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Newsletter Summary For 11-August-2000:

Older Americans are in the news today as a new report from several government agencies becomes public. The report, Older Americans 2000: Key Indicators Of Well-Being, takes a look at the health of senior citizens and where agencies are falling short in meeting the needs of this ever-growing population. Vidyya has a copy of the entire report, plus and easy-to-ready summary ready for you in today's issue.

Earlier this week, we reported on three odd cases of arenavirus in California. The virus had infected three women, all of whom died. An investigation of those deaths has been completed and we have the details. Also in infectious disease news, the CDC has updated its knowledge on the West Nile virus. It was reported last week that man from New York with a suspected case of West Nile Virus was not infected. This week public health officials had to reverse themselves when the man did test positive for the virus.

Finally, we've included this week's Product Watch. This weeks highlighted product is an excellent set of videos and workbooks by Mosby, Inc. The Geriatric Symptom Assessment and Management series can help busy professionals learn the practical side of assessment and management. In a perfect world, all practitioners would be able to do a complete physical and get a thorough history. Unlike many products, this series realizes that most of the time it is either impractical or impossible for a health professional to be able to perform a text-book physical and assessment. The tools in this series focus on ways that astute practitioners can gather assessment information in a practical, time-saving way.

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