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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Today's Globe: cancer DNA damage, child health plan, healthcare helpline, home smoking, stents

An international team led by a Boston researcher yesterday unveiled the most detailed look ever at the genetic ravages inside a lung tumor, finding at least one target for drug research and laying the foundation for an ambitious - and controversial - federal effort to identify all the DNA damage that causes major cancers.

Democrats and healthcare advocates are expressing increasing confidence that their emphasis on expanding children's health insurance - a measure already vetoed once by President Bush - has succeeded in putting healthcare on the national agenda.

People seeking help with the state's new subsidized health insurance plan are overwhelming the phone center set up to serve them, leaving 10 to 20 percent of calls unanswered in recent weeks.

A growing movement to restrict smoking in apartments and condominiums is having some success.

Patients who received drug-eluting stents were no more likely to die or suffer a heart attack than those who got bare-metal versions, researchers found in a large US study that adds to the debate over the safety of the artery-opening devices.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:54 AM
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