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May 2, 2011 | By David Wharton
In the months leading up to his suicide, former NFL player Dave Duerson feared that a life spent on football fields, all of those hard hits, might have irreparably damaged his brain. Now, medical researchers say they have confirmation. A postmortem examination has found evidence that Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions and other repetitive head trauma, researchers said Monday. "The pathology was severe in areas of the brain that influence impulse control, inhibition, emotion and memory," said Dr. Ann McKee, a neurologist at Boston University and the Bedford VA Medical Center.
June 21, 1986 | Associated Press
A race car driver who was injured seriously in a racing accident one week ago has suffered extensive brain damage, a W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital doctor said Friday. Rick Baldwin, 31, of Corpus Christi, Tex., suffered head injuries and bruises when his car ran into a wall June 14 during qualifying for the Miller American 400 stock car race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Tests on Baldwin at the hospital in Jackson revealed the presence of extensive brain dysfunction, Dr.
November 8, 2004 | From the Hartford Courant
Contrary to popular belief, most brain damage in premature babies is caused by infections, not a lack of oxygen, researchers at Johns Hopkins University say. "To reduce the risk of brain injury in the premature neonate, physicians may have to pay more attention to infections that occur around the time of birth," said Dr. Ernest Graham, assistant professor of medicine and author of the study that appeared in the October online edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
July 8, 2003 | From Reuters
Putting patients on ice after they suffer cardiac arrest helps to prevent brain damage caused by the drop in blood circulation, an international team of researchers reported Monday. Cardiac arrest -- the trembling heart malfunction that can be reversed using a defibrillator -- can not only kill, but it can leave a survivor with dead brain cells. Two studies published in the journal Circulation show that cooling the body temperature to below the normal 98.6 degrees can help prevent that damage.
January 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
A 3-year-old girl who was found clinically dead in a snowdrift last week will lose part of one toe but appears to have suffered no brain damage, a doctor said Wednesday. Brittany Eichelberger of Elkins, W. Va., "looks great, certainly neurologically," said Dr. Pat Kochanek, an intensive care specialist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She credited the cold and prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation with preventing brain damage.
Roger Rodecker, a young man who fought for a high school diploma after a motorcycle accident left him suffering from brain damage, and, in the process, learned a lot about self-determination, died of complications from chronic seizures, his family disclosed Friday. Rodecker was 22 when he died June 17. About four years ago, Rodecker was riding on the back of a motorcycle driven by a co-worker from Knott's Berry Farm when it slammed into a van, leaving him critically injured and comatose.
January 28, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
Convicted killer Alan Brett Holland suffers from arrested development of his frontal lobes, a defense witness testified Tuesday, probably as a result of bathing his dog with strong flea chemicals at age 11. "I believe his . . . poisoning would have been severe at any time," Santa Barbara-based neuropsychologist Cheryll Smith told the jury. "But the effect was particularly dramatic because it occurred at a time when his frontal lobes were immature.
November 4, 1997 | From Associated Press
A Pakistani charged with killing two CIA employees in a shooting rampage outside the spy agency's headquarters has brain damage, his lawyer said Monday as jury selection began. Mir Aimal Kasi, who was captured in Pakistan in June, is charged with murder in the 1993 shootings and could get the death penalty. Both sides questioned prospective jurors at length about their opinions of the death penalty and their knowledge of the case. Kasi, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday.
January 16, 1992 | MACK REED
A neurologist asked Gregory Scott Smith to smile Wednesday in his penalty trial for the 1990 kidnap-murder of an 8-year-old Northridge boy, then diagnosed Smith as mildly brain-damaged, during testimony that was meant to aid prosecutors.
Gen. Augusto Pinochet is unfit to stand trial because of "extensive brain damage" that dims his memory, comprehension and ability to express himself, according to disclosures Wednesday of a British medical report on Chile's detained former dictator.
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