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  • FOX News' Medical Team: What Do Hillary Clinton's Neurological Records Show?

    08/09/2016 6:45:28 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 79 replies
    The 'FOX News Medical A-Team' talks about a photo that caught internet buzz over the weekend from February that showed Hillary Clinton needing the help of aides to walk up a set of stairs and reports of Clinton health problems in general.
  • A Navy SEAL's last act of service: A search for the truth about brain disease and the military

    05/28/2016 9:51:28 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Virginia Pilot ^ | May 29, 2016 | Corinne Reilly
    On the afternoon of March 12, 2014, Jennifer Collins checked her phone and found a message from her husband, Dave Collins, a retired Navy SEAL. He’d texted to say that she should pick up their son from kindergarten, and then this: “So sorry baby. I love you all.” Hours later, two police officers showed up at their house in Virginia Beach with news that Dave, 45, had shot himself in his truck a few miles away. Although Jennifer had held out hope for any other explanation, she also knew the moment she read it what the text meant. For months,...
  • Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

    05/03/2016 11:08:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 3, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, science editor
    A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs. A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life. Scientists will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques which have been shown to bring patients out...
  • Did Donald Trump pay attention in class???

    04/23/2016 10:35:48 PM PDT · by E=MC<sup>2</sup> · 102 replies
    Several weeks ago Donald Trump suggested that he would eliminate the national debt over an 8 year time period by selling off federal assets at the rate of $2.25 trillion per year. Should a graduate of Wharton School and a real estate mogul say such a thing? Supply and demand are the most basic economic principles and are taught in Economics 101. Shouldn't such a well educated individual and one who has created an amazing awesome $10 billion (trillion? quadrillion? quintillion?) company based on real estate know that dumping that much additional real estate on the open markets would depress...
  • Ivy League Moves to Eliminate Tackling at Football Practices

    03/03/2016 1:15:49 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | March 1, 2016 | KEN BELSON
    Ivy League football coaches have decided to take the extraordinary step of eliminating all full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season, the most aggressive measure yet to combat growing concerns about brain trauma and other injuries in the sport. The move could influence how other football programs, from the youth level to the professionals, try to mitigate the physical toll of football, which has been played on Ivy League campuses since the 19th century. The eight Ivy League coaches unanimously approved the measure last week. Their decision is expected to be adopted formally once it is affirmed by...
  • MatthewDrakeStory

    11/21/2015 6:50:41 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Lisa Schuster
    Matthew was wounded during a suicide car bombing in Iraq, near the Syrian border, on Oct. 15, 2004. He was the sole survivor of the attack. Two members of his Army Psychological Operations team, a U.S. Marine accompanying them, and an Iraqi translator were killed. He suffered massive injuries, including a depressed skull fracture, several strokes and brain trauma from the explosion and impacts. He also had a fractured vertebrae in his neck, his jaw was broken in two places with severe tissue damage to the right side of his face, a fractured sternum, clavicles, and right arm, inhalation damage...
  • Vanity: Please Pray for My Cousin - Medically Induced Coma from Brain Bleed

    08/01/2015 7:18:14 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 54 replies
    Life ^ | 08/01/15 | Self
    I thank you in advance for sending up a prayer for my cousin. On his vacation with his wife, he fell in the night in his hotel room (not from his bed, not in the bathroom) and was unconscious when his wife, awakening from sleep, heard the thud of his fall. He was rushed to the hospital where they found way too much blood in the brain to operate. They have him now in a medical coma and it has been several days. He now has an infection in his lungs and blood that they are treating with antibiotics. He...
  • “Brain Dead” Teenager Awakens From Coma After a Family Friend Prays for Her

    05/18/2015 11:46:53 PM PDT · by kathsua · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews has repeatedly chronicled cases of people who were prematurely declared dead or said to be in supposedly persistent vegetative states who ultimately recovered. We have also covered miraculous cases where an act of God appears to be the only reason or only answer as to why a patient has recovered. File this story under “act of God” or “answered prayers.” Taylor Hale, then 14, suffered traumatic brain injury when she fell off hood of car while horsing around with friends in 2011. She spent a week in medically induced coma to help her brain heal, but she suffered a...
  • US Special Forces funds drug that can put soldiers injured on the battlefield into hibernation

