Go Red Sox! Help Iraq War vets!

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First, for another super timely digest of health policy blogs, see this week’s edition of Health Wonk Review, hosted by the excellent, Bay State-based Healthcare Technology News.


Two stories of note in the Globe today.

Liz Kowalczyk reports that when some of the Red Sox players made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center last year, they decided they wanted to do more than shake hands and parade their World Series trophy around.

Now that visit in February 2008 has turned into much more. The Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital will announce today the launch of a $6 million program to treat the rising number of men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries and to encourage reluctant veterans to seek services.

Dana Farber
Dana Farber Cancer Center

All that, and a walk-off win last night.

Note the involvement of Dr. Laurence Ronan, who also helped get an injured, 12-year-old boy out of Iraq and into Mass General for treatment. If you haven’t read Kevin Cullen’s heartbreaking series, Rakan’s War, you should.  

(BHN notes that Doonesbury has a new character, Toggle, an Iraq vet recovering from a brain injury.)

And, in the most revolting story of the day, a local biotech company is suing an Oregon university. The company charges that the school did not properly care for monkeys after severing their spinal cords for the company’s experiment.

The lawsuit offers a rare look at the conditions laboratory animals endure in the course of medical research, and the enforcement of the federal law that requires the humane treatment of these animals.



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