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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, April 16, 2007
On the blogs: dogs and handwashing, dumb movie science
On Running a Hospital, Paul Levy says Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has joined Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts-New England Medical Center and MGH in offering a pet therapy program. Trained dogs and volunteers visit patients who give written consent. A dozen comments include praise as well as concern about allergies, infection and fears, plus Levy's replies with hospital policies on screening for the therapy dogs.
In the next post down, Levy vents frustration over hand hygiene stats at the hospital that show some improvement but not enough.
"Trust me, the irony of putting these two posts next to each other was not lost on me," he writes.
On Nature Network Boston, Harvard virology graduate student Anna Kushnir lists her favorite dumb movie science moments and invites more.
"When I think about the fact that I have spent 23/28ths of my life in school, I have difficulty controlling my gag reflex," she writes. "However, the (exceedingly) rare swells of intellectual superiority I experience when watching really (really) dumb movies make those 23 years worth it."