June 7, 1999 |
The worst part is in the morning, when Sean Gjos emerges from the forgiving fog of sleep and is suddenly jolted back to reality. He remembers that his life, which had been progressing so smoothly, changed irrevocably in an instant because of a freak accident in a hockey game.
July 10, 1990 |
As usual this summer, long days and warm weather ideal for recreational pursuits will usher in dozens of serious accidents that result in paralysis. But the fate of individuals who suffer spinal cord injuries this summer (and throughout the decade) could differ slightly from people paralyzed in the past.
December 6, 1994 |
Rats with spine injuries were able to stand and walk after treatment with a combination of drugs, researchers report. Eugene Roberts of the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., said Monday the research shows it may be possible to prevent the permanent damage that often occurs in spinal injuries by quickly treating patients with drugs that halt damaging inflammation and promote healing.
October 16, 2010
Over the summer, Kristina Ripatti-Pearce completed Race Across America, a bicycle relay from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. It's considered one of the most difficult races in the world. But unlike her team members, Ripatti-Pearce faced an added challenge -- the young mother of two is paralyzed from the chest down. A former officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, Ripatti-Pearce was on a routine patrol in 2006 when she noticed a suspicious-looking man walking the streets in South L.A. After chasing him for blocks and then jumping on his back, the suspect turned and shot Ripatti-Pearce at point-blank range.
April 18, 1991 |
Bill Shoemaker faces the prospect of permanent paralysis from the chest down as well as complications with his breathing, according to a medical statement released Wednesday by Dr. Robert G. Watkins of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Shoemaker, horse racing's all-time winningest jockey who retired last year, suffered a severe fracture dislocation of the cervical spine and a spinal cord injury after a single-car crash April 8 in San Dimas. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.
June 2, 1995 |
As actor Christopher Reeve remained paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own five days after breaking his neck in an equestrian accident, experts in spinal cord injuries said Thursday that the circumstances--breaks high in the spinal column--indicate a potentially devastating injury, among the worst imaginable. "A spinal cord injury is always serious and the higher it is the more serious it is--and this is the highest injury you can have," said Dr.
December 19, 1985 |
Major discoveries in medical science are the most elusive of events. Magical advances like penicillin and the Salk polio vaccine do appear. But, in fact, the so-called breakthrough is rare. No subject is a better example of the deliberate pace of medical research than spinal-cord injury, once considered a dead end for researchers. For years, doctors believed that damaged nerves in the spinal cord never grew back.
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August 24, 2007 |
A final forensic expert testified for the defense at the Phil Spector murder trial Thursday, completing what lawyers have called the heart of the famous music producer's fight to clear his name. Testimony is expected to finish Monday, followed by a discussion of legal instructions the judge will give to the jury before it begins deliberations. Closing arguments by attorneys are expected to occur just after Labor Day.
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June 29, 1989 |
For 25-year-old Danny Shaw, life was as warm and mellow as the Southern California sun. He had an auto mechanic's job he loved, in the city he loved, San Clemente. "It was all there for me: swimming, surfing, trips to Mexico. It was great," he recalled. Then, on April 9, that dream life turned into a nightmare. While cooling off in the ocean near Doheny Beach during that month's 100-plus-degree heat wave, something happened. "It was a freak accident," Shaw said. "I still don't know what happened, but all of a sudden I was floating on my back."
February 11, 2008 |
As they seek to document and demystify one of life's great thrills, scientists have run across some real head-scratchers. How, for example, can they explain the fact that some men and women who are paralyzed and numb below the waist are able to have orgasms? How to explain the "orgasmic auras" that can descend at the onset of epileptic seizures -- sensations so pleasurable they prompt some patients to refuse antiseizure medication?