January 22, 2010 |
Phineas Gage accidentally drove a pole through his head - and survived. Gage sustained one of the world's most famous traumatic brain injuries. Today, 1.4 million Americans suffer one every year, with effects ranging from mild to severe. Of them, 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 50,000 die. Gage's was an extraordinary case, with incredibly mild repercussions given the extent of his injury. But the normal prognosis for patients with severe head injuries is not so hopeful.
September 18, 2007 |
Donovan McNabb likes to say it's not about the numbers. He likes to say it's about the wins and the losses. After two games of this Eagles season, the numbers are bad, the record is worse, and there are countless reasons for head coach Andy Reid, his players, and the fan base to be deeply concerned. The Eagles' offense played poorly in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers but could not even match that effort last night in losing, 20-12, to the Washington Redskins in their home opener at Lincoln Financial Field.
September 7, 2007 |
One positive sign out of Notre Dame's practices this week has been linebacker Maurice Crum Jr.'s bloody nose. "I think the last couple practices on the defensive side have been pretty physical," safety Tom Zbikowski said. "I know Mo had a bloody nose trying to hit people. It's been one of the more physical weeks since I've been here. " The Irish are already battle-scarred heading into tomorrow's hyped meeting at No. 14 Penn State. After losing their opener to Georgia Tech, 33-3, the Irish are hoping to deliver the beating and avoid taking another severe lump this weekend.
September 15, 2006 |
It's a brand name in Spain and in film circles the world over: Almod?var, as in Pedro Almod?var, the Oscar-winning, Cannes-winning, winningly outrageous Spanish writer-director whose wild forays into sexual ambiguity, soap-opera emotionalism, womanhood, motherhood, gay love, straight love, the Catholic Church and Day-Glo color schemes have resulted in a body of work that is full of life - in all its funny, sad, beautiful forms. Volver, which reunites Almod?var regulars Carmen Maura and Penelope Cruz, had its North American premiere last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
May 30, 2005 |
Mexican flyweight Ruben Contreras, 32, was in critical condition in a medically induced coma yesterday, a day after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure from bleeding on his brain. Contreras suffered a seizure Saturday night, shortly after he stopped fighting in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-round bout against Brian Viloria in Los Angeles. David Duarte, a trauma surgeon at California Medical Center, said the surgery was performed quickly enough to avoid permanent damage.
December 22, 2004 |
Tim Myers recalls the events of that night in mid-October with the kind of clarity that comes only to a father whose child is in grave danger. "It was the middle of the night," Myers said yesterday from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where his 6-year-old son, Clayton, lies in a coma induced by doctors. "Clayton was in bed with us. We woke up and saw that his eyes were open, but he didn't respond to us. He was drooling. " His son, it turned out, was suffering from seizures so severe that doctors had to put him on a ventilator and induce the coma.
November 23, 2002 |
A Florida judge has ruled for a second time that the feeding tube of Terri Schindler-Schiavo can be removed, which would kill the former Montgomery County woman who has been comatose for nearly 13 years. Yesterday's decision by Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George W. Greer to have the tube taken out on Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. is a victory for her husband, Michael Schiavo, who has sought for 4 1/2 years to end the feeding that keeps his wife alive. Schindler-Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have fought equally hard to maintain her only source of nutrition.
April 2, 2002 |
Computer chip could protect comatose patients A tiny computer chip that can be implanted in the body and scanned for personal and medical information is awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The VeriChip is similar to technology has been used on millions of dogs and cats as a way to identify the pets if they are lost or stolen. Its maker says the chip can provide instant access to a comatose patient's medical records or warn of allergies to any medications.
October 19, 2000 |
Megan Hamlin, one of two Bucks County girls run over by a sport-utility vehicle June 20 on a Florida beach, was returned to the Philadelphia area yesterday, still comatose, for treatment at the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital. Mark Hamlin of Chalfont, father of the injured 17-year-old, checked her into the hospital at 1 p.m., according to Laura Gallagher, a spokeswoman for the Einstein Healthcare Network. She was listed in critical condition at the facility's Drucker Brain Injury Center last night.
July 7, 2000 |
Jessica Rowen remembers little about the day her vacation turned into a nightmare. The Bucks County teen recalls laying on a Florida beach with her friend Megan Hamlin, listening to music on their portable CD players. The next thing she remembers is waking up in a Jacksonville hospital intensive care unit, surrounded by relatives and nurses. Today, the 16-year-old is back at her Dublin home, enjoying visits from friends and family and getting settled in the new house her family moved into before the accident.