Health Newsbrief
November 22, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 25
ISSN 1530-3616
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FDA SAYS DAILY PILL CAN PREVENT FLU
Not keen on needles? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says
the prescription drug Tamiflu is almost as effective as a vaccine
in preventing the flu. On the downside, you must take the drug
every day of a flu outbreak, which can last more than a month.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 20, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001120/hl/flu_drug_2.html


COPING WITH A 'COLD' THAT STAYS TOO LONG
The number of sinus infections in the United States is soaring.
This article by New York Times columnist Jane Brody explains how
to tell the difference between a cold and a sinus infection.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 21, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/21/science/21BROD.html


WOMEN'S PEAK FERTILITY DIFFICULT TO PREDICT
Women greatly vary regarding when in their menstrual cycle
they're most likely to become pregnant, according to a study
published in the British Medical Journal. There's great variety
among women and even in individual women, the study reported.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 17, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001117/hl/fertility_2.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7271/1259


BUSINESS GROUP PLANS TO PUSH HOSPITALS TO CUT
MEDICAL ERRORS
A group that includes such giant employers as General Motors,
General Electric, AT&T, and Boeing is undertaking a major effort
to get hospitals to reduce medical errors. The main tool is a
policy that encourages employees to use hospitals that have
adopted specific patient-safety measures.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 16, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/16/business/16CARE.html


EVENLY SPACING PREGNANCIES CAN REDUCE RISKS
Women who become pregnant again less than six months or more than
five years after giving birth have an increased risk of suffering
complications, according to a study published in the British
Medical Journal. The study examined more than 400,000 women in
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 17, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001117/hl/pregnancy_7.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7271/1255


THE SECOND ABORTION PILL
For years, a political uproar kept the Food and Drug
Administration from approving the abortion drug RU-486 for use in
the United States. But another drug that ends pregnancies has
quietly been available amidst all the hubbub.
Source: Scientific American - December 2000
http://www.sciam.com/2000/1200issue/1200scicit1.html


I'M TOO YOUNG FOR MENOPAUSE, RIGHT?
Women who experience irregular periods, hot flashes, night
sweats, sleep problems, and mood swings often think they're
entering menopause, but can be alarmed if they think they're too
young. What they actually may be experiencing is perimenopause, a
pre-menopause state that can cause many of the same symptoms as
menopause.
Source: HealthScout - Nov. 18, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20001118/hl/
i_m_too_young_for_menopause_right__1.htm
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VISION LOSS COULD HIT BOOMERS HARD
The aging of the Baby Boomer generation may lead to an epidemic
of age-related macular degeneration, which causes serious vision
loss and even blindness. By 2030, more than 42 million Americans
may suffer from the problem, according to the Foundation Fighting
Blindness.
Source: HealthScout - Nov. 18, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20001118/hl/
vision_loss_could_hit_boomers_hard_1.html



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