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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Today's Globe: bitten girl, iPods in storm, nursing school freeze, smoking cessation, GE, Abbott unit deal off

dr.alice newton150.bmpDr. Alice Newton (left), a Children's Hospital Boston doctor who examined a 3-year-old girl whose upper lip was bitten off, testified yesterday in New Bedford District Court that hospital staffers had to persuade the Department of Social Services not to send the child home, where her mother had allegedly failed to stop months of physical abuse by her boyfriend.

iPod burn150.bmpListen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums, and a broken jaw when lightning traveled through his music player's wires. Last summer, Colorado teen Jason Bunch (left, holding his lightning-burned shoe with his mother, Kelly Risheill) was hurt when lightning struck nearby as he was listening to his iPod while mowing the lawn.

State regulators yesterday upheld a freeze on admissions for the spring term in the nursing program at Massachusetts Bay Community College, but declined to issue stiffer sanctions because of the college's pledge to make substantial changes.

A coalition of state lawmakers and activists is promoting legislation that would restore a trust fund for tobacco prevention and bolster smoking cessation programs.

General Electric Co., the world's biggest maker of medical-imaging machines, and Abbott Laboratories broke off an agreement for GE to buy some of Abbott's diagnostics units for $8.13 billion.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:39 AM
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