October 8, 2007 |
The boy cried almost every morning before going to kindergarten in Lower Merion, and he usually came home angry. His symptoms - inattention, impulsivity, extreme overreactivity, among others - led to a diagnosis of ADHD; the school suggested medication might be needed if his behavior didn't change. Dismissing that solution, his parents searched for alternatives and discovered neurofeedback, a little-known form of therapy that essentially trains you to maintain better control through exercises tailored to strengthen weak (abnormal)
April 19, 1997 |
An Oregon stroke victim who showed no brain activity for at least six hours was revived by an experimental drug technique and is now walking, talking - and occasionally driving a tractor. The patient's doctors, who had feared he was brain-dead, say they now have what appears to be a powerful new treatment for brain clots. The case demonstrates the importance of getting stroke victims to the hospital quickly, they add. "I was still expecting to be talking to the family the next morning about organ donation, and instead I was talking to them about rehabilitation," said neurologist Wayne Clark, who treated the man when he was stricken last July.
September 10, 2016
By Kate Harper Most of us, thankfully, will never see the inside of a courtroom, but if we are there, it's not usually our choice. A teenaged child or grandchild's stupid action one hot Saturday night, a husband who moves out and then serves divorce papers, a car accident on a wet, slippery night - those are the things that get us a courtroom subpoena. Once we hire a lawyer we trust, we dress carefully, but not too flashy, pretend we are being cross-examined, and practice our answers over and over.
October 23, 1986 |
A radio traffic reporter died and her pilot was critically injured after their helicopter plummeted without warning yesterday into the Hudson River during a live radio report. "Hit the water!" screamed reporter Jane Dornacker, 40. She was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m. EDT, some four hours after the helicopter carrying her and William Pate plunged into the Hudson off Manhattan's west side. The preliminary cause of her death was listed as drowning. More than a dozen passers-by jumped into the water to try to rescue the pair aboard the helicopter, which crashed near the USS Intrepid, a permanently docked aircraft carrier and museum, officials said.
January 3, 2015 |
Everybody knows it's really hard for smokers to quit. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania think a quick brain scan could someday make quitting easier - or at least more effective. In a recent study, they found that certain changes in the brain, visible using technology that measures brain activity, predicted better than anything else now available which smokers would quickly relapse - that's most of them - and which might be able to quit without much more than a pep talk.
June 25, 2003 |
These are heady times for researchers studying the causes of - and the cures for - dyslexia, a learning disability that may affect one in five readers. Researchers using magnetic resonance imaging technology to study brain activity in children have confirmed that there is a biological basis for reading disabilities, and they have pinpointed the brain regions that are activated as children learn to read. Moreover, researchers at leading brain-study centers have shown that intensive remedial efforts can improve reading ability.
April 17, 2001 |
Her quick, bright smile, sunny disposition and eagerness to learn belied the life of hardship, heartache and healing she had lived. But through it all, 11-year-old Sabrina Allen wouldn't give up. Even yesterday, after doctors removed her from life support - making her the eighth fatality of a smoky fire in an illegal North Philadelphia rooming house - little Sabrina didn't give up. "We're going to donate her organs today," her oldest...
February 19, 1988 |
A Burlington County Superior Court judge yesterday rejected arguments that a convicted murderer should be given a new trial because doctors had turned off the victim's life-support system before brain death was proved. Defense attorney Mark Catanzaro had argued three weeks ago that Vernon Simmons, 27, had not been adequately represented by public defender Dennis Kuroishi at Simmons' 1985 trial because medical evidence about brain death had not been introduced. Simmons, a Pemberton resident, was convicted of killing Herman Bracey, 26, a few days after a drug deal went sour.
February 10, 2010 |
A Montgomery County man was arrested yesterday and charged with the murder of his 10-week-old daughter, authorities said. Khalil Brown, 20, of Plymouth Meeting, told detectives that his daughter, Aniyah, was sleeping Jan. 28 when he picked her up and shook her for "less than five minutes," the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. After shaking the child, he told police "she just went dead and stopped moving," according to the statement. Brown allegedly described the shaking as "rough.
February 21, 2013 |
DOMENIC GRECO refused to let a crippling neurological disease that was eating away at his body and wracking him with terrible pain stop him from working. By the end, he was able to communicate only by blinking his eyes, the only movement that Lou Gehrig's disease had left him. When he lost his eyesight, he knew it was time to call it quits. He died Thursday at age 60. He lived in Fort Washington. The reason Domenic fought so hard was that he had work to do. His professional life had been devoted to helping people with such conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)