Health Newsbrief
November 8, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 23
ISSN 1530-3616
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ST. JOHN'S WORT MAY INTERFERE WITH MEDICINES
St. John's wort, the herbal supplement that some users claim
eases mild to moderate depression, interferes with the body's
ability to process about half of the most common medications on
the market, according to research presented at a meeting of the
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. According to
the study, St. John's wort speeds the passage of many drugs
through the body, harming their effectiveness.
Source: HealthScout - Nov. 2, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20001103/hl/
st_john_s_wort_may_interfere_with_medicines_2.html



STUDY LINKS PESTICIDES, PARKINSON'S
A new study with rats strongly suggests that pesticides and other
chemicals in the environment may cause or at least contribute to
many cases of Parkinson's disease. The study, which is published
in the journal Nature Neuroscience, looked at the pesticide
rotenone, which is commonly used in agriculture and to kill fish.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 5, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001105/hl/
pesticide_parkinson_s_1.html



FDA WARNS OF OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken the unusual step
of warning Americans not to take dozens of cold remedies or
appetite suppressants sold over the counter that contain the
ingredient phenylpropanolamine, or PPA. The FDA, which says PPA
can cause strokes, is now moving to formally ban it. The warning
prompted drugstore chains across the country to pull the affected
products from their shelves.
Sources: Associated Press - Nov. 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001106/hl/drug_warning_3.html
Associated Press - Nov. 7, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001107/hl/drug_warning_7.html


MORE CLINICS INTEGRATING TRADITIONAL,
ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE
Dozens of specialized medical clinics around the United States,
including many affiliated with medical schools and teaching
hospitals, are devoted to alternative and complementary therapies
ranging from acupuncture to herbal supplements. They're part of
the ongoing trend to combine conventional Western medicine with
alternative and complementary techniques.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 13, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/prl21113.htm


ANTIBIOTIC MAY HELP ALZHEIMER'S
In an experiment with mice, researchers say they have reduced or
even eliminated brain plaques that characterize Alzheimer's
disease. The plaque reduction was caused by the antibiotic
clioquinoline, which is now being tested on 50 people with
Alzheimer's.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001106/hl/
alzheimer_s_drug_1.html



REGULATORS LOOK AT WAYS TO CONTROL
OFFICE-BASED SURGERY
Physicians are performing an increasing number of surgeries in
their offices - everything from hernia repair to face-lifts.
However, their surgical facilities face little or no regulation.
Source: American Medical News - Nov. 13, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/prsb1113.htm


POST-BREAST CANCER OPTIONS OUTLINED
Following breast cancer surgery, women should take a combination
of two or more chemotherapy drugs for three to six months,
according to a special panel convened by the National Institutes
of Health. The panel said the combination of drugs helps improve
long-term survival rates.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 3, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001103/pl/breast_cancer_2.html
Draft NIH consensus statement:
http://odp.od.nih.gov/consensus/cons/114/114_intro.htm


BREAST-FEEDING LOW AMONG U.S. MOMS
Only 29 percent of American moms breast-feed until their babies
are six months old, according to a report by Surgeon General
David Satcher. The figure for black mothers is even lower: 19
percent.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001106/hl/
breast_feeding_1.html

Surgeon general's report:
http://www.4woman.gov/Breastfeeding/blueprint.htm


MORE HOSPITALS HEALING WITH THE HELP OF MUSIC
THERAPY
A growing number of hospitals are using music therapy to help
everyone from patients awaiting surgery to premature babies in
intensive care. Some also use it at the end of life to help with
the transition to death.
Source: WebMD - Nov. 7, 2000
http://onhealth.webmd.com/alternative/news/webmd/item,106668.asp


HERBAL STIMULANT MAY BE DEADLY
A study funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and
published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that
the herbal supplement ephedra, which millions of Americans take
to build muscles and lose weight, can cause heart attacks,
strokes, seizures, and death. At least 54 deaths have been
attributed to ephedra since the mid-1990s, according to the
study.
Source: Associated Press - Nov. 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001106/hl/
dangerous_supplement_2.html



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