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Monday, July 2, 2007

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The long-term success of the state's insurance initiative rests in large measure on the response of healthy young people. Without them, the total cost of the program could soar, because those with coverage would be older, sicker, and more likely to require costly services. But many young people partying and working near the Faneuil Hall Marketplace on a recent night were not sold on getting insurance, Alice Dembner reports in Sunday's Globe.

faint dog150.bmpAs Marty Harris walked into the South End building where she keeps her car, her dog, Adele (left), began to act funny. She sniffed and nuzzled Harris's knees, then sat down and refused to budge. That was Harris's alert that she was in danger of fainting. Harris suffers from a chronic fainting disorder caused by an irregular heartbeat. Adele, a black Labrador retriever, is her heart service dog, trained to alert its owner about an impending problem, Bella English writes in the Sunday Globe.

There is a growing push in medical, legislative, and legal circles -- both liberal and conservative -- to recognize an expansive new right that some are describing as "medical self-defense." The movement is rooted in a desire to help patients who have run out of options, Christopher Shea writes in the Sunday Ideas section.

Dr. Jeffrey Bass, 50, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Dr. Ronald Katz, 51, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are the latest physicians to give up large traditional medical practices, in which doctors see a patient every 15 to 30 minutes, in favor of a slower pace and potentially higher income in a small concierge practice, Liz Kowalczyk reports in Saturday's Globe.

A month after a Gloucester man challenged a state regulation that bars anyone wearing an insulin pump from being hired as a full-time police officer, state officials have moved to lift the ban, Shelley Murphy writes in Saturday' Globe.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:20 AM
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