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Richard R. Beeman, 74, Penn history professor, Constitution Center trustee
Richard R. Beeman, a University of Pennsylvania historian and a trustee of the National Constitution Center who revered America's founding document and spent decades teaching its creation and complexities, died Monday. He was 74.
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Soccer linked to new brain disease
Four former soccer players who had advanced forms of dementia were also found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a study (PDF) published Tuesday.
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Obamacare overhaul proposals create uncertainty for patients, providers
Divvying up Medicaid block grants among states is a "fool's errand," says ex-health chief.       
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NFL concussion hearing Wednesday to be aired live online
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia will live-stream a hearing Wednesday in the NFL concussion case so retired players can learn what's ahead as the estimated $1 billion settlement rolls out this year.
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Study: Fruit flies can't learn without certain enzyme
Brooks HaysFeb. 7 (UPI) -- New research shows learning and memory formation in fruit flies relies on a special enzyme called Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor 6, or HDAC6.
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Rugby star who died from ALS 'broke the mold'
Joost van der Westhuizen finally lost his brave battle with a body-wasting disease, but his powerful legacy lives on in modern rugby.
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Springboks legend dies aged 45
Former South Africa rugby great Joost van der Westhuizen has died aged 45 after losing his battle with motor neurone disease.
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Man who inspired ice bucket challenge to receive NCAA award
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) - The NCAA is honoring Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions for ALS research. Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ...
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