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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Today's Globe: bats, Guantanamo, sex trade, Tysabri, FDA

bat150.bmpHealth officials in East Bridgewater are recruiting a new ally in their fight against mosquito-borne diseases -- an army of bats to scout the night skies and devour the insects in this town of wetlands and woods.

Military doctors violate medical ethics when they approve the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, according to a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

mumbai150.bmpA rare glimpse into the harrowing lives of girls and women forced into India's sex trade found that the youngest among them -- girls age 14 or younger -- faced another cruel risk from their bondage: 60 percent became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration yesterday said the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, sold by Biogen Idec Inc. of Cambridge and Elan Corp. of Ireland, should be approved to treat Crohn's disease.

As Congress finalizes the first major FDA legislation in years, there is momentum for real change, and resistance from powerful forces that like the system the way it is, Susan F. Wood, a former assistant commissioner for women's health at the FDA, and David Michaels, a former assistant secretary of energy for environment, safety, and health, write on the op-ed page.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:41 AM
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