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Gary Busey helps other brain injury survivors with Celebrity Apprentice winnings

In 1988, actor and recent “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Gary Busey had a motorcycle accident that threw him head-first into a curb without a helmet. That nearly fatal crash set the one-time Oscar nominee down the lifelong path of coping with a traumatic brain injury. Now Busey is giving back to the people at The Center for Head Injury Services in St. Louis, MO, who kept him alive and helped him to bounce back from his massive head injury with surgery and out-patient rehabilitation services. On a recent episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Busey led his team to victory by organizing and ... Read More

Tornado cleanup riddled with danger, US government urges caution

As cleanup continues in tornado-ravaged Alabama and other parts of the South, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges everyone involved in recovery efforts to be mindful of the special hazards that come with such widespread and severe destruction. More than 100 tornadoes ripped across the South on April 27. Most of the twisters were large and extremely violent, decimating parts of large cities and destroying a number of small towns. The tornado outbreak completely destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and thousands more were damaged. Three hundred and thirty-seven people were killed, most of them in Alabama. “Emergency response ... Read More

Charlie Sheen helps Alabama tornado victims with online charity

Actor / warlock Charlie Sheen arrived in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Ala., Monday on what he called a “recon mission,” touring shelters and hard-hit sections of the city and vowing to help out in the recovery. Whether it’s a publicity stunt, a search for redemption in the public eye, or a sincere effort to help those harmed by the fatal storms is beside the point, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox indicated. He is just thankful that Mr. Sheen’s presence is keeping Tuscaloosa in the spotlight, especially now that most of the media’s attention has migrated to Osama bin Laden’s death. “Anytime we can ... Read More

Pennsylvania girl determined to recover from severe traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a number of accidents and incidents: For soldiers, roadside bombs are the leading cause of TBI; on the field, rink, or slope, athletes often suffer concussions and more extreme blows to the head; bike accidents, car accidents, and assault are all common causes of debilitating head injuries. But for a 10-year-old resident of Hershey, Penn., named Samantha, it was a falling tree limb that dealt a severe blow to the head and sent her down the long path of recovery and relearning that many TBI victims must travel. Samantha’s accident occurred in the ... Read More

Most BP oil lingering on Gulf floor, new research finds

Marine biologists have found that oil from BP’s blown-out Macondo oil well continues to linger on and near the Gulf floor, degrading at a much slower pace than BP-affiliated scientists have claimed. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Saturday, University of Georgia marine scientist Dr. Samantha Joye described how vast areas of the Gulf and its marine ecosystems lay decimated under blankets of toxic oil from the BP oil spill that erupted last April. Dr. Joye’s report is at odds with a report commissioned by Kenneth Feinberg, the oil compensation fund ... Read More

Football concussions lead to future problems for many players

A number of football players from the high school and college level all the way to the NFL have been in the news recently, not for throws completed or yards run but for concussions and other types of traumatic brain injury (TBI) they received during play. Doctors and safety advocates have called for better safety measures for football players, ones that would decrease the likelihood and severity of head injuries. But how that translates on the field has been a source of confusion and contention for players and fans alike. After all, football is an aggressive contact sport. Most people ... Read More

BP says it has finally killed its blown-out Gulf oil well

BP announced yesterday that its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has been permanently sealed, five months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded killing 11 workers and causing the largest oil spill in history. BP engineers have been drilling relief wells since May in an effort to kill the flow of oil at its source. The job involved drilling several thousands of feet below ground and intersecting the oil near the base of the damaged well with tons of mud and cement, a process that some scientists likened to capping a Coke bottle from 2 miles away. The oil ... Read More

BP agrees to establish $20 billion fund to aid Gulf Coast residents

After a remarkable four-hour meeting between the White House Administration and BP’s top executives, the oil giant has agreed to create a $20 billion fund to pay damage claims filed by thousands of fishermen and others economically harmed by the oil slick washing up on the shores of four Gulf states. The meeting was scheduled to last two hours, but BP executives resisted committing to the $20 billion fund and both sides haggled over the details. According to the New York Daily News, sources said that Vice President Biden “leaned forward and bluntly informed [BP executives] they had no choice: ... Read More