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State officials weigh changes in drug compounding laws

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – State health officials and legislators are taking steps and considering other changes to prevent a repeat of a national meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham-based compounding pharmacy.

A first step came Wednesday when state health officials announced all compounding pharmacy companies will be required to file an affidavit swearing compliance with state laws and regulations.

“Today the board of pharmacy issued an alert to all compounding pharmacies in the commonwealth to reinforce for them the rules they must abide by in Massachusetts,” said Madeline Biondolillo, an official with the Department of Public Health at a news conference.
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Job creation tactics suggested in report

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – Massachusetts can create more jobs by investing in infrastructure and public education, training workers caught in a skills gap and marketing state goods and services, according to the final report of the Legislature’s Jobs Creation Commission.

Commission co-chairwoman Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, released the report at the State House Wednesday.

“It will be, it has been already, a blueprint for us continuing to get out of the recession,” she said.

Created during the height of the recession in 2008, the commission held hearings across the state to conduct a review of the Massachusetts economy and recommend strategies for job creation.
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Former opponents agree: Right to Repair ballot question is moot

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – Opponents in the once bitter debate over having a “Right to Repair” automobiles joined forces at a news conference Thursday to tell voters to forget about Ballot Question 1.

The unusual unity between former foes comes after compromise legislation was passed by the Legislature in late July that satisfied both sides of the issue.

“We’re here today to educate voters and car owners about this powerful new Right to Repair law,” said Arthur Kinsman, spokesman of the Massachusetts Right to Repair coalition that put Question 1 on the ballot.
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Framingham Heart Study praised for ongoing health contributions

Monday, October 1st, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – The Framingham Heart Study continues to make significant contributions to women’s health research, including Alzheimer’s prevention work, state legislators and medical professionals were told at a Boston University School of Medicine roundtable Tuesday.

“The Framingham Heart Study has been absolutely central to our understanding of what the precursors are for heart disease,” said Emelia Benjamin, a cardiovascular professor at BU and researcher at the Framingham Heart Study. “Framingham has shared more of its data than virtually any other study in the world.”

Praise for the decades-long research came during “Meeting the Needs of Women and Children in our Communities,” a seminar that brought medical practitioners and politicians together to discuss current research and possible medical and policy solutions.
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Janitors union nears strike

Monday, October 1st, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – Janitors who clean the corporate headquarters of Bose, Genzyme, TJ Maxx and other major MetroWest-based companies are ready to strike on Monday if negotiations for a new contract aren’t successful.

The contract for roughly 14,000 janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire expires on Sept. 30. Over the weekend, union members authorized their negotiating committee to call a strike if the deadline is reached without a new contract.

The last time the janitor’s union went on strike was in 2002, when a four-week strike drew national attention.
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Report: one-third of Mass. high school seniors unprepared for college

Monday, October 1st, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – Massachusetts high school seniors lead the nation in reading and math tests and enroll in college at one of the highest rates, but one-third are unprepared for college-level work, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Higher Education.

The report, called “Time to Lead,” is the first time the state compared data from all of Massachusetts’ 29 public universities and colleges to figures from other states. It is a part of the “Vision Project” adopted by the state higher education board two years ago that establishes a data-driven effort to become a national leader in public higher education.

“We have to recognize that we are competing today not just with North Carolina and California, but with China and Brazil and India,” Gov. Deval Patrick said at the release of the report at the State House.
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