Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on April 29, 2011

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Third face transplant at Brigham
Apr 27 2011, Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe
Only a week or so ago, Mitch Hunter received a new face at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in a 14-hour operation requiring a 30-person team. The Indiana man is just the fourth face transplant recipient in the United States, but he is already out of the hospital, recovering in a nearby apartment.

 

Racial gap cited in Calif. maternal mortality
Apr 27 2011, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Maternal mortality is on the rise in California, with African-American mothers roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in any other racial or ethnic groups, state health officials reported yesterday.

 

Tufts, Saint Vincent nurses plan May 6 strike
April 26 2011, Robert Weisman, Boston Globe
The union representing registered nurses at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester yesterday notified both health care providers that it plans a one-day strike on May 6 to dramatize the nurses’ demand for higher staffing levels.

 

Blacks more willing to spend all for cancer care
Apr 27 2011, USA Today
Blacks and other minorities with cancer are more likely than whites to say they would spend everything they have on aggressive treatments that might prolong their lives, a study found.

 

U.S. Seeks New Limits on Food Ads for Children
Apr 28 2011, New York Times
The federal government proposed sweeping new guidelines on Thursday that could push the food industry to overhaul how it advertises cereal, soda pop, snacks, restaurant meals and other foods to children.

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