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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Today's Globe: junk-food ban, prostate cancer test, Army outpatient boost
A prestigious scientific panel yesterday urged the government to ban soft drinks, sugary snacks and other junk food from schools, saying the typical fare available in vending machines, at snack bars, and at class birthday parties is contributing to the growing obesity of America's children.
A new prostate cancer test that relies on measuring levels of a blood protein called EPCA-2 accurately found cancer 94 percent of the time, a significant improvement over the current PSA test, according to a study released yesterday.
The Army said yesterday that it was hiring case managers and boosting oversight at military facilities, an announcement made after a new internal review concluded poor outpatient care extended beyond Walter Reed Army Medical Center.