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October 11, 2004 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Actor Christopher Reeve, who became famous for his role as Superman and then garnered far more acclaim for his perseverance after being paralyzed from the neck down in a 1995 horseback riding accident, died Sunday. He was 52. Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs, told Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.
April 25, 2004 | Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer
If you had only a few months left on Earth, what would you do? If you could find out how you were going to die, would you? These are "what ifs" that many people ponder casually at times. But in Deneane Chiplock's family, life regularly demands answers. The family has been devastated by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease for the New York Yankee slugger who had it. The "creeping paralysis" that spares none of its victims has taken 24 lives in three generations.
March 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists who trained a monkey to move a mechanical arm using thought alone said Tuesday that experiments in Parkinson's disease patients showed the technique might work in humans too. Electrodes implanted in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients transmitted signals that might someday be used to operate remote devices, the team at Duke University Medical Center reported. The team gave patients a videogame to play while the electrodes sent their signals from within the brain.
December 21, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Julia Tavalaro, who became the subject of magazine and newspaper stories and a book after she spent six years so paralyzed that people thought she was not cognizant, died Friday. She was 68. During the six years, she was unable to let anyone know she was aware. Her senses were intact. She could understand, remember and think. She felt sadness, happiness and anger. But she was helpless. She could move her head and eyes, but the movements were hardly noticeable. And she could not speak.
October 1, 2003 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
USC has received a $17-million federal grant for a new research center to develop high-tech medical implants to treat such ailments as blindness, paralysis and memory loss. The National Science Foundation grant, which will be announced by USC officials today, is intended to spur collaboration among the university, government and industry.
August 12, 2003 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-five years after the most catastrophic collision in NFL history -- a fierce tackle that forever changed the lives of the two men involved -- neither Darryl Stingley nor Jack Tatum can walk. Stingley never will. The former New England Patriot receiver was paralyzed from the neck down in an exhibition game Aug. 12, 1978, after absorbing a hit by Tatum, the feared Oakland Raider safety whose autobiography is titled, "They Call Me Assassin."
March 14, 2003 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Actor Christopher Reeve has undergone an experimental surgery that doctors believe will enable him to breathe without a respirator for the first time since he broke his neck in a 1995 horseback-riding accident. Physicians at University Hospitals of Cleveland used minimally invasive surgery to implant tiny electrodes that control his breathing by stimulating the muscles of his diaphragm with a pacemaker-like device.
He's a real-life hero, a compelling advocate, an inspiration. Yet some say his dramatic story could distract us from the realities of ordinary people living with a disability. Christopher Reeve's partial recovery from a severe 1995 spinal injury, the subject of a television special and a new book released last week, prompted a range of responses, from glee to caution, among the community of spinal cord injury advocates and patients.
As the infections and death toll attributed to West Nile virus rise by the day, federal health officials said Thursday they are reasonably certain that the virus can be spread through blood transfusions. They also warned that West Nile patients can develop a polio-like paralysis that is easily misdiagnosed and improperly treated. The new information has created urgency within the public health community to address a disease that didn't even appear in the United States until 1999.
December 9, 2001 | Associated Press
Swiss skier Silvano Beltrametti was paralyzed below the waist after a high-speed crash Saturday on an icy course at Val D'Isere, France, in the opening downhill of the World Cup season. Beltrametti, 22, was flown to a hospital in Grenoble and was in stable condition. He had a fractured spine and bleeding in his lungs, an official of the Swiss team said. Beltrametti finished third in a super-giant slalom race Friday at Val D'Isere.
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