Health Newsbrief
March 21, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 11
ISSN 1530-3616
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CONTAMINATED FOOD SICKENS MILLIONS DESPITE
ADVANCES
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has 400 inspectors to look
for food safety violations at 57,000 plants across the country.
The low number of inspectors is likely part of the reason that
food poisoning is at least as common today as it was 50 years
ago. Each year contaminated food kills 5,000 Americans and
results in 325,000 hospitalizations.
Source: New York Times - March 18, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/18/health/18FOOD.html


ALZHEIMER'S STARTS SOONER THAN THOUGHT
Many of the memory lapses attributed to normal aging are really
the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, according to research
published in the Archives of Neurology. The research suggests
that Alzheimer's starts much earlier than previously believed.
The New York Times article profiles a former college professor
who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's.
Sources: HealthScout - March 14, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010315/hl/
alzheimer_s_starts_sooner_than_thought_1.html

New York Times - March 18, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/18/nyregion/18RICE.html


OSTEOPOROSIS: PART 2 - NONPHARMACOLOGIC AND
PHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENT
This article, which is aimed at physicians, examines the various
types of treatments available for osteoporosis. A previous
article in the same journal examined diagnosis and evaluation of
osteoporosis (see Health Newsbrief March 14, 2001 -
http://silverhammerpub.com/hn/hn3_14_2001.html).
Source: American Family Physician - March 15, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010315/1121.html


ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE: A PLAN OF ACTION
FOR COMMUNITY PRACTICE
Between 20 percent and 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed by
family physicians are unnecessary, according to this article, and
increase the threat from antimicrobial resistance. It describes
appropriate prescription practices and how physicians can calm
patients who demand antibiotics even when they're unwarranted.
The patient handout briefly explains antimicrobial resistance in
layman's terms.
Source: American Family Physician - March 15, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010315/1087.html
Patient handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010315/1097ph.html
Editorial: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010315/editorials.html


DOCTORS GROUP: LIMIT ANTIBIOTICS
The second largest doctors' group in the United States is
recommending that physicians not prescribe antibiotics for most
patients with colds, coughs and sore throats. The American
Academy of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine says
antibiotics don't work in such cases and that their prescription
increases the risk of germs becoming resistant to drugs.
Source: Associated Press - March 20, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010320/hl/
antibiotic_use_2.html



STUDY FINDS VIAGRA SAFE FOR HEALTHY HEARTS
Taking the impotence drug Viagra does not raise the risk of heart
attack in healthy men, according to a study published in the
British Medical Journal that confirms earlier research. However,
the drug still may be risky for men with heart disease.
Source: Reuters Health - March 16, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010316/hl/viagra_2.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7287/651


CYSTIC FIBROSIS TESTS URGED FOR
PROSPECTIVE PARENTS
Couples who plan to have children should be tested for the gene
that causes cystic fibrosis, according to a recommendation by the
American College of Medical Genetics. The recommendation is
drawing lots of controversy, with many doctors saying that
universal screening is not warranted.
Source: Boston Globe - March 20, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/079/nation/
Cystic_fibrosis_tests_urged_for_prospective_parents+.shtml



DRUG HAILED AS A HEART AND STROKE PROTECTOR
A study has found that adding a new drug to the standard
treatment for people who are suffering major chest pain
significantly reduces their risk of heart attacks, strokes, and
death. The drug is clopidogrel, which is marketed under the trade
names Plavix and Iscover.
Source: New York Times - March 20, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/20/health/20HEAR.html


STROLL YOUR WAY TO HEART HEALTH
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association indicates that women who walk for as little as nine
minutes a day cut their heart disease risk in half. And the
walking pace doesn't matter - it's the amount of time spent
walking that counts.
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010320/hl/
stroll_your_way_to_heart_health_1.html



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