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Monday, February 12, 2007

Today's Globe: diabetes genes, delirium and dementia, breast density, "me-too" drugs

Scientists announced yesterday the discovery of important genetic clues to type 2 diabetes, opening a new chapter in the study of the fast-growing disease that affects about 20 million Americans.

More than half of all elderly hospitalized patients suffer severe confusion. Many ultimately decline into dementia. Are there common triggers to both?

Researchers call breast density a cancer risk too long ignored.

The Medicare prescription drug benefit was a terrible piece of legislation, Marcia Angell writes, because it prohibited Medicare from negotiating drug prices, even though those prices rise much faster than inflation. Most new drugs are not advances over old ones, but minor variations with new patents and higher prices. In other words, "me-too" drugs.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:35 AM
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