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Friday, October 26, 2007

Today's Globe: surgical mistakes, Sox sleep deprivation, Harvard Pilgrim on top, Watson exit, SCHIP bill, post-9/11 death

Despite more than a decade of efforts by hospitals and regulators to prevent such surgical errors, they remain a persistent problem. Hospitals reported 36 instances when doctors performed the wrong procedure or operated on the wrong site or wrong patient between January 2005 and last month, according to documents the Globe requested from the state Department of Public Health.

sleep%20on%20bench%20150.bmpRed Sox Nation (including Gary Yessayan, left, who catnapped at North Station yesterday after working at Fenway Park) may be losing more than just sleep over the World Series. More studies are showing that lack of sleep can wreak harm in all kinds of ways, from increasing the risk of car accidents to lowering defenses against illness.

For the third year running, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care was named the best health insurance company in the country, according to rankings compiled by the respected nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance for US News and World Report magazine.

James D. Watson, the eminent biologist who ignited an uproar last week with remarks about the intelligence of people of African descent, retired yesterday as chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island and from its board.

In a deepening conflict with the White House, Democrats pushed a revised children's health bill through the House yesterday but lacked the votes to overcome a threatened second-straight veto by President Bush.

New York City's medical examiner concluded that the misuse of pills, not the dust of ground zero, caused the lung disease that killed a man who became an example of post-Sept. 11 illness, the examiner's spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:58 AM
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