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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Today's Globe: ex-McLean chief, meningitis death, low fat and ovarian cancer, migraine pill and alcoholics, Israeli doctors and Iraqi patients
Former president of Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital Dr. Jack M. Gorman (left), who abruptly left his post last year without explanation, has admitted to "inappropriate sexual contact" with a patient that led to a personal crisis while he was running the prestigious psychiatric hospital, according to documents and an associate of the psychiatrist.
Like most incoming freshmen, Bentley College freshman Erin M. Ortiz (left) was vaccinated against bacterial meningitis last summer. But it protects only about 85 percent of recipients and is not effective against all strains of the bacteria that cause infection in the brain and spinal fluid, which can result in brain damage, hearing loss, learning disability, or death.
Cutting dietary fat may also cut the risk of ovarian cancer, says a study of nearly 40,000 older women that found the first hard evidence that menu changes protect against this particularly lethal cancer.
A migraine pill seems to help alcoholics taper off their drinking without detox treatment, offering a potential option for an addiction that is difficult to treat, researchers say.
Israeli doctors screened 40 Iraqi children suffering from heart disease yesterday - a rare case of direct cooperation between the Jewish state and the Arab country.