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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Today's Globe: abortion clinic buffers, Gulf War nerve gas, Genzyme MS drug, baldness remedy, West Nile birds, "Patient 002"

A bill that would nearly double the buffer zone around abortion clinics appears poised for passage on Beacon Hill, with Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and dozens of legislators pledging their support.

The Food and Drug Administration will allow Genzyme Corp. to continue human tests of a new multiple sclerosis drug that caused a fatal bleeding disease in one trial patient, the company said yesterday.

Scientists working with the Department of Defense have found evidence that a low-level exposure to sarin nerve gas -- the kind experienced by more than 100,000 American troops in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 -- could have caused lasting brain deficits in former service members.

Mice with deep skin wounds can grow new hair, scientists said yesterday in a finding that offers hope for a baldness remedy for humans.

Birds that once flourished in suburban skies, including robins, bluebirds, and crows, have been devastated by West Nile virus, a study found.

"Patient 002" is a lighthearted, fast-paced, and at times absurdist medical thriller that looks askance at conventional medicine and embraces holistic healing, Globe reviewer Chuck Leddy writes. Author Floyd Skloot has a highly personal relationship with severe illness, which he described in his award-winning memoir, "In the Shadow of Memory."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:27 AM
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