Health Newsbrief
July 12, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 12
ISSN 1530-3616
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ALZHEIMER'S VACCINE STUDY PROMISING
An experimental vaccine that helps reverse some of the effects of
Alzheimer's disease in mice has proven safe in its first limited
trial in humans. It's unknown whether the vaccine is effective in
humans, and large human trials aren't expected to start until at
least 2001. The news is particularly timely because experts say
Alzheimer's is growing so fast that 22 million people worldwide
will have the illness by 2025. That's nearly double the 12
million people worldwide who have the disease today.
Sources: Washington Post - July 12, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23587-2000Jul11.html
Associated Press - July 9, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000709/hl/alzheimers_1.html


THE NEW SCIENCE OF ALZHEIMER'S
This week, Alzheimer's researchers from around the world have
gathered in Washington, D.C., for the World Alzheimer Congress.
They meet with renewed hope that Alzheimer's is well on its way
to becoming a serious disease that can be treated and even
prevented.
Source: Time - July 17, 2000
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articles/0,3266,49460,00.html


FDA OKs 1ST ROBOT FOR SURGERY
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its stamp of
approval to the first robot that assists with surgery. Initially,
the Da Vinci Surgical System is helping doctors perform
gallbladder and heartburn surgery through tiny cuts in the
abdomen. Eventually, though, the robot may be able to assist with
minimally invasive surgeries involving the heart, prostate, and
colon.
Source: Associated Press - July 11, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000711/pl/robot_surgery_1.html


5 MILLION AMERICANS RISK AIDS
Between four and five million Americans engage in behaviors that
put them at high risk for contracting AIDS, according to the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials
said complacency has caused people to be less careful, and they
worry about a resurgence of the disease.
Source: Associated Press - July 8, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000708/hl/
aids_conference_2.html



ASS BACKWARDS
Two widely publicized studies recently published in the New
England Journal of Medicine seemed to debunk the long-held notion
that eating a diet high in fiber helps prevent colon cancer. This
article in Slate argues that the studies had many shortcomings
that make them a whole lot less definitive than they were
portrayed.
Source: Slate - July 5, 2000
http://slate.msn.com/HeyWait/00-07-05/HeyWait.asp


ROLE OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS GROWS
The number of nurse practitioners in the United States has nearly
doubled in the last decade, from about 30,000 to 65,000. Nurse
practitioners, who fill the gap between traditional doctors and
nurses, are popular because they commonly spend more time with
patients than doctors.
Source: Associated Press - July 9, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000709/us/
nurse_practitioners_1.html



ENERGY-BOOSTING PRODUCTS WITH HERBS CAN BE
DANGEROUS
The next time you pick up an energy bar or other product that's
supposed to improve your stamina, check the ingredient label.
Some - but not all - of the products contain herbs that can cause
injury or death.
Source: Reuters - July 10, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000710/hl/herbs_1.html


CHILDREN NOT GETTING ENOUGH IRON, ZINC AND
VITAMIN E
Many American children aged 12 to 18 months do not get enough
iron, zinc, and vitamin E in their diets, according to a study
published in the journal Pediatrics. Low intakes of the nutrients
can delay growth and development, besides increasing the risk of
certain illnesses.
Source: Reuters - July 7, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl /
kids_vitamins_1.html



KIDS IN DEMAND FOR DRUG STUDIES
Starting in December, a new Food and Drug Administration rule
will require that any new adult drug that could also be used in
children be actually tested on children before approval. Children
today are prescribed many adult drugs, most of which have never
been tested on children.
Source: Associated Press - July 10, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000710/hl/
kids_drug_studies_1.html



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