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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Today's Globe: hooked in the shadows of casinos, treating vets with Homer, tracing ancestry, hospital policies for mentally ill, Adnexus sale, anemia drugs

Amid the promises of robust tax coffers and thousands of new jobs, Governor Deval Patrick and his health secretary acknowledged last week that the administration's bid to bring three casinos to the state comes with a price: addiction. Those concerns are well founded: Research shows that people living within 50 miles of a casino are twice as likely to fall victim to compulsive gambling as those farther away.

jonathan%20shay100.bmpWhen Boston psychiatrist Jonathan Shay (left) wanted to understand the psychological toll of the Vietnam War on the veterans he treated, he turned to the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey." Today, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will announce that Shay, 65, has been selected as a 2007 MacArthur fellow "for his work in using literary parallels from Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' to treat combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans."

Ben Affleck is one of about 20 local luminaries, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, who have volunteered to have their cheeks swabbed for DNA as part of an international effort to better understand ancient human migration.

Mentally ill patients who testified about receiving poor treatment in the emergency rooms of hospitals joined advocates for the mentally ill yesterday urging legislation that would set new state requirements for how psychiatric patients are treated in emergency rooms.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., the pharmaceuticals giant that is building a $750 million biotech manufacturing plant on the site of the former Fort Devens US Army base, yesterday said it will buy Adnexus Therapeutics Inc., a promising Waltham biotechnology company, for $430 million - plus up to $75 million in additional conditional payments - giving Bristol-Myers Squibb its first drug-discovery operations in Massachusetts.

Unless it receives new evidence, Medicare will not reverse its decision to cut reimbursements for best-selling anemia drugs such as Amgen Inc.'s Aranesp.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:59 AM
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