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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Today's Globe: abortion ban, colleges on alert, breast cancer and hormones, MGH drug sale, flu shots and heart attacks, race, genes and illness

The Supreme Court voted yesterday to uphold a national ban on the procedure opponents call "partial-birth abortion," marking the first time the court has allowed a ban on any type of abortion without a broad exception to protect a woman's health.

In recent years, universities have been trying to weave stronger nets to catch students who are potentially dangerous to themselves and others. But even so, college officials and mental health specialists say that some -- like Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho -- may still slip through. From big-name private colleges to small public schools, universities are focusing on student mental health as never before.

New federal statistics provide powerful evidence that the sharp drop in hormone use by menopausal women that began in 2002 caused a dramatic decline in breast cancer cases, according to an analysis being published today.

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Massachusetts General Hospital
yesterday sold its rights to royalties on foreign sales of the rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel (left) for $284 million, a move that eliminates its exposure to market risk and will help it build a research endowment.

Add a seasonal flu shot to the list of medicines that can help prevent heart attack deaths, according to a study in the European Heart Journal.

Even if we think we can agree on various groupings called races, we should understand the limits of how well they can help define health differences, Sally Lehrman, who reports on health and science for Scientific American and the radio documentary series "The DNA Files," writes on the op-ed page.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:20 AM
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