    11/26/2014 8:33:25 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 11-26-14 | Mark Prigg
    US Special Forces working with James Cook University in Australia. Drug aims to raise the heart and blood pressure into a 'survival window' low enough to reduce blood loss, but high enough to prevent brain injury. Human trials expected to begin within a year.
  • Not #Ferguson: Elderly White Woman Hospitalized After Brutal Robbery in Ocoee

    08/16/2014 8:21:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 16,2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    WFTV in Orlando, Florida reported Friday about a callous, violent robbery of an elderly white woman by three young black men that left the woman hospitalized with a serious brain injury and a broken clavicle. The Publix surveillance videos released to the media show rare, clear before, during and after video of the victim, the perps and the robbery. There will be no protests, no candlelight vigils, no statement by President Barack Obama, no Justice Department investigation, no visits by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. The race ‘healers’ won’t descend on Ocoee like they are doing in Ferguson this week...
  • The bone-shattering truth: U.S. football is doomed

    05/05/2012 1:03:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 152 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 04, 2012 | John Kass
    With the apparent suicide of NFL great Junior Seau, who played 20 years in the world's most violently glamorous sport, American football is dying. It's about time. The nationally televised gambling and meat-rendering factory cannot survive without new players. And the parents of future players are asking themselves this: Is football worth it for my child?
  • How many more deaths can NFL fans take?

    05/05/2012 6:20:18 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | May 2, 2012 | SAM MELLINGER
    A gray-haired woman in a green floral dress is screaming the worst moment of her life in front of the entire world. Luisa Seau stands in front of microphones, in front of cameras, on televisions across the country wailing the sometimes incoherent words of every mother’s worst nightmare. “I pray to God,” she screams, “please take me, take me and leave my son, but it’s too late. Too late.” You might’ve seen the heartbreaking video already. If you watched television at all Wednesday, or opened up a web browser, it was hard to miss and harder to stomach that Junior...
  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely

    04/26/2012 3:07:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 25, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    LEICESTER, England, April 25, 2012 ( - According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a young British man owes his life to an insistent father who would not allow his son’s organs to be removed from his body, despite assurances from four doctors that his son could not recover from the wounds he had suffered in a recent car accident. The Mail reports that Stephen Thorpe, then 17, was placed in a medically-induced coma following a multi-car pileup that had already taken the life of his friend Matthew, who was driving the vehicle. Although a team of four physicians insisted that...
  • My husband is a medical hostage for profit (Gary Harvey)

    05/14/2011 3:12:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    Salem-News ^ | 5/12/11 | Sara Harvey
    Gary Harvey (WASHINGTON D.C.) - Where does one turn when you become disabled, vulnerable or old and become unlawfully a victim of the system? There are no kind words for the injustice that Chemung County New York has visited upon my husband, Gary Harvey and me. Gary at work. My husband a veteran who served his country and fought for our freedom is being denied his.Until January 2006, my husband was leading a normal life. I am telling this story on behalf of a “Person”. Not a corporation, not a piece of “Human Capital” and definitely not a legal...
  • How the Miraculous Medal Changed My Life

    02/14/2004 6:06:07 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 603+ views
    Real Presence ^ | February 2004 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    One of the most memorable experiences that I ever had was with the Miraculous Medal! It changed my life. In the fall of 1948, the year after my ordination, I was in what we call the Tertianship. This is a third year of Novitiate before taking final vows.In October of that year, a Vincentian priest came to speak to us young Jesuit priests. He encouraged us to obtain faculties, as they are called, to enroll people in the Confraternity of the Miraculous Medal. Among other things, he said, "Fathers, the Miraculous Medal works. Miracles have been performed by Our Lady...
  • 1 year after officer tackled him, man is bedridden, wife is caretaker

    05/29/2010 10:19:58 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 385 replies · 5,127+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 16 May 10 | Sara Jean Green
    OLYMPIA — Sarah Harris goes through the motions of her day trying hard not to think about what life was like a year ago — or what it would be like now if not for "the incident." She feels guilty leaving the house, even if only for a couple of hours to visit her mom or sister, to run errands, or go grocery shopping. She still cries every night. Her husband, the first boy she kissed and the only man she's ever loved, suffered a catastrophic brain injury when his head slammed into a concrete wall after a brief footchase...
  • St. Petersburg Beach has special day for coma victim

