Health Newsbrief
December 5, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 41
ISSN 1530-3616
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BIG CHAINS MAY SELL OUTDATED DRUGS
The next time you pick up aspirin, a pregnancy test kit,
contraceptive gel, vitamins, or other products at a chain
drugstore, make sure you check the expiration date on the
package. Consumer officials in one New York county found
thousands of expired items on chain drugstore shelves, and cited
more than 100 drugstores for selling expired products.
Investigators said the problem is clearly national in scope.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Dec. 5, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20011205/hl/
gma011205expired_drugs_1.html



SURGEON GENERAL: CDC LABS A 'NATIONAL DISGRACE'
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been at the
forefront of efforts to investigate the recent anthrax attacks
and to treat people who were exposed. But U.S. Surgeon General
David Satcher said the nation should be "ashamed of the condition
of the laboratories" at the CDC, which he said are "out-of-date
and poorly equipped."
Source: Reuters Health - Dec. 3, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011203/hl/cdc_1.html


BRITISH WOMAN LOSES LANDMARK RIGHT-TO-DIE FIGHT
Britain's highest court has ruled against a terminally ill woman
who wants to die. The 43-year-old woman had sought to have her
husband help end her life, but to make sure he would not be
prosecuted. In its ruling the court said human rights protect the
right to live with dignity, but not the right to die with
dignity.
Source: Reuters - Nov. 29, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011129/hl/uk_2.html


EATING MORE OFTEN MAY HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL
Now here's some good news, and just in time for the holidays:
British researchers report in the British Medical Journal that
people should eat more often. The study of nearly 15,000 adults
found that those who ate at least five or six times a day had
lower total cholesterol and lower "bad" cholesterol levels than
people who only ate once or twice daily. Cholesterol levels were
lower in the frequent eaters even though they tended to eat more
calories and fat than the once- or twice-a-day folks.
Source: Reuters Health - Nov. 30, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011130/hl/eating_1.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7324/1286


AUSTRALIAN DOCTORS ADMIT HELPING PATIENTS DIE
A survey of nearly 700 Australian physicians who provide general
care and perform surgery has found that one in three has helped
speed the death of terminally ill patients. One in 20 said they
had given lethal doses of drugs to patients who made clear
requests, and one in five said they had done so without the
patient's request or knowledge.
Source: New York Times - Dec. 3, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/03/health/03AUST.html


DO MEMORY ENHANCING SUPPLEMENTS WORK?
Americans spend $140 million annually on dietary supplements that
claim to boost memory and overall mental functioning. But doctors
say there's little scientific evidence that the pills do any
good.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Dec. 3, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20011203/hl/
memoryenhancers011203_1.html



RETHINKING THE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
For years, it's been commonly believed that low serontonin levels
in the brain caused depression. But a number of new studies
indicate that far more complex brain malfunctions may really be
to blame. Researchers hope their work will result in better
treatments for depression.
Source: Boston Globe - Dec. 4, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/338/science/
Rethinking_the_causes_of_depressionP.shtml



NEEDLESS SILENCE FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Most people consider hearing loss something that happens to older
people, but in fact 65 percent of people with impaired hearing
are under age 65. The sidebar is a quiz to help you determine
whether you have a hearing loss.
Source: New York Times - Dec. 4, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/04/health/anatomy/04BROD.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/03/health/anatomy/04QUIZ.html


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