Health Newsbrief
January 17, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 2
ISSN 1530-3616
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REPORT HELPS CLEAR VITAMIN CONFUSION
The Institute of Medicine, which sets the recommended dietary
allowances, has updated them regarding vitamins and minerals. The
institute's report lists minimal levels that every person needs,
but also cautions that megadoses can be harmful. The sidebar
lists RDAs for selected vitamins and minerals, along with upper
limits recommended in the report.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 15, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010115/hl/
how_many_vitamins__1.html

Sidebar:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010115/hl/vitamins_list_1.html
Institute of Medicine report:
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309072794/html


CHECK POINTS: CANCER SCREENINGS
The main article discusses the importance of cancer screenings,
and charts provide screening criteria for five common cancers.
The sidebar looks at one effort to develop a screening test for
lung cancer.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 16, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/health/A54820-2001Jan12.html
Sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/health/A63039-2001Jan15.html


AUSTRALIA GOVT. ORDERS REPORT ON FLIGHT
BLOOD CLOTS
Australia's transportation minister has ordered a study about
"economy class syndrome," the potentially fatal blood clots that
can develop during long flights. The earlier Reuters Health story
quotes doctors in the United Kingdom and Australia as saying that
hundreds of passengers who travel through their nations' airports
get the blood clots each year.
Sources: Reuters - Jan. 16, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010116/hl/clots_1.html
Reuters Health - Jan. 10, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010110/hl/
clots_airlines_1.html



ANOTHER SOURCE OF AIR POLLUTION: THE HOME
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates air quality
outdoors, but the air inside your home may actually be more
deadly. This article offers suggestions for reducing your risk
from indoor pollutants.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 16, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/16/health/16BROD.html


PERCEIVED CANCER RISK INFLUENCES MASTECTOMY
DECISION
Women who are considering undergoing preventive surgery to remove
both breasts because they have a high genetic risk of breast
cancer need to receive genetic counseling so they can accurately
predict their risk of breast cancer, according to a study
published in the British Medical Journal. The study found that
women who perceived their risk to be very high - either correctly
or not - chose the preventive surgery far more often than did
those who perceived a lower risk.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 12, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010112/hl/cancer_80.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7278/76


EMERGING SPECIALIST SHORTAGE TRIGGERS
WORK FORCE REVIEW
There are growing indications that the United States faces a
serious shortage of specialist physicians. Those in shortest
supply: anesthesiologists, gerontologists, cardiologists,
pulmonologists, urologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists,
hematologists, and intensive care physicians.
Source: American Medical News - Jan. 22, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsa0122.htm


FDA: WHILE PREGNANT, LIMIT FISH
Because of concerns over mercury, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration is telling women who are pregnant or who might
become pregnant to totally avoid eating four types of fish:
shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. In addition, the
FDA recommends that pregnant women eat no more than 12 ounces of
cooked fish in a week.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 12, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010112/hl/
fish_pregnancy_warning_3.html

FDA consumer advisory:
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/2001/advisory.html


EATING FISH MAY LOWER STROKE RISK IN WOMEN
To complicate the above FDA recommendation about fish,
researchers have found that women who eat lots of fish lower
their risk of stroke. The study, published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association, found that the risk reduction grew
with the amount of fish consumed.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 16, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010116/hl/stroke_1.html


SWALLOW THIS: A PILL THAT PEERS INTO YOUR GUT
Right out of the realm of science fiction come forthcoming
clinical trials of a swallowable capsule that contains a tiny
video camera. During the six to eight hours it remains in the
body, the camera transmits images at a rate of two frames per
second to a recorder. Eventually, gastroenterologists hope the
camera may replace invasive tests.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 16, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/print/weekly/health/
A54812-2001Jan12.html



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