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FDA revokes approval of Avastin for breast cancer

Saugus, MA -- 11/18/11 -- Val Struzziero, breast cancer survivor, poses for a portrait in her home in Saugus, MA on November 18, 2011. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

The agency based its decision on studies concluding that the drug didn’t improve the quality of life nor extend the lives of women with metastatic breast cancer.

Editor steers church paper into controversy

A former European lay missionary, Antonio Enrique is now editor of The Pilot and a target of criticism for articles that have opened old wounds for the church.

Patrick defends Murray on calls

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today strongly denied that there was anything improper in his relationship with the former Chelsea Housing Authority director who resigned abruptly after the Globe revealed that he was making $360,000 a year. Murray and former Chelsea Housing director Michael E. McLaughlin called each other 83 times over the past seven months, McLaughlin’s cell phone records show, including several calls after the Globe began asking questions about McLaughlin’s salary, which he had reported to the state was only $160,000. McLaughlin resigned on Nov. 3, but not before co-signing checks to himself for more than $200,000 for what he said was unused vacation, sick and personal time.

Casino bill includes $50m for health care overhaul

Passage of the casino bill this week boosted efforts to overhaul how hospitals and doctors are paid, allocating $50 million of anticipated gambling license fees to help health providers prepare for a new way of treating patients. Legislative leaders who spoke yesterday at a health care conference in Boston said that they are still working out details, but that the money may be used to buy new computers and software that will enable providers to better coordinate patients’ care, and track costs so they can stick to a budget.

Parents of troubled adults face dilemmas

Responding to threatening behavior by adult children with mental illnesses has long been a quandary, but it has become all the more so in the aftermath of the recent murders in Weymouth and Danvers.