Health Newsbrief
April 19, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 2
ISSN pending
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The News
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DEATH WITHOUT DIGNITY
Things can go wrong during a physician-assisted suicide. Part of
the reason is that doctors aren't trained how to end a
patient's life.
Source: Salon - April 19, 2000
http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/04/19/dignity


'THIS IS NOT A SCAM' AND OTHER LIES
Nutrition scams that seek to peddle dietary supplements are
widespread, both on the Internet and elsewhere. This article
provides advice about how to make wise supplement choices and
avoid the hucksters.
Source: Washington Post - April 25, 2000
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7753-2000Apr24.html


TWO STUDIES WITH FIBER FIND NO PROTECTION FOR THE COLON
In a big surprise to cancer experts, two major studies have
failed to find that eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet reduces the
risk of colon and rectal cancer. But health experts said eating
fiber still may reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Source: New York Times - April 20, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/
042000hth-nutrition-fiber.html



NEW HEARTBURN FIX TARGETS THE CAUSE
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two medical
devices that aim to fix the cause of chronic heartburn. Both
devices consist of a tube that goes down the throat and repairs
the faulty value that causes heartburn. The outpatient procedures
take about an hour.
Source: Associated Press - April 24, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000424/hl/heartburn_fix_1.html


SEEDS OF OPPORTUNITY: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE BENEFITS,
SAFETY, AND OVERSIGHT OF PLANT GENOMICS AND
AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
This 88-page report from the House Science Committee's
Subcommittee on Basic Research looks at the benefits and risks of
genetically-modified plants and plant-derived foods. The
conclusion: There is no significant difference between plant
varieties created using agricultural biotechnology and those
created using traditional crossbreeding.
Source: House Science Committee - April 13, 2000
http://www.house.gov/science/smithreport_041300.pdf


LIKE A DOCTOR'S OFFICE, WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME
Many patients are applauding the growth in the number of nurse
practitioners, saying they are less rushed and more focused on
prevention than doctors. But some doctors still aren't convinced.
Source: New York Times - April 25, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/
042500hth-nurse-practitioners.html



FDA OKS NEW ALZHEIMER'S OPTION
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Exelon, a new
drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. It works much the same way as
Aricept and Cognex, the other two Alzheimer's drugs. All three
drugs provide modest benefits to people with mild to moderate
levels of the disease.
Source: Associated Press - April 22, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000422/hl/alzheimer_s_drug_3.html


AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEALTH: STUDY IN BLACK AND WHITE
The death rate for African-Americans in the United States is 1.6
times that of the white population. A growing body of research
indicates that at least part of the discrepancy occurs because of
racism and discrimination in the health care system.
Source: American Medical News - May 1, 2000
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_00/hlsa0501.htm


FULL-TIME WRIST SPLINTS BEST FOR CARPAL TUNNEL
If you wear wrist splints because of carpal tunnel syndrome,
you'll get more benefit if you wear them all the time instead of
just at night. That's the conclusion of a study conducted by
researchers at the Medical College of Virginia and published in
the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Source: Reuters - April 24, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000424/hl/carpaltunnel_1.html


A Quick Plug
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