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Monday, July 30, 2007

In case you missed it: face transplants, aesthetic medicine, Thomas Pyle, system failure, balancing act, South Boston smoking, LSO

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Mike Paganelli was in a fiery crash on the night that
the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. He does not
qualify for the Brigham transplant program run by Dr.
Bohdan Pomahac, his plastic surgeon, and said he would
have doubts about having a face transplant.
(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Brigham and Women's Hospital has given a surgical team permission to perform partial face transplants on certain disfigured patients, making it the second US hospital that has gone public with plans to do this rare and hotly debated procedure, Liz Kowalczyk reports in Sunday's Globe.

A cluster of New England companies is developing drugs and medical devices that will reduce wrinkles and cellulite, grow hair where you want it and remove it where you don't, and help you manage your impulse to overeat, columnist Scott Kirsner writes in Innovation Economy. And while keeping you young and slim may not be as socially redeeming as, say, devising a vaccine for the next flu pandemic, millions of dollars in venture capital funding are flowing into the sector dubbed "aesthetic medicine."

thomas o. pyle85.bmpThomas O. Pyle (left), whose leadership of Harvard Community Health Plan for two decades helped transform the healthcare field and introduced concepts that are commonplace today, died of complications from pancreatic cancer June 18. He was 67.

It's not enough simply to beat up on the bad guys in the health care system; we have to overhaul the system that made them bad in the first place, Jonathon Cohn writes in Ideas.

carole kelley with shannon and mark150.bmpMany families find themselves dealing with a tragedy. The Kelleys of West Newton have suffered a stream of life-altering calamities, but Carole Kelley (at left, with daughter Shannon and husband, Mark) keeps them going in a balancing act of care.

The people who live in the 3 square miles of South Boston are twice as likely to die of lung cancer, on average, than other residents of the city. The neighborhood's lung cancer death rate dwarfs even those of Charlestown and Hyde Park, the next deadliest neighborhoods for lung cancer, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

LSO at Jordan Hall100.bmpThe Longwood Symphony Orhestra (right, in Jordan Hall), established in 1982 by members of the Harvard Medical School community, allows talented amateur musicians to strive for artistic excellence while supporting health-related nonprofit organizations through public performances. Its annual appearance on the Esplanade is set for Aug. 22 at the Hatch Shell.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:34 AM
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