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Friday, July 13, 2007

Today's Globe: free care, Blue Cross change, surgeon general hopeful, bad memories, SARS doctor, diabetes drug, John Hogness, Anne McLaren, Donald Michie

For the first time, many low-income patients seeking free care at hospitals will face deductibles and copayments similar to those charged to insured patients, under proposed rules released yesterday that are designed to push more Massachusetts residents to get health insurance.

In an about-face, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts said it is scrapping a new policy that would have allowed owners of small businesses to contribute just one-third of the cost of their employees' health plan premiums.

holsinger100.bmpDr. James Holsinger (left), President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, yesterday insisted that he harbors no bias against homosexuals in spite of his 1991 writings viewed by some as antigay.

Scientists have found evidence that people can actively suppress disturbing memories by choosing not to think about them, a finding that could lead to improved therapies for post-traumatic stress, whose sufferers are haunted by scary memories they can't control.

Jiang Yanyong, a Chinese doctor who exposed the cover up of China's SARS outbreak in 2003, has been barred from traveling to the United States to collect a human rights award, a friend of the doctor and a human rights group said this week.

In the month after a surprising analysis revealed possible heart risks from the blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia, reports of side effects to federal regulators tripled.

hogness85.bmpDr. John Hogness (left), the first president of the Institute of Medicine who shaped it into an unbiased critic of the US health care system, died July 2 of heart and kidney failure at the University of Washington's Wallingford retirement center. He was 85.

Dame Anne McLaren, a leading geneticist, and her former husband, artificial intelligence specialist Donald Michie, died in a car crash Sunday. Dr. McLaren was 80 and Dr. Michie was 84.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:23 AM
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