May 5, 1988 |
The federal government on Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited AIDS education pamphlet, which will be mailed to every household in America within the next eight weeks. "This is a first in the history of our country--the first time the federal government has attempted to contact virtually every resident, directly by mail, regarding a public health crisis," Health and Human Services Secretary Otis R. Bowen said at a press conference. He added: "This brochure cannot mince words--and it doesn't.
June 1, 1992 |
Many drug advertisements in medical journals--long believed to influence doctors' decisions about prescribing--are unbalanced, misleading and in apparent violation of federal regulations governing drug promotion, UCLA researchers have found. In the first large study of its kind, medical specialists reviewed 109 prescription drug ads published in 10 leading medical journals. They concluded, among other things, that more than half the ads studied had little or no educational value.
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September 30, 1991 |
The first computerized, peer-reviewed, scientific journal is set to begin publication in April in response to mounting pressure within medicine for faster release of research findings that could prolong or save lives. The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials will make research results available worldwide within 24 hours of peer review, eliminating the weeks or months often spent on typesetting, proofing, printing and delivering journals.
September 2, 1999 |
The adage "You're your own best doctor" seems to have gotten a shot in the arm on the Internet, where an increasing number of health-related Web sites are dispensing information on everything from the causes and symptoms of diseases to the potency and side effects of prescription drugs. And demand for that information--in an age of growing frustration with HMOs and insurance companies--appears to be insatiable. Visits to one site, OnHealth.com (http://www.onhealth.com), reached 1.
June 26, 2000 |
The very successes we are having in medical care will soon confront us with some tough questions. One is familiar, if not easy: How should we allocate scarce resources? Who gets the fresh kidney? How much is a life worth? Is it right to spend $300,000 saving the life of a rich, elderly widow in a hospital--in a world where children are dying every day for the lack of $2 worth of medicine or clean water?
July 31, 1992 |
Adding fuel to the debate over misleading drug advertisements, a consumer advocacy group charged Thursday that pharmaceutical manufacturers are providing physicians with "potentially dangerous misinformation on an extremely wide scale." The Public Citizen Health Research Group announced its conclusion after analyzing data that it obtained from a widely publicized UCLA study of advertisements in medical journals.