Health Newsbrief
November 28, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 40
ISSN 1530-3616
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HINTS OF AN ALZHEIMER'S AID
IN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS
People who are middle-aged or older may be able to delay or
prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease by taking
anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, according to a study
published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the
researchers and other scientists said people should not start
regularly taking anti-inflammatories, which can have serious side
effects, until additional evidence is available from Alzheimer's
clinical trials that are now underway.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 22, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/22/health/22ALZH.html


ALTERNATIVES TO HYSTERECTOMY:
NEW TECHNOLOGIES, MORE OPTIONS
More than 600,000 hysterectomies were performed on American
women in 1999 to battle cancer, abnormal uterine bleeding, and other
conditions. New medicines, technologies, and procedures are
becoming available that are alternatives to hysterectomy,
although they lack long-term data about their safety and
effectiveness.
Source: FDA Consumer - November-December 2001
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2001/601_tech.html


PLANNING AHEAD FOR PEACE OF MIND
This article provides tips for buying long-term care insurance.
Almost all policies cover nursing home care, and some also cover
assisted living, home health care, and homemaker services. The
article says that anyone age 60 or older should seriously
consider getting the insurance.
Source: New York Times - Nov. 25, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/25/business/yourmoney/
25MIDS.html



SHYNESS PILL UNDERGOING TESTS
Painful shyness is no joke to people who suffer from it. British
researchers have launched a clinical trial of a drug that tackles
shyness by modifying levels of the brain chemical serotonin.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Nov. 26, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1676000/
1676625.stm



RECENT ADVANCES: PSYCHIATRY
This review article briefly examines recent developments in
fighting the stigma of mental illness, identifying
neurophysiological abnormalities in post-traumatic stress
disorder, treating depression with transcranial magnetic
stimulation, judging the cost effectiveness of newer
antipsychotic drugs, and identifying brain changes associated
with Alzheimer's disease.
Source: British Medical Journal - Nov. 24, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7323/1228


SELLING DRUGS -
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM A JOURNALIST
The cozy relationship between pharmaceutical companies and
some freelance "journalists" is explored in this article. It tells of
a company paying a freelancer to write articles that he then
passed off as unbiased news reporting to medical trade
publications.
Source: British Medical Journal - Nov. 24, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7323/1258/a


THE BENEFITS OF GOING FOR BROKE
Many doctors undertreat older patients, figuring that various
medical problems are just part of getting old and that aggressive
treatment should be reserved for younger patients. However, two
studies indicate that aggressive treatment can have great
benefits for older patients.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Nov. 26, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000094265nov26.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



BRITISH STUDY DETAILS
NEW BREAST CANCER TREATMENT
A new technique for treating early breast cancer may make
lumpectomy a viable option for many women who currently choose
mastectomy. The technique requires just one radiation treatment
for lumpectomy patients, compared with the six weeks or more of
daily radiation treatments that are now required.
Source: Reuters - Nov. 26, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011126/sc/
health_breast_dc_1.html



STUDY PATIENTS OFTEN MISUNDERSTAND TRIAL GOALS
Although cancer patients who enroll in clinical trials think
they're well informed about the trial's goals and likely impact
upon their health, they really are not. That's the finding of a
study by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in
Boston published in The Lancet. What's worse, the study found
that many of the doctors performing clinical trials also are
misinformed.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 28, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011128/hl/study_1.html
Lancet study: http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.
358.9295.original_research.18424.1&x=x.pdf

Lancet editorial: http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.
358.9295.editorial_and_review.18470.1&x=x.pdf


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