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Herman J. Woltring
04-04-1989, 02:39 AM
Today's topics:

(1) Some items from the Health Info-Com Network Newsletter
(2) Formia Meeting - final program
(3) Pre-announcement: Bilthoven/NL symposium in November 1989
(4) File server facilities - modification


(1) Some items from the Health Info-Com Network Newsletter

The Health Info-Com Network Newsletter is a weekly email publication con-
taining mixed news items, US Center for Disease Control Reports, and artic-

! !
! Health Info-Com Network !
! Newsletter !
Editor: David Dodell, D.M.D.
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
10250 North 92nd Street, Suite 210, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-4599 USA
(c) 1989 - Distribution on Commercial/Pay Systems Prohibited without
Prior Authorization

International Distribution Coordinator: Robert Klotz

The Health Info-Com Network Newsletter is distributed weekly. Articles of a
medical nature are welcomed. If you have an article, please contact the
editor for information on how to submit it.

E-Mail Address:
FidoNet = 1:114/15
Bitnet = ATW1H @ ASUACAD
Internet = ddodell@stjhmc.fidonet.org

North America Australia/Far East Europe
FidoNet = 1:19/9 David More Henk Wevers
Usenet = krobt@mom.uucp FidoNet = 3:711/413 Fidonet
Arpanet = mom!krobt@uokmax.ecn.uoknor.edu 2:500/1

The March 27 issue (Volume 2, Number 13) contains a few items of interest for


Bethesda Hospitals Corporate Communications is releasing a book in which
headaches, back pain and cancer are only a few of the issues discussed. A copy
of the new 166-page book "Health Matters" can be obtained by sending $2 to
Bethesda Hospitals Corporate Communications, 619 Oak St., Cincinnati, Ohio


Aging begins to take its toll on the heart at about age 30, regardless of
sex, weight, or exercise habits, a new study shows. Aging decreases endurance
and exercise performance, Dr. Dalane Kitzman of Duke University said Thursday
at the American College of Cardiology meeting.


While the decline of the heart is inevitable, the speed of the decline is
not, researchers say. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise could stall
the effects of age, says Dr. Dalane Kitzman of Duke University, who next will
study how much we can slow the decline. Diet and regular exercise can have a
significant positive effect on slowing decline of the heart, Kitzman says.


In a study on the heart's rate of decline, Dr. Dalane Kitzman of Duke
University shows the heart's oxygen consumption and pumping ability starts
declining slowly at age 30. By 60, the decline appears to accelerate rapidly.
Kitzman: Exercise might be even more important as people get older; people who
are inactive, obese and smoke might be speeding up the decline.


Repetitive motion or cumulative trauma disorders - crippling ailments
caused by repetitive hand and wrist movements, have received intense scrutiny
in the meatpacking industry. Union officials say they have reached epidemic
proportions. Carpal tunnel and other cumulative trauma disorders affect other
occupations: Tree farm, construction, newspaper and clerical workers.


(2) Formia Meeting - final program

The programme of the "Symposium on Biolocomotion: a Century of Research Using
Moving Pictures" in Formia/Italy has been finalized. The Symposium starts
with a reception on Friday evening 14 April 1989, and goes on through the
weekend until Monday 17 April 1989 at noon. You are welcome to subscribe
(within Europe, cheap airplane tickets are available because of the weekend
character of the meeting). Further details are available from Prof. Aurelio
Cappozzo in Rome (INT+39.6.490673), from Prof. Necip Berme in Columbus/Ohio
(INT+1.614.4220859), and also from Lia Galliano at the Congress Secretariat in
Rome (INT+39.6.490820).


(3) Pre-announcement: Bilthoven/NL symposium in November 1989

In November 1989, the Netherlands Heart Foundation will sponsor a symposium in
Bilthoven/The Netherlands on Biomechanics, Movement, and Rehabilitation. The
conference will be organized by a Rehabilitation hospital in Enschede and by
the Department of Orthopaedics at Utrecht State University, The Netherlands.


(4) File Server facilities - proposal modification

Feedback from a number of persons on last week's File Server proposal suggests
that the "dual authorization" scheme by the true author(s) and by the copyright
owner(s) might be impractical.

Intellectual property rules are on the move as exemplified by recent US Supreme
Court actions and by developments within the European Community. A lecture se-
ries at M.I.T. last month was entitled "Software Patents: a Horrible Mistake?",
and it is often unclear to what extent intellectual property rights are held by
academic employers or employees. Now the US have joined the Berne Copyright
Convention (as of March 1989), absence of a Copyright claim in an item of US
origin does no longer suggest that the object is in the "public domain", since
copyright applies by default under Berne. Therefore, the proposed "Fair Play
Rules" under (6) are modified as follows:

The true author(s) of the data must be named unless they wish to remain
anonymous, in which case the copyright holder or other traceable source
must be mentioned. The person(s) or institution(s) who submit the data
will be assumed authorized to submit the data, but they may be asked to
provide additional assurance. In this way, the list-owners and editors
of BIOMCH-L, and the management of LISTSERV@HEARN.EARN will be indemni-
fied against claims on intellectual property infringement.

Furthermore, there was a typing error in item (5): for "(if different from the
true authors)" one should read "(if different from the copyright holders)".

Again, my apologies for these legalistic technicalities; perhaps, it would be
useful to quote the EDUCOM Code published last year by the EDUCOM Software
Initiative in Princeton, NJ/USA, one of the organizations involved with BIT-
NET management and policymaking:

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic
discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to all authors
and all media. It encompasses respect for the author's right to
acknowledgement, right to privacy, and right to determine the form
and manner of publication.

Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced,
respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially
critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity,
including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, and copyright violations,
are grounds for sanctions against members of the university community.


Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL

*** End of BIOMCH-L 7/1989.