Thursday, February 4, 2010

Vegetative Brains Show Signs of Awareness

'Vegetative state' may not be as Vegetative as we once thought. Imagine the horror of being trapped in your own body, everyone around you thinking you are unconscious, and not being able to tell them otherwise. That could be the case with some people written off before as completely unaware.,2933,584743,00.html

"Scientists have detected glimmers of awareness in some vegetative brain-injury patients and have even communicated with one of them — findings that push the boundaries of how to assess and care for such people.

The new research suggests that standard tests may overlook patients who have some consciousness, and that someday some kind of communication may be possible.

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