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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Today's Globe: Brockton Hospital violence, encephalitis in NH, Bellevue press, virus in obesity, Teflon in drugs
In the last year, a nurse at Brockton Hospital was kicked to the floor and beaten by a patient, officials said. Other nurses have had their hair pulled. One was punched in the face, and another was threatened with a knife.
A man from Newton, N.H., is this year's first human case of Eastern equine encephalitis in the region, New Hampshire health officials said yesterday.
The 271-year-old Bellevue Hospital is producing literature -- and not just the medical kind. Among the first titles of the Bellevue Literary Press, released this spring, are a novel interweaving themes of sickness and recovery into a 1940s family drama, a collection of editorial cartoons by an accomplished physician-artist, and a nonfiction work that explores the mind-set and meaning of awkwardness.
In the buffet of reasons why Americans are getting fatter, researchers are piling more evidence on the plate for one still-controversial cause: a virus.
Teflon -- the same chemical that keeps eggs from sticking to frying pans -- may let antibiotics produced by frogs fight off drug-resistant infections in humans, researchers said.