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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Today's Globe: Flea unmasked, TB scare, NJ fitness agency, AIDS funding, Fernald, Patrick's Life Sciences plan

lindeman100.bmpIvy League-educated pediatrician Robert P. Lindeman (left) was unmasked as the blogger Flea this month as he defended himself in Suffolk Superior Court in a malpractice suit involving the death of a 12-year-old patient. In his blog, Flea had ridiculed the plaintiff's case and the plaintiff's lawyer. On May 15, the morning after Lindeman admitted that he was, in fact, Flea, he agreed to pay what members of Boston's tight-knit legal community describe as a substantial settlement -- case closed.

The Atlanta man with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis who sparked an international health alarm by flying to Europe and back for his wedding twice ignored requests to stay put and not travel, officials said yesterday.

New Jersey's health department is escalating the battle against the bulge by starting a new Office of Nutrition and Fitness to better coordinate programs to prevent obesity.

Hoping to cement a positive part of his legacy, President Bush yesterday asked Congress to double the funding of the US global AIDS program to $30 billion over five years, which sets goals of helping support AIDS treatment of 2.5 million people.

At stake in the battle to keep open the Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham are the services for future generations of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, say the parents of teenagers with disabilities. Mary Ellen Mayo, president of The Arc of Massachusetts, an advocacy organization, and John Nadworny, coauthor of "The Special Needs Planning Guide" and member of the Governor's Commission on Mental Retardation, write on the op-ed page why they think Fernald should be closed.

Governor Deval Patrick's proposal to inject $1 billion into medical research and biotechnology is a complex plan whose details have yet to be worked out, and it depends on the Legislature's willingness to fund it over a decade. But his strategy could also be more flexible and cost effective than competing plans in California and other states, according to policy specialists and a Globe analysis.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:01 AM
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