June 6, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 21
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A CURE FOR MILLY'S PARKINSON'S
Journalist Morton Kondracke is the ultimate Washington insider.
But when his wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he
learned firsthand how much politics influences federal decisions
about medical research. In this beautifully written story,
Kondracke chronicles his efforts to get more funding for
Source: Washington Post Magazine - June 3, 2001
At first glance, this looks like good news: An experimental
"virtual colonoscopy" uses a CT scan, not a tube stuck in an
uncomfortable place, to detect colon cancer. But reading further
reveals the bad news: The prep for the new test is the same as
for the old one. And as anyone who has ever had a colonoscopy
well knows, it's the prep that's the unpleasant part of the test.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - May 31, 2001
FIGHT VS. PROSTATE CANCER GETS ALLY
Eating two or three servings per week of fatty fish might lower a
man's prostate cancer risk in half, according to a study
published in The Lancet. Earlier studies have shown that eating
fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, and sardines also helps
protect against heart disease.
Source: Associated Press - May 31, 2001
Study in The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol357/
FOOD INDUSTRY AGREES TO TIGHTER STANDARD
ON FOOD LABELING
In an effort to preempt a bill pending before Congress, the two
largest food industry trade groups have issued voluntary
guidelines calling for manufacturers to improve nutrition labels
on processed foods. Under the guidelines, labels will list even
tiny amounts of ingredients such as milk and nuts that can cause
potentially fatal allergic reactions.
Source: New York Times - May 31, 2001
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES OFFER COUPONS
Drug companies have found yet another way to entice consumers:
coupons. Consumer advocates say the coupons, which commonly offer
a free month's worth of a medication, are a ploy to hook
consumers on expensive prescription drugs.
Source: Associated Press - June 1, 2001
HOPE FOR VACCINE RISES, BUT SO DO FEARS
OF MORE INFECTIONS
Twenty years after the discovery of AIDS, there are renewed hopes
that a vaccine to prevent or at least control the disease can be
developed. However, a vaccine is likely still at least a decade
away, and in the meantime some of the drugs currently used to
treat AIDS are losing their effectiveness.
Sources: Los Angeles Times - June 4, 2001
New York Times - June 5, 2001
AIDS - THE FIRST 20 YEARS
In this package of articles, the New England Journal of Medicine
looks at the past, present, and future of AIDS.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine - June 7, 2001
THREE FAKE DRUGS ARE FOUND IN PHARMACIES
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating several
instances where counterfeit prescription drugs were found on
pharmacy shelves. The U.S. News & World Report article attributes
much of the problem to an enforcement system that's unable to
keep up with all the pharmaceutical shipments from other
Sources: New York Times - June 5, 2001
U.S. News & World Report - June 11, 2001
THE CLAIM GAME
Food manufacturers are making all kinds of outlandish - and
unsubstantiated - health claims for their products these days.
The claims seek to take advantage of gullible consumers, and seem
to be working.
Source: Washington Post - June 5, 2001
CANCER RATES DECLINING, EXPERTS SAY
According to a study published in the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, overall cancer incidence and death rates are
declining in the United States. However, the study found that
death rates for breast cancer and melanoma are rising.
Source: Associated Press - June 5, 2001
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