July 27, 2010 |
The severely disabled, including those "locked in" to their bodies as a result of accidents or disease, may soon have a new way to communicate and move around, Israeli scientists said Monday. By sniffing, more than a dozen quadriplegics were able to control computers that allowed them to write and to guide a wheelchair, the team reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . The technology relies on the fact that quadriplegics and others retain control of their soft palates, which regulate breathing through the nose.
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July 10, 2010 |
Thirteen years ago, a biomedical engineer in Orange County had a religious awakening and began tinkering with plastic lawn chairs and bicycle wheels in his garage. Don Schoendorfer, who has a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was in search of the perfect wheelchair for the poor in the developing world — a vehicle that would be light, durable and, above all, cheap. His peers thought he had gone off the deep end. Even his wife, although supportive, soon tired of his creations cluttering the garage of their Santa Ana home.
June 12, 2010 |
Unlike their counterparts in the squeaky-clean world of American comics, the teenagers in Takehiko Inoue's award-winning manga series "Real" face graver problems than: Will Archie ask Betty or Veronica to the hop? Intensely dedicated Kiyoharu Togawa was about to become the top junior high sprinter in Japan; then his right leg was partially amputated because of osteosarcoma. Hisanobu Takahashi, the arrogant captain of the Nishi High basketball team, stole a bicycle to impress a girl and rode into the path of a dump trunk.
February 7, 2010
You know those destinations you feel obligated to visit but don't really want to? Travel section readers do. We asked them to tell us about some of the places they were certain weren't right for them, and here's what they said. Sometimes, the destination was a wonderful surprise; other times, not so much. Read more online at latimes.com/placeswehate. Utah, Colorado road trip What I expected: Thirty hours in a cramped, six-cylinder speeding bullet with our in-laws, two dogs, a suitcase full of bargain basement books-on-tape (intrigue!
September 1, 2009 |
Tammy Duckworth, a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot who lost both her legs to a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq, hoists herself into a single-engine Piper Cherokee. She taxis to a runway, pushes the throttle and pulls back on the yoke to coax the four-seat plane into the air. Now it's blue skies for Duckworth, who's flying again. For the 41-year-old assistant secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs, flying equals freedom, even if it's not adrenaline-pumping combat duty but sailing over Virginia's forests and farms.
July 18, 2009 |
Cpl. Anthony Alegre's unit knew the Humvees they drove through the streets of Ramadi, Iraq, were woefully under-armored. They stuffed sandbags in the doors, but when roadside bombs turned the sand into shrapnel, they began wedging pieces of metal and wood around their seats. No use. The car bomb that hit Alegre's patrol on May 29, 2004, killed three of his fellow Marines and left four pieces of metal in his brain. No one expected the 20-year-old infantryman to survive.
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June 20, 2009 |
Los Angeles homicide and arson detectives were investigating the death of a man whose partially burned body was found in a wheelchair outside a store in South Los Angeles early Friday morning. Fire officials responded to reports of a person on fire, at 2:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of West Manchester Avenue, said Devin Gales, a service officer with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Police officials told television reporters at the scene that the body had been badly burned. A candle and some alcohol had reportedly been found nearby.
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April 18, 2009 |
Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed murder charges against a wheelchair-using woman accused of fatally stabbing a teenage girl earlier this week. Treana Turner, 30, was charged Friday with one count of murder with the allegation that she personally used a deadly weapon, a knife. Her mother and codefendant, Pamela Johnson, 54, faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon. It wasn't known if they had retained attorneys. Turner is accused of killing the 16-year-old on Wednesday.
January 20, 2009 |
Vice President Dick Cheney pulled a muscle in his back while moving boxes and will be in a wheelchair for today's inauguration. White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said Cheney, who will be 68 on Jan. 30, was helping move into his new home in McLean, Va., when he injured his back. His doctor recommended that he use a wheelchair for a few days. Meantime, a federal judge ruled Monday that Cheney has broad discretion in determining which of his records must be preserved. But U.S.