March 3, 2011 |
Bob Probert might have been the most feared NHL player who ever raised a fist, a wild brawler who often skated off bloodied and battered but to enthusiastic applause. He spent 16 seasons as an enforcer for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, avenging slights against teammates and energizing his team. Decades of fighting on the ice and hard living away from it took a heavy toll though: He died of a heart attack last summer at 45. Probert's contribution as a player was measured in penalty minutes, not in goals.
August 17, 2010 |
Repeated concussions may contribute to the development of symptoms that mimic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , or Lou Gehrig's disease, a controversial group of researchers is suggesting in a provocative new study. The cause of most cases of ALS--a devastating degenerative disease named after the baseball great who was its most famous victim--is largely a mystery. Only 5% to 10% of those who are diagnosed with ALS carry the distinctive gene mutation known to give rise to the disease: Of the 30,000 Americans who have the disease at any given time, at least 27,000 have no clue as to its origins.
February 17, 2010 |
Archaeologists have weaved elaborate tales of intrigue and deceit about the death at age 19 of Egypt's fabled boy king Tutankhamen, with theories that include poisoning by his regent, Aye, and a blow to the head by thugs hired by Aye, but new research indicates his cause of death was probably more mundane -- complications from a broken leg and malaria. Using a new approach for analyzing mummies called molecular Egyptology, an international team of researchers found DNA traces of malaria parasites in the boy-king's brain, suggesting an infection was a major factor in his death.
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June 20, 2007 |
Carol, an Asian elephant who gained national acclaim by appearing on the "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," has been euthanized by veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, zoo officials announced Tuesday. The 40-year-old elephant had been suffering from a painful degenerative joint disease. Zoo officials say they tried for years to help Carol with therapy, a specialized diet and exercise. They also installed a padded floor in the elephant barn.
November 1, 2004 |
The Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for the first artificial spinal disk for use in patients suffering from persistent lower back pain. The Charite artificial disk is made by DePuy Spine Inc., of Raynham, Mass. Artificial disks have long been used in Europe. The approval was granted Tuesday. The disk, a plastic core sandwiched by two metal plates, is intended as an alternative to spinal fusion surgery.
November 8, 1999
Alzheimer's is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain and the most common form of dementia. Here are facts and figures: * About 4 million Americans have it. * Fourteen million Americans will have it by the middle of the 21st century unless a cure or prevention is found. * One in 10 people older than 65 and nearly half of those older than 85 have it. A small percentage of people in their 30s and 40s get the disease.