Health Newsbrief
June 13, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 22
ISSN 1530-3616
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STUDY FINDS HEART REGENERATES CELLS
Doctors have long believed that damage to the heart caused by a
heart attack or other ailment could not be reversed. But a widely
hailed study published in the New England Journal of Medicine
reports that the heart can grow new cells to repair at least some
of the damage caused by a heart ailment.
Source: New York Times - June 7, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/07/health/07HEAR.html


U.S. SAID TO BE UNPREPARED FOR
ALZHEIMER'S EPIDEMIC
An epidemic of Alzheimer's disease will hit the United States in
the next decade as baby boomers continue aging. Some experts say
the nation's healthcare system won't be able to handle the crisis
and that the disease may break Medicare and Medicaid all by
itself.
Source: Reuters Health - June 7, 2001
http://www.justmove.org/fitnessnews/20010607elin016.txt.html


LYME DISEASE IS HARD TO CATCH AND
EASY TO HALT, STUDY FINDS
A new set of studies published in the New England Journal of
Medicine indicate that Lyme disease is far more rare than
commonly believed and that it can be prevented with a single dose
of an antibiotic. One expert quoted by the New York Times said
the studies indicate that "the bigger epidemic is Lyme anxiety."
Source: New York Times - June 13, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/13/health/13LYME.html
New England Journal of Medicine studies:
http://www.nejm.org/earlyrelease/
feature.asp?strxmlfilename=20010712/01071201

http://www.nejm.org/earlyrelease/
feature.asp?strxmlfilename=20010712/01071202

http://www.nejm.org/earlyrelease/
feature.asp?strxmlfilename=20010712/01071207



F.D.A. WARNS FOOD COMPANIES ABOUT
HERBAL ADDITIVES
As reported previously, manufacturers are dumping all kinds of
dietary supplements and herbal medicines into foods and beverages
(see http://silverhammerpub.com/hn/hn5_30_2001.html). Now the
Food and Drug Administration has finally started sending letters
to at least some manufacturers warning them that their products
may be illegal.
Source: New York Times - June 7, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/07/business/07FOOD.html


AS BIOTECH CROPS MULTIPLY, CONSUMERS GET
LITTLE CHOICE
If you're concerned about genetically modified crops and want to
avoid foods made with them, good luck. The crops are spreading
around the world, and scientists say it has become virtually
impossible to avoid genetically modified ingredients.
Source: New York Times - June 10, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/10/business/10GENE.html


THE ALLERGY PRISON
The number of children with serious food allergies is steadily
rising with each generation in the United States. Some children
can suffer potentially life-threatening reactions just by being
in the same building with the allergen. This extensive article
examines what's being done by parents, schools, summer camps,
food manufacturers and others to avoid allergic reactions.
Source: New York Times Magazine - June 10, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/10/magazine/10ALLERGY.html


WHERE'S THE NURSE? STAFFS STRETCHED
TOO THIN
The nursing shortage in the United States continues to worsen,
with no solution in sight and the quality of care continuing to
plummet as nurses are forced to do more and more. "We've reached
a point where families need to sit with the patients to make sure
things are taken care of," says one doctor quoted in the article.
Source: American Medical News - June 18, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/hlsa0618.htm


COMPUTERS AND CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
A study published in the journal Neurology says there's no link
between heavy computer use and carpal tunnel syndrome. But some
researchers question the study's reliability, and experts quoted
by Wired News worry that it will be used in the battle against
proposed ergonomics regulations that's expected to heat up again
later this year.
Sources: ABCNEWS.com - June 11, 2001
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/
carpaltunnel010611.html

Wired News - June 11, 2001
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,44400,00.html


VOLLEYS IN THE CANCER WAR
Three decades ago President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer,
promising that the deadly disease would be cured within five
years. He was wildly wrong, and now there's a strong debate about
whether the federal war on cancer has been misguided - and about
which battles it should take on next.
Source: U.S. News & World Report - June 18, 2001
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010618/ideas/cancer.htm


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