February 7, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 5
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This cover story from U.S. News & World Report looks at the many
dangers posed by supposedly "natural" dietary supplements ranging
from St. John's wort to ephedra. The hazards exist because
there's little government regulation of the supplement industry.
As the sidebar makes clear, the industry reinforces the hands-off
policy with millions of dollars in political contributions to
candidates, parties, and political action committees.
Source: U.S. News & World Report - Feb. 12, 2001
STUDY: STROKE VICTIMS DELAY CARE
More than half of all people who suffer strokes arrive at
hospitals too late for optimum treatment to prevent permanent
disability, according to a study at 10 New Jersey hospitals. The
sidebar provides warning signs for stroke.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 4, 2001
A NEW LOOK AT ESTROGEN AND STROKE
A study published in the journal Circulation has found that
hormone replacement therapy after menopause has no impact -
either positive or negative - on stroke risk in women who also
have heart disease. However, the study did not examine women
without heart disease who take hormone replacement therapy.
Source: New York Times - Feb. 6, 2001
EXERCISE CAN HELP WITH CHEMO SYMPTOMS
In the past, doctors have advised rest for breast cancer patients
who experienced fatigue caused by chemotherapy and radiation. A
new study turns that advice on its head, finding that moderate
exercise can dramatically improve the patients' lives.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 4, 2001
KICKING THE OVERMEDICATION HABIT
Not surprisingly, your chances of having a drug interaction hurt
you rises with the number of drugs you take - both prescription
and over-the-counter. Pharmacists are trying to take a greater
role in overseeing medications for individual patients - which
may have been prescribed by a variety of doctors - but are having
trouble convincing insurance companies they should be paid for
Source: Washington Post - Feb. 6, 2001
SUPPLEMENTS RAISE MAD COW CONCERNS
Check the labels on your supplement bottles: Some "herbal"
supplements also contain animal parts such as brains, testicles,
and glands. Some fear those parts could come from European cattle
with mad cow disease, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
is scrambling to assess the seriousness of the problem.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 5, 2001
PATIENTS BYPASSING PRIMARY DOCTORS FOR
Visits to hospital emergency rooms are soaring across the United
States. One reason may be the growing number of state "prudent
patient" laws that lessen the need for health plan members to get
their insurers' permission before heading to the emergency room.
Source: American Medical News - Feb. 12, 2001
MOVING TO MANAGE MANIC DEPRESSION
A wide range of treatments exist for manic depression, often
leading to hit-and-miss treatment for patients because doctors
have so many options. Now the National Institute of Mental Health
has launched a $22 million study to try to determine which
treatments work best.
Source: HealthScout - Feb. 6, 2001
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