Health Newsbrief
January 30, 2002
Vol. 3, No. 4
ISSN 1530-3616
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EXPERT PANEL CITES DOUBTS
ON MAMMOGRAM'S WORTH
Insufficient evidence exists to conclude whether it's worthwhile
for women to get regular mammograms, according to a panel of
experts that advises the National Cancer Institute. Reuters
reports that despite the panel's decision, NCI still recommends
that women in their 40s get regular mammograms to screen for
breast cancer, and the Boston Globe helpfully details some of the
history behind the controversy about mammography. Meanwhile, the
HealthScoutNews article reports that the number of new cases of
breast cancer is rising - and no one knows why.
Sources: New York Times - Jan. 24, 2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/24/health/24BREA.html
Reuters - Jan. 25, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020125/hl/mammograms_1.html
Boston Globe - Jan. 29, 2002
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/029/science/
Mammogram_studies_leave_future_unclear+.shtml

HealthScoutNews - Jan. 25, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20020125/hl/
surge_in_breast_cancer_cases_concerns_advocates_1.html



STUDY: ALCOHOL MAY PREVENT DEMENTIA
Daily consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol may help prevent
Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a
study published in The Lancet, a major medical journal. In other
Alzheimer's news, Reuters Health reports that people who make it
into their mid- to late-90s without developing Alzheimer's have a
good chance of never getting it.
Sources: Associated Press - Jan. 25, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020125/hl/
healthy_alcohol_4.html

Study in The Lancet:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9303/full/
llan.359.9303.original_research.19180.1

Reuters Health - Jan. 29, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020129/hl/alzheimers_1.html


U.K. TO TEST CELL PHONE SAFETY
The United Kingdom Department of Health has launched 14 different
studies that will attempt to determine whether there's any link
between cell phones and health problems. The studies follow a
2000 report by a government-sponsored commission that urged
caution with cell phones.
Source: IDG News Service - Jan. 25, 2002
http://pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,81464,tk,dn012502X,00.asp


ARTHRITIS: A JOINT EFFORT
Just in time for the baby boomers, the National Institutes of
Health is joining with four major pharmaceutical companies in a
huge study that will examine early osteoarthritis of the knee.
The aim is to discover how and why osteoarthritis develops so
that effective treatments can be created. The sidebar examines
current options for treating osteoarthritis.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 29, 2002
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50856-2002Jan28.html
Sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50864-2002Jan28.html


MORE OLDER MEN SURVIVING CORONARY BYPASSES
Improved surgical techniques are among the factors cited in a
British Medical Journal study which found that survival rates are
increasing for older men who undergo coronary artery bypass
surgery. In the United States, more than half a million of the
procedures are performed annually.
Source: HealthScoutNews - Jan. 24, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20020124/hl/
more_older_men_surviving_coronary_bypasses_1.html

British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7331/201


BRIGHT LIGHTS, LESS DEPRESSION?
Bright light has become a mainstream treatment for seasonal
affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression that strikes some
people as the days start growing shorter in the fall. Now
researchers are studying whether bright fluorescent light also
may help alleviate symptoms in people suffering from chronic
depression.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Jan. 28, 2002
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000006998jan28.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



TIME IN A BOTTLE
Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on
books, dietary supplements, hormone injections, and other
products that promise to slow, stop, or even reverse the aging
process. There's just one problem: Doctors say none of the
products work.
Source: Washington Post - Jan. 29, 2002
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50853-2002Jan28.html


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