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Signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy found in 3 patients

We've discussed the increasing evidence that concussions and other head trauma suffered by athletes can have lifelong consequences on the brain. Although numerous former players have come forward to report neurological and memory problems, depression and other mood disorders they believe were caused by years of hard knocks to the head, the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) could only definitively be made after death. Some players like Junior Seau allowed their brains to be...
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Jury awards $150 million to Orange County girl for tragic crash

A 13-year-old Orange County girl has won a $150 million wrongful death lawsuit against a trucking company and a driver for a collision that ultimately cost the girl her entire immediate family. The fatal accident occurred four years ago this month, when the plaintiff was just 9 years old. The family, who lived in Riverside, was driving to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with family. She was riding in an SUV in the early morning hours...
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Favre becomes the latest face of football-related brain injury

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has a lot of fans here in Orange County and across the country. Now he has become the latest former pro football player to come forward with his story of how years of hits on the field have affected him. In a recent radio interview, while discussing rumors that the St. Louis Rams had asked him to join their team, Favre, who last played for the Minnesota Vikings, said that...
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Poway parents file wrongful death suit in son’s shooting

The parents of a teen who died from a shooting in a Poway, California, home in 2011 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against another teen and his parents. The victim's parents believe their son was shot by the other teen. The details of what happened on Nov. 4, 2011 may never be known beyond the fact that three teens were in the home of one of them in the northern San Diego County city...
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Malibu High moves students amid environmental contamination scare

When we think of environmental contamination and dangerous chemicals in schools, we generally don't picture upscale areas like Malibu, California. However serious health concerns have recently arisen at Malibu High School that have prompted action by school district officials. Four teachers at the school, which has 1,100 students spanning grades six through 12, have reportedly been diagnosed with cancer this year. Others have complained of migraine headaches and skin rashes. Now, while officials try to...
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