It took removing a pre-schooler from her mother's care for seven months for authorities to build their case against a mom they say tried to poison her little girl with salt. Katie Alice Ripstra, 31, was charged this week by the Harris County Sheriff's Office for allegedly poisoning her 4-year-old ... More >>
Paul Delacerda's seen it all. From traveling the road living the rocker life and having it all tumble down in the mid 1990s. He was homeless for six months, living under a bridge near Interstate 610 --- then picked himself back up--- and joined the Army. He's been back in Houston since 2010, but wi ... More >>
A security video has surfaced in the investigation into the tasing of Noe Nino de Rivera, a high school student at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop, by a Bastrop County deputy in November. Rivera suffered a severe brain injury and was kept in a medically-induced coma after the incident. According ... More >>
With the discovery of the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encepholopathy) in football players, many of whom saw their lives spiral out of control then ending in suicide or violently, we might have seen the beginning of end of football in America, at least as we know it. As the CTE research con ... More >>
The Houston Texans say head coach Gary Kubiak, who dramatically collapsed on the field at halftime of Sunday's loss to the Colts, has been cleared to leave the hospital and go home. Doctors are saying it's possible Kubiak suffered a "mini-stroke," or a transient ischemic attack, which is often a si ... More >>
The wife of a federal prosecutor formerly based in Houston has accused Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies of beating her so severely she suffered permanent brain damage, while the County Attorney says her husband is the one who beat her, and the couple conspired to cover up domestic abuse by blami ... More >>
Glen Campbell's long slow goodbye has been going on now for a little more than a year, since he announced he was suffering from Alzheimer's. "A Better Place" is the second video from Glen Campbell's 2011 album Ghost On The Canvas, and it's a tearjerker. It's the goodbye. Featuring Queens of the ... More >>
"We will aggressively protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of our players, both on the field and off. We can preserve the fierce competition that makes football great, while simultaneously committing to the relentless pursuit of safer play. Our players do not make excuses on the field ... More >>
An administrator at Lone Star College, apparently spooked by the number of perspective incoming students who hadn't yet provided proof they received their state-mandated meningococcal vaccine that protects against meningitis, has told employees at her North Harris County campus to hand students an e ... More >>
Let's stipulate that the Houston Astros have retired too many numbers, especially for a franchise that's been to just one World Series. Let's also stipulate that most of the retired numbers are for players who, while fan favorites, really didn't do anything to deserve having their numbers retired. L ... More >>
Memorial Hermann now boasts the Michael Jordan of concussion expertise: Neuropsychologist Summer Ott, Psy.D, has been brought on board to head up the Sports Concussion Program at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann. Along with her deep knowledge of head trauma caused during a ... More >>
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
Derek "Boogeyman" Boogaard, a former Houston Aero enforcer who we got to know before his NHL career took off, has been found to have suffered with a neurodegenerative disease that medical experts have linked to concussions. Boogaard, once one of the league's most feared brawlers, died on Ma ... More >>
Phot by Nacogdoches County JailAmber Hope Osage: Once, twice, three times an abuser (allegedly). According to police in Nacogdoches, Amber Osage didn't like it when her fellow in-home caretaker and the quadriplegic man they were looking after woke her up. When they asked her to help move him ... More >>
Billy Cohn wanted to be a rock star, and he is — as a trombone-toting heart surgeon and medical inventor.
Further studies at UCLA sounded the alarm about concussions and their treatment
Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.
Former Texas Longhorn Raymond Clayborn (24) and 74 fellow NFL retirees are suing the league.The National Football League has been, for the past few years, one of the biggest proponents of concussion awareness. Now, all of that cheerleading may bite them in the backside. The Associated Press ... More >>
Tara Csatlos is 16 years old, but her vision is equivalent to a 40-year-old's. In the past year, she has almost died several times, traveled back and forth to Illinois to see medical specialists and dropped out of spring semester at Cypress Woods High School. All of this due to a freak skateb ... More >>
HPD threw him to the ground, man says.A federal jury has awarded an employee of the Pink Monkey nightclub $17,500 for being roughed up by Houston police during a 2008 raid. Donald Boyd suffers from lupus, has had a stroke and has a medical pump implanted in his stomach, and he says he was co ... More >>
Gabrielle Giffords: An eclectic, but marred, set listIt's difficult to imagine anyone not happy with the progress being made at the Texas Medical Center by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She's walking, talking and, according to an e-mail from her mother obtained by the Houston Chronicle, ... More >>
Confession #1: I am not, nor ever have been, a fan of the band Poison. Confession #2: I have never seen a single episode of The Apprentice. But I nevertheless have become somewhat obsessed with Bret Michaels's Diet Snapple Trop-a-Rocka Tea, which the former rock star designed as part of the ... More >>
Willie Nelson's camp has finally confirmed what Rocks Off first reported here last Friday, that longtime Nelson drummer Paul English did in fact suffer a "mild stroke." About an hour ago, Nelson tweeted the message "Paul is getting better!" A brief statement on Nelson's Web site today added that En ... More >>
Rocketing around the web last week was a video of KTRK anchor Melanie Lawson falling behind her desk during a broadcast.Lawson handled the thing with the professional aplomb she always shows. Many Houstonians know she has multiple sclerosis, so the whole thing wasn't as funny perhaps as the usual ... More >>
The Leeder family recently found out how DirecTV does business: The company will not, under any circumstances, break a contract or waive cancellation fees, even if you've had a stroke and will never need the service again, unless you complain on Facebook and Twitter. That's pretty much the w ... More >>
A TDCJ guard who had been found guilty of filing a false "use of force" report was sentenced today to what no doubt will be two very uncomfortable years in a federal prison. (Or maybe guards take care of their own? We don't wanna know.)Eugene Morris, 41, had kicked an inmate in the head repeatedl ... More >>
Mrs. Mayor reads from her new childrens book
Cyberonics has implanted its pacemaker in thousands of epileptics. It wants to expand to the depression market. Still needed: an accounting of those who died or were injured after receiving its implant.
Glenda Turner wrestles with ways to regain a normal life -- as others beat on her to break the grip of the bizarre syndrome racking her body