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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Today's Globe: drug suicide warning, biotech protest prep, ex-stripper trial, post-menopausal fracture drug, FDA on pet food, MGH real estate

The Food and Drug Administration ordered drug makers yesterday to add warnings to antidepressant medications, saying the drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in some young adults.

When 20,000 delegates descend on Boston for an international biotechnology conference starting Sunday, they will be met by dozens if not hundreds of protesters and by police bracing for what could be the biggest demonstrations in the city since the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

On the last day of testimony in her trial in Suffolk Superior Court, 47-year-old Louise Wightman, known 25 years ago in Boston's Combat Zone as the stripper Princess Cheyenne, testified that she never said she was a licensed psychologist while treating hundreds of patients, many of them adolescents with eating disorders and other serious problems, at a practice called South Shore Psychology Associates.

A yearly 15-minute infusion of a new drug substantially reduces bone fractures in post menopausal women, offering a new treatment for women who have trouble taking existing bone-strengthening drugs, researchers reported yesterday.

A Chinese company accused of selling contaminated wheat gluten to American pet food suppliers avoided inspections partly because it did not correctly disclose its shipping contents to Chinese export authorities, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Massachusetts General Hospital, a major tenant at Charles River Plaza, a recently modernized office and retail complex on Cambridge Street in Boston, is buying part of the property, a hospital spokeswoman said last night.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 05:50 AM
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