March 9, 2012 |
Dabigatran (marketed as Pradaxa) is a new drug used by a growing number of Americans with atrial fibrillation. It's both easier to take and more effective at reducing the risk of stroke than warfarin, a drug that's been in use since the 1950s. But a case report published this week underscores a danger with the new medication: If a patient taking it is bleeding into the brain or elsewhere, there is currently no fast, effective way to reverse the blood-thinning agent's effects. For one 83-year-old man who was taken to the University of Utah Hospital's emergency department after falling and hitting his head, the result was death.
January 15, 2002 |
Concussions and other head injuries in early adulthood may significantly raise the risk of depression decades later, a study of World War II veterans found. The study has disturbing implications for football and hockey players, motorcyclists and others who have taken blows to the head. Other research has shown that head trauma patients may be prone to depression shortly after suffering their injuries. But the new findings suggest that the risk persists even 50 years later.
October 21, 2007 |
UCLA's 30-21 victory over California on Saturday was tempered by the loss of linebacker Christian Taylor. Taylor wobbled off the field after a collision with Bears running back Justin Forsett. UCLA officials said Taylor suffered a concussion and then had a small seizure on the sidelines. He was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where a CT scan on his neck and head were performed before he was released Saturday evening, UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said.
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April 2, 2005 |
A bike rider died after colliding with a brick wall Friday, authorities said. Glenn Lubben, 57, of Brea, apparently lost control of his bicycle as he was traveling west on Alta Mesa Drive, veered off the roadway and hit a low brick wall, Brea police said. Lubben, who police said was wearing a helmet, suffered a serious head injury. He was pronounced dead at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton at 10:24 a.m.
January 27, 2003 |
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) underwent surgery to treat a head injury from a skiing accident a month ago. Lautenberg, 79, fell and hit his head while skiing in Aspen, Colo., a spokesman said. He had had a low-grade headache since then. He checked himself into a New York hospital late Saturday. Doctors found blood had collected in an area inside the senator's skull that required surgery to drain. The spokesman said Lautenberg would need two days to recover.
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October 2, 1992
Police detectives were investigating the death of a woman who was found at the bottom of a swimming pool Thursday evening. The woman had a head injury and there was blood at the scene, but detectives had not determined how the woman died. "We don't know if it's a homicide or a drowning or what," said Sgt. Don Kimbro. A couple who live in the 2800 block of Eucalyptus Place called police about 6 p.m. and said they had arrived home to find the woman in their pool, police said.