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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Today's Globe: beta-blockers, insurance snag, MHA head, FDA bill, kids' tastes, healthcare disparities

Doctors should stop routinely using beta-blockers to control high blood pressure, said researchers who reviewed dozens of previously published studies and found that other hypertension pills work better and cause fewer side effects.

A total of 950 people got caught in a computer glitch as they tried to enroll in the Commonwealth Care insurance program, according to a state official.

lynn b. nicholas85.jpgBefore she met with the five members of the Massachusetts Hospital Association's CEO Search Committee a few weeks ago, Lynn B. Nicholas (left) did her homework.

The Food and Drug Administration could face a tough new assignment from Congress: Eliminate all conflicts of interest on outside advisory panels whose votes heavily guide the agency's decision-making.

Anything made by McDonald's tastes better, preschoolers said in a study that powerfully demonstrates how advertising can trick the taste buds of young children.

In order to figure out the full breadth of healthcare disparities, and why they exist and what can be done to eliminate them, we must address a critical, yet controversial issue: the gathering of race and ethnicity data on medical patients, Dr. Paul Mendis of Neighborhood Health Plan and Dr. James O'Connell of Boston Health Care For the Homeless write on the op-ed page.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:57 AM
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