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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Today's Globe: psychiatry on call, ovary removal, asthma control, free care limits

The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project, the first of its kind in the nation, allows virtually any Massachusetts doctor who treats children to call for an immediate consultation about any patient's mental health -- for free.

Women who have their ovaries removed before menopause run a higher risk of developing dementia or other mental problems later in life -- unless they take estrogen until age 50, a study suggests.

Breathing easier without limiting activities is the goal of new government guidelines that urge more attention to asthma sufferers' day-to-day symptoms, not just their severe attacks.

After extending healthcare coverage to more than 150,000 previously uninsured residents over the past year, Massachusetts health reform took a turn for the worse this month with the Patrick administration's proposal to limit the state's Free Care Pool, Benjamin Day, executive director of Mass-Care: The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, writes on the op-ed page.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:46 AM
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