Health Newsbrief
May 9, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 17
ISSN 1530-3616
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MEMORY LAPSE - OR ALZHEIMER'S?
This excellent article examines scientists' efforts to
differentiate between the normal memory slips that can increase
with aging and the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The sidebars
discuss the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's and various tests for
detecting the illness. The final story separately reports on
development of an Alzheimer's vaccine that has started human
testing.
Source: Washington Post - May 8, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58553-2001May7.html
10 warning signs sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59148-2001May7.html
Diagnostic testing sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59102-2001May7.html
Time and change test sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59134-2001May7.html
Matter of degree sidebar:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59061-2001May7.html
Alzheimer's vaccine story:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60329-2001May7.html


THE NUN STUDY
In another sign of the increasing attention being devoted to
Alzheimer's disease, this week's cover story in Time looks at the
famous, ongoing study of nuns and Alzheimer's disease. The first
sidebar provides advice about things you can do that might help
delay or prevent Alzheimer's, and the second lists Web sites and
Time articles about Alzheimer's.
Source: Time Magazine - May 8, 2001
http://www.time.com/time/health/printout/0,8816,108789,00.html
What you can do sidebar:
http://www.time.com/time/health/printout/0,8816,108787,00.html
Resource file sidebar:
http://www.time.com/time/health/printout/0,8816,108785,00.html


POWERFUL ANTI-CANCER DRUG EMERGES FROM
BASIC BIOLOGY
In coming weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely
to approve a new cancer drug that in tests has shown a remarkable
ability to restore normal white blood cell counts in people
suffering from a specific type of leukemia. Researchers hope the
drug also might be useful in treating other types of cancer.
Source: New York Times - May 8, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/08/health/08CANC.html


EXERCISE MAY HELP ELDERLY AVOID MENTAL DECLINE
A study from the Netherlands has found that exercising each day
helps prevent mental decline in the elderly. Exercise is
particularly important for people who have the ApoE-4 gene, which
has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Source: Reuters Health - May 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010502/hl/exercise_1.html


STUDY: BOTTLED WATER NOT BETTER
Despite the fancy prices on bottled water, it's no cleaner or
healthier than ordinary tap water. That's the conclusion of a
study conducted for the World Wildlife Fund, a conservation group
that seeks to lower pollution levels in rivers and streams.
Source: Associated Press - May 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010502/hl/
bottled_water_study_1.html



SURGEON GENERAL MOUNTS
SUICIDE PREVENTION EFFORT
A major campaign to combat suicide has been launched by U.S.
Surgeon General David Satcher and a coalition of public and
private groups. More than 30,000 Americans kill themselves
annually. The HealthScout story reports that a survey released in
conjunction with the campaign found that 4 percent of American
adults, or 8.6 million people, have considered killing
themselves.
Sources: Reuters - May 2, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010502/hl/suicide_1.html
HealthScout - May 3, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010503/hl/
thinking_about_suicide_is_painful_and_prevalent_1.html

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention:
http://www.mentalhealth.org/publications/allpubs/SMA01-3518/
index.htm



THE CHILD WITH ADHD:
USING THE AAP CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES
This article for physicians explains how to use new guidelines
developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to diagnose
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children ages six to
12. The patient handout briefly explains ADHD to parents who
think their child may have it.
Source: American Family Physician - May 2, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010501/1803.html
Patient handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010501/1811.ph.html


CHAIRMAN MAO'S CURE FOR CANCER
An arsenic-based remedy developed by a rural Chinese healer
decades ago is proving remarkably successful at curing a type of
leukemia. Researchers are now studying whether the drug works
with other types of cancer as well.
Source: New York Times Magazine - May 6, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/06/magazine/06ARSENIC.html


WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD TREATMENT
FOR HYPERTENSION?
This article examines the types of drugs that are available for
treating patients with hypertension. It recommends thiazide
diuretics as the first line of treatment.
Source: British Medical Journal - May 5, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7294/1107


THE ESTROGEN ALTERNATIVE
Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health are
studying black cohosh, the top herbal therapy in Europe for the
symptoms of menopause. It's only one of numerous botanical
remedies that are finally receiving through scientific scrutiny
in the United States.
Source: New York Times Magazine - May 6, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/06/magazine/06COSOSH.html


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