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Fellow researchers: ‘Concussion’ movie subject Omalu exaggerated role in discovering disease

BOSTON In the trailer for the movie “Concussion,” star Will Smith says: “I found a disease that no one has ever seen.”

It’s a claim the real-life doctor portrayed by Smith, forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, has himself made for years, giving a detailed description about how he came to name that disease “chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”

Who’s too old for major medical treatment? Jimmy Carter shows 90-plus isn’t always a barrier

CHICAGO Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home from the hospital. Dorothy Lipkin danced after getting a new hip at age 91. And at 94, William Gandin drives himself to the hospital for cancer treatments.

US life expectancy is flat for third straight year; last similar plateau was in the 1980s

NEW YORK Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.

A child born last year can expect to make it to 78 years and 9 1/2 months — the same prediction made for the previous two years.

US mine safety chief says black lung more widespread among coal miners than data shows

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease.