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January 15, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FORMER CITY Councilman Leland Beloff and his wife, Diane, are suing a luxury Florida drug-rehab center, claiming its treatment caused her to suffer a seizure and other medical problems. The Beloffs claim that Diane Beloff suffered a seizure and "change in mental status" in May, two weeks after checking into Seaside Palm Beach for an addiction to painkillers. The complaint, filed Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that the Beloffs agreed to pay $49,500 for a 30-day treatment.
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January 4, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a problem that has no doubt been around as long as humans have been falling on hard objects and bashing one another's skulls with clubs, brain injuries are still surprisingly mysterious. Scientists, including a cadre at the University of Pennsylvania, are lifting the veil, though, and what they're seeing is already "dramatically" changing American sports, said Douglas Smith, who heads Penn's Center for Brain Injury and Repair. Everyone from parents to pro athletes to military leaders is suddenly paying more attention to "mild" brain injuries, or concussions, and their long-term consequences.
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December 5, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends. "Let's go to the Divine Lorraine," Brian Jerome, then a 19-year-old art student, suggested to all those assembled on the benches outside Peabody Hall. It was before midnight on April 6, 2010. Brian had been inside the abandoned hotel on North Broad Street many times. He had felt the lure of the graffiti-draped Divine Lorraine from the moment he arrived on campus as a freshman the year before.
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October 18, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Pettit's lawyer called the 2009 death of James Koons a tragic occupational hazard. Koons, said the defense lawyer, was a loud and aggressive drunk - ejected for conduct unbecoming a patron of the Oasis Gentleman's Club - who fell and hit his head in the parking lot of the Southwest Philadelphia nightspot. Or, as the prosecutor put it, was Koons fatally "tuned up" by Pettit and bouncers when his conduct became an excuse to settle years of bad blood between Koons and Oasis owner Robert Laflar?
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October 17, 2012 | By Martin Benedyk and Sylvia Hui, Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, England - A teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has responded well to treatment and impressed doctors with her strength, the British hospital where she was being treated said Tuesday. Experts are optimistic that 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was airlifted Monday to Britain to receive specialized medical care, has a good chance of recovery because unlike with adults, the brains of teenagers are still growing and can adapt to trauma better.
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October 16, 2012 | By Sebastian Abbot and Martin Benedyk, Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, England - A teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban arrived in Britain on Monday to receive specialized medical care and protection from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants. Officials said she was stable and had a chance at "a good recovery. " The attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai as she was returning home from school in Pakistan's northwest a week ago has horrified people across the South Asian country and abroad. It has also sparked hope that the Pakistani government will respond by intensifying its fight against the Taliban and its allies.
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August 11, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delaware state officials yesterday suspended the license of an internationally-known pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter. Melvin Morse, 58, poses a "clear and immediate danger to the public health," declared a filing published on the website of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. Morse, who has written several best-sellers about near-death experiences and appeared on numerous TV talk shows, was arrested Tuesday at his Georgetown home after his daughter told investigators Morse waterboarded her as a punishment.
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August 10, 2012 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware father of five children who was arrested Tuesday after a punishment his 11-year-old daughter said he called "waterboarding" is an internationally known pediatrician who specializes in so-called near-death experiences. Melvin Morse, who has written several books on children and near-death experiences, has appeared on numerous TV shows, including those of Oprah Winfrey and Larry King as well as 20/20 and Good Morning America to talk about his research. Delaware state troopers have charged Morse, 58, with multiple felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the girl told social workers about her father's punishments.
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August 10, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delaware father of five children who was arrested Tuesday for "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter is a internationally-known pediatrician who specializes in so-called near-death experiences. Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written several books on children and near-death experiences, has appeared on numerous TV shows including Oprah , Larry King , 20/20 and Good Morning America to talk about his research. State troopers have charged Morse, 58, with multiple felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the girl told social workers about her father's punishments.
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