Health Newsbrief
April 25, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 15
ISSN 1530-3616
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CHILDREN AT RISK FOR MEDICAL ERRORS
IN THE HOSPITAL
Six percent of medication orders written for children in
hospitals are incorrect, according to a study published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association. Many of the mistakes
are caught before the medicine is dispensed, but children are
still three times more likely than adults to have a near miss or
close call with a medication error while hospitalized.
Source: Reuters Health - April 24, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010424/hl/children_risk_1.html


A 'CURE' FOR OSTEOPOROSIS MAY BE NEAR
It seems like just about every day the media trumpet a new
medical "cure" of some sort. But this one looks like it's for
real: Researchers have developed new drugs that actually cause
new bone to form in people suffering from osteoporosis, reversing
the damage caused by the condition. The first of the new drugs
could be available as early as this fall.
Source: Boston Globe - April 24, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/114/science/
A_cure_for_osteoporosis_may_be_near+.shtml



PAIN A FREQUENT NURSING HOME VISITOR
A survey of more than 1.3 million nursing home residents found
that nearly 200,000 suffered from persistent, severe pain. Likely
causes of the problem include inadequate nursing home staffing, a
common belief among staff and residents alike that pain is a
normal part of aging, and the high rate of dementia among nursing
home residents, which makes it difficult or impossible for them
to alert caregivers to their pain.
Source: HealthScout - April 25, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010425/hl/
pain_a_frequent_nursing_home_visitor_1.html



MORE CHOICES AT LAST
A variety of new contraceptive products are either hitting the
market or are close to approval by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration. They range from a monthly shot to a patch worn on
the arm.
Source: Los Angeles Times - May 23, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010423/t000034441.html


MORE STUDIES IN WOMEN, BUT DATA STILL LACKING
Women have long been underrepresented in clinical trials of new
drugs and medical devices. That's changing, but women's health
groups say even trials that include women still produce little
gender-specific information.
Source: Reuters Health - April 19, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010419/hl/women_1.html


DOCTORS TO IMPLANT ARTIFICIAL HEART
Human trials of a new artificial heart that's completely
contained within the body are about to begin. Five patients with
chronic heart disease who are expected to live no more than 30
days will receive the artificial heart. The initial goal is to
extend the patients' lives to 60 days. Eventually, officials at
the company developing the heart hope to create one that will
last at least five years.
Source: Associated Press - April 19, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010419/hl/
artificial_heart_2.html



LINK FOUND BETWEEN BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS
AND TIME IN CHILD CARE
The largest national day care study to date has found that
children who spend more than 30 hours a week in day care are more
aggressive, defiant, and disobedient than those who spend less
time in care outside the home. The research, which was financed
by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development,
looked at more than 1,100 children in 10 cities.
Source: New York Times - April 19, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/19/health/19CHIL.html


AROMATHERAPY 'ALL IN THE MIND'
Common oils used in aromatherapy to increase alertness work no
better than water, according to a study conducted at the
University of Munich. The researchers suggested that users'
responses to aromatherapy come from the power of suggestion.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - April 19, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1284000/
1284900.stm



STUDY MAKES GENETIC LINK TO PHOBIAS
A Spanish researcher has linked panic attacks, phobias, and
anxiety to a genetic abnormality. However, he cautions that the
abnormality only makes a person susceptible to panic disorders -
it does not guarantee a person will actually suffer from them.
Source: Associated Press - April 22, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010422/hl/panic_genes_2.html


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