June 4, 2012 |
Doug Smith has studied brain trauma for 20 years. For most of that time, the Penn professor of neurosurgery said, injuries such as concussions were called the silent epidemic. Doctors knew of their consequences, but the brain injuries were often shrugged off as part of sports, something to be shaken off so athletes could return to play. No longer. The issue has exploded into the national discussion, gaining steam as evidence piles up about the potentially devastating effects of concussions, particularly in football, America's most popular sport.
December 3, 2009
The National Football League needs to move beyond its incremental steps to combat player brain injuries. Two concussion-injured Super Bowl quarterbacks had to sit out games last Sunday, and yet another Eagles player suffered a game-ending blow to the head. But the best NFL officials could do was leak to the press another tidbit about their safety moves. That's a bad message about player safety that filters down to every kid in college, high school, or even younger who plays football.
July 25, 1996 |
An internationally known forensic pathologist testified yesterday that 4-year-old Chentele Marie Stenger suffered an immediate "brain death" in her fatal 1993 fall and couldn't have been saved even if it had happened in "a hospital setting. " Werner U. Spitz, 70, former medical examiner of Wayne County, Mich., and the author of a widely used reference book on forensic pathology, testified in the murder trial of Matthew Roncone that the injuries suffered by Stenger were consistent with those suffered in an accidental fall.
November 17, 1993 |
A Huntingdon Valley man was sentenced to 11 to 40 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to abducting five teenage girls and raping a woman in various incidents in Northeast Philadelphia. Christopher Toland, a former Widener University student, was arrested Jan. 30, shortly after the last abduction attempt. He was picked up at Comly Street and Harbison Avenue about 15 minutes after he tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl on Algard Street. The girl, like the other victims, fought her way free.
May 4, 2012 |
Sadness and another round of concern over head injuries in football followed reports of Junior Seau's suicide Wednesday. "Tough to hear the news about Junior Seau. One of the best LBs to play the game," Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews wrote on Twitter. "Had his throwback USC #55 jersey. 1 of the reasons I was 55. " Matthews grew up near USC and wore 55 in college. "Saddened to hear the news about Seau. Thoughts and prayers are with his family," Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans posted on Twitter.
April 27, 2012 |
It took six years, political pressure, and an online petition signed by 80,000 in a matter of days. But Thursday, Key Bank finally forgave the student loan for a Marlton student who died from a traumatic brain injury in 2006. "They said, ‘Effective immediately the remaining balance is forgiven,' " said Ryan Bryski, whose brother Christopher died after a fall. In a phone call Wednesday evening, an employee from Key Bank told the Bryskis, "We don't want to put you through any more undue hardship," Ryan said.
November 24, 2013 |
Most people who get a concussion seem to regain normal brain function within a month or two at most. But doctors have no way to predict which patients are in that group and which will suffer long-term cognitive problems. A team from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine seeks to solve that riddle with a simple blood test. In a new study in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, the team reported that a protein called SNTF is a promising indicator of which patients with concussions are likely to experience chronic brain deficits.
March 23, 1989 |
An attempted-homicide charge was filed against a 14-year-old Collingdale boy after borough police found him kicking a 13-year-old boy Sunday while two other youths looked on, police said. The victim, a student at Elwyn Institute, was identified as David Stahl, of the 700 block of Spruce Street, Collingdale. He was listed in serious condition yesterday in the intensive-care unit of Mercy Catholic Medical Center's Fitzgerald Mercy Division, a hospital spokeswoman said. Collingdale Police Officer Robert Adams gave the following account.
September 21, 1995 |
Two Temple University Hospital doctors testified before the Police Advisory Commission last night that a cut on Moises DeJesus' forehead three days before his death did not appear to be serious. The commission is hearing testimony at City Hall this week and next on the August 1994 death of DeJesus, 30, after he was subdued by police and taken to the hospital. Both Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Michael Grabowski testified that tests on DeJesus in the emergency room had not shown evidence of a serious brain injury or serious internal damage.
May 12, 1989 |
A mother who watched her small son being tortured for five years, without telling anyone, will spend the next 15 to 36 years in prison. That's the sentence Common Pleas Judge James D. McCrudden imposed yesterday on Judith Gladney, 29, formerly of Lindenwood Street near Kingsessing Avenue. Rodney Gladney was 10 when he died in a suspicious fire at the home in January 1985. Also killed in the blaze was the boy's brother, Ishmail, 4. Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Martelli said before Rodney's death he suffered from what experts called one of the worst child abuse cases they had ever seen.