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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Today's Globe: high radiation in MIT worker, anti-obesity ads, Genzyme dialysis drug, Dr. G. Tom Shires

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inspecting a nuclear reactor facility at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after the facility reported a high radiation reading for a worker, officials said yesterday.

Drunks swimming in gin, smokers in body bags, and dopers living with their parents deep into adulthood. Those are among the public service ads shown in the past. But the government's new batch of obesity spots declines even to show a fat person, let alone wag a finger for gluttony or sloth.

Genzyme Corp. won clearance from US regulators to market Renvela, a medicine for patients on kidney dialysis. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce excess buildup of phosphorus in the body, Genzyme said yesterday

g.%20tom%20shires%2085.bmpDr. G. Tom Shires (left), a leading surgeon and expert on trauma who carried out path-breaking research, helped create the largest burn center in New York City, and trained two generations of surgical leaders, died Thursday in Henderson, Nev. He was 81. He was chief of surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, when President John F. Kennedy was taken there after being shot by Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963. Although efforts to save Kennedy were futile, Dr. Shires successfully operated on Governor John B. Connally Jr. of Texas, who was wounded in the shooting.

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