    02/17/2010 7:51:39 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 18 replies · 436+ views
    St. Petersburg Times (via Google archives) ^ | February 17, 1991 | Times Staff Writer
    This city has proclaimed today Terri Schiavo day. Last year Mrs. Schiavo, 27, suffered a loss of potassium in her body that caused her heart to stop beating and resulted in a coma. She underwent surgery, performed by Dr. Yoshio Hosobudhi of the University of California at San Francisco in December, to implant a stimulator in her brain. The brain stimulator implant was a success, said her husband, Mike. Mrs. Schiavo is slowly emerging from the coma at the Mediplex Medical Center, a neurological care center in Bradenton, he said. She will undergo at least a year of speech, occupational...
  • Politicians Should Donate Their Brains to Science

    02/02/2010 9:00:29 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 19 replies · 304+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-02-10 | Bob McCarty
    It's not often when one can draw parallels between professional athletes and elected officials in Washington, D.C.. Today, however, one of those opportunities surfaced, causing me to conclude that politicians, like professional football players, should donate their brains to science.
  • Student battles back from debilitating crash

    01/02/2010 1:38:55 PM PST · by wagglebee · 175 replies · 2,370+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/1/10 | Steve Liewer
    Jodie Beckner demonstrated a move at Pilates Plus in La Jolla, where she teaches classes. Six years ago, Beckner suffered a permanent traumatic brain injury after a head-on collision on an icy Vermont road. She graduated from SDSU in December and hopes to go to nursing school. Peggie Peattie / Union-Tribune Mike Beckner was fixing dinner when he got the phone call parents dread — the one from a doctor trying to break awful news gently.Earlier that day, Nov. 11, 2003, his daughter, Jodie, had driven up a mountain to catch the first day of snowboarding season at a...
  • Bob Barker Donates $3 Million for Brain Injury Center

    10/08/2009 4:21:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 981+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2009 – The price appears to be right for former game show host and naval aviator Bob Barker, who donated $3 million to help build a premiere Defense Department center for wounded warriors suffering traumatic brain injuries. The donation brings the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to its $60 million goal to build the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Bill White, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, announced yesterday. The 72,000-square-foot, two-story facility is expected to open next year next to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund...
  • Beer for brain injury? Maybe

    09/22/2009 11:49:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 899+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/09 | Megan Brooks
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who suffer a traumatic brain injury from a car crash or other mishap are more apt to survive if they had been drinking at the time of the injury, according to a study published Monday. The finding "raises the intriguing possibility" that giving alcohol to brain injured patients may improve outcome, the study team suggests in the Archives of Surgery. Alcohol and driving "is and will always continue to be bad -- it contributes to over 40 percent of traffic-related fatalities," first author Dr. Ali Salim of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles emphasized in...
  • A Chance for Clues to Brain Injury in Combat Blasts

    06/23/2009 2:07:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 669+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | ALAN SCHWARZ
    No direct impact caused Paul McQuigg’s brain injury in Iraq three years ago. And no wound from the incident visibly explains why Mr. McQuigg, now an office manager at a California Marine base, can get lost in his own neighborhood or arrive at the grocery store having forgotten why he left home. But his blast injury — concussive brain trauma caused by an explosion’s invisible force waves — is no less real to him than a missing limb is to other veterans. Just how real could become clearer after he dies, when doctors slice up his brain to examine any...
  • MMR Causes Autism – Another Win In US Federal Court

    06/15/2009 4:06:15 PM PDT · by SecAmndmt · 92 replies · 2,427+ views ^ | June 14, 2009 | childhealthsafety
    Julia a three year old US citizen has just won substantial compensation in the US Federal Court for autism caused by MMR vaccine – says her mother. What is different about this case? They kept the “autism” word out of the case. Many parents in other US cases have been advised to do this:- CBS News has found that since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. In many … cases, the government paid out awards following a judicial...
  • Chandler toddler on life support; man allegedly threw her

    06/09/2009 5:01:42 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 36 replies · 2,274+ views ^ | June 9, 2009
    CHANDLER, AZ – A 21-year-old man is in custody for allegedly throwing his girlfriend's 2-year-old girl onto concrete ground, critically injuring the child. Police said Jeremiahs Aguilar admitted to police that he threw the toddler because she wouldn't stop crying. On Saturday, Josepha Talavara, 20, allegedly called 9-1-1 and said her daughter was unresponsive. Police responded to her home near Chandler Boulevard and Fresno Street where they discovered the child in critical condition. The victim was transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to a trauma center, according to police. As of late Monday, she remained on life support...
  • A wonderful friendship Nursing home resident, volunteer share a unique companionship.

