Health Newsbrief
June 7, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 8
ISSN 1530-3616
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Bruce Maxwell, Editor <bmax@silverhammerpub.com>
Silver Hammer Publishing <http://silverhammerpub.com>

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The News
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STUDY CRITICIZES MEDIA DRUG COVERAGE
The news media do a lousy job of reporting about prescription and
non-prescription drugs, according to a study published in the New
England Journal of Medicine. The two biggest failings: not
reporting about a drug's side effects and not disclosing
financial ties between experts quoted and the drug's
manufacturer.
Source: Associated Press - May 31, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000531/hl/drugs_media_1.html


GOVERNMENT TO TEST POPULAR DIETS
The federal government will test the effectiveness and safety of
two of the most popular diets among Americans - low-carbohydrate
and low-fat. The first is associated with Robert Atkins, who
advocates a high-protein, low-carbohydrate regimen, and the
second is associated with Dean Ornish, who advocates an extremely
low-fat diet that is almost vegetarian. Researchers for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture will place people on variations of the
Atkins and Ornish plans.
Source: Associated Press - May 30, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000530/pl/
obesity_nutrition_2.html



MARKET WATCH ON ALLERGY DRUGS
Although pharmaceutical companies spend hundreds of millions of
dollars annually advertising allergy drugs to consumers, there's
little real difference among prescription antihistamines. This
article is a detailed look at the most popular allergy drugs, and
discusses dosages, side effects, costs, and other factors for
each one.
Source: Washington Post - June 6, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1904-2000Jun5.html


SHE WAS SHOCKED
This harrowing story is a first-person account of the writer's
experiences recovering from electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT,
for treatment of debilitating depression. The writer experienced
severe memory loss from the treatments, but believes the benefits
of ECT outweigh the memory problems.
Source: Washington Post - June 6, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4902-2000Jun6.html


BEDSIDE TERROR
Want to get really, really scared about putting your life in the
hands of a newly-minted doctor in a hospital emergency room? Read
this first-person account from one of those doctors.
Source: Salon - June 5, 2000
http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/06/05/internship
/print.html


KIDS AS GUINEA PIGS
There's widespread agreement that more drugs need to be tested on
children, but ethical problems abound. Even harder is convincing
parents that they should risk their children's health to serve as
guinea pigs in drug tests.
Source: Salon - May 31, 2000
http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/05/31/drug_trials/
print.html


KIDS' BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS SAID SOAR
The number of American children with emotional and behavioral
problems such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder,
depression, and learning disabilities skyrocketed between 1979
and 1996, according to a study published in the journal
Pediatrics. The researchers placed much of the blame on the
growth in single-parent and poor households.
Source: Associated Press - June 5, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000606/us/troubled_kids_2.html


EXERCISE MAY HELP REDUCE CANCER RISK
Yet another reason to exercise: doing so may cut your risk of
cancer. Men who are fit have a lower risk of cancer, researchers
reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports
Medicine, and the lower risk holds even for fit men who are
overweight.
Source: Reuters - June 5, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000605/hl/
cancer_exercise_1.html



HOSPITAL CHARGES VARY WIDELY
The next time you need elective surgery or another hospital
procedure, you might want to shop around for the best price. A
study of charges at 66 hospitals in the United States and Canada
found that charges for the same procedure can vary by up to 100
percent - even between hospitals in the same city. The study was
published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Source: Reuters - June 6, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000606/hl/
hospitals_cost_1.html



A Quick Plug
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