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Health & wellness

Study may have exposed Boston seniors to increased risk of falling

A leading medical journal Thursday published an unprecedented “Expression of Concern” regarding the conduct of scientists on a study that, federal regulators concluded, may have ­exposed more than 1,000 elderly nursing home residents in Massa­chusetts and elsewhere to an increased risk of falling.

The statement from the Journal of the American Medical ­Association, which a spokeswoman confirmed was the first in its 129-year history, said that the scientists at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston and two other insti­tutions were not “forthcoming” with journal editors about the potential risks when editors asked them about the issue ­before publishing their work in 2007.

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