Health Newsbrief
July 18, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 24
ISSN 1530-3616
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The News
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CANADA LEGALIZES THE MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS
Starting in two weeks, Canadian citizens who have terminal
illnesses or selected serious medical conditions will be able to
legally grow marijuana for their own use and smoke it. The
government also plans to conduct five years of research and
clinical trials of marijuana to determine its effectiveness at
alleviating severe pain and other symptoms. An estimated 400,000
Canadians currently smoke marijuana to help control their medical
symptoms.
Source: British Medical Journal - July 14, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7304/68/b


FOR SOME, INSULIN WITHOUT NEEDLES
People with diabetes commonly have to inject themselves with
several shots of insulin each day to control their blood sugar.
But several inhaled forms of insulin are now in clinical trials,
and could replace at least some of the daily shots. If the trials
are successful, the inhaled insulin could reach the market in two
or three years.
Source: New York Times - July 17, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/17/health/anatomy/17INSU.html


WHEN ILLNESS TESTS MARRIAGE VOWS
Coping with a serious illness like cancer can be emotionally
devastating for a patient. But doctors are becoming increasingly
aware that it can be emotionally devastating for the patient's
spouse, too.
Source: Boston Globe - July 17, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/198/science/
When_illness_tests_marriage_vows+.shtml



DRUG ADS HYPING ANXIETY MAKE SOME UNEASY
You can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on the television
these days without seeing yet another story about social anxiety
disorder. There's a reason for that: A massive PR campaign
launched by the manufacturer of Paxil, an antidepressant that is
the only FDA-approved medication for treatment of social anxiety
disorder.
Source: Washington Post - July 16, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1208-2001Jul15.html


DOCTOR GUILTY OF ELDER ABUSE FOR
UNDERTREATING PAIN
In a landmark civil case, a California jury has found a physician
guilty of elder abuse and recklessness for undertreating pain
suffered by an 85-year-old man who was dying from cancer. Experts
said the case indicates that physicians need to be up-to-date
concerning pain management, particularly in elderly patients.
Source: American Medical News - July 23, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prl20723.htm


MORE U.S. KIDS AT RISK FOR OBESITY-RELATED ILLNESS
A leading expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention predicts that because American children are getting
heavier, they'll start suffering from weight-related diseases
that previously were largely confined to adults. One example
cited by Dr. William Dietz is type 2 diabetes, a predominantly
adult disease that is striking a growing number of children and
teenagers. Medical complications from diabetes such as blindness,
amputations, and kidney failure could start hitting people as
young as 30, Dietz said.
Source: Reuters Health - July 12, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010712/hl/obesity_2.html


STANDARDS REQUIRE HOSPITALS TO
REPORT ERRORS TO PATIENTS
Under new standards that took effect this month, hospitals are
required to tell patients when they've been the victim of a
medical mistake. Any that fail to comply could lose their
accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations, which accredits about 5,000 hospitals.
Source: American Medical News - July 23, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsb0723.htm


IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME:
A POORLY UNDERSTOOD DISORDER
Irritable bowel syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms, which
for some people are so severe they cannot leave their homes. This
article from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration examines
what's known about the causes of IBS and looks at current
treatments.
Source: FDA Consumer - July-August 2001
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2001/401_ibs.html


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