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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Today's Globe: cigarette sales, stem cells for diabetes, BI residents heading west, healthcare law one year later

Cigarette sales in Massachusetts increased 3.2 percent last year even as usage continued to decline nationally, according to a report being released today that provides new evidence the state is losing ground in its battle against tobacco.

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the progression of Type-1 diabetes can be halted -- and possibly reversed -- by a stem cell transplant that preserves the body's diminishing ability to make insulin, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Some surgical residents at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston will be heading west to receive training at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, under a new affiliation agreement, the hospitals said yesterday.

Last April 12, Massachusetts enacted an ambitious, complex law to expand affordable health insurance to most of the state's half-million uninsured. One year later, how is it going? John E. McDonough, executive director of Health Care For All, gives his answer in an opinion piece.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:26 AM
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