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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | May 23, 2007
After a long and contentious debate over how the NFL cares for former players, commissioner Roger Goodell has thrown the league's collective muscle into an initiative to help those in need. At an owners meeting in Nashville, Tenn., yesterday, Goodell announced that the league and its related entities - the NFL Players Association, the NFLPA Retired Players Association, the NFL Alumni, NFL Charities and the Pro Football Hall of Fame - will work together to coordinate medical support services for former players.
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By Greg Critser | November 27, 2006
This month, major scientific and medical societies concerned with Alzheimer's disease marked the central event in the evolution of this modern malady: the centennial of the case of Auguste D as presented by Dr. Alois Alzheimer at a medical conference in November 1906. Something else will not be marked as loudly: The slow but gradual end of Alzheimer's as we know it - and the Americanization of dementia science. Germany's Alois Alzheimer gave us the basis of the modern conception of the disease, that of a dementia caused by a buildup of plaque between neurons and fibrous tangles inside brain cells.
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November 15, 2006
Center to advise on Medicare Part D For the second year, Anne Arundel County has opened a Medicare Part D assistance center to help local seniors discuss the best Medicare coverage options for their health care needs. The center, which opened last week at the Annapolis Senior Center, is staffed by professionals from the Department of Aging and Disabilities who will answer the questions of seniors and people with disabilities about Medicare Part D. The service is free. Last year, the center on Riva Road served more than 1,250 people in three months.
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By Tom Avril and Tom Avril,MCCLATCHEY-TRIBUNE | October 13, 2006
Doctors have known for years that some people with Lou Gehrig's disease also suffer from a type of dementia. And some with that dementia also develop crippling symptoms such as Lou Gehrig's, gradually losing control of their muscles. Today, a team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists reports the discovery of a likely culprit in both. The two distinct diseases are marked by an abnormal accumulation of the same protein - a startling two-for-one discovery described in the journal Science.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN REPORTER | July 28, 2006
Back in May, while fretting over her husband's health-care costs and his advancing dementia, Sylvia Mackey wrote an impassioned letter to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue seeking help. Yesterday, the letter and her prayers were answered. In conjunction with an announcement on pension improvements, the NFL Players Association said it will pay the cost of providing up to $88,000 per year for institutional care or up to $50,000 per year for in-home nursing care for retired players who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, regardless of age. "I'm thrilled.
NEWS
May 7, 2006
One-man act focuses on mental illness To raise public awareness for mental health, Carroll Hospital Center's Behavioral Health Services will co-sponsor a one-man play, "Hearing Voices," by Michael Mack, on Thursday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main. St., Westminster. A wine-and-cheese reception and art exhibition will begin at 6 p.m., and the play starts at 7:15 p.m. Mack, a performing artist and poet, will share his family's struggle to cope with his mother's battle with paranoid schizophrenia.
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