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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Today's Globe: stem cell ban, DMR chief, tainted food, vaccine gaps, VA care, Caritas lawyer

The state Department of Public Health will propose this morning the scrapping of restrictions on stem cell research that generated widespread concern among scientists who feared criminal penalties for conducting certain kinds of laboratory work.

A large contingent of House lawmakers, led by a top lieutenant to House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, is demanding that Governor Deval Patrick reinstate Gerald Morrissey, the commissioner of the Department of Mental Retardation.

Thousands of hogs in at least five states and poultry at a Missouri farm ate salvage pet food that had been laced with an industrial chemical, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday, opening potential avenues for the contaminant to enter the human food supply.

While the new vaccine Prevnar has all but eradicated common causes of pneumonia, meningitis, and ear infections in children, new strains of bacteria not covered by the vaccine have emerged, US researchers said yesterday.

Injured soldiers and veterans grappling with Veterans Affairs backlogs and red tape will now fill out less paperwork, get more screenings for brain injury, and go through an improved disability claims system, a presidential task force said yesterday.

Kevin Phelan lasted only one week after being named chairman of Caritas Christi Health Care System. His sin: wanting to replace Wilson D. Rogers Jr., the hospital's controversial long time lawyer and his firm, columnist Steve Bailey writes.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:26 AM
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