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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Today's Globe: TB scare, chocolate, wounded soldier hot line, doctors in terrorist role

andrew speaker100.bmpNew tests show that American lawyer Andrew Speaker (left), who caused an international health scare by traveling with a dangerous form of tuberculosis, has a less severe form of the disease, doctors said yesterday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stood by its earlier test and its action to isolate Speaker. And both Speaker's doctor in Denver and an official with the CDC who appeared at a news conference here said the public health response should be the same to both forms of drug-resistant TB.

hersheys kisses50.bmpHere's some good and bad news for chocoholics: Dark chocolate seems to lower blood pressure, but it requires an amount less than two Hershey's Kisses to do it, a small study suggests.

The Army's new Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline has logged more than 3,500 calls since it was set up three months ago following revelations that Walter Reed Army Medical Center outpatients were languishing in shoddy housing and suffering bureaucratic delays in getting additional care, evaluations, and compensation for wounds, mental problems, and other health issues.

The general public often is shocked to see that doctors -- the world's healers -- can become militants or even terrorist killers. But some experts believe it is part of a socioeconomic trend in which wealthy families highly educate their sons, who sometimes become radical and have the education they need to become leaders.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:53 AM
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