Health Newsbrief
September 27, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 18
ISSN 1530-3616
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NOT EVERY HOSPITAL IS CREATED EQUAL
Everybody knows that it's important to carefully choose a doctor
when joining a health plan. But it's at least equally important
to find out if the doctor can admit you to a large hospital if
you become seriously ill.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Sept. 25, 2000
http://www.latimes.com/news/health/20000925/t000090784.html


A PILL TO EXTEND LIFE? DON'T DISMISS THE NOTION
TOO QUICKLY
Eating an extremely low-calorie diet doesn't appeal to many
folks, but scientists know it prolongs life. Now they may have
found the mechanism involved, the first step in developing a drug
that mimics the effects of a low-calorie diet.
Source: New York Times - Sept. 22, 2000
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/22/science/22AGIN.html


JUNK FOOD IS STILL KING
Now here's a shock: Researchers have found that despite all the
health warnings, American still love their junk food. The average
American gets 30 percent of his or her calories from chips,
sodas, and other foods that provide lots of calories but few if
any nutrients, the researchers found.
Source: HealthSCOUT - Sept. 26, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20000926/hl/
junk_food_is_still_king_1.html



EXERCISE MAY HELP FIGHT DEPRESSION
Exercise may work as well as the popular prescription drug Zoloft
in treating major depression, according to scientists at Duke
University Medical Center. However, most people in the study
suffered from mild to moderate depression, which are easier to
treat than severe depression.
Source: Associated Press - Sept. 24, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000924/hl/
exp_fitness_depression_1.html



SCIENTISTS LINK GENE TO DIABETES
In an article published in the journal Nature Genetics,
scientists report they may have found a new gene that affects a
person's risk of developing diabetes. The gene may especially
influence the risk in Mexican-Americans, the researchers said.
Source: Associated Press - Sept. 26, 2000
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000926/hl/diabetes_gene_1.html


'PATIENTS' CONDITION IS CRITICAL': WHAT DOES THAT
MEAN, EXACTLY?
When local TV news anchors report a serious auto accident, they
typically say the victims are in good, fair, serious, or critical
condition. Although American Hospital Association guidelines
define the terms, they aren't as ironclad as the anchors make
them sound.
Source: Washington Post - Sept. 26, 2000
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17306-2000Sep26.html


ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKE FOR AN EARLY DEATH
Haven't had a vacation in awhile? If so, you may be putting
yourself at risk for an early death, according to a report
published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Source: Reuters Health - Sept. 25, 2000
http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2000/09/25/eline/links/
20000925elin008.html



MAKE NO MISTAKE: MEDICAL ERRORS CAN BE
DEADLY SERIOUS
Last year, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of
Medicine generated tremendous publicity with a report claiming
that medical errors kill 44,000 to 98,000 Americans annually.
This article looks at how mistakes occur, along with steps that
patients can take to help prevent them.
Source: FDA Consumer - September-October 2000
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2000/500_err.html


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