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Monday, July 30, 2007

Today's Globe: black teeth, hearing and SIDS, crowd farming, extreme work and play, lowering nicotine, ambulance contract, stem cell tests, MS genes, AIDS in Botswana, Daniel Bernstein, Howard Judd

el tejar child150.bmpEcuadoran children, lead-poisoned by their parents' livelihood, still manage to lead fairly normal lives. A Harvard doctor who has been helping them wonders how they've done so well in what he calls the village of the black teeth, a sign of dangerously high lead levels.

Researchers who reviewed the medical records of five dozen Rhode Island babies are posing this intriguing question: Could a simple hearing test predict the newborns who are likely to succumb to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

MIT architecture students James Graham and Thaddeus Jusczyk propose the Crowd Farm to generate electricity by capturing the energy people create in such simple motions as walking, running or jumping.

walt kagan100.bmpDuring the week, Dr. Walt Kagan (left) heads New England's largest private cancer care network, with 10 community-based cancer care offices across the state. And then there's the weekend. Whenever he can, Kagan, 57, rides mountain bikes on some of the world's most challenging trails and hikes up dangerous peaks for the thrill of skiing down them.

Also in Health/Science, is resveratol on the market and can humans use chlorophyll?

In Business & Innovation, legal and technological changes are in sight to dramatically reduce nicotine, the addictive property in tobacco products.

The union representing employees of a private ambulance company that serves 40 New England communities called off today's strike after reaching a tentative agreement with American Medical Response yesterday, parties from both sides announced.

US scientists in the past year have developed several methods for creating embryonic stem cells without having to destroy human embryos. But some who wish to test their alternatively derived cells have found themselves stymied by an unexpected barrier: President Bush's stem cell policy.

After decades of dead ends, scientists have identified two genes that might raise the risk of multiple sclerosis, providing insight into the causes of the debilitating disease.

Chandapiwa Mavundu100.bmpA decadelong, global push to provide infant formula to mothers with the AIDS virus had backfired in Botswana, leaving children more vulnerable to other, more immediately lethal diseases, the US team found after investigating the outbreak at the request of Botswana's government. In one example of the policy, Chandapiwa Mavundu, 28 (left), has HIV and didn't breast-feed her son because nurses warned her not to. He died at 8 months.

daniel bernstein85.bmpDr. Daniel S. Bernstein (left), a researcher turned academic, always kept a clinical practice going and during the past 51 years developed the kind of wide-ranging diagnostic skills that are as rare today as a doctor who makes house calls. He died Wednesday, two days after bidding farewell to his patients in a letter. He was 80 and had lived in Cambridge and in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard.

Dr. Howard Judd, a researcher who oversaw a groundbreaking national study of the medical problems of older women and who questioned the early termination of a landmark clinical trial investigating the effects of hormone-replacement therapy for women, has died in California. He was 71.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:38 AM
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