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Published: 2007-11-12T07:00:25-05:00


Overweight men with prostate cancer have a higher risk of dying


Men who are overweight when they have locally advanced prostate cancer have almost double the risk of dying from the disease compared with men of normal weight, new research says. The study, led by a team at Massachusetts General Hospital,...

Today's Globe: Carney: contagious cancers; friends and health; pigs, people and MRSA; artificial corneas; stent risks


In an e-mail to Caritas Christi Health Care System staff and physicians, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said Caritas Carney Hospital is straining finances and putting at risk the entire six-hospital chain, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Boston. Viruses...

In case you missed it: returning vets struggle


The parents of Eric Valdepenas, one of "New England's Own" killed in Iraq, visited his grave in East Providence, R.I. The First Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment - the reserve infantry unit based in Central Massachusetts and known as "New...

Open access, open debate


Making scientific articles free and available to all is only fair to the taxpayers who support research and the developing countries who need it, a Nobel laureate at the forefront of the open-access movement said at a forum today, but...

Decline in smoking rates stalls as anti-tobacco campaigns lose funding, CDC says


After seven years of decline, smoking rates across the nation are stuck at about 21 percent, where they have been from 2004 to 2006, federal officials said, a leveling-off possibly linked to greater marketing efforts by tobacco companies and fewer...

Today's Globe: home healthcare workers, Pan-Mass. record, Iraq veterans, anemia drugs


Thousands of home health assistants in Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted to join the powerful Service Employees International Union, giving the union strong momentum as it moves toward its larger goal of attempting to organize about 55,000 workers at Boston's teaching hospitals....

Patients, families invited to arthritis forum with experts


People with arthritis and their families are invited to a free seminar Saturday with experts gathered in Boston for a national conference of the American College of Rheumatology. Twenty health care professionals and researchers will talk about progress in the...

UMass-Lowell group to study breast cancer and environmental exposure


Researchers exploring connections between breast cancer and environmental exposures will use state funds to study chemicals found in households and the workplace. The University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the Silent Spring Institute -- a nonprofit that researches the links between...

Today's Globe: home healthcare workers; coffee, fish oil and Alzheimer's; pharmacy suit; shot for smokers


The results of an organizing vote by home healthcare aides, to be made public today, could give the powerful Service Employees International Union added momentum as it seeks to organize workers in Boston's teaching hospitals. Blood pressure drugs, caffeine, and...

Women at the top, families in training


Dr. Nancy Andrews, who earlier this year left Harvard Medical School to become the first female dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, asks why it’s still big news when a woman takes the top post in academic medicine....

A long life of caring


A beloved volunteer who soothed newborns and their mothers for 50 years as a nurse’s aide and volunteer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center died Sunday night. Rose Finkelstein (left) of Brookline was 101 years old. She regularly won awards...

Today's Globe: fires during surgery, overweight impact, energy drinks, mental health emergency


Operating room fires have received less attention than other potential hazards such as wrong-site surgery, but fires have seriously injured and even killed patients. And new data show that they are more common than previously believed. Being overweight boosts the...

Two Brigham surgeons top list of device maker payments


By Elizabeth Cooney, Globe Correspondent Two Boston orthopedic surgeons each received $6.75 million this year from a maker of joint replacement implants, the largest among hundreds of payments revealed in a $311 million settlement of a federal criminal case that...

DPH offers advice about MRSA bacterial infection


By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff The state Department of Public Health today issued advice to schools and parents about a potentially dangerous germ that has infected a handful of students in recent weeks. The bacteria, known as Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus,...



University of Massachusetts Medical School cancer biologist Dr. JeanMarie Houghton (left) has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Her research focuses on the contribution of stem cells to cancer, in particular how normal stem cells that...