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February 6, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Jockey Michael Rowland was in critical condition yesterday, 1 day after being involved in a three-horse spill at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Rowland's agent, Mike Greenfield, said he was told by the jockey's family that Rowland was in a coma and had brain damage. "It's not looking good," Greenfield said. "But from what I've heard, even the best-case scenario is not going to be really good. " Rowland had surgery Wednesday night, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known, a track spokesman said.
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October 24, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
When asked in a recent psychiatric interview who was president and who was mayor, demolition contractor and reputed mob associate Ralph "Big Ralph" Costobile replied, Ronald Reagan and Frank Rizzo. Nor could the 46-year old contractor, who owns Big Ralph's Saloon on Passyunk Avenue, remember his age or address, his psychiatrist reported. With Costobile facing trial for racketeering and the defense contending he suffers from brain damage stemming from an infected foot, the psychiatrist's report yesterday led to an unusual joint request by Strike Force prosecutor Barry Gross and Costobile's defense attorney, Edward Reif.
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February 29, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe should receive a reduced sentence because he was brain-damaged when he pleaded guilty to abducting his wife and five children, attorney Johnnie Cochran told a judge yesterday in Charlotte, N.C. Under the plea agreement, Bowe faces a sentence of 18 to 24 months in prison. Cochran told Mullen Bowe, 32, suffers from a mental disorder caused by blows to the head during his years of fighting. He said Bowe and his defense lawyers were unaware of his mental problems when he agreed to plead guilty.
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November 22, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Karen Burton-Lister's obstetrician went on vacation the day before she went into labor in October 1990. Two of his partners apparently weren't aware of her need for a Caesarean section birth, said attorneys Gustine J. Pelagatti and Alisa Marion yesterday. They should have checked the records, the lawyers said. Burton-Lister's daughter was born with brain damage. The mother sued. A jury has awarded Burton-Lister $2 million on behalf of her daughter, now 10. The panel deliberated about two hours before returning the verdict to Common Pleas Judge Mary D. Colins.
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February 25, 2000 | By Faye Flam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia neurologist has invented a vaccine aimed at preventing brain damage from stroke. Matthew During of Thomas Jefferson University and a team of scientists report in today's issue of Science that when they gave the vaccine to rats and then induced a stroke, it appeared to reduce the death of brain tissue by about 70 percent. The vaccine is not designed to prevent strokes but is meant to protect the brain against some of the permanent damage that often leaves people paralyzed or impaired in their speech or memory.
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November 25, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
FORMER PHILLIE Lenny Dykstra is filing another lawsuit. This time, according to TMZ, he's claiming suffered brain damage when he was allegedly beaten by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies while serving time for grand theft auto. Lenny's asking for a cool $15 million. Dykstra claims that in April 2012, six sheriff's deputies slammed his head against the wall and broke several of his teeth. A sheriff's spokesman is on record as saying officers had to restrain Dykstra after he became aggressive.
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May 4, 2010
The Philadelphia Housing Authority will pay the family of a girl $9.68 million to settle a lawsuit prompted by brain damage she sustained when mold in her public housing apartment triggered an asthma attack. Ebony Gage, now 16, was 12 when the episode occurred at the apartment in Frankford. Attorneys for the family claimed that PHA was aware of the condition, continued to pay the landlord full rent, and required the family to give 30 days' notice before it could vacate the apartment. It was during that time Gage had the asthma attack.
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April 26, 1987 | By Jodi Spiegel, Special to The Inquirer
Two-year-old Jonathan Braccio needs a lot of help. It became apparent four months after his birth in February 1985 that the brown-haired, brown-eyed Cherry Hill child had suffered severe brain damage. Now, in an effort to remedy the damage, Jonathan is undergoing patterning therapy - a series of repeated exercises designed to teach the undamaged portions of his brain to take over for the parts that previously controlled his sight, movement, sensation and coordination. The therapy is being provided entirely by his family and volunteers.
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February 1, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A CLINICAL neuropsychologist testified yesterday that charter school founder Dorothy June Brown has mild brain damage consistent with early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Barbara Malamut's testimony contradicted that of three court-appointed mental-health experts who took the stand earlier in the week during a competency hearing to determine whether Brown, 77, is fit to stand retrial for allegedly defrauding four schools of $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to conceal the crimes.
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September 12, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Child counselor Maria Rosa Primus, 25, wanted to show a young boy she cared. So Primus left her Northeast Philadelphia home shortly before 7 p.m. on Aug. 9, 1999, and drove toward a roller skating rink to be with the boy she was counseling. But on the way, a car driven by a drunken driver plowed into her car on Roosevelt Boulevard near Comly Road and almost killed her. Primus, of Summerdale Avenue near Hartel, suffered brain damage and remains in a vegetative state at a nursing home, said Assistant District Attorney Guy Garant.
