November 10, 2011

SORRY, TERRY (via Beppo)

EEGs give voice to brain-injured patients, researchers find (Megan Ogilvie, 11/09/11, Toronto Star)

The patients are alive, but unaware. Their brains, damaged by injury, have seemingly shut down. They are mute and immobile and appear to have no knowledge of the world around them.

But scientists are now finding that some patients in a vegetative state are conscious -- and can actually communicate.

On Wednesday, a Canadian-led group of researchers revealed a relatively simple and cost-effective way to assess the consciousness of patients at their bedside.

The finding means doctors may soon have a new way to more accurately diagnose the thousands of people around the world with severe brain injuries.

Posted by at November 10, 2011 6:06 AM

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