Entries in Chicago (3)


X-Ray Reveals Nail in Man’s Brain

BananaStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Thirty-two-year-old Dante Autullo was working with a nail gun at his home in suburban Chicago when he misfired, causing a nail to go whizzing past his head, or so he thought. Mr. Autullo had actually just shot himself in the head with a 3 1/2 inch nail, he just didn’t realize it. Autullo proceeded to continue working, spending more than a day with the nail stuck in his brain.

After experiencing nausea and headaches the next day, Mr. Autullo went to the hospital, where an X-ray uncovered the nail. Both Mr. Autullo and his family were flabbergasted. “Un-freaking-believable,” his fiancee Gail Glaenzer said to the Naperville Sun.

“They were shocked because he was walking and talking, and he had it in for 36 hours,” Autullo’s mother, Jerri Autullo told the Sun. “I hoped that it wasn’t going to be as bad as it looked.”

Autullo was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he had surgery Thursday morning. He’s recovering there today, eager to get back to work.

“He’s in the darn hospital yelling that there’s a big snowstorm tomorrow and how’s he going to plow?” Glaenzer told the Sun. “This is from a guy who just got his brain cut open.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Heat Wave Linked to 7 Deaths in Chicago Area, Including 18-Year-Old

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The massive heat wave that is now suffocating the East Coast and pushing power grids to near capacity has contributed to at least seven deaths in the Chicago area this week, autopsies by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office revealed Friday.

One of the victims Cesar Rodriguez, 18, collapsed in front of his home Thursday while riding his bike and running around. He died later that day. His family said that he had no known medical conditions but may not have consumed enough water.

The most recent report from the National Weather Service said that at least 22 people had died because of the extreme heat and humidity. Emergency rooms reported Thursday that they were "stacked up" with patients.

"We're up in overall cases by 10 percent every day this week," the Detroit Medical Center told ABC News. "The chief of emergency medicine estimated that 15 percent to 20 percent are heat exhaustion or heat-related cases."

The worst day for the heat index is yet to come for the East Coast and the Mid-Atlantic region -- from North Carolina to New York -- where heat index values could exceed 115 degrees.

Half of the country is under a heat advisory, although the East Coast might have a slight break in the not-too-distant future.

According to senior forecaster Michael Eckerdt at the National Weather Service, the 100-plus degree temperatures might take a dip later this weekend.

"There is a cold front that is going to be dropping into the eastern U.S. this weekend," Eckerdt said. "The heat will continue into Saturday and then we will see moderating temperatures back down into around the 90-degree range as we move into Sunday and Monday. But it's going to still remain very warm."

The National Weather Service has safety tips for adults looking to keep cool.

  • Slow down. Try to reduce or cancel any strenuous activities, or reschedule them for the coolest part of the day.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight and heat.
  • Eat lighter foods. Meat and other proteins increase metabolic heat production and could cause even more water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. If you don't have an air-conditioner in your home, go to a library, store or other location for part of the day to stay cool.
  • Avoid getting too much sun. Sunburn can reduce your body's ability to release heat.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


New Study Sheds Light on Elder Abuse Trends

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A new study suggests victims of elder abuse are usually women, people with neurological disorders, or drug addicts, HealthDay reports.

Researchers looked at figures from two Chicago trauma units, and found that almost 30 percent of abused seniors had alcohol in their system. The study compared abuse victims with a control group of patients older than 60.

The study also urged medical staff at hospitals to be more vigilant about elder abuse cases, since most instances are only discovered after the victim has been hospitalized.

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