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March 13, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Like so many who had come to the recent Mind Your Brain conference at Penn Medicine, Janine Kirby wanted to talk about hope. Hers was hard-earned. After a series of concussions from soccer, "life stuff," and boxing, the blow that turned her into a brain injury survivor came at work on 12/12/12, a rare string of numbers that she can remember. A steel beam crashed into her head. From there, she rode a helicopter to Penn. Eighteen months into her recovery, she started having seizures so severe that doctors had to remove her entire right temporal lobe because it was crippled by scar tissue.
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March 2, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
The first case of Zika infection in a Philadelphia resident was reported Monday by the city Department of Public Health. The woman, who had recently returned from the Caribbean, is over 60 and did not require hospitalization, the city said. She is recovering without complications. More than 100 cases of Zika infection have been reported around the country, including four in Pennsylvania and two in New Jersey, the vast majority of them transmitted by mosquito bites during travel to countries in Latin and South America, where the virus is epidemic.
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February 24, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, STAFF WRITER
Emergency departments at two hospitals - one in Montgomery County - initially missed a stroke diagnosis in more than a fifth of patients later found to have had strokes, according to a study published this month in the journal Stroke. Rather than an indictment of poor diagnostic skills, the study shows how difficult it can be to identify certain kinds of strokes, said David Weisman, one of the report's authors and a neurologist at Abington Neurological Associates, a private physician group.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
The most telling information at a Philadelphia Department of Public Health staff briefing about the Zika virus on Thursday was this slide: "Stay tuned: With the dynamic nature of this situation, updates . . . are expected. " Two dozen epidemiologists, mosquito-control staffers, and emergency planners got the latest on the virus, which has spread with astonishing speed through Central and South America. Every confirmed case in the continental United States has been linked to travel (or sex with someone who traveled)
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January 31, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Expect to say "I'm sorry" a lot if you decide to try one of the trendier ways to communicate with people who have Alzheimer's. There was a time when caregivers tried orienting people with dementia to reality. That often feels like the natural thing to do. "No, Mom, I actually did tell you that. Like, five times. " But at Daylesford Crossing, an assisted-living facility in Paoli, workers are more likely to just go with it if a resident has some strange ideas. Let's say Mom or Grandma is furiously accusing her neighbor of stealing something.
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January 17, 2016
DENMARK Migrants may have to pay their way in Hoping to diminish Denmark's appeal to migrants, the government plans to force asylum-seekers to hand over any valuables worth more than $1,500 to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases are being processed. The center-right government's proposal is expected to be approved by Parliament this month despite outrage from human-rights activists who say it's a cruel and degrading way to treat people who have fled war and misery.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Staff Writer
"Consussion" seems like a strange Christmas release: Hey, lets go see that movie where pro football players with brain damage kill themselves. And in truth, it's not a knee-slappin' good time at the theater. But it is more appropriate to the season than you might guess - the story of a deeply religious man who undertakes a moral crusade, motivated by an abiding faith that gives him the courage to take on the NFL, based on his conviction that "God does not want us to play football.
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November 25, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
FORMER PHILLIE Lenny Dykstra is filing another lawsuit. This time, according to TMZ, he's claiming suffered brain damage when he was allegedly beaten by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies while serving time for grand theft auto. Lenny's asking for a cool $15 million. Dykstra claims that in April 2012, six sheriff's deputies slammed his head against the wall and broke several of his teeth. A sheriff's spokesman is on record as saying officers had to restrain Dykstra after he became aggressive.
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November 20, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury has awarded $10.1 million to a mother and her son, whose physicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia failed to timely diagnose his bacterial meningitis following several trips to the emergency room. Shamir Tillery, now 6, suffers from hearing loss, language disorder, developmental and learning delays, and a loss of balance. He was 11 months old when he came down with meningitis. "You just have to ask yourself how this kid can go, this baby can go, to CHOP three days in a row with this problem and it takes them that long to say, 'You know, he really is having a problem,' " the family's lawyer, Andrew Stern, said Wednesday.
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September 30, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER Philadelphia police officer who was charged with making a false report and related offenses in a bizarre case that involved his wife has died, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday. "Robert Penn is deceased," Assistant District Attorney Sybil Murphy told Municipal Judge William Austin Meehan Jr. on Tuesday, when Penn, 48, was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing. Murphy said afterward that she did not know the cause of Penn's death. A report from the Medical Examiner's Office indicated that Penn was pronounced dead at Nazareth Hospital, in Northeast Philadelphia, at 5:40 p.m. Sept.
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