Health Newsbrief
September 19, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 33
ISSN 1530-3616
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WAYS TO COPE WHEN VULNERABILITIES ARE LAID BARE
Every person in the United States has been affected, either
directly or indirectly, by last week's tragic events in New York
City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. These articles examine
the psychological consequences. The New York Times article is an
overview of dealing with trauma, the Washington Post piece
provides specific tips for coping, and the Reuters Health article
reports that the nation is likely to experience an increase in
mental illness - but may not have the resources to handle it.
Sources: New York Times - Sept. 16, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/16/business/yourmoney/
16TRAU.html

Washington Post - Sept. 18, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/health/A47095-2001Sep17.html
Reuters Health - Sept. 13, 2001
http://www.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2001/09/09.14/
20010913publ008.html



EXPERTS DOUBT U.S. IS READY FOR BIOWARFARE ATTACK
In the wake of last week's attacks, there's much discussion about
the possibility of terrorists using biological or chemical
weapons in a future assault. Experts interviewed by Reuters say
the United States is woefully unprepared for such an attack. By
contrast, experts interviewed by the BBC report that government
and health officials in the United Kingdom have detailed plans
for responding to assaults with biological or chemical weapons.
Sources: Reuters - Sept. 17, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010917/sc/
attack_biological_dc_1.html

British Broadcasting Corp. - Sept. 18, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1550000/1550996.stm


SUPPLEMENTS MAY BE HARMING ELDERLY
Dietary supplements that are specifically targeted at the elderly
threaten their physical health, according to a new report by the
U.S. General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of
Congress. The GAO found that most supplements also are a waste of
seniors' money.
Source: Associated Press - Sept. 13, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010913/hl/
dietary_supplements_1.html

GAO report: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d011139t.pdf


MANAGEMENT OF COMMON SYMPTOMS
IN TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS: PART II
This article for doctors provides advice about managing
constipation, delirium, and uncomfortable breathing in patients
who are terminally ill. A previous article examined management of
fatigue, lack of appetite, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting (see
Health Newsbrief, Sept. 12, 2001 -
http://silverhammerpub.com/hn/hn9_12_2001.html).
Source: American Family Physician - Sept. 15, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010915/1019.html


EXERCISE CAN BE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
FOR MIDDLE-AGED
A very small study suggests that middle-aged men who start
exercising moderately improve their cardiovascular fitness and
reverse some of the effects of aging - even if they haven't been
physically active since high school. To achieve the improvement,
men in the study walked, jogged, or rode stationary bikes four to
five times each week for one hour each time.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 17, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010917/hl/youth_1.html


TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Last week, a dozen of the world's leading medical journals
announced they'll reject any studies where pharmaceutical
companies or other sponsors exercise improper influence over
research (see Health Newsbrief, Sept. 12, 2001 -
http://silverhammerpub.com/hn/hn9_12_2001.html). The Economist
contends that lots of other quality problems also plague studies
published in medical journals.
Source: The Economist - Sept. 13, 2001
http://economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=779761


NEW TESTS FOR CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING
This article looks at several new tests for cervical cancer that
are designed to improve the quality of Pap smears. It concludes
that providing better access to regular Pap smears would likely
be more effective in reducing cervical cancer rates than adopting
the new tests.
Source: American Family Physician - Sept. 1, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/780.html
Editorial: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/editorials.html


OVER-THE-COUNTER FOOT REMEDIES
Physicians are the audience for this article, which reviews
effective over-the-counter remedies for a wide variety of foot
problems. The accompanying patient handout translates much of the
information into layman's terms.
Source: American Family Physician - Sept. 1, 2001
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/791.html
Patient handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010901/791ph.html


IN DEPRESSION'S SHADOW
The public has been shocked by recent stories about women
suffering from severe depression who killed their own children.
Recent studies strongly indicate that even in less extreme cases,
a mother's clinical depression can seriously harm the emotional
well being and intellectual growth of her children.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Sept. 17, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000074696sep17.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth


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