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Monday, June 11, 2007

In case you missed it: warming and pests, veterans' misdiagnoses

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Entomologist Brenton Teillon studied a branch
infected with the woolly adelgid at Purgatory
Chasm in Sutton. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)

The woolly adelgid is turning Hemlock Hill in Boston's Arnold Arboretum into a hemlock graveyard. It does not get as cold as it used to in New England and the rest of the world. And as temperatures continue to rise, researchers believe the tiny adelgid and dozens of other pests could dramatically expand their range and abundance, Beth Daley writes in the fifth in a series of occasional articles examining climate change, its effects, and possible solutions.

wounded soldier150.bmpAs the medical community learns more about the brain impairments afflicting troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, concern is growing back home that these battle-weary soldiers may be facing yet another obstacle: misdiagnosis. Traumatic brain injury shares many of the same symptoms with a common battlefield psychological condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:00 AM
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