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Monday, March 12, 2007

Today's Globe: targeted cancer treatment, body clock, vision, sedation for children, Kerry visit to VA center, diagnosis problems

The much-anticipated "smart," or targeted, cancer treatments are joining the war on cancer -- four were approved last year alone -- but scientists are discovering that cancer is a tougher foe than they realized even a few years ago when stunning results in mice raised expectations sky high.

An experimental cancer drug gave one patient three years of life and a new mission.

This weekend the clock sprang forward an hour, three weeks earlier than the usual spring wake-up call. While it was a simple thing to move the clock hands or change the digital clock (don't ask us about the DVD player), bodies don't reset so quickly.

Half of the human brain is devoted to the matter of vision. But "what do we know about what we see?" asks Ennio Mingolla, professor of cognitive and neural systems and psychology at Boston University. "What makes black look black?"

Is sedation safe for children undergoing dental procedures or medical tests like MRIs?

Patients at the veterans' medical center in West Roxbury are largely satisfied with the care they receive, but an infusion of funds would make it better, Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday after he made a surprise visit to the facility, prompted by recent reports of poor medical treatment and conditions at a veterans' medical center in Washington, D.C.

We are too quick to slap a diagnosis on someone before we have any real personal in-depth understanding, Lexington clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Stephen Schlein writes in an Op-ed piece.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:23 AM
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