May 3, 2011 |
Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February, had "moderately advanced" brain damage related to blows to the head, according to the researcher who made the diagnosis. "It's indisputable" that Duerson had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder linked to repeated brain trauma, Dr. Ann McKee said yesterday. The findings were announced as part of an effort conducted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine.
August 11, 2010 |
A psychiatrist told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday that Levon T. Warner has brain damage that impairs his ability to think - but does not excuse his decision to take part in a 2008 bank robbery that led to the fatal shooting of Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski. John S. O'Brien's testimony was notable for more than its content. He is the prosecution's expert psychiatric witness. But in an unusual gambit, defense lawyers put him on the stand in their effort to persuade the jury to give Warner life in prison without parole, not death.
August 10, 2010 |
The death-penalty hearing for convicted cop killers Eric DeShann Floyd and Levon T. Warner entered its second week Monday with a three-minute YouTube video of Warner's disastrous last bout in his attempted comeback as a heavyweight boxer. His Sept. 7, 2007, fight against Joey Abell at North Philadelphia's legendary Blue Horizon was significant, his defense lawyers contend, because it left him with brain damage that impaired his judgment. The video showed Warner being hit in the head, knocked down twice, and finally cornered and pummeled unconscious with about 30 seconds left in the first round.
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.
December 9, 2009 |
Brian Westbrook confessed his fear last night. In his first interview since he suffered his second concussion, the Eagles' star running back said he was "really scared" about his future in football. Westbrook joined Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher on HBO's Joe Buck Live from New York University and talked about the two concussions that have sidelined him for four games already this season. "I'm worried about it," Westbrook said. "Concussions have been all over the headlines and all over the papers, and it has been on the top of my mind since the Redskins game on the 26th of October.
October 1, 2009 |
Mike Ditka says these are the times he thinks most about Mick Tingelhoff, Pete Pihos, Joe Perry, John Mackey, the late Jim Ringo, and dozens of other former NFL players who have suffered from dementia or Alzheimer's. Ditka, long a passionate advocate for the welfare of former NFL players suffering from injuries sustained on the field decades ago, recently read the news of a study commissioned by the NFL. It indicated that memory-related diseases were diagnosed in former players at a rate 19 times the rate for all men aged 30 through 49. The Hall of Fame player, who went on to coach two NFL teams and is now a broadcaster for ESPN, is angry that a study commissioned by the NFL is now being downplayed by a league spokesman and other doctors.
May 1, 2009 |
A year ago, when a doctor finally diagnosed the brain disease that had been making it harder for her to walk without falling, Rona Zelniker told her son and daughter that she was going to end her life while she still could, before complete disability set in. Her children were grateful for the way she prepared them, and for the time they had together at the end. "I must have cried 150 times in the last year," said Keith Zelniker, 32, her son....
January 29, 2009 |
When Sherry Aikens left her job at a Philadelphia athletic apparel company to stay home with her daughter, she started making children's clothing on her own. Having now sold more than 3,000 of her customized satin and felt superhero and princess capes, Babypop is one of the top sellers on Etsy, a Web site that features unique handmade products from more than 200,000 artists around the world. But a new federal law targeting dangerous chemicals in toys may leave Aikens - and thousands of craftspeople - in need of their own cape.
December 6, 2008 |
Upper Darby police were searching yesterday for a man accused of beating his 3-month-old son, causing brain damage that could be permanent. Henry Paris III, 32, of the 3700 block of Taylor Avenue in Drexel Hill, fled Thursday night in a white Nissan sedan bearing Pennsylvania tag GWK-2718. He is wanted on charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, and could face up to 20 years in prison, said Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood. Police believe Paris may have fled to New York City, where he has friends.
November 2, 2008 |
As we enter the final days of a seemingly endless election campaign, opinion polls continue to identify a substantial fraction of voters who consider themselves "undecided. " Comedians and other commentators have portrayed these people as fools, unable to choose even when confronted with the starkest of contrasts. Recent research in neuroscience and psychology, however, suggests most undecided voters may be smarter than you think. Even when it takes no more than a second, decision-making is thought to involve two parts: gathering evidence and committing to a choice.