August 31, 2013 |
Once a hard-driving fullback for the Eagles, Kevin Turner no longer has the hand strength to grasp a straw. That helps explain why Turner considered Thursday's news of a settlement between the National Football League and former NFL players suing the league to be as big a victory as any he had experienced on the field. Turner, 44, found out he shouldn't have to prove that his many symptoms from his diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, came from his eight seasons in the NFL. A lead plaintiff in the class-action settlement reached between 4,500 former players and the NFL, Turner should receive some of the $765 million the league will pay to settle lawsuits.
August 31, 2013 |
The NFL had considerable legal defenses in its fight with retired players over injuries caused by the violent collisions that are at the heart of the sport, not the least of those being a contract with the players that substantially restricts lawsuits. But in the face of public opinion, and the potential damage to its image, those defenses likely became much less important to the league. The prospect of slugging it out with the players in a multiyear litigation battle in which damaging information is disclosed and the public is regularly reminded of the sport's sometimes brutal impact on player health likely was a powerful incentive for the league to settle.
August 5, 2013 |
Cooling the body is the one practice that has been shown to reduce brain injury after resuscitation for cardiac arrest. Yet "therapeutic hypothermia" is rarely used on patients who are already hospitalized when their hearts stop, according to a study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers. Disappointing as that may sound, interpreting the findings is difficult. Outside the hospital, cardiac arrest - complete stoppage of the heart, which can be fatal within minutes - is usually caused by a heart-related problem.
July 6, 2013 |
A man who had just celebrated his 21st birthday was charged with attempted murder in the multiple stabbing of an apparently homeless 71-year-old man outside the Doylestown SEPTA station early Wednesday. Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler said Dale Michael Wakefield, who turned 21 Tuesday, was arrested in Baltimore early Thursday. Wakefield was charged with stabbing George Mohr in the head, chest, arms, hands, and back several times and beating him, causing multiple facial fractures and a brain injury.
July 1, 2013
New research from Canada has found that roughly one in five adolescents has probably suffered a traumatic brain injury - a figure that suggests severe concussion in children and adolescents may be far more common than has been estimated. The new study also hints at a troubling link between traumatic brain injury and poorer grades, underage drinking, and use of illicit drugs. In Ontario, 62 percent of students in grades seven through 12 anonymously completed a computerized questionnaire gauging their drug and alcohol consumption.
May 6, 2013 |
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.
March 21, 2013 |
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.
January 12, 2013 |
Every year, 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries, the result of car accidents, sports, gunshots, and mishaps as seemingly minor as a slip and fall. The rehabilitative path on which many embark was paved in part by Dr. Irwin W. Pollack. A professor of psychiatry and neurology at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1968 to 1998, Dr. Pollack was among the pioneers of an integrated therapy now standard in the field. Where disabilities once were treated piecemeal, he marshaled myriad specialties in a team effort to give head-injury patients if not their old lives back, then new lives.
January 11, 2013 |
DR. IRWIN W. POLLACK gave hope when there seemed to be no hope. A heartbroken parent would come to him and say, "This is my son, but he isn't anybody I know. " A wife would say, "This is my husband, but he's a different person. " These were victims of devastating brain injuries, struck down in accidents, muggings and other trauma. Their injuries often rendered them unable to function. They sat in dark rooms, lost in the underworld of cognitive emptiness. But to Dr. Pollack there was always hope.