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Friday, August 24, 2007
Today's Globe: health insurance suit, out-of-body experience, disease travel, sunscreen, flu shots, Dr. James Melby
Attorney General Martha Coakley yesterday filed a revised complaint against a group of health insurance companies stating that the firms denied policyholders benefits required by law, disclosed confidential patient information, and used unfair and deceptive sales practices.
Using virtual reality goggles, a camera, and a stick, scientists have induced out-of-body experiences -- the sensation of drifting outside one's body -- in healthy people, according to experiments being published in the journal Science.
New infectious diseases are emerging at an "unprecedented rate," and far greater human mobility -- by planes, trains, and ships -- means that infectious diseases have the potential to spread across the globe rapidly, a World Health Organization report warned yesterday.
Sun lotions should be required to carry new ratings letting consumers compare for the first time how well the products guard against a form of skin-damaging ultraviolet rays, US regulators said.
GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Novartis AG, two of the world's biggest vaccine makers, may have bet on the wrong technology in the race to develop a better flu shot. The drug makers are building US factories to grow influenza virus in animal cells as an advance over the decades-old technique of using chicken eggs. Now a small, privately held biotechnology company may leapfrog ahead of them with a more advanced method using DNA.