Health Newsbrief
November 15, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 24
ISSN 1530-3616
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A NEW LOOK AT CANCER TREATMENTS
Drugs now being developed take a new approach to fighting cancer:
Instead of killing tumors, they aim at turning cancer into a
chronic condition that can be survived long-term by taking the
non-toxic drugs. Some drugs are already in the early testing
stage, although it will likely be years before they're widely
available.
Source: Boston Globe - Nov. 14, 2000
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/319/science/
A_new_look_at_cancer_treatments+.shtml



HEART ATTACK RISK JUMPS AFTER BIG MEAL
Here's some news to ruin your Thanksgiving feast: Researchers
report that if you eat an unusually large meal, your heart attack
risk is 10 times higher than normal in the first hour after
eating and four times higher than normal in the second hour. By
the third hour after eating, your risk reportedly returns to
normal levels.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 14, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001114/hl/heart_39.html


ARTIFICIAL DISCS OFFER NEW HOPE
People who have a slipped disc or degenerative disc disease
sometimes must undergo extensive surgery to fuse two vertebrae
together. But new artificial disks currently being tested in the
United States and other countries offer the possibility that
these patients will be able to undergo less extensive surgery
with a much shorter recovery time.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 12, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001112/hl/
exp_artificial_discs_1.html



NEW SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY: DR. ROBOTO
Two surgical robots now being developed hold the promise of
making surgery more precise and less invasive than ever before.
One robot is currently being used in certain types of surgeries,
and FDA approval for the second is expected soon.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 20, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/hlsa1120.htm


MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS REJECT UNIVERSAL HEALTH
PLAN
In the recent election, Massachusetts voters narrowly rejected a
ballot initiative that would have guaranteed all state residents
healthcare coverage by 2002. The ballot measure failed by a vote
of 52 percent to 48 percent. Proponents reportedly lost many of
their supporters after the state passed a major managed care
reform bill in July.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 9, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001109/hl/vote_1.html


STUDY LINKS HUMOR, HEALTHY HEARTS
Could laughing a lot lower your risk of heart disease?
Researchers at the Center for Preventative Cardiology at the
University of Maryland Medical Center think so. They tested 300
people - half with and half without heart disease - for their
responses to humorous situations. The people with heart disease
were 40 percent less likely to laugh. Now the researchers are
trying to determine whether laughter helps stave off heart
disease or whether people with heart disease tend to lose their
senses of humor.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 15, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001115/hl/hearty_laugh_1.html


SILENCE HINDERS PRIORITIES OF DYING
People who are close to dying often have many wishes about their
deaths, from a desire to have loved ones present to a preference
for avoiding heroic resuscitation efforts. Yet their wishes often
go unfulfilled because doctors and patients do not discuss
impending death, according to a series of articles published in
the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 15, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001115/hl/
end_of_life_care_1.html



PACK A SNACK FOR NO PLANE PAIN
If you're about to board a long flight, having a small snack and
a sports drink beforehand can help you avoid fainting or even
having a heart attack during the flight, according to Japanese
researchers. The nourishment helps keep your blood circulating
properly, the researchers said.
Source: HealthScout - Nov. 15, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20001115/hl/
pack_a_snack_for_no_plane_pain_1.html



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