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Monday, June 18, 2007

In case you missed it: bipolar diagnosis backlash, trimming trans fat, Dr. Tucker Collins, ether pilgrimage

Joseph Biederman 100.bmpNo one has done more to convince Americans that even small children can suffer the dangerous mood swings of bipolar disorder than Dr. Joseph Biederman (left) of Massachusetts General Hospital. But the death in December of a 4-year-old Hull girl from an overdose of drugs prescribed to treat bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has triggered a growing backlash against Biederman and his followers, Scott Allen reports in Sunday's Globe.

trans fat 150.bmpNowhere is there more chatter about Brookline's trans-fat ban and its consequences than along a bustling swath of Harvard Street in the heart of Coolidge Corner. Pizza makers and bagel bakers, crepe chefs and sports-bar owners are scouring their kitchens for evidence of the bad boy of the fat world, Stephen Smith writes in the Sunday Globe.

tucker collins 100.bmpDr. Tucker Collins (left), chief pathologist at Children's Hospital and a respected researcher in the field of vascular biology, collapsed and died June 8 while mowing a field behind his house in Cohasset. He was 54 and had been diagnosed in January with an aggressive brain tumor.

The scrubs and beepers revealed their profession. Few onlookers, though, would have guessed the intention and specialization of the two dozen medical residents and their families gathered at the gates of Mount Auburn Cemetery on a recent Thursday evening. The neophyte anesthesiologists, most of them from Massachusetts General Hospital, had come to celebrate their forebears, a group of Bostonians whose experiments with ether in the mid-19th century revolutionized surgery, City Weekly reports.

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