November 14, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 38
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ATTACK OF THE ANTHRAX 'VIRUS'
The anthrax attacks have revealed once again how ignorant
Americans - and especially the media - are about all things
scientific. Science illiteracy is usually just embarrassing, but
in this case it can have serious health consequences for
individuals and the public.
Source: The Scientist - Nov. 12, 2001
TOBACCO FIRM TO PROFIT FROM CANCER GENES
In an obscene expression of the cynicism that rules tobacco
companies, one of the world's leading tobacco companies has
signed deals with several biotechnology firms for exclusive
rights to lung cancer vaccines they're developing. The tobacco
firm stands to make billions of dollars from the vaccines, which
are needed to combat its deadly products. And there's nothing to
stop the company from trying to claim that with a vaccine
available, it's safe to smoke.
Source: The Guardian (United Kingdom) - Nov. 12, 2001
CANCER CARE: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL
In the past, most oncologists have actively discouraged or even
barred their patients from seeking alternative treatments to
complement traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and
radiation. But physician attitudes are changing with increasing
evidence that although alternative treatments may not cure
cancer, in some cases they can significantly improve a patient's
quality of life.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Nov. 12, 2001
WHY ACTIVE EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE
SHOULD BE LEGALIZED
In response to a British case involving a severely ill woman
whose efforts to die have been blocked by the courts, this
editorial in the British Medical Journal argues for making active
euthanasia and physician assisted suicide legal. Its major
conclusion: "If death is in a patient's best interest then death
constitutes a moral good."
Source: British Medical Journal - Nov. 10 2001
NEW LAW REQUIRES DOCTORS TO LEARN CARE OF THE DYING
A new California law requires all doctors in the state to take
courses about pain management and caring for people who are
dying. The law is the first of its kind in the United States, and
advocates hope it will serve as a model for other states.
Source: British Medical Journal - Nov. 10, 2001
CHOLESTEROL FIGHTERS LOWER HEART ATTACK RISK,
People at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes can
significantly lower their risk by taking the cholesterol-lowering
drug Zocor, according to a groundbreaking British study involving
20,000 people. The study also found that taking vitamin C,
vitamin E, and beta-carotene do not help lower risk.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 14, 2001
GROWING OLD, WITH THE BONES IN ONE PIECE
With Americans living longer, increased attention is being
focused on the bones that are needed to support an independent
lifestyle well into old age. This article by New York Times
columnist Jane Brody explains what people can do to keep their
Source: New York Times - Nov. 13, 2001
PUMP SEEN EXTENDING LIFE OF HEART FAILURE PATIENTS
An implanted mechanical heart pump may eventually save the lives
of 100,000 Americans annually, according to research reported at
a meeting of the American Heart Association. The researchers said
that the pump is far more effective than the strongest drugs at
helping failing hearts.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 13, 2001
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