Health Newsbrief
May 3, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 3
ISSN pending
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The News
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U.S. TO ADD OVERSIGHT ON BIOTECH FOOD
The Clinton administration plans to propose major changes in how
the federal government regulates and oversees genetically
modified foods. The aim is to help assure consumers that the
foods are safe.
Source: Washington Post - May 3, 2000
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/
A56999-2000May2.html


TALKING DIRTY
Manufacturers have introduced nearly 700 new anti-bacterial
products in the United States between 1992 and 1998 - everything
from lotions to toys. But now there are signs that the obsession
with killing germs may be causing a rise in immune system
disorders.
Source: Salon - May 3, 2000
http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/05/03/germ_warfare


ERROR IN MEDICINE: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
This article by two doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Boston examines the current public furor over medical errors, and
suggests some possible actions to reduce the incidence of errors.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine - May 2, 2000
http://www.acponline.org/journals/annals/02may00/errorinmed.htm


HAWAII SENATE PASSES MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL
Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano is expected to sign a bill that
legalizes the medical use of marijuana. Hawaii is the first state
to approve medical marijuana use through legislative action,
although seven other states have done so through ballot
initiatives.
Source: Reuters - April 27, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000427/hl/marijuana_1.html


PEDIATRICIANS' GROUP ISSUES GUIDE FOR ADD DIAGNOSIS
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released the first
detailed guidelines for diagnosing attention deficit disorder in
children. The group is now working on guidelines for treatment of
ADD, but they probably won't be made public until early next
year.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle - May 2, 2000
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/
2000/05/02/MN50399.DTL

AAP Guidelines: http://www.aap.org/policy/ac0002.html


FINDINGS OF FACT: A REALITY CHECK ON PRODUCT CLAIMS
Ephedra is a 5,000-year-old Chinese remedy for asthma and flu
that's now hot in the United States for losing weight and
boosting energy. But several states and the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration are moving to regulate the herb based on growing
anecdotal data that it can severely harm or even kill users.
Source: Washington Post - May 2, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50901-2000May1.html


PHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENT OF ACUTE MAJOR
DEPRESSION AND DYSTHYMIA
A pair of articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine present
clinical guidelines for using drugs to treat major depression and
compare the effectiveness of newer drugs and herbal treatments
with previous drug therapies.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine - May 2, 2000
http://www.acponline.org/journals/annals/02may00/snow.htm
http://www.acponline.org/journals/annals/02may00/williams.htm


DO NOT RESUSCITATE DECISIONS: FLOGGING DEAD HORSES
OR A DIGNIFIED DEATH?
British physicians routinely issue do-not-resuscitate orders
without consulting patients or their families, according to an
editorial in the British Medical Journal. The authors suggest
this occurs because of ageism and doctor stereotypes about who is
not worth saving.
Source: British Medical Journal - April 29, 2000
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/320/7243/1155


IN A FIRST, GENE THERAPY SAVES LIVES OF INFANTS
After more than a decade of talk about how genetic therapy would
revolutionize medicine, French doctors said they have used the
technique to save the lives of several infants who suffered from
severe immune disorders. But the doctors cautioned that the
infants' disease was particularly suited to the treatment, and
it's unknown whether any other diseases might also respond to it.
Source: New York Times - April 28, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/
042800hth-gene-therapy.html



A Quick Plug
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