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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, February 26, 2007

In case you missed it over the weekend: retired caregivers step in, a day at Newton-Wellesley, questions about Celebrex, help at home for mentally ill kids, DPH blasts Tufts obesity plan

Volunteers with Bedside Advocates will not practice medicine. Instead, they aim to provide comfort and compassion while helping fragile and elderly patients navigate the increasingly complex medical system by accompanying them to the doctor's office, the hospital, and the nursing home.

A large hospital like Newton-Wellesley resembles a city within a city. It has its own rhythms, a workday, a night life, and a vast array of citizens -- from professionals to floor cleaners to engineers to volunteers, from wealthy to poor, and, of course, from the sick and the healthy. A day in the life of the hospital, with an audio slideshow.

Also from Sunday: How safe is Celebrex? The FDA has thousands of accounts suggesting the painkiller may be linked to heart attacks. Critics are unsure if the flaw is in drug or agency's reporting system.

And from Saturday: A federal judge has accepted the state's plan to fix its system of care for poor mentally ill children, with Massachusetts authorities promising comprehensive services at youngsters' homes, rather than stranding them in institutions or ignoring them altogether.

Also from Saturday: The Department of Public Health sharply criticized Tufts Health Plan's new rules for treating morbidly obese patients, saying they may make it more difficult for patients to have potentially lifesaving surgery.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:28 AM
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