    04/06/2009 10:02:36 PM PDT · by kathsua · 653+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 4/06/09 | Clara Kilbourn
    The smiles on their faces mirror the sweetness of their newfound friendship. For Sarah Scantlin, it's a Friday, the day her friend Stacia Thrash comes to visit. Thrash will do Sarah's makeup, and maybe they'll talk about what Sarah had for lunch. In their hour together, they'll sing a song and read a story. Thrash, a volunteer through the Reno County Volunteer Center, will paint Sarah's fingernails. Nancy Wilson, activity director at Golden Plains Health Care Center, wiped away the tear that rolled down her cheek as she watched the two women together - Thrash, 20, a sophomore at Hutchinson...
  • Award-Winning Documentary on Terri Schiavo to be Featured at National Right to Life Convention

    03/28/2009 1:39:36 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 34 replies · 1,132+ views
    eNewsChannels ^ | Fri, 27 Mar 2009 18:27:39 -0700 PDT | Aria Munro
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) will have a special screening of the new documentary, “The Terri Schiavo Story” from Franklin Springs Family Media, at their national convention in June. Additionally, National Right to Life will be endorsing the film in their April edition of the National Right to Life News which is sent out to nearly 400,000 subscribers. NRLC State Organization and Development Director Jacki Ragan stated, “This story is one that pro-lifers ought to review once a year.” The NRLC review of the documentary goes on to say, “The DVD does an excellent job...
  • Military study: Soldiers' brain injuries might be overstated

    01/31/2008 11:25:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 95+ views
    NC Times ^ | January 30, 2008 | Marilynn Marchione - AP
    The role of traumatic brain injury -- blamed for symptoms plaguing thousands of soldiers returning from Iraq -- might be overstated, contends a provocative military study that offers hope for successful treatment. In many cases, post-traumatic stress and depression may be driving the symptoms, doctors reported Wednesday. And that's good news because those are treatable. The study by U.S. military doctors was praised by outside experts who found the conclusions convincing. Returning soldiers have struggled with memory loss, irritability, trouble sleeping and other problems. Many have suffered mild blast-related concussions, but there is no easy way to separate which symptoms...
  • BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas

    12/19/2007 5:00:27 AM PST · by paulsy · 162 replies · 948+ views
    Australian news ^ | 12/19/07 | paularish1
    "Paulo Melo, 29, has been in a coma at the Royal Darwin Hospital for two weeks, after severing his spinal cord in a car crash." - read more below: doctor requested, family objected, court granted
  • Stem Cells May Reverse Brain Injury and Restore Memory

    11/26/2007 9:42:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 165+ views
    New University ^ | Aaron Elias
    Memories help construct lives and life experiences—without them, living life would be nearly impossible. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are debilitating illnesses capable of ruining victims’ lives and inflicting pain and sadness on their families. Recent findings at UC Irvine show that the use of stem cells can reverse memory loss after brain injuries and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. “This study can very well benefit people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as physical brain injuries and neuron loss, if it becomes transferable to humans,” said Debbie Morisette, a stereologist working on the study. “But as of right...
  • Car Crash Claims Wounded Iraq Veteran's Third Child

    11/05/2007 6:27:43 PM PST · by RDTF · 125 replies · 177+ views ^ | Nov 5, 2007 | AP
    DALLAS -- A wounded Iraq veteran and his wife have lost a third child from injuries the boy suffered in a car accident on the way to visit his father in the hospital. Three weeks after his siblings died in an Oct. 13 accident on the gusty West Texas plains, 9-year-old Tyler Johnson died Saturday at Children's Medical Center Dallas. Army Spc. John Austin Johnson was waiting for his wife, Lisa, and their three kids to visit him at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio when the deadly crash occurred on Interstate 10 about 12 miles east of Ozona....
  • Adult Stem Cell Research May Lead to Treatments for Brain Injuries, Disease

