Health Newsbrief
October 3, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 35
ISSN 1530-3616
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RATIONAL AND IRRATIONAL FEARS COMBINE
IN TERRORISM'S WAKE
In light of the media's incessant fear mongering ever since the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the lead story from the New York
Times is more than a little ironic. The lengthy article tries to
discern why we have rational and irrational fears, but somehow
never mentions the huge role that the media play in promoting the
latter. The second Times article reports that despite all the
current focus on the hazards of a terrorist attack using germ or
chemical weapons, experts believe such an attack is extremely
unlikely. Even fears that water supplies will be poisoned are
misplaced, according to the experts. Meanwhile, the U.S. General
Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, released
two extensive reports about bioterrorism on Sept. 28. The first
is titled "Bioterrorism: Federal Research and Preparedness
Activities," and the second is titled "Chemical and Biological
Defense: Improved Risk Assessment and Inventory Management are
Needed." Both attempt to place the bioterrorism threat in its
proper context.
Sources: New York Times - Oct. 2, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/02/health/psychology/02FEAR.html
New York Times - Oct. 2, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/02/science/02THRE.html
GAO report 1: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?gao-01-915
GAO report 2: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?gao-01-667


MENTAL DISORDERS MAY SURGE
AFTER ATTACKS - EXPERTS
A large number of Americans may develop anxiety, depression, or
post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the terrorist
attacks, according to health experts who testified before a
Senate committee. They said that children are particularly at
risk. The first ABCNEWS.com story provides advice about coping
with post-attack fears, and the second reports that many people
with chronic pain are experiencing increased symptoms since the
attacks.
Sources: Reuters - Sept. 26, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010926/sc/
attack_psychology_dc_1.html

ABCNEWS.com - Sept. 28, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20010928/hl/
wtc_onedge010928_1.html

ABCNEWS.com - Oct. 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20011002/hl/
wtc_stress011002_1.html



HOME CARE HELPS KEEP ELDERLY
HEALTHY, INDEPENDENT
Strange as it may seem, there's apparently a dispute in at least
some parts of the medical community about whether regular home
care provides health benefits to the elderly. Last year a bunch
of researchers looked at all the published literature and
concluded that home care provides no benefits. Now a second bunch
of researchers has looked at the same studies and concluded that
it does offer benefits. The two groups apparently used different
analytical measures to reach their opposite conclusions. They all
could have saved a lot of trouble, though, by just using common
sense to realize that home care is very beneficial to the elderly
and, ultimately, to the communities in which they live.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 28, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010928/hl/elderly_4.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7315/719
British Medical Journal editorial:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7315/708


NEWER BIRTH CONTROL PILLS INCREASE BLOOD CLOT RISK
The European Medicines Evaluation Agency has determined that the
latest generation of birth control pills slightly increases the
risk of blood clots in women who take them. However, the agency
said the risk remains low and that women should not stop taking
contraceptive pills based on its findings. Only days later,
lawyers in London who represent the families of 122 women said
they're suing the three pharmaceutical firms that make oral
contraceptives. The suit contends that the firms did not warn
women of the potential blood clot risk cited by the European
Medicines Evaluation Agency.
Sources: Reuters Health - Sept. 28, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010928/hl/birthcontrol_1.html
British Broadcasting Corp. - Oct. 1, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1574000/
1574017.stm



ANTIDEPRESSANT REVERSES STRESS EFFECTS
People who suffer from prolonged clinical depression frequently
experience structural changes in their brains. But a study with
primates has found that the antidepressant drug tianeptine
reverses the brain damage. The study was published in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 1, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011001/hl/stress_1.html


THE DEADLY WHISPER OF OVARIAN CANCER
Each year, more than 14,000 American women die from ovarian
cancer, many of them just as they reach middle age. The disease
is tough to detect because its symptoms are usually vague and
easily dismissed as other types of problems. This article by New
York Times columnist Jane Brody advises women about the types of
symptoms they should have checked by a physician.
Source: New York Times - Oct. 2, 2001
http://nytimes.com/2001/10/02/health/womenshealth/02BROD.html


PANEL CAUTIONS AGAINST
MERCURY PRESERVATIVE IN PHARMACEUTICALS
A preservative called thimerosal that contains mercury and was
used until recently in childhood vaccines should be removed from
all products used by children and pregnant women, according to a
report by the Institute of Medicine. The institute, which is part
of the National Academy of Sciences, said that some shots given
to young children and over-the-counter products still contain
thimerosal, which has a possible link to abnormal brain
development. Within hours of the report's release, a national
coalition of lawyers filed class action lawsuits against
pharmaceutical firms that produced childhood vaccines containing
thimerosal.
Sources: New York Times - Oct. 2, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/02/health/anatomy/02VACC.html
Institute of Medicine report:
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10208.html
Associated Press - Oct. 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011002/hl/
mercury_vaccine_lawsuits_2.html



MOLECULE MAY KILL CANCER CELLS
Clinical trials with humans are likely to start next year for a
new molecule called icon that has been very effective at
eliminating cancer in animal studies. Icon knocks out cancer by
destroying blood vessels that feed tumors.
Source: Associated Press - Oct. 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011002/hl/
targeting_tumors_3.html



OUTPATIENT BREAST SURGERY ON THE RISE IN U.S.
In yet another example of the insanity that plagues the American
health care system, a study has found that the percentage of
women who undergo mastectomies as outpatients is rising. Whether
a mastectomy patient is sent home after surgery or gets to stay
in the hospital at least overnight largely depends on what state
she lives in, according to the study.
Source: Reuters Health - Oct. 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011002/hl/breastsurgery_1.html

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