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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Today's Globe: asthma and 9/11, Britain and stents, being uninsured, Benjamin Libet, Rev. James Putney

A new survey of Sept. 11-related illnesses has found an alarming increase in asthma -- 12 times higher than normal -- among those who toiled on the toxic debris piles of ground zero.

British heart doctors are fighting an effort to end government coverage for drug-coated heart stents.

We are all uninsured, when we face the risk that our employer will drop our plan, that Medicare will go bust, that our plan won't cover our needs, that premiums will eat us alive, that our doctor will stop taking our insurance, that long-term care will wipe us out, and that our uninsured friends and family members will need major financial help, Laurence J. Kotlikoff of Boston University writes on the op-ed page.

Benjamin Libet, a physiologist at the University of California at San Francisco whose studies of the brain led to a new understanding of consciousness and free will, died July 23 at his home in Davis. He was 91.

The Rev. James Putney, who used his experiences with pain to aid in his spiritual care to cancer patients, died Aug. 14 at Brotman Medical Center in Los Angeles He was 55.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:44 AM
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