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Monday, April 2, 2007

Today's Globe: prostate cancer link, green hospital construction, hoarders, finding healthcare information, balancing life and disease

A team led by Harvard researchers has found dramatic genetic links to prostate cancer that appear to underlie many of the cases and help explain the higher occurrence of the disease among African-American men.

Boston's hospitals are going green: The city's next wave of medical buildings will feature earth-friendly construction materials. Sunlight will bathe patient rooms, and some roofs will sprout grass or "healing gardens" that use recycled water and provide insulation.

People who hoard bear the weight of their mess plus a mental disorder only now being understood. Treatment programs are just beginning.

In choosing a doctor, people surveyed for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts said the most important information is the doctor's experience treating a specific medical condition, the average amount of time the doctor spends with each patient, and patient satisfaction ratings.

His career, her health. Not an easy balancing act, Judy Foreman writes about John and Elizabeth Edwards -- and her own 11 years grappling with that dilemma while her husband Tom had lymphoma and prostate cancer.

Also in Health/Science, meet environmental epidemiologist Phillippe Grandjean, who studies the relationship between chemicals and children's diseases.

In Business, Boston Scientific Corp. plans to spend up to $40 million on a campaign to educate patients who receive the company's heart stents about the importance of sticking with the blood-thinning drugs they are prescribed after surgery.

In Living/Arts, a new book by Harriet A. Washington called "Medical Apartheid" puts clinical testing of minorities on trial.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:27 AM
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