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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Today's Globe: cancer vaccine, Zachary Carson, Ebola outbreak, SEIU effort, South Shore gift
New data shows a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer partially blocks infection by 10 strains of the virus on top of the four types the vaccine targets.
When Zachary Carson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 17, he tried to make life better for those who would follow, using his case to help raise about $220,000 for research into diffuse pontine glioma, the rare pediatric cancer with which he had been diagnosed. Mr. Carson died of respiratory failure yesterday in his Newton home. He was 19.
International medical personnel and supplies are being airlifted to a remote region of central Democratic Republic of Congo to combat what threatens to become the world's most serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in years.
The Service Employees International Union will step up its Boston hospital organizing efforts today when members are expected to hand out leaflets in the Longwood Medical Area.
Braintree real estate entrepreneur Francis X. Messina has donated $2.25 million to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth (second item).