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Women with dense breast tissue — the sort that can hide potentially deadly tumors from routine mammograms — must be notified in writing and encouraged to consider additional tests under a new state law that is effective Monday.
While mammograms remain the gold standard for detecting breast tumors, they're less reliable in almost half of women with dense breast tissue. Dense or fibrous tissue shows up as splotches of white on a mammogram — so do tumors.
That will likely surprise many of the millions of women who rely on mammography for catching the earliest signs of cancer, said Nancy Cappello. The Connecticut woman was shocked in 2004, when her gynecologist found a lump — advanced cancer that had already spread to her lymph nodes — just months after a mammogram deemed her cancer-free.
For the full article, see Robin Erb, "New law aims to make breast cancer testing more effective", Detroit Free Press, May 28, 2015.
Gibson was born in Pontiac, Michigan on May 28, 1957, grew up in Waterford, Michigan (attending Waterford Kettering High School), and attended Michigan State University where he was an All-American wide receiver in football. Gibson's college football career was distinguished by leading the Spartans to a tie for the Big Ten title, setting school and conference receiving records, starring in the Hula Bowl and Senior Bowl and making several All-America teams. It was at the suggestion of Spartan football coach Darryl Rogers that Gibson played collegiate baseball. Gibson played only one year of college baseball, but managed to hit .390 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs in 48 games. He was drafted by both the Detroit Tigers baseball team (1st round) and the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) football team (7th round). He chose baseball.
Source : Kirk Gibson wikipedia entry
For the complete story, see Dan Holmes, "When Kirk Gibson gave up the game he loved to play baseball for the Tigers", Detroit Athletic Company, February 2, 2014.
Also see Bottom of the ninth / written by Kirk Gibson with Lynn Henning. Chelsea, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c1997. 159pp. MSU Library GV865.G54 A3 1997
On May 28, 1913, the Michigan Historical Commission met for the first time. The Michigan Historical Commission, which succeeded the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, was organized in Lansing.
Its members, who were appointed by the Governor, were instructed under legislative mandate to produce "a magazine of Michigan history for Michigan people."
Michigan History magazine
When the luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, with more than 1,500 lives lost, the world was stunned! How could such a disaster happen in the modern era of unsinkable ships? To answer that perplexing question, Senator William Alden Smith of Michigan chaired Senate hearings held within days of the disaster. Senators and spectators heard dramatic testimony from the surviving passengers and crew. Smiths subcommittee issued a report on May 28th that led to significant reforms in international maritime safety. The report cited a “state of absolute unpreparedness,” improperly tested safety equipment and an “indifference to danger” on the part of the ship’s captain, Edward Smith, as being among the causes of an “unnecessary tragedy.”
Clarence "Taffy" Abel first played organized amateur hockey with the Michigan Soo Nationals in 1918, in the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association, the first organized league in the United States. Abel competed for that team, also known as the Soo Indians, through the 1921-22 season. In 1922, he joined the St. Paul Athletic Club of the Western Section of the new U.S. Amateur Hockey League. He played with them until he joined the U.S. Olympic team in 1924. At the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924, Taffy Abel became the first American to carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremonies of an Olympic Winter Games, and he remains the only Native American to have carried the United States’ flag at an Olympic Opening Ceremony. The US Olympic ice hockey team played five matches in 1924, winning four of them by double-digit margins, but losing the final match to Canada, 6-1. Thus, Taffy Abel won a silver medal in his only Olympic appearance. He also scored 15 goals in Chamonix, catching the attention of NHL general managers.
After the Olympics, Abel played one more year of amateur hockey with the St. Paul team, and then joined the Minneapolis Millers in 1925. In 1926, Taffy Abel signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent. He played for eight years in the NHL. He was the first American to play in the NHL, and during most of his career, he was the only American in the league. With the Rangers in 1927-28, Abel became the first American Olympian to play on a Stanley Cup champion. A 6-1, 225 lb. defenseman, Abel was paired on defense with Ivan “Ching” Johnson on the Rangers. They were one of the toughest defenses in the league. In the Stanley Cup finals, the Rangers goalie, Lorne Chabot was injured, and the Abel-Johnson defense supported backup goalie (and general manager) Lester Patrick and enabled the Rangers to win the Cup.
Taffy Abel was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks after the 1928-29 season. He played for five years in Chicago, retiring after the 1933-34 season, but played on a second Stanley Cup champion in 1934 with the Black Hawks. He retired at that point after the Black Hawks owner refused to give him a raise he had requested. During his NHL career, Abel played 333 games and, in an era when defenseman rarely scored, and no forward passing was allowed in the offensive zone, he totaled 18 goals and 18 assists. Huge for his era (he played at as much as 250 lbs.) with a quick-temper, he was a ferocious body checker, and struck fear into most of his opponents. Taffy Abel was inducted as a charter member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. After his retirement from hockey, he operated Taffy’s Lodge, a tourist resort in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. Abel died on August 1, 1964.
Taffy Abel Arena at Lake Superior State University is named in his honor, recognizing the first American to carry the U.S. flag at a Winter Olympics in 1924, the first and only Native American to carry the U.S. flag at a U.S. Winter Olympics, and the first Native American to have his name etched on a Stanley Cup, which he helped win twice with different teams.
Clarence Abel entry from SR Olympic Sports : a Sports Reference site.
Clarence John Abel entry from the Official Site of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Michigan History, January/February 2013, back cover.
Bill Castanier and Gregory Parker, "Taffy Abel : A Sault Sensation", Michigan History, March/April 2013, pp. 49-53.
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