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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

On the blogs: furry lab supplies, messy doctors, changing healthcare

On Lab Life at Nature Network Boston, virology Ph.D. student Anna Kushnir describes getting used to mice as pieces of lab equipment that try to bite her.

"Curiously enough, my comfort with mice and mouse work does not extend beyond the lab," she writes.

On Nurse at small, Betsy Baumgartner asks about dress codes for doctors in light of conversations about uniforms for nurses at the Boston teaching hospital where she works.

"Just tonight there was a resident up on the floor reading a chart with his iPod on, visibly in both ears, while wearing a running jacket over his scrubs," she writes. "How unprofessional is that!"

On WBUR's CommonHealth, Andrew Dreyfus, executive vice president for health care services for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, argues that other states can do what Massachusetts is doing under its new healthcare law.

"Each state can try to capture the significant amount of money spent to care for the uninsured and use it to support coverage for low wage workers and others who cannot afford health insurance," he writes. "We are demonstrating that health care reform -– despite its infamous complexity -- does not defy solutions."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 10:18 AM
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