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March 21, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former babysitter was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 20 years in prison and five years of probation for the December 2011 death of a toddler in her care. Heather Hess, 25, of Upper Chichester, was convicted in January of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of 2 1/2-year-old David Miller Jr. When police responded to Hess' Hewes Avenue residence on a report of a child in respiratory distress, paramedics were trying to treat the boy. According to a criminal complaint, Hess told officers that she had been cooking when she went into the family room and found the boy unconscious.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdowne man who threatened over Twitter to rape a television meteorologist and kill her and her child was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison. Justin Vernot, 30, made the threats against CBS3's Kate Bilo through the Twitter account @ColdDeadEyes in February 2012, telling her that he knew her routine, was coming for her, and planned to kill her in front of her son. The chilling messages were noted by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond when he handed down a sentence that topped both federal guidelines and the term requested by the prosecutor.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
While preparing to remove a malignant tumor from the Rev. Michael Prewitt's brain, neurosurgeon Steven Brem of the University of Pennsylvania worried that the surgery could affect his patient's ability to speak or move. As surgeons have for decades, he studied an MRI that showed the tumor in Prewitt's left parietal lobe. But he also examined a type of scan you've probably never heard of: diffusion tensor imaging. It shows bundles of the fibers that transmit messages from parts of the brain to one another and the brain stem.
SPORTS
June 19, 2007 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, pdomo@aol.com
CHICAGO - As the overseer of America's most violent sport, it disturbs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that many people think his league has turned a blind eye to the issue of concussions. "The thing that troubles me most is people think we've had our head in the sand [about concussions] and we haven't," Goodell told the Daily News late last week. "We've been studying this issue for 13 years. I think we've been very responsible. "On the other hand, we don't have all the answers.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 25, 1996 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 17, 1993 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
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.
SPORTS
May 4, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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