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A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor’s Key to Recovery

Posted on 04/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthJohn Odom is looking forward to walking into Boston Medical Center this week for a memorial honoring survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. After all, when he left the hospital last May, the doctors and nurses weren’t sure he would ever walk again. Odom, 66, was one of the most severely injured of the bombing victims, enduring 11 surgeries and weeks on life support after shrapnel from one bomb tore apart his legs. “I want to be able to walk in …

Decking Those Halls Can Be Deadly

Posted on 12/6/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThinking about getting on a ladder to string lights outside or decorate the very top of your tall Christmas tree? Maybe you should reconsider — or at least get some help. It seems decking the halls is getting more dangerous each year. Last year more than 15,000 people ended up in the emergency room with decorating-related injuries, according to new data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That’s more than 250 people a day hurt by decorating accidents between Nov. …

Lou Brissie: Baseball’s Wounded Warrior

Posted on 12/2/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyDuring World War II, major league baseball stars who were called up to serve in the military often got relatively cushy assignments, working as physical education trainers or playing in exhibition games to entertain their fellow troops. But not pitcher Lou Brissie, at the time a promising prospect coveted by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Connie Mack. After leaving South Carolina’s Presbyterian College to enlist in the Army, the 20-year-old corporal nearly lost his life on an Italian battlefield in 1944, when a …

Retired NFL Players Settle Suit Over Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted on 08/30/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThere are more than 18,000 retired NFL players. Some time ago, more than 4,500 of these former players — a full quarter of them — sued the NFL over traumatic brain injuries that they claim caused dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions. On Aug. 28 the players settled with the NFL – ending any future claims – by agreeing to the league’s offer to pay $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for the retired players, fund medical and …

A Senior Nursery Rhyme: And We All Fall Down

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI did not gather you here today to form a circle and lead you in a child’s game of Ring Around the Rosy, at the end of which we all fall down. It was fun when we were kids and could bounce up off the play yard like balloons, laughing and clapping in delight. Well, it ain’t so much fun anymore. The death and injury rate among seniors who take spills has risen steadily over the years to become the …