    11/02/2007 5:30:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 228+ views
    Life News ^ | 11/1/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Irvine, CA ( -- A new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine finds another advance in the use of adult stem cells. In this case, researchers used the stem cells from the brain of a mouse to restore memory following a brain injury. The team used the neural stem cells to protect existing cells that were still healthy following the injury and to restore neuronal connections that had been damaged. Scientists were able to restore the brain to pre-damaged levels three months following the treatment. Lead researcher Mathew Blurton-Jones, a postdoctorate fellow at the university, told the...
  • Army conducts brain tests on soldiers (101st Airborne Division up first,goal:brain injury detection)

    09/19/2007 6:45:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 223+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/07 | Kristin M. Hall - ap
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Before they leave for Iraq, thousands of troops with the 101st Airborne Division line up at laptop computers to take a test: basic math, matching numbers and symbols, and identifying patterns. They press a button quickly to measure response time. It's all part of a fledgling Army program that records how soldiers' brains work when healthy, giving doctors baseline data to help diagnose and treat the soldiers if they suffer a traumatic brain injury — the signature injury of the Iraq war. "This allows the Army to be much more proactive," said Lt. Col. Mark McGrail,...
  • Army Begins Testing Soldiers' Brains

    09/19/2007 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 27 replies · 694+ views ^ | September 19, 2007 | By KRISTIN M. HALL
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Before they leave for Iraq, thousands of troops with the 101st Airborne Division line up at laptop computers to take a test: basic math, matching numbers and symbols, and identifying patterns. They press a button quickly to measure response time. It's all part of a fledgling Army program that records how soldiers' brains work when healthy, giving doctors baseline data to help diagnose and treat them if they come back with a traumatic brain injury - the signature injury of the Iraq war....
  • Thousands of GIs Cope With Brain Damage

    09/09/2007 12:43:59 PM PDT · by james500 · 91 replies · 1,486+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 3:07 PM EDT, September 9, 2007 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers. Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These blast-caused head injuries are so different from the ones doctors are used to seeing from falls and car crashes that treating them is as much faith as it is science. "I've been in the field for 20-plus years dealing with TBI. I have a very experienced staff. And they're saying to me, 'We're seeing things we've never seen before,'" said Sandy Schneider,...
  • Ruptured eardrums after battlefield blast signal possible brain injury in troops, doctors say

    08/23/2007 5:26:24 AM PDT · by RDTF · 4 replies · 386+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | August 23, 2007 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP
    An unusual study by doctors treating blast victims at a field hospital in Iraq has found that ruptured eardrums may help reveal which troops are at risk of hidden brain injury. The finding is important because many such brain injuries have been missed in the past, especially when more severe or obvious wounds demanded attention. Researchers report their observation in a letter in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Diagnosing brain injury, especially mild damage, is based largely on subjective symptoms like irritability and forgetfulness. Imaging tests like CAT scans do not help, and neurological function tests...
  • Stem-cell treatments raise hopes for Boy with a Brain Injury

    08/04/2007 9:00:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Desert News ^ | July 21, 2007
    AMERICAN FORK — Many travelers to foreign countries have goals to see new sights and try exotic foods. Travis Ashton Travis Ashton's goal was a bit loftier — to receive stem-cell treatments at a hospital in China to help recover from a brain injury he suffered in a car accident seven years ago. Travis, 18, and his parents traveled to Hangzhou, China, in June for a five-week stay at the Beike Biotechnology Clinic where Travis was to receive four stem-cell treatments. He received six. "We had planned on four, and he ended up having two more," said Missy Ashton, Travis'...
  • Gov't struggles to cope with wounded GIs

    06/23/2007 6:58:02 PM PDT · by pubjohn47 · 261+ views ^ | 6/22/07 | Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer
    "The good news is that the majority of these people who become ill or injured ... are going to survive and are going to be able to return either to the military or to civilian life and be productive."
  • Increased Awareness Will Improve Brain-Injury Treatment, Officials Say

