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Jury awards $17 million verdict to woman whose ventilator was prematurely removed
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

A jury in New Jersey awarded a young woman and her family $17 million over an incident that caused her to be permanently brain damaged. The verdict came on the heels of a six-week jury trial. At the age of seven, Kelsey Heaney was admitted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for pneumonia according to […]

Former Milwaukie cheerleader files lawsuit in brain injury case
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A $20 million lawsuit has been filed against North Clackamas School District by a former Milwaukie High School cheerleader who claims she suffered brain damage when she fell in a cheer stunt and hit her head on a floor mat. Alexis Lisle, now 16 years old, was held at shoulder height by four teammates when she fell backwards and hit a mat. The lawsuit claims […]

Football players at much higher risk for brain diseases
Friday, September 7th, 2012

I have been closely following the research on traumatic brain injuries in NFL players. Consequently, I am not surprised but still very alarmed by the details of a new study by the American Academy of Neurology. It shows what has long been suspected: former NFL players are four times as likely to die of brain diseases […]

NFL brain injury lawsuits lead to questions about the league’s future
Sunday, April 29th, 2012

"This gladiator mentality may have allowed the NFL to generate enormous profits, but it has left its players with serious life-altering injuries, including various degrees of brain damage,"  – excerpt from complaint   To date, more than 1,000 former NFL players are suing the league. Some of the plaintiffs claim that the NFL had knowledge […]

New Devices Promise Faster Detection of Brain Injuries
Friday, January 6th, 2012

Traumatic brain injuries affected more than 155,000 men and women in uniform in just the past decade. Brain trauma can be very hard to diagnose, since the victim may not exhibit external signs of injury, and detecting equipment like CT scanners are not always readily available. ProPublica reports the advance of two potential solutions on […]

Football Player Suicide Linked to Brain Injury
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

David Duerson was a former Chicago Bears safety who committed suicide in February. He left a note behind requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a dementia-like brain disease afflicting athletes exposed to repeated brain trauma. This month, scientists announced that Duerson's brain tissue showed evidence of CTE. That […]

Scrutiny of Concussion Risk From Football Grows
Friday, January 4th, 2008

As the football playoffs get underway, it behooves us to take note of the increasing publicity surrounding concussion injury among football players. Researchers from the University of North Carolina released the results of a groundbreaking study of concussion risk among football players in the December 2007 issue of Neurosurgery. The researchers had outfitted college football […]