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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Today's Globe: Hepatitis C, biotech lures, Fox appeal, stent failure, Edward Schulman, pigs in China

Hepatitis C infections among Massachusetts adolescents and young adults rose dramatically from 2001 to 2005, new data show, prompting health officials to warn doctors statewide to screen and educate patients about the blood-borne disease.

This week's annual Biotechnology Industry Organization conference has become the premier international gathering not of doctors or biologists, but of economic development forces looking for a cut of the high-tech, high-salary life-sciences business that is crucial to Massachusetts' economic engine.

fox 150.bmpActor Michael J. Fox (left) appealed to scientists and investors yesterday to aggressively translate scientific research into creative treatments for debilitating diseases, including the Parkinson's disease he has fought for more than a decade.

Conor Medsystems, a maker of heart stents that was recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson Inc., said its CoStar drug-infused stent failed in a clinical trial against Boston Scientific's Taxus Express drug-coated stent.

Dr. Edward Schulman,
a longtime Newton resident and an internist at New England Medical Center for more than 30 years, died of cancer April 22 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 83.

A mysterious epidemic is killing pigs in southeastern China, but international and Hong Kong authorities said yesterday that the Chinese government was providing little information about it or the contaminated wheat gluten that has caused death and illness in animals.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:20 AM
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