that people without
health insurance don't see doctors as often as those with
insurance and are in worse health. For their next project, the
researchers are going to blow a ton of money studying whether the
Earth is round...
Source: JAMA - Oct. 25, 2000
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n16/rfull/joc00915.html


FDA BAN SOUGHT ON CHEMICAL USED FOR COLD REMEDIES
A panel of scientific experts convened by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has recommended that the agency ban an ingredient
commonly found in decongestants and appetite suppressants. The
panel said the ingredient, phenylpropanolamine, should be banned
because of new evidence that it might slightly increase the risk
of stroke in women ages 18 to 49.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 20, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/20/science/20FDA.html


EVIDENCE AND BELIEF IN ADHD
Numerous studies have examined the existence and treatment of
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according
to this editorial in the British Medical Journal. Yet the vast
majority have major flaws that leave it up to physicians and
parents to decide on a course of treatment with little evidence.
Source: British Medical Journal - Oct. 21, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7267/975


FIGHTING FOR TREATMENT
In examining the gyrations that physicians must go through to
admit patients to the hospital, this article looks at the case of
an uninsured woman suddenly diagnosed with aggressive cancer in
an emergency room.
Source: Salon - Oct. 24, 2000
http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/10/24/cancer


NEW, NONINVASIVE TEST DETECTS MOST COLON
CANCERS
The standard test for colon cancer - colonoscopy - is an invasive
procedure with nasty prep. But doctors are getting excellent
results from an experimental, non-invasive test that looks for
abnormal DNA in a stool sample.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 25, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001025/hl/colon_3.html


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