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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Today's Globe: Carney fate, formerly conjoined twins, senior healthcare choices, teen drug use, CDC testimony, Dr. Spencer N. Frankl

Caritas Christi Health System Inc., the troubled hospital chain owned by the Archdiocese of Boston, is considering closing or selling 144-year-old Caritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester because its performance is predicted to fall about $7 million short of expectations this year, according to an internal document obtained by the Globe.

twins%20and%20tye.jpgThey sing their ABCs and play with an energy that is almost exhausting to watch. It's hard to believe that 6-year-olds Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim (left, with Ray Tye) were once conjoined twins, confined to a bed and condemned to die. A 34-hour surgery saved their lives four years ago. Yesterday, the boys got to meet Eileen and Ray Tye, the couple who run the Braintree-based foundation that gave them another chance.

Massachusetts health insurers are promoting a new type of Medicare coverage for seniors in 2008 that potentially offers better coverage than traditional government-sponsored Medicare. The new plans, called private fee-for-service, also raise questions about the long-term direction of Medicare because they cost more than traditional coverage but are not held to higher quality and efficiency standards.

Teenagers who smoke are five times more likely to drink and 13 times more likely to use marijuana, according to a report issued yesterday.

The White House significantly edited congressional testimony given yesterday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential risks, according to two sources familiar with the documents.

spencer%20n.%20frankl%2085.bmpThirty years ago, Spencer N. Frankl (left) became the second dean of Boston University's School of Dental Medicine and set about making a good thing better. Dr. Frankl, a pediatric dentist who helped generations of children learn that a visit to the dentist was nothing to fear, died Saturday at his Brookline home. He was 73 and had been diagnosed with a brain tumor about a year ago.

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