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Friday, September 7, 2007

Today's Globe: bioterror drill, Blue Cross chairman, suicide rate for girls, Vioxx case, toy safety, Dr. Ann E. Kelley

White cardboard boxes small enough to fit in a medicine cabinet will be delivered Sept. 23 to the mailboxes and doorsteps of more than 23,000 Boston households.The packages will be empty, but they be tangible evidence of how effectively and swiftly antibiotics can be delivered if terrorists attack with anthrax.

William C. Van Faasen will step down as chairman of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts on Dec. 31 and will be replaced by Cleve L. Killingsworth, the health insurer's chief executive.

The suicide rate among preteen and young teenage girls spiked 76 percent, a disturbing change that federal health officials say they cannot fully explain.

In a major legal victory for Merck & Co. in its massive Vioxx litigation, New Jersey's Supreme Court yesterday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit that could have cost the drug maker up to $18 billion.

Acknowledging a growing crisis of public confidence caused by a series of recent recalls, the nation's largest toy makers have taken the unusual step of asking the federal government to impose mandatory safety testing standards for all toys sold in the United States.

ann%20e.%20kelley%2085%202.bmpMilton native Dr. Ann E. Kelley (left), one of the first neuroscientists to find neurological similarities between obesity and drug addiction, died Aug. 5 at her home in Madison, Wis., 16 months after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She was 53.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:59 AM
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