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Hospital noise hinders recovery

Studies suggest that patients need peace and quiet to heal, yet hospitals are some of the noisiest places around.


Taking steps to lower noise for patient comfort

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has taken measures to quiet some of the usual hospital noises.

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Globe Magazine | The Medical Issue

The C-section boom

One obstetrician explores why hospitals’ rates can vary so widely – from 15 percent to 45 percent in Massachusetts – and whether anyone should care.

Daily Dose

Frightful hazards lurk on Halloween night

Forget poisoned candy, there’s a far bigger danger on Halloween: kids getting hit by cars while racing across the street.

Patrick urges patience as crews work to restore power

Governor Patrick said utility crews were “making progress” on restoring power to some of the 519,000 customers affected, but state officials warned outages could last until Friday.

Politico: Cain faced sexual harassment charges

Politico reported last night that Herman Cain faced allegations of sexual harassment from two women in the 1990s, prompting financial settlements.

Tom Brady

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots don’t scare anyone with broken defense

It’s hard to believe the Patriots were favored against the Steelers. Once again they look like a team that will exit in the first round of the playoffs.

Councilor candidates fight 2 battles

Rumors about past problems follow Frank Baker and John K. O’Toole as the Dorchester residents battle for the open District 3 seat on the City Council.


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Powering up the Easthampton landfill

Closed landfills, like the one in Easthampton, prove to be desirable sites for solar panels, and installations could help the state meet its long-range goals for renewable energy.


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BU physicist H. Eugene Stanley (left) and Boris Podobnik, a visiting scholar, proposed a new model to understand credit rating changes.

Mixing physics, economics to gauge risk

Boston University physicist H. Eugene Stanley and his collaborators are proposing a better model for predicting the likelihood of big fluctuations in credit ratings.


Ron Paul pursues a unique agenda.

Despite fiery base, Paul’s spark yet to spread

Ron Paul’s harsh critique of US overseas commitments has kept him from winning more support among the GOP’s powerful Tea Party wing.

Nation & World

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 Ramona Keil embraced one of her grandchildren yesterday in Atchison, Kan., as they waited to hear news of her son Travis, who was missing after an explosion at a grain elevator.

3 dead in Kansas grain elevator blast

Crews suspended their search yesterday for three people missing after a thunderous explosion at a Kansas grain elevator that killed three workers.


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On Football

Mark Anderson and the Patriots fell to 5-2 after yesterday’s loss.

Humbling by Steelers shows Patriots aren’t NFL elite

The Patriots have won and will win a lot of games, and that is a credit to coach Bill Belichick. But against teams with a certain formula, they can’t compete.

Health and wellness

G force

John McDonough, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Ensuring health care insurance

John McDonough, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, has just published a new book, "Inside National Health Reform."