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Thursday, February 15, 2007
Today's Globe: bipolar labels for children, HPV vaccine, spray flu vaccine, gastric bypass case
The case of Rebecca Riley highlights a hot debate in psychiatric circles over the growing number of children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder -- a battle centered largely in Boston but affecting the treatment of young patients nationwide.
Senator Richard Moore's bill making it mandatory for girls entering sixth grade to receive vaccination against the virus that causes cervical cancer deserves approval from the Legislature, a Globe editorial says.
A new version of the nasal spray vaccine FluMist is better at preventing influenza than traditional flu shots in older babies and children, according to a study sponsored by its maker, MedImmune Vaccines Inc.
Former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said that he has limited feeling in both feet and experiences pain when he stands for extended stretches. Yesterday was the second day of testimony in Weis's malpractice lawsuit, which claims Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons acted negligently by allowing Weis to bleed internally for 30 hours after the procedure June 14, 2002. Defense attorneys have said that the doctors cared properly for Weis, and that he experienced one of the known complications from the surgery.