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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Today's Globe: health law poll, chronic illnesses, children's mental health, law and disorder, Pfizer case

The state's health insurance initiative gets strong support from Massachusetts residents, even though most believe it will result in higher taxes, according to a poll of 1,003 people being released today.

The number of American children with chronic illnesses has quadrupled since the time when some of their parents were children, portending more disability and higher health costs for a new generation of adults, a study said.

Joseph Biederman 100.bmpFour-year-old Rebecca Riley allegedly died of an overdose given to her by her parents, a tragedy that has little to do with any specific disorder, Dr. Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, chief of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Michael S. Jellinek, chief of child psychiatry at MGH, write on the op-ed page. It is appalling that Dr. Joseph Biederman's (left) distinguished lifelong work caring for children has been dragged into this fray, they say.

When it was founded nearly 30 years ago, Boston-based Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers functioned as a support group for attorneys with drinking problems. Today, attorneys and other legal professionals contact LCL mainly for help battling depression.

Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical maker, said a Nigerian court ruled against adding more claims to allegations that the company improperly tested a meningitis drug on children in 1996.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:30 AM
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