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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Today's Globe: senior group homes, disparities grant, lab accidents, essential medicines

Home health aide Edith Kabugo gave Thomas Patrick
Donagher orange juice as he relaxed at a group home
in Peabody, where he lives with three other frail seniors.
(Yoon S. Byun/ Globe Staff)

Nestled in a neighborhood of neatly kept houses, four frail seniors in Peabody are pioneering an alternative to nursing homes. Similar to group homes for the mentally ill and mentally retarded that helped thousands move out of institutions, the model is designed to serve seniors too frail or disabled to live safely on their own or in assisted living, but who don't need - or want - the round-the-clock nursing of a large facility.

The federal government is promising to give Boston more than $4 million during the next five years to further address healthcare disparities and to export what has worked here to other cities across New England.

American laboratories handling deadly germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing as more labs do the work.

Universities must honor their social role by joining the movement to ensure that patients worldwide have access to life-saving drugs that have been funded by the American public and discovered by American scientists working in American universities, Rachel Kiddell-Monroe and Ethan Guillen of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines write on the op-ed page, urging Harvard and MIT to turn promises of their commitment from words into action.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:57 AM
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