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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Today's Globe: children's health plan; allergy-free cat sales; coffee, exercise and skin cancer; medicine mistakes; Avandia

The politically charged proposal to extend health insurance to more than 3 million poor and lower-income children nationally -- one of the most ambitious domestic health proposals to come through Congress in the last decade -- unfolded yesterday in the Senate under the shadow of a formal veto threat from President Bush.

kiki and judy smith100.bmpHe looks like a regular cat, white, furry, playful at times, and disinterested at others. But Judy Smith of Westwood swears that her cat, Kiki, is different, and it is not just because she spent about $7,000 to buy him. Kiki, she says, is hypoallergenic, a cat that does not cause her to sniffle and sneeze. Cat geneticists and allergists aren't so sure.

Can adding a cup or two of coffee to the exercise routine increase protection from skin cancer? New research indicates that just might be the case.

Consider it the other drug problem: Millions of people do not take their medicine correctly -- or quit taking it altogether -- and the consequences can be deadly.

Avandia, once the world's top-selling diabetes pill, should remain on the market, federal advisers said yesterday, but many recommended that the drug carry stronger warnings about its heart risks.

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