    03/05/2007 3:41:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 332+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 5, 2007 – Traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of a conflict punctuated by daily bomb attacks on coalition forces and Iraqi civilians, is receiving increased emphasis from Defense Department leaders and the military medical community. DoD has made great strides in treating severe traumatic brain injuries -- those with obvious symptoms like open head trauma or loss of consciousness -- but the challenge lies in better identifying and treating mild brain injury, two top officials in the DoD health care community said. These mild injuries, which can be caused by repeated concussions or indirect exposure to...
  • Ethical Stem Cell Study May Pave Way for Brain Injury Cure

    01/01/2007 9:34:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 446+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 01.04.06 | Mary Rettig
    A Texas children's hospital is working with the University of Texas' Medical School in a unique clinical trial using bone marrow stem cells to treat children's brain trauma. This trial, which does not involve ethically problematic and controversial embryonic stem cells, is the first to use stem cells in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, for which there is currently no reparative therapy. Dr. James Baumgartner, M.D., is an associate professor of pediatric neurosurgery and one of the principal investigators on the project. He says this procedure will be "an absolutely novel treatment, the first ever with potential to repair...
  • Boy in "Hopeless" Vegetative State Awakens and Steadily Improves

    10/10/2006 4:04:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 301 replies · 4,245+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/10/06 | Hilary White
    GRESHAM, Oregon October 10, 2006 ( – A young boy, who had previously been diagnosed as being in a “permanent vegetative state,” has awakened from a 22 month-long coma and is breathing on his own.Devon Rivers collapsed in a seizure during a phys-ed class in 2004 and his condition was never explained, though some doctors suggested it was caused by an unknown viral infection. Doctors agreed, however, that he had little hope of recovery. His mother, Carla Rivers, visited him regularly and, in addition to physical therapy by his paediatric nursing home to keep his limbs supple, she talked...
  • Brain-Injury Patients Should be Used for Medical Experiments, Suggest Bioethicists

    10/05/2006 3:49:28 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 181 replies · 3,964+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/5/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    MELBOURNE, Australia, October 5, 2006 ( – Patients designated as in a “persistent vegetative state (PVS)” should be used for medical experiments, according to several top bioethicists, regardless of whether or not prior consent was obtained.Several articles published in the recent issue of the Journal of Medical debated the potential use of patients with non-responsive brain function for such medical experiments as animal organ transplants—to bypass ethic prohibitions against using a living human being for medical experimentation, some even suggested designating such patients as “dead,” saying their cognitive impairments justified treating them as cadavers.Dr. John Shea, medical advisor to...
  • New study questions “brain-death” criterion for organ donation

    09/17/2006 9:49:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 625+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/15/06 | Peter J. Smith
    ROME, September 15, 2006 ( – A new case-study raises more doubts about the ethical determination of “brain-death”, since researchers discovered that a patient suffering from a “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) demonstrated similar brain activity to healthy conscious individuals according to Zenit news. Under the leadership of neuroscientist Dr. Adrian Owen, the team of scientists from Cambridge University and the Belgian University of Liège applied MRI technology to discover that the brain activity of a PVS patient indicated she was “consciously aware of herself and her surroundings.” In their experiment, the researchers gave oral commands to a 23-year-old comatose Englishwoman,...
  • Thanks Sen. Allen et al (Virginia Senate race)

    09/14/2006 12:18:37 PM PDT · by freespirited · 18 replies · 420+ views
    The Senate is close to meeting the military brain-injury challenge it nearly failed. Three weeks ago, lawmakers drew fire for trying to halve the budget of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center by leaving $7 million out of this year's appropriations bill... Thankfully, the cut is being corrected thanks to Sen. George Allen's amendment this week. Allen stepped up Tuesday with a measure to reverse the funding cut and increas[e] the center's budget to $19 million. The measure passed by unanimous consent [and] is expected to reach the floor later this month. ... We spoke this week with the...
  • Docs: Comatose Man's Brain Rewired Itself (semantics on parade)

