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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today's Globe: osteoporosis drug, spine device, candidates on healthcare, dirty hands, retail clinics

A simple treatment for osteoporosis can cut the risk of death following a broken hip by 28 percent, according to a study released last night that confirms a long-recommended but often ignored treatment.

Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. of Foxborough is seeking a special waiver from the Food and Drug Administration to start marketing it to people with acute spinal injuries - without first having to prove the device is effective.

The long-awaited healthcare proposal Hillary Clinton unveiled yesterday is the most high-profile sign of the consensus emerging among the leading Democratic presidential contenders about how to cover 47 million uninsured Americans. Essentially, their answer is moderation.

The gender gap has widened when it comes to hygiene, according to the latest stakeout by the "hand washing police."

In healthcare, convenience and affordability are not always compatible with public health and patient safety, Dr. Bruce Auerbach, president-elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society, writes in an op-ed piece about retail clinics.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:49 AM
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