Princeton Freshman Football Star Dibilio Recovering From Stroke

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Posted on 1st February 2012 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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So far, the prognosis is looking good for Princeton freshman running back Chuck Dibilio, who suffered a stroke Jan. 19. But there is still no answer yet why this athlete, at the peak of his facilities, had a stroke.   

Dibilio, a 19-year-old from Nazareth, Pa., underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed from the main artery of his brain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press. He had to be transported by helicopter to that medical facility.

Keith Groller, a columnist for the Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., interviewed Dibilio 10 days after he had his stroke, and the star player seemed to be making good progress.,0,2305917.column

Dibilio, who was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was back at home and undergoing therapy three times a week. He told Groller that after the stroke, he couldn’t  speak or move his right arm and leg. Now, he says he is OK physically. 

But in a disturbing aside that rings alarms, he added, “I just need to work on my speech and some mental things.”

Dibilio is still waiting for the results of tests that are trying to pin down what caused his stroke, according to Groller. But apparently, doctors think there is some kind of  link between the stroke and a spleen infection that Dibilio had last year, something that is causing “a clotting disorder.”

The young athlete’s mother said that Dibilio’s therapy is meant to improve his cognitive and language skills, as well as his reading comprehension. One would imagine he would need all those abilities to succeed at Princeton.

There is no timeline yet for when, or if, Dibilio will return to either school or football. He said that he is optimistic. I wish him well.       


Sex And Coffee, And Constipation, May Trigger Brain Hemorrhages


Posted on 15th May 2011 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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If you like sex and coffee, you may be at greater risk for a brain hemorrhage, according to a study published earlier this month by the journal Stroke.

The Netherlands study sought to find out what triggers the rupture of brain aneurysms, which result in hemorrhagic strokes. An aneurysm, as The Los Angeles Times explained, is a weak point in one of the brain’s blood vessels. Those can burst due to stress, causing internal bleeding. But researchers wanted to find out what kind of stresses prompt such hemorrhaging.

To try to identify specifically what causes these ruptures, during a three-year period the study had 250 people who had suffered subarachnoid hemorrhages complete a questionnaire on 30 “potential trigger factors” during the period before the person had his or her hemorrhage. 

The study ultimately identified eight triggers: coffee consumption; cola consumption; anger; being startled; “straining for defecation”; sexual intercourse; nose blowing; and vigorous physical exercise.

 The highest population-attributable risks were found for coffee consumption (10.6 percent) and vigorous physical exercise (7.9 percent).

The study’s conclusion?

“We identified and quantified eight trigger factors for aneurysmal rupture,” it said. “All triggers induce a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems a possible common cause for aneurysmal rupture. Some triggers are modifiable, and further studies should assess whether reduction of exposure to these factors or measures preventing sudden increase in blood pressure decrease the risk of rupture in patients known to have an intracranial aneurysm.”