July 27, 2016 |
Thomas Medero was found lying unconscious on a North Philadelphia street the night of Dec. 13, his head smashed in, his skull fractured. In all likelihood, the 60-year-old was assaulted. But because of his brain injuries, Medero doesn't know what happened. Sitting in a wheelchair at a Montgomery County nursing home this month, he said he had taken a subway to the Frankford Transportation Center, on his way to visit his girlfriend. He had withdrawn $40 or $60 from an ATM at the terminal.
March 25, 2016
Authorities in South Jersey are trying to determine how a human skull ended up in a wooded area by a road in Ocean County. Two men driving along Arizona Drive, near Old Toms River Road, in Brick Township on Tuesday found "the remains of a decomposed skull," Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. "The passenger noticed it, jumped out and notified the local police department," he said. Della Fave said roads in the area were closed Wednesday as authorities searched for more evidence.
February 27, 2016 |
Authorities do not know why Theresa Greaves disappeared in 1983. They do not know how the South Jersey woman died, who killed her, or how her remains ended up on a Utah hillside, where they were found last year. But a small step toward closure in the 33-year-old mystery came this week, when Greaves' remains were flown back to her family in New Jersey. Greaves had lived in Utah for about two months when she disappeared in August 1983. She was 23. Her skull and additional remains were discovered last February; they were identified as hers about a month later.
February 15, 2016
The rare, radical surgery known as hemispherectomy, in which half of the brain is removed, was first tried on humans in the mid-1920s. However, not until the 1950s was it performed successfully, mostly for cases of severe childhood epilepsy. Its use increased in the 1990s as surgeons, including Ben Carson, developed more sophisticated techniques that produced improved outcomes. It is done almost entirely on children, whose brains have more neuroplasticity than adults', meaning that neurons in the remaining half can more easily assume the tasks of neurons in the missing half.
December 14, 2014 |
When Christopher Teti was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2011, Kevin D. Judy performed traditional surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He removed a portion of Teti's skull and cut out the tumor. When a second tumor showed up this year, Judy tried a far less intrusive approach. He and colleagues drilled a dime-size hole in the patient's skull, inserted a slender, laser-emitting wand, and destroyed the malignant growth with heat. Aside from the drilling part, Judy did the procedure from a separate room, pushing down on a foot pedal to turn on the laser inside Teti's skull.
October 30, 2014 |
Construction of a built-in pool in a charming section of Riverton came to a "screaming" stop when a worker discovered a human skull Monday afternoon. Tuesday, the normally quiet riverfront neighborhood with turn-of-the century mansions was transformed into a crime scene with police, detectives, and an anthropologist studying what appeared to be particularly old remains. How old? Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, could only say "very" old until experts do a thorough analysis to determine the age, gender, identity, and cause of death, and how the skeletal remains got to the spot about six feet deep in the 600 block of Bank Avenue.
April 4, 2014 |
Jazs Bronner told police that his father died after he fell and hit his head on a 10-pound barbell, the result of a father-and-son fistfight. But police said the autopsy told a different story: Orlando Bronner, 73, was struck at least four times in the head with a blunt object, and parts of his skull contained bits of metal and paint from the gold-colored free weight. Jazs Bronner, 44, was arrested late Tuesday in Bristol Township, Bucks County, and charged with a general count of homicide, the degree to be decided in court.
September 16, 2013 |
William Acosta lies asleep on an operating table at Jefferson University Hospital. A surgeon is drilling a pen-sized hole into his skull. Curiously, the OR begins to smell like sawdust. Doctors then reduce his anesthesia, and Acosta, his brain still open, wakes up. Over the next five hours, Acosta, 56, of Glenside, will be both a patient and a collaborator in his own brain care. By staying awake, he will help surgeons find the part of his brain involved in Parkinson's disease.
July 8, 2013 |
THE SKULL appeared on a Monmouth County, N.J., beach years ago, coughed up by the surf as casually as the sand crabs and clamshells that usually speckle the shoreline. Was it a murder victim whose killer counted on the sea to hide the crime? Or maybe a loner lost in a boating or swimming mishap? It didn't take Donna Fontana long to find the answer. With one X-ray in 1987, Fontana determined that the skull wasn't a skull at all: The teeth had no roots. The head was a plastic prop from a haunted house on a pier that had burned down, leaving debris behind to be carried away by the currents.
May 9, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Less than 24 hours after J.A. Happ was hit on the head by a line drive and carted off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was back at Tropicana Field yesterday. The 30-year-old lefthander said he had a skull fracture behind his left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, as well as a sore right knee that he tweaked when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night. Otherwise, he felt pretty good after his release from Bayfront Medical Center. He does not have a concussion.