Health Newsbrief
April 18, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 14
ISSN 1530-3616
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STUDY FINDS HERBAL REMEDY USELESS AGAINST
DEPRESSION
The popular herbal supplement St. John's wort is no better than a
placebo at treating depression, according to a study published in
the Journal of the American Medical Association. Earlier studies
have found that St. John's wort helps alleviate depression, but
experts said those studies all had flaws of various types and the
new study is the most definitive to date. The National Institutes
of Health is now conducting its own study to see whether St.
John's wort works.
Source: New York Times - April 18, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/18/health/18WORT.html


TIGHTER RULES ARE SOUGHT FOR
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
The loose regulations that now cover dietary supplements need to
be significantly tightened, according to a report by the
inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. Manufacturers do not have to report injuries from
supplements, the report said. And even when the Food and Drug
Administration learns of an "adverse event" caused by
supplements, it frequently lacks the necessary information to
identify safety problems.
Source: New York Times - April 17, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/17/health/17DIET.html


BUSH ACCEPTS RULES TO GUARD PRIVACY
OF MEDICAL RECORDS
Surprising just about everyone, President George W. Bush has
allowed extensive medical privacy rules developed by the Clinton
administration to take effect. It had been widely expected that
Bush would delay the rules so they could be rewritten to address
concerns of health care providers. The battle isn't over, though,
because Bush said the rules might be revised after they take
effect.
Source: New York Times - April 13, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/13/politics/13PRIV.html


FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY
This article for doctors explains how to perform a flexible
sigmoidoscopy, the test used to detect colon cancer and other
colon problems. The patient handout explains the procedure in
simpler terms and discusses how to prepare for the test.
Source: American Family Physician - April 1, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010401/1375.html
Patient handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010401/1383ph.htm


lTIME TO ABANDON THE TERM MENTAL ILLNESS
This opinion piece in the British Medical Journal argues that the
term "mental illness" should be replaced by "brain illness" and
"mental health" should be replaced by "brain health." The authors
contend that changing the terms will reduce the stigma and
prejudice commonly experienced by people with mental disorders.
Source: British Medical Journal - April 13, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7291/937


RURAL HOSPITAL FOCUSES ON ITS
FINANCIAL HEALTH
Community hospitals across the United States are in bad financial
trouble. This article describes a Pennsylvania hospital's efforts
to stay alive.
Source: New York Times - April 17, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/17/business/17HOSP.html


AN AUTHOR EXPLORES 222 PATHS TO SOBRIETY
In this article, New York Times columnist Jane Brody discusses a
new book titled "Sober for Good" that recounts the stories of 222
men and women who have tackled serious problems with alcohol. The
book makes clear there are almost as many routes to recovery as
there are people with drinking problems.
Source: New York Times - April 17, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/17/health/17BROD.html


SNORING RELIEF FROM LASER THERAPY
MAY BE SHORT-LIVED
A study performed in Israel has found that laser surgery for
snoring frequently solves the problem for only a short time. In
the small study, only 43 percent of patients were satisfied with
their results.
Source: Reuters Health - April 18, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010418/hl/snoring_1.html


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