Health Newsbrief
September 12, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 32
ISSN 1530-3616
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Editor's Note
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In light of yesterday's barbaric attacks in the United States,
at first it seemed horribly inappropriate to even consider
publishing today. I especially felt this because I live and work
less than 10 miles from the Pentagon, where fires continue
burning out of control and an unknown number of people remain
buried in the rubble as I write this.

But upon further reflection, I realized that I had to publish.
Publishing is my infinitesimal contribution to keeping the lines
of communication open among people around the world, to sharing
the knowledge that can make all of our lives better, and to
affirming that we will not allow terrorists to control our lives.
Nonetheless, like everyone else my thoughts remain with the
victims and their loved ones.

--Bruce Maxwell


The News
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ORDERS FOR FLU VACCINE MAXED OUT ALREADY
With the approach of the flu season, it appears likely the chaos
that engulfed vaccination efforts last year because of short
vaccine supplies will be repeated this year. Physicians and
others who provide vaccinations report extreme difficulties in
ordering flu shots, and skyrocketing prices if they do finally
track down a supply.
Source: American Medical News - Sept. 10, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/hll20910.htm


MEDICAL JOURNALS SET NEW PUBLICATION RULES
A dozen of the world's leading medical journals have published a
joint editorial saying they'll reject any studies where a
pharmaceutical company or other research sponsor interferes with
scientists' ability to fully and fairly report the results. The
new policy results from numerous instances where industry
sponsors have dictated what results could be reported and blocked
publication of unfavorable findings. One journal editor said
patients have died because some published studies have not
presented all the relevant facts about particular treatments.
Source: Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/health/A1319-2001Sep9.html
New England Journal of Medicine editorial:
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/NEJMed20010093v1.pdf


THE INVISIBLE CAREGIVER:
HOW CAN DOCTORS CARE FOR THEM, TOO?
Unpaid caregivers of chronically ill people - usually relatives,
although some are friends or neighbors - have traditionally
received little help, support, or respect from the medical
system. That's starting to change as physicians increasingly
realize they need to tend to the caregiver as well as to the
patient.
Source: American Medical News - Sept. 17, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/hlsa0917.htm


GERMANY PROBES VIAGRA DEATHS
More than 600 men around the world have died after using the
anti-impotence drug Viagra, according to Germany's health
minister. She wants the European Union to reexamine the drug's
risks, although she cautioned that it's premature to blame the
drug for any of the deaths.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Sept. 10, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_1535000/
1535201.stm



NICOTINE VACCINE TESTS LAUNCHED
A British pharmaceutical firm has started clinical safety trials
of a vaccine designed to help smokers kick the habit. The vaccine
works by blocking nicotine from reaching the brain, thus reducing
the additive power of cigarettes.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Sept. 10, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1535000/
1535852.stm



BACK TROUBLE: THE PAINFUL PARADOX
Back troubles can make sufferers scream in pain as they crawl to
their doctors. However, the intensity of the pain does not
necessarily correlate to the size of the problem. In fact, most
back problems are treated with anti-inflammatory and pain relief
medications and clear up quickly.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Sept. 10, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000073034sep10.column?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



MANAGEMENT OF COMMON SYMPTOMS
IN TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS
Although pain is often associated with the end of life, other
symptoms also can contribute to suffering by terminally ill
patients. This article for doctors, the first in a two-part
series, examines management of fatigue, lack of appetite, weight
loss, nausea, and vomiting.
Source: American Family Physician - Sept. 1, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/807.html


CONSUMERS UNHAPPY WITH THEIR HEALTH PLANS
Almost half of Americans covered by private health insurance have
experienced a problem with their insurer during the past year,
according to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation
and the Harvard School of Public Health. Fourteen percent of
patients surveyed said a problem with their insurance harmed
their health, and 11 percent said they had to find a new doctor
because their old one left their plan.
Source: American Medical News - Sept. 17, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/bisb0917.htm


EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF ADHD
This article for physicians is a primer on how to evaluate and
treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in
children. The patient handout is an extremely basic explanation
of ADHD for parents.
Source: American Family Physician - Sept. 1, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/817.html
Patient handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/817ph.html


USEFULNESS AND VALIDITY OF POST-TRAUMATIC
STRESS DISORDER AS A PSYCHIATRIC CATEGORY
The authors of this article argue that a growing body of evidence
indicates that post-traumatic stress disorder is a valid and
distinct psychiatric diagnosis. Those who claim that the disorder
doesn't exist deny the "ongoing suffering of people who have been
exposed to severe and life threatening trauma," the authors
conclude.
Source: British Medical Journal - Sept. 8, 2001
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7312/561


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