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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1996 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
An Oxnard woman who overturned her car Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway died of head injuries, coroner's officials said. Felicia Figueroa, 20, was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. Monday at St. John's Regional Medical Center, coroner's officials said. Figueroa's passenger, 21-year-old Ed Barraguey of Oxnard, was treated for moderate injuries Saturday and released, hospital officials said. The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m.
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HEALTH
September 8, 1997 | THE WASHINGTON POST
Athletes who suffer mild head injuries require at least three days of recuperation after symptoms disappear before engaging again in physical activity, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina. The study of 22 athletes found that it takes at least three days to recover balance after a mild head injury. The study also found that healing continues for more than a week after a minor blow to the head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
A 23-year-old Port Hueneme man received severe head injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car south of the Camarillo Airport, authorities said Sunday. Christopher W. Peacock, 23, was in a coma when he was admitted to Ventura County Medical Center after the accident Friday afternoon. A hospital spokeswoman would not say whether Peacock regained consciousness, but she said that his condition has improved from critical to serious, and that he was in the intensive care unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
Pierce College has launched an unusual educational program to help victims of traumatic head injuries return to normal lives. The program--said to be the first of its kind in the Los Angeles Community College District--will begin next fall. It was funded by a $20,000 grant from the Ahmanson Foundation in Beverly Hills. "It is aimed at returning minds to as close to normal functioning as possible," said Norman Crozer, director of the school's Special Services Office.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2002 | LIZ F. KAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adolescent soccer players need better education about the symptoms of concussion and dangers of playing with head injuries, medical experts said Tuesday. In a new report, the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, said that studies of the effects of "heading"--hitting the ball with the head--have been inconclusive and that additional research is needed. But the risk of concussion in contact sports, including soccer is real, according to the report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1988 | GENE YASUDA, Times Staff Writer
Norma Cowart still shudders when she recalls the sight of her 21-year-old son lying comatose in a hospital bed. She can still see the 16 different tubes doctors stuck in Greg's body to save his life. "It was almost inhumane," Cowart said. From the moment Greg Wheetley's pickup truck crumpled against a light pole in Clairemont on July 14, 1986, doctors said his chances of surviving, let alone recovering from traumatic head injuries, were slim.
NEWS
September 15, 1985 | RICH TOSCHES, Times Staff Writer
A 36-year-old Brentwood man who began bicycle racing professionally three years ago died Tuesday from massive head injuries he suffered last Saturday night in a crash at the velodrome in Encino. Rod Ballard, who used his bicycle racing skills to work in the recently released Columbia Pictures film, "Quicksilver," was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, according to hospital spokeswoman Eva Grant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
British scientists said last week that they had discovered a causal link between severe head injuries and Alzheimer's disease, a terminal brain disorder that afflicts an estimated 4 million elderly people in the United States. "It has been argued for a long time that Alzheimer's has several different causes. Our data is the first direct evidence that head injury may be one significant causative factor," said Dr. Gareth Roberts of London's St. Mary's Hospital Medical School.
HEALTH
October 30, 2000 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II
Head injuries suffered earlier in life may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. "As a practical matter, [this] may be one more reason to wear that bike helmet instead of keeping it in a closet," said Dr. Richard J. Havlik of the National Institute on Aging. Several prior studies of a possible link between head injuries and Alzheimer's have yielded conflicting results.
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