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Friday, February 23, 2007

Today's Globe: reaction to Levy's blog, salmonella in peanut butter confirmed, Texas leader's vaccine ties, pay for egg donors

On his blog Running a Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy challenged other hospitals to publicize teir monthly central line infection rates, a step that is also being pushed nationally by patient advocates. The infections, which come from intravenous tubing inserted by staff, can cause serious harm and even death. The Globe asked several other Boston teaching hospitals if they would release their infection rates, which they have collected internally for years. They all said no, at least for now, but added they expect to in the near future.

Testing of peanut butter jars obtained from people sickened by salmonella has confirmed the presence of the dangerous germ, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday.

Texas Governor Rick Perry yesterday angrily defended his relationship with Merck & Co. and his executive order requiring that 11- and 12-year-old girls receive the drugmaker's vaccine against the sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Perry's chief of staff had met with key aides about the vaccine on Oct. 16, the same day Merck's political action committee donated $5,000 to the governor's campaign.

The British government has approved a plan to allow women to donate eggs for stem cell and cloning research and to be compensated for it -- an action that scientists hope will improve the supply of eggs.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:31 AM
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