Health Newsbrief
November 21, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 39
ISSN 1530-3616
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The News
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HOLIDAY TABLE: A NEW TONE
As American families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, the
ongoing events that started Sept. 11 are unlikely to be far from
anyone's mind. That includes the minds of children. Adults must
be sensitive to children's needs, responding to their concerns
but not burdening them with more information than they need or
can handle.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Nov. 19, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000092405nov19.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



TREATMENT CAN EASE LINGERING TRAUMA OF SEPT. 11
A large number of people directly affected by the events of Sept.
11 are expected to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. This
article examines the various treatments for the disorder and
their likely effectiveness in providing relief.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 20, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/20/health/psychology/
20TRAU.html



BEAT THE WINTER BUGS:
HOW TO HOLD YOUR OWN AGAINST COLDS AND FLU
'Tis the season - not just the beginning of the holiday season,
but also the beginning of the cold and flu season. This article
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides advice about
how to avoid bugs and what treatments work if you get sick.
Source: FDA Consumer - November-December 2001
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2001/601_flu.html


INCREASED SPENDING ON DRUGS
IS LINKED TO MORE ADVERTISING
Now here's a big surprise: A huge portion of last year's increase
in spending on prescription drugs came from sales of the drugs
that are most heavily advertised to consumers. The British drug
company GlaxoSmithKline alone spent $417 million on consumer
advertising last year, a 40 percent jump from the previous year.
Only the United States and New Zealand allow pharmaceutical
companies to pitch their products directly to consumers.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 21, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/21/business/21DRUG.html


TESTS: 'BOMB' CAN KILL CANCER CELLS
Scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York
have developed a radioactive "smart bomb" that killed cancer
cells in mouse experiments. They hope to start testing the
therapy in humans next year. One of the major questions they'll
examine is whether the radiation kills normal cells in addition
to cancer cells.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 15, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011115/hl/
cancer_smart_bomb_1.html



FEDS SAY TARGET IS ASSISTED SUICIDE,
NOT PAIN CONTROL
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is taking action to block
Oregon's law that allows assisted suicide. Doctors who treat
terminally ill patients are afraid that Ashcroft's effort will
interfere with their ability to properly administer high doses of
pain drugs when needed, because of fears that they'll be charged
with prescribing a lethal dose. So far, courts have blocked
Ashcroft's efforts in Oregon.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 26, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsb1126.htm


HOME DIAGNOSTIC TESTS: THE ULTIMATE HOUSE CALL?
Home pregnancy tests have been on the market for years, but
they're now being joined by a wide range of home tests that do
everything from measuring blood pressure to screening for AIDS.
In this article the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that
while the tests can be handy, they should not replace visits with
health professionals. A sidebar discusses the potential hazards
of buying home medical tests on the Internet.
Source: FDA Consumer - November-December 2001
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2001/601_home.html


FDA OKs FIRST CONTRACEPTIVE SKIN PATCH
A contraceptive skin patch that's believed to be as effective as
the birth control pill has been approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration. The patch, which must be changed weekly,
should be available by prescription starting next year.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011120/hl/
contraceptive_patch_1.html



FDA WARNS AGAINST DIETARY SUPPLEMENT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to
immediately stop using a dietary supplement that has been widely
available on Internet weight loss and bodybuilding sites. The FDA
said that the supplement, called Lipokinetix, severely damaged
the livers of at least six people ages 20 to 32 who used it.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011120/hl/
supplement_warning_1.html


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