Health Newsbrief
August 1, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 26
ISSN 1530-3616
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FDA PANEL OKAYS OSTEOPOROSIS DRUG FOR WOMEN
An advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
has recommended that the agency approve a new hormone injection
called Forteo that appears to build bone in postmenopausal women
with osteoporosis. But the panel also said the FDA must closely
monitor the drug after approval because in animal studies it
caused high rates of a deadly bone cancer.
Source: Reuters Health - July 30, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010730/hl/drug_1.html


MAMMOGRAPHY NOT ALWAYS ENOUGH
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
suggests that women who are at high risk for breast cancer might
want to consider getting an annual MRI exam instead of a
mammogram. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is currently
being compared with mammography in two large clinical trials.
Source: WebMD Medical News - July 26, 2001
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1728.84899


EVIDENCE-BASED SAFETY PRACTICES
TOUTED BY GOVERNMENT
A federal report has identified 11 patient safety practices that,
while proven highly effective, are not performed routinely in
U.S. hospitals and nursing homes. One example cited in the
640-page report is giving patients antibiotics just before
surgery to prevent infections.
Source: American Medical News - Aug. 6, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsc0806.htm
AHRQ report: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/ptsafety/spotlight.htm


REPORT CITES ABUSE AT U.S. NURSING HOMES
Physical, sexual, and verbal abuse of residents is widespread in
U.S. nursing homes, according to an investigation ordered by
Democratic members of the House Government Reform Committee.
The investigation also found that abuse of residents seems to be
increasing.
Source: Reuters - July 30, 2001
http://news.excite.com/news/r/010730/17/congress-nursing
House report:
http://www.house.gov/reform/min/nursinghomesabuse.html


WHOLE GRAINS, HALF TRUTHS
Packaging on a huge range of foods at your local grocery store
proclaims the benefits of eating whole grains. Yet many of the
packages that scream the loudest contain the least amount of
whole grains. This article explains how to carefully read
ingredient labels to find foods that really contain whole grains
instead of refined grains.
Source: Washington Post - July 31, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8376-2001Jul30.html


FOOD FIGHT
Also on the subject of nutrition, this article in the Boston
Globe lavishly praises a new book titled "Eat, Drink and Be
Healthy." The book is written by Walter Willett, chairman of the
nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. One
of the book's chief targets for criticism is the food guide
pyramid developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Source: Boston Globe - July 31, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/212/science/Food_fight+.shtml


STATINS AT THE HEART OF A NEW
CHOLESTEROL CAMPAIGN
Under new cholesterol guidelines recently issued by federal
health officials, up to 36 million Americans could end up taking
a class of prescription drugs called statins. This article is an
introduction to statin drugs, and discusses everything from side
effects to costs.
Source: Washington Post - July 31, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7840-2001Jul30.html


REGULAR PAP TESTS REMAIN
A CRUCIAL DETECTION METHOD
In her column, New York Times writer Jane Brody explains why she
believes that all women should get annual Pap tests. Meanwhile,
the Reuters article reports that researchers at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention found that the vast majority of
women who have undergone hysterectomies don't need Pap tests.
Sources: New York Times - July 31, 2001
http://nytimes.com/2001/07/31/health/womenshealth/31BROD.html
Reuters Health - July 31, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010731/hl/pap_1.html


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