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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Today's Globe: home healthcare workers, Pan-Mass. record, Iraq veterans, anemia drugs
Thousands of home health assistants in Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted to join the powerful Service Employees International Union, giving the union strong momentum as it moves toward its larger goal of attempting to organize about 55,000 workers at Boston's teaching hospitals.
Again breaking its records, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge this year raised more than twice the amount ever contributed to charity by an athletic fund-raising event in the United States - $33 million - and for the first time will donate the whole sum to cancer care and research, according to organizers of the annual bicycle ride.
Physicians for Social Responsibility predicted yesterday that healthcare for Iraq veterans could top $650 billion, another warning of a looming social crisis as thousands of veterans struggle with mental and physical disabilities and other disruptions to family life.
Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson have strengthened warnings about the risks, including death and stroke, associated with their blockbuster anemia drugs.