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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Today's Globe: McLean order, flu funds fight, lead in lipstick, former Mass. surgeon, Taxol questions, statins
The Department of Public Health directed McLean Hospital yesterday to investigate whether its former president, Dr. Jack M. Gorman, sexually abused any patients at the hospital, one day after his medical license was indefinitely suspended in New York for "inappropriate sexual contact" with an unidentified patient.
Public-health officials and a leading legislator are resuming their lobbying effort to buy thousands of additional hospital beds, breathing machines, and doses of medication to prepare for a global influenza epidemic.
Parents worried about the dangers of lead in their children's toys, bibs, and homes are about to be confronted with a new potential hazard: their lipstick.
A lawyer for a Kentucky woman whose husband died after gallbladder surgery at a VA hospital in southern Illinois says the VA's hiring of the surgeon with a questionable record in Massachusetts is "the most egregious" concern in the case.
The widely used chemotherapy drug Taxol does not work for the most common form of breast cancer and helps far fewer patients than has been believed, new research suggests.
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs help prevent heart attacks for at least a decade after people stop taking them, the first long-term study of the world's top-selling type of medication found.