Schembechler son, players say Michigan coach knew of abuse
One of late University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler’s sons and two of his former players have described in detail how they were molested by the team’s longtime doctor and how Schembechler turned a blind eye when they told him about it.
US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII
AdThis is the first time the CDC has reported on life expectancy from early, partial records; more death certificates from that period may yet come in. Life expectancy is how long a baby born today can expect to live, on average. Black people now lag white people by six years in life expectancy, reversing a trend that had been bringing their numbers closer since 1993. Between 2019 and the first half of 2020, life expectancy decreased 2.7 years for Black people, to 72. Overall, the drop in life expectancy is more evidence of “our mishandling of the pandemic,” Brawley said.
Pilots say they, too, were molested by Univ. of Michigan doc
Some pilots have emerged as victims of Anderson, a deceased doctor who worked for decades at the University of Michigan. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP, File)DETROIT – A cargo pilot who regularly needed health checkups to keep his license contacted a University of Michigan doctor in 2000. He said Anderson told him to undress, put on a medical gown and get on a table, instead of simply checking the man's vision, hearing and heart. AdSince then, another category of victims has emerged: pilots in southeastern Michigan who needed physicals to get or maintain a license. There was no reason to cover this up.”In 2003, five years before his death, Anderson told the government that he was retiring because a stroke had greatly affected his right hand.
US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted
But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are counted. “It was actually a pretty good year for mortality, as things go,” said Anderson, who oversees CDC death statistics. The U.S. coronavirus epidemic has been a big driver of deaths this year, both directly and indirectly. Drug overdose deaths, meanwhile, got much worse. Before the coronavirus even arrived, the U.S. was in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in its history.
US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise
NEW YORK – The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. In 2018, the national suicide rate hit its highest level since 1941 — 14.2 per 100,000 people. But death rates for the nation's two biggest killers — heart disease and cancer — were down, as were death rates for flu, chronic lung disease and Alzheimer's disease. "There are clear forces pressing suicide risk factors in a negative direction,” Moutier said, but that's doesn't mean suicide rates will automatically rise. “It’s possible that the rise in COVID-19 is sort pushing down the suicide rate,” he suggested.
1st female alleges sexual abuse by U of Michigan doctor
She is the first female to publicly say she was sexually abused by a team doctor at the school and says she hopes to inspire other women and men to come forward. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)NOVI, Mich. The first female to publicly say she was sexually abused by a team doctor at the University of Michigan says she hopes to inspire other women and men to come forward. Cathy Kalahar, who played tennis for the Wolverines in the 1970s, joins hundreds of Michigan graduates who allege that doctor Robert Anderson molested them. My motivation is to help other victims to come to terms, to possibly come forward, Kalahar said at a news conference Tuesday in suburban Detroit. Kalahar said she chose to come forward after waves of alleged victims spoke up about what they said Anderson did to them.
Experts say US coronavirus death count is flawed, but close
The accuracy of U.S. coronavirus death count has been both a scientific and political issue. Some conservatives have suggested coronavirus deaths were being over-counted. THE NUMBERSThere is no U.S. coronavirus death count that is both current and complete. For example, there are fewer reported deaths on weekends, when staffing is lower and fewer people are filing reports. CDC officials say they do not know what percentage of reported deaths are lab-confirmed and what percentage are probable.