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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Today's Globe: antidepressants, Epogen, Army injured, healthcare law loose ends

Authors of a new analysis of antidepressants for children and teenagers say the benefits of treatment trump the small risk of increasing some patients' chances of having suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

For-profit dialysis chains in the United States give patients larger doses of the expensive antianemia drug Epogen compared to nonprofit clinics, according to a study to be published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Under criticism for poor treatment of injured soldiers, the Pentagon announced new measures yesterday to provide more health screenings, improve its record keeping system, and simplify an unwieldy disability claims system.

The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, charged with establishing rules for the state's healthcare law, needs to tackle extending coverage to the 60,000 residents who are exempted from the mandate and to ensure that those required to purchase insurance, especially the low-premium plans, actually benefit from their coverage, Mark Rukavina and Carol Pryor of the national healthcare access advocacy group The Access Project write in an opinion piece.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:21 AM
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