Health Newsbrief
January 24, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 3
ISSN 1530-3616
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MASTECTOMIES, SOMETIMES UNNEEDED, PREVAIL
Nearly ten years ago, the National Institutes of Health declared
that for most women with early-stage breast cancer, lumpectomy is
the preferred treatment over mastectomy. Yet a huge number of
doctors either don't tell patients about their options or push
mastectomy because of their personal preferences.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 23, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/23/health/23MAST.html


MEDICAL JOURNALS SHORTCHANGE DOCTORS
Reports about clinical drug trials published in medical journals
are great at telling doctors about the effectiveness of new
drugs. But many fail to mention side effects and other risks,
according to an article published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association.
Source: HealthScout - Jan. 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010124/hl/
medical_journals_shortchange_doctors_1.html



EXERCISE MAY SHARPEN OLDER PEOPLE'S MENTAL SKILLS
Regular exercise may be able to overcome at least some of the
mental decline that's commonly associated with aging, according
to a report published in the Journal of Aging and Physical
Activity. Researchers aren't sure why exercise affects mental
decline, but speculate that maintaining a strong flow of blood
and oxygen helps protect the brain.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 18, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010118/hl/exercise_2.html


YOUTH VIOLENCE IS FAR FROM OVER,
SAYS SURGEON GENERAL
Youth violence remains an epidemic in the United States,
according to a report by Surgeon General David Satcher. The
report examines trends in youth violence and also describes 27
different intervention programs that can help reduce violence.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 17, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010117/hl/violence_1.html
Surgeon General's report:
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/youthviolence


FIGHTING THE FLU
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's not too late to
get a flu shot. And if you skipped the shot and now have the flu,
the FDA also presents tips for treating yourself.
Source: FDA Consumer - January-February 2001
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/101_toc.html


STRESS-PRONE MAY HAVE WEAKER IMMUNE RESPONSE
Are you sick a lot? And are you under a lot of stress? There may
be a connection, with the stress weakening your immune system.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010122/hl/stress_immune_1.html


BREAST-FEEDING BENEFITS BOLSTERED
Further proof that breast feeding is best comes from a study of
16,000 European mothers published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association. The study found that breast feeding helps
babies avoid intestinal infections and eczema. Previous studies
have found a wide range of other health benefits from breast
feeding.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010123/hl/
breast_feeding_benefits_1.html



U.S. STUDY FINDS DEPRESSION UNDER TREATED
A poll of 1,001 patients with depression conducted by the
National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association found that
47 percent suffered side effects from their medication. Over half
who had side effects quit taking their medication. A separate
report released with the poll found that primary care physicians
are increasingly responsible for treating depression, but lack
the support they need to keep the illness under control.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010122/hl/
depression_treatment_1.html



U.S. TACKLES ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
The federal government has declared war on the "superbugs" that
have developed resistance to conventional antibiotics. A report
prepared by 10 agencies lists 84 actions that need to be taken to
keep the problem under control.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 18, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010118/hl/antibiotics_1.html
Full text of the report:
http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance


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