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Monday, October 29, 2007
Today's Globe: power of music, old drug and new hope, pediatrician's cough conundrum, overdue kudos
Just why evolution would have endowed our brains with the neural machinery to make music is a mystery. What is clear is that the brain is abundantly wired to process music.
Blake Althaus (left) wasn't expected to live much past his second birthday. A genetic disorder was weakening muscles throughout his body, as well as his aorta, the main artery from his heart - leaving him lethargic and nearly immobile. Then a Baltimore researcher following a medical hunch, discovered that a years-old blood pressure medication seemed to reverse the symptoms of his disease, known as Marfan syndrome.
In my 30 years as a pediatrician, the only side effects I've seen from the cough medications - including the ones pulled by drug companies - were occasional sleepless nights (rather than drowsiness) caused by antihistamines, writes Dr. Victoria Rogers McEvoy, is chief of pediatrics and medical director of the Mass. General West Medical Group and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. William Hinton (left) developed the test for syphilis in 1927. But the son of slaves, he kept a low profile because of the racism of his time. Forty-eight years after Hinton's death, the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative will honor Hinton's contributions to healthcare on Nov. 13.