Health Newsbrief
February 28, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 8
ISSN 1530-3616
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CODE GREEN: SEEING THE SIDE EFFECTS OF
ALTERNATIVE SUPPLEMENTS
Emergency rooms and doctors' offices are increasingly seeing
patients who suffer adverse reactions to dietary supplements. The
reactions can be deadly, and some doctors blame the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration for its lax regulation of the supplement
industry.
Source: American Medical News - March 5, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/hlsa0305.htm


BREAST CANCER INNOVATION CITED
A new technology is helping physicians determine what type of
breast cancer a woman has, allowing them to better tailor
treatments for individual cases. The technology reveals activity
patterns of 51 genes within cells. A study published in the New
England Journal of Medicine said the new technique is very
effective at distinguishing among three types of breast cancer:
non-inherited, inherited caused by the BRCA1 gene, and inherited
caused by the BRAC2 gene.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010222/hl/breast_cancer_4.html


EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF DEMENTIA
This article outlines the diagnostic steps that physicians should
take in examining patients suspected of having Alzheimer's
disease or other forms of dementia. The accompanying patient
handout lists the common signs of dementia and sources of further
information, and the editorial examines the current state of
knowledge regarding mild cognitive impairment in the elderly.
Source: American Family Physician - Feb. 15, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010215/703.html
Patient handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010215/703ph.html
Editorial: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010215/editorials.html


EVALUATION OF ACUTE HEADACHES IN ADULTS
In a step-by-step fashion, this article explains how physicians
should diagnose headaches in their patients. Although the article
is written for physicians, patients with headaches also may find
it useful to compare the recommendations with the treatment they
receive.
Source: American Family Physician - Feb. 15, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010215/685.html


READY FOR A CLOSE-UP
Full-body CT scans are becoming popular with people who want to
know whether there's anything bad growing inside them. But many
doctors are critical of the tests, pointing out that they're very
expensive and that they're not as good as other tests at
detecting some types of problems.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Feb. 26, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010226/t000017162.html


ACUPUNCTURE SHOWN TO REDUCE ARTHRITIS PAIN
A study supported by the National Institutes of Health has found
that acupuncture can help reduce pain in people suffering from
arthritis. The study, which involved patients with knee
arthritis, also found that acupuncture made the patients less
stiff and better able to function.
Source: Reuters Health - Feb. 23, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010223/hl/acupuncture_1.html


SCIENTISTS USE GENE THERAPY TO SLOW CANCER
SPREAD
In a study involving mice, scientists have managed to slow the
spread of cancer using gene therapy. In their report in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists
said the technique might eventually be used to prevent cancer in
humans or to treat cancer in its early stages.
Source: Reuters Health - Feb. 27, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010227/hl/therapy_1.html


FDA APPROVES ONCE-A-WEEK PROZAC
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new
once-a-week form of the popular antidepressant Prozac. The FDA
approved the once-a-week form without determining whether it's as
effective as daily doses of Prozac.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 27, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010227/pl/
weekly_prozac_2.html



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