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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Today's Globe: Spence at DSS, neonatal units, medical marijuana, mammograms

Harry Spence, replaced yesterday as commissioner of the state Department of Social Services, wanted more time leading DSS and submitted a written application to Governor Deval Patrick earlier this month.

Thousands of sickly newborns could be saved each year if officials closed some of the nation's smaller neonatal intensive care units, according to a new study that suggests larger hospitals are better able to treat the infants.

A professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who has waged a nearly six-year fight to persuade the government to let him grow marijuana for medical research pressed his case yesterday outside the offices of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Horticulturist Lyle Craker said he wants to boost research into potential medicinal benefits of marijuana.

If mammography is going to continue to save lives, researchers must find out why fewer women, especially those in the critical 50 to 64 age group, are turning away from it, a Globe editorial says.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:21 AM
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