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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Today's Globe: Katrina doctor, herpes ads, circumcision, menopause pill, Albert Ellis, primary care

anna pou150.bmpA grand jury yesterday refused to indict Dr. Anna M. Pou (left), who was accused of killing four elderly patients in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, ending a case that inflamed public opinion in New Orleans, turned the doctor into a quasi-folk hero, and demoralized an already-shaken medical community.

An ad campaign by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to educate blacks about genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease that is far more common among African-Americans than other racial or ethnic groups, has divided public health authorities and raised complicated questions about race, sex, disease, and commerce.

A US health specialist urged governments worldwide yesterday to endorse circumcision to slow the spread of HIV, saying men without the procedure have a greater risk of contracting the virus from infected female partners.

Wyeth, the world's largest maker of hormone treatments, has unexpectedly failed to win federal approval for its experimental menopause pill, Pristiq.

albert ellis100.bmpAlbert Ellis, whose streamlined, confrontational approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died early yesterday at his home in an apartment above the institute he founded in Manhattan. He was 93.

Even though patients receive 95 percent of their healthcare outside of a hospital, it's just too expensive to be a primary-care doctor in America today, Debra A. Geihsler, president and CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates & Atrius Health, writes in an opinion piece.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:41 AM
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