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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Today's Globe: homeless man's bond, TB treatment, Harvard Pilgrim campaign

patrick%20conway%20100.bmpA homeless man with virtually nothing to his name turned out to have a lot to offer others. As his support team came to know Patrick Conway (left) better, and as he focused more clearly on the time he had left once he learned he would die of liver cancer, an unusual bond formed between caregivers and patient.

In the 1990s, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the big doctors group, was part of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the big health insurer. Harvard Pilgrim would like you to forget all about that slice of history, and it's spending $4 million on the company's largest advertising campaign of the year to drive home the point.

New research gives hope for successfully treating tuberculosis in a few months rather than the six months or more currently needed to beat the contagious lung disease, doctors reported yesterday.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:58 AM
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