Aging

Physicians in white

Medicine | What happens when old doctors’ skills fade, fade away?
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 1/17/18, 07:16 pm

A new law will allow Japan’s Emperor Akihito, who would otherwise have had to serve for life, to abdicate; he plans to step down in 2019 at the age of 85. This extreme approach to tenure contrasts with America’s federal judges: Firing one would take a (literal) act of Congress, but they’re free to leave whenever they choose.

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Deaths of 2017

Obituaries | Notable deaths, remarkable lives
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 12/14/17, 12:19 am

Roger Ailes

77 / May 18 / Former cable news executive and aide to President Richard Nixon, he founded Fox News in 1996, led it to ratings success (surpassing CNN), and saw it become a major influence in American conservatism. Thrice married, he resigned in 2016 amid a sex abuse scandal and died following an injurious fall.

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Fire engulfs Pennsylvania senior living center

by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/17/17, 10:55 am

Officials in West Chester, Pa., are investigating the cause of a massive fire that engulfed a senior living center overnight, sending at least 20 people to the hospital. The blaze started at about 11 p.m. and quickly spread to several buildings. Television news footage showed flames shooting out of broken windows and through the roofs. Residents, many in wheelchairs and hospital beds, waited outside on the sidewalk, wrapped in blankets. The local fire chief declined to say whether anyone died in the blaze or comment on the extent of the injuries.

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