Internet and E-health News

This file includes links to papers published by Eubios Ethics Institute, and some other organizations, in the first section. Next it includes topical extracts from EJAIB and EEIN between January 1994 - 2006 (older news items are in separate files). Last date of updating is referenced in the main News page. Latest news and papers is at the bottom of each of the two sections.

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E-Health Ethics: A Yet to be Recognized Issue in Medicine and Medical Ethics - Hans-Martin Sass & Xiaomei Zhai , EJAIB 14 (2004), 147-148.
E-Health, Health Promotion and Wellness Communities in Cyberspace - Hans-Martin Sass , EJAIB 14 (2004), 170-174.

A comparison of clinical trial websites is in BME 183 (Nov. 2002), 3-4. Indian access to Internet is discussed in Nature 415 (2002), 358-9. In general on access to scientific literature, Nature 420 (2002), 19. Some pornography-blocking software may affect health information sites, Lancet 360 (2002), 1946.

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Discussion of donating books and journals to less developed countries is in BMJ 326 (2003), 298. Openness of papers is important, BMJ 325 (2002), 456. Biosafety files are available from the Netherlands, Biotechnology and Development Monitor 49 (March 2002), 13. Use of Internet for conferences is discussed in Biotechnology and Development Monitor 49 (March 2002), 7-9.

A consumer health report card on the Internet is discussed in JAMA 287 (2002), 1277-87; BMJ 325 (2002), 555-6. Quality on the Internet is discussed in BMJ 325 (2002), 557-8.  Regulation of helath information is more difficult, BMJ 325 (2002), 602-6.

GenInfo a bimonthly electronic newsletter concentrating on new policy  statements on human genetics from international, regional and national sources is online at

A paper in Italian looking at the way the Internet is changing the role of the doctor is in Bioetica e Cultura 23 (2003), 11-34.

The question of who will pay for open access to journal papers is discussed in Nature 425 (2003), 334, 554-5, 559; Science 302 (2003), 550-4. One journal for Medline has been discussed, Lancet 361 (2003), 1388-9; Nature 423 (2003), 15. On the Internet and intellectual property, Columbia Law Review 103 (2003), 534-613. Wellcome Trust will fund research that leads to publication in open access journals, Nature 425 (2003), 440. The loss of Internet references is surveyed in Science 302 (2003), 787-8. The quality of Internet access is discussed in SSM 57 (2003), 875-80. There are fears of Internet paralysis as worms and viruses spread, Nature 425 (2003), 3. On information networks, PNAS 100 (2003), 12516-21. On spam, NS (8 March 2003), 42-4; (22 March 2003), 19; (28 June 2003), 24.

Use of Email and Internet for health information is surveyed in JAMA 289 (2003), 2400-6. On telephone consultations, BMJ 326 (2003), 966-9. Telerobotics has brought surgical skills to remote communities in Canada, Lancet 361 (2003), 1794-5. Online support for mood disorders is describe din: JAMA 290 (2003), 3073-7.

Sites include:

English mental health law website:

HIV InSite ( is a university-based global

Internet resource on HIV/AIDS, part of the University of California San Francisco's Center

for HIV Information (CHI).

UNESCO Asia Pacific Office Bioethcis Links,

Red Latinoamericana de Bioˇtica se encuentra ya disponible.:

Extending life:


Biotech site at

Southern Cross Bioethics Institute,

The Hellenic Republic (Greece) National Bioethics Commission has a book summarizing their English decisions, and also a web site:
The American Journal of Bioethics Weekly News & Updates are at:

     Electronic communication and health care is discussed in BMJ 328 (2004), 265-8, 564-7, 1143-50, 1205-8; EJAIB 14 (2004), 147-8. WHO is boosting internet access to clinical trials, Lancet 363 (2004), 1206. The value of open access publishing on the Internet is discussed in Lancet 362 (2003), 1510, 1578-80; NEJM 350 (2004), 966-8; BMJ 328 (2004), 1-3; JAMA 290 (2003), 2255-8.

     Journals can enhance health research in developing countries, Bulletin WHO 82 (2004), 163; NS (7 Feb. 2004), 44-7. Free access journals are important, NS (1 Nov. 2003), 46-9.

The Medical Journal of Australia and Canadian Medical Association Journal remain on the Internet for free access. The BMJ is free for 120 low income countries and otherwise charges a small access fee. EJAIB remains free, rare among bioethics journals. Online access for free is discussed in Nature 431 (2004), 111.

The use of the web for telecounseling in Australia is reported in MJA 180 (2004), 604-5. On Email consultations in health, BMJ 329 (2004), 435-8, 439-42.

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