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Charlie Daniels Recovering After Pacemaker Implant

Charlie DanielsMt. Juliet, TN -- Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Daniels is recovering after having a pacemaker implanted today (3-28), at a Nashville area hospital. During a doctor visit on Monday (3-25), Charlie was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and admitted to the hospital for a series of routine tests. The tests revealed that a pacemaker was needed to regulate his heart rate.

Jim VanCleve Extremely Ill with Dengue Fever

Jim VanCleveJim VanCleve, founding member of Mountain Heart (fiddle) contracted Dengue Fever from mosquito bites he got from a recent trip to St. Croix and his body is over worked and not fighting the illness properly. Since returning he has suffered extremely high fever (105), severe headaches and body pain in his muscles and joints and a terrible rash over his upper body, all associated with this tropical disease.

Music Artists and Financial Insecurity

Medical BillsRecently, there have been a lot of benefit concerts for artists who have come down with disease, traumatic injuries and other expensive health or family issues. In almost every case, the artist has no medical insurance to cover their care. Yes, insurance is expensive but, so is going without it. What does this do to the family when the money runs out? What about their homes? What about their future? What about themselves?

Music Sparks Great Awakening for Elders With Dementia

Music & MemoryMusic & Memory, the non-profit "re-awakening" elders with dementia through the use of music and iPods, scored an unlikely video hit this spring that's been viewed more than six million times. It features Henry, an unresponsive 94-year-old suffering from dementia in an elder care facility who was given an iPod loaded with the music of his youth and was transformed into a seemingly different person, humming, singing, smiling, and beginning to interact with the people around him. The story of Music & Memory has spread and drawn attention from The New York Times, LA Times, CNN, NPR "Morning Edition," and more. Now, Music & Memory is embarking on an ambitious drive to encourage iPod donation drives nationwide and in the media in order to provide iPods to nursing homes.

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