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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Today's Globe: Weis mistrial, icy trips to ER, grief, Merck vaccine lobbying, Gates-Canada AIDS vaccine push

The Charlie Weis medical malpractice trial came to an abrupt end in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday when the doctors accused of mishandling Weis's gastric bypass surgery rushed to the aid of a juror who collapsed in the jury box and the judge declared a mistrial.

Hospital ERs have been seeing twice the usual number of winter patients after last week's ice storm. Boston Medical Center has treated about 40 people who broke bones and bruised bodies on the ice in the last week. Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have treated about 30 people each day who have fallen on the ice, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital has treated another 20 to 30 people a day since last Wednesday's storm.

Contrary to traditional notions of grief after the death of a loved one, a new study from Harvard and Yale finds that yearning is felt more powerfully than depression.

Bowing to pressure from parents and medical groups, Merck & Co. is suspending its lobbying campaign to persuade legislatures to mandate that adolescent girls get the company's vaccine against cervical cancer as a requirement to attend school.

The Canadian government and Bill Gates yesterday announced an initiative to establish a research institute to develop an AIDS vaccine, committing up to $119 million to the project.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:21 AM
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