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Monday, July 23, 2007
Today's Globe: Alzheimer's gap, folic acid, new spacesuit, Maine staph infections, Carol London
Maritza Ciliberto (left, with her mother) is reaching out to Latinos and teaching health professionals how to address cultural barriers to dementia care, part of a stepped up effort nationally by the Alzheimer's Association and others.
Adding folic acid to most breads, pastas, rice, and other grain-based foods has been a spectacular success in preventing neural tube birth defects, but it may have also led to an unintended consequence: an estimated 15,000 more cases of colon and rectal cancer each year than there otherwise might have been, a study suggests.
The BioSuit, a prototype spacesuit recently completed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the first new look for astronauts in more than four decades, replacing the lumpy, awkward 300-pound outfit with something worthy of a super hero.
Orrie Friedman (left), a pioneer of biotechnology, dreams of developing a viable treatment for Alzheimer's disease, which contributed to his brother's death three years ago, and endowing a biomedicine institute at Brandeis University in his name.
From bringing healthcare to housing projects and raising awareness in the medical community and among patients during early years of AIDS to obstetrics and gynecology work in recent years, Carol London (left) wore many uniforms during a career of helping others in their time of need. Mrs. London, 55, died of cancer July 12 at her Newton home.