    07/03/2006 8:50:04 PM PDT · by ECM · 21 replies · 827+ views
    AP ^ | 7/3/06 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    Doctors have their first proof that a man who was barely conscious for nearly 20 years regained speech and movement because his brain spontaneously rewired itself by growing tiny new nerve connections to replace the ones sheared apart in a car crash. Terry Wallis, 42, is one of the few people known to have recovered so dramatically so long after a serious brain injury. He still needs help eating and cannot walk, but his speech continues to improve and he can count to 25 without interruption.
  • Terri Schiavo 2 in NJ with my husband

    06/25/2006 3:33:39 PM PDT · by Simplemines · 83 replies · 2,536+ views
    6/25/06 | Simplemines
    Many of you replied when I originally posted my husband's horrible hospital odyssey of several months ago. Things were going okay in the Catholic hospital, until my husband knocked out his trach in his sleep. The alarm didn't go off. My husband can breathe on his own, and the ventilator was giving him some small support. His heart stopped. They resuscitated him, and he's been in a twilight since. The dr. he has has given up on him - this has only been a week. My husband IS starting to respond and focus, but the dr. doesn't care. He's pressuring...
  • Man Brain-Dead After Father-Son Hockey Game

    01/02/2006 6:53:37 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 58 replies · 1,709+ views
    AP ^ | January 2, 2006 | AP
    DULUTH, Minn. -- A retired police officer and youth hockey coach was critically injured by a hockey puck Saturday during a father-son game. Dennin Bauers, 52, was struck behind the left ear by a puck at around 9:30 a.m., when about 20 high school players - mostly from Duluth Central High School -- took on their fathers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. He was wearing a helmet, but collapsed and was taken to the hospital. He remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, according to the hospital's intensive care unit. "He's in bad, bad...
  • Boy Scout Gets Knife Lodged In Brain

    12/23/2005 11:23:24 AM PST · by jdm · 38 replies · 1,809+ views
    KUTV ^ | December 23, 2005
    (KUTV) An incredible and un-suspecting accident leaves a Utah Boy Scout just inches from death when he was stabbed right between his eyes. Jeff Jaeger spoke to Kevin Coulter and tells 2News how this was a truly freak accident. While raking leaves for a Boy Scout event, one of the leaders flung a knife from his hand while trying to catch another scout who had tripped. “It was dark, it was like 8:30 and there was a light and I saw it flash before it hit me,” said Kevin. The blade landed in between his frontal lobes. It was 2...
  • "Mothers Against Brain Injury" Help Families Surrounded By Uncertainty

    11/12/2005 6:41:05 AM PST · by tutstar · 25 replies · 490+ views
    FCN ^ | 11/11/2005 | First Coast News Staff
    "[There's] no real support system for a trauma, for a life-threatening immediate incident that takes place. That throws your whole life into a tailspin," said Tracy East. East is another mom who camped at her injured child's bedside day and night. She realized there isn't anything to get parents through this.
  • Woman details her 20-year coma (knew about 9/11 and OKC in the coma!)

    08/04/2005 5:49:22 PM PDT · by rwfromkansas · 74 replies · 5,760+ views
    CBS News ^ | 8/4/05 | CBS
    For 20 years, Sarah Scantlin was seemingly unaware of the world around her after she was hit by a drunk driver in an accident that sent her into a comatose state in September of 1984. Then in February, she shocked her parents and doctors when she began to speak. In her first national television interview, after undergoing surgery on her long-unused limbs and speech therapy to unlock her long-dormant tongue, Scantlin speaks with The Early Show national correspondent Tracy Smith in a two-part interview to be broadcast Thursday and Friday. Smith also speaks with Sarah's parents, Jim and Betsy Scantlin,...
  • 'It's a new world'

    08/05/2005 12:36:56 AM PDT · by kathsua · 4 replies · 497+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 8/04/05 | Clara Kilbourn
    It's a new world' Sarah Scantlin making gains in regaining control of her arms in infinitesimal increments By Clara Kilbourn The balls of gauze that protected Sarah Scantlin's feet for two decades have been traded in for a pair of high-top sneakers. A welcome spot of breakfast lingers on her T-shirt, and she smiles when her mother, Betsy Scantlin, talks about Sarah's newfound fondness for Zingers and French fries. "Where's the catsup?" Sarah asked when the French fries were served, Betsy said. In the six months since she spoke her first "OK" - after 20 years of no verbal communication,...