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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Today's Globe: biomed lab evacuation, drug coverage, PTSD diagnosis, name change

Firefighters evacuated hundreds of people from a 10-story Boston University biomedical research building yesterday after white smoke wafted through a laboratory that houses vials of highly infectious bacteria, renewing concern about the danger of studying potentially deadly pathogens in a densely populated area.

Massachusetts is poised to become the first state to require that all adults have health insurance that includes prescription drug coverage.

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are so common that depressed people who have never faced trauma usually qualify for the condition, according to a new study that raises questions about whether thousands of Iraq war veterans as well as civilians are getting the right diagnosis and treatment for their emotional problems.

When the 700 doctors at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and four other physician groups chose a name three years ago for their new umbrella organization, HealthOne Care System, they thought they picked a winner. The problem was the name was too good. Another group already had claimed it -- a hospital network in Denver called HealthONE.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:32 AM
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