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2009-11-23 12:52:20

For 23 years, Rom Houben was trapped inside his paralyzed body, after doctors had mistaken his condition to be a coma following a car crash. The 46-year-old man was unable to communicate with doctors or family members, who believed him to be in a long-term coma. "I screamed, but there was nothing to hear," said Houben. "I dreamed myself away," he said. "Frustration is too small a word to describe what I felt." Doctors at the hospital in Zolder, Belgium used the Glasgow Coma Scale to grade...

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2009-09-16 05:20:00

Astronomers from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Hawaii have discovered multiple fragments ejected during the largest cometary outburst ever witnessed. Images and animations showing fragments rapidly flying away from the nucleus of comet 17P/Holmes will be presented by Rachel Stevenson at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam, Germany, on Wednesday September 16. Stevenson, together with colleagues Jan Kleyna and David Jewitt, began observing comet...

2009-09-14 08:35:39

A new understanding of how anesthesia and anesthesia-like states are controlled in the brain opens the door to possible new future treatments of various states of loss of consciousness, such as reversible coma, according to Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists. In an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the scientists, Marshall Devor, the Cecile and Seymour Alpert Professor of Pain Research, graduate student Ruth Abulafia and research associate Dr. Vladimir Zalkind describe...

2009-07-21 18:44:40

A sixteen-month study of consensus-based diagnosis of patients with disorders of consciousness has shown that 41% of cases of minimally conscious state (MCS) were misdiagnosed as vegetative state (VS), a condition associated with a much lower chance of recovery. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Neurology have demonstrated that standardized neurobehavioral assessment is more sensitive than diagnoses determined by clinical consensus.Steven Laureys, from the University of...

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2009-07-02 15:10:00

A similarity in brain disturbance between insects and people suffering from migraines, stroke and epilepsy points the way toward new drug therapies to address these conditions.Queen's University biologists studying the locust have found that these human disorders are linked by a brain disturbance during which nerve cells shut down. This also occurs in locusts when they go into a coma after exposure to extreme conditions such as high temperatures or lack of oxygen.The Queen's study shows that...

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2009-02-04 13:50:00

In 1996, a 7-year-old boy in China bent over the eyepiece of a small telescope and saw something that would change his life--a comet of flamboyant beauty, bright and puffy with an active tail. At first he thought he himself had discovered it, but no, he learned, two men named "Hale" and "Bopp" had beat him to it. Mastering his disappointment, young Quanzhi Ye resolved to find his own comet one day. And one day, he did. Fast forward to a summer afternoon in July 2007. Ye, now 19 years old and...

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2009-02-03 08:00:00

In hospitals around the country, doctors are trying to discover how to fix a dying liver by testing a machine packed with human liver cells. The device would act as an artificial liver, and could take over some of the liver's jobs much like dialysis helps kidneys work and cardiac pumps squeeze a flabby heart. The goal is to help patients stabilize enough for a transplant, or even to avoid one.A damaged liver can regenerate if it has enough recovery time, but if it's too far gone, a transplant...

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2009-01-15 17:00:00

Scientists reported on Wednesday that the human eye could help doctors understand how an acute form of malaria attacks the brain, a discovery shedding light on new and better treatments for one of Africa's biggest killers. Tests in patients have shown for the first time that the build-up of infected blood cells in the narrow blood vessels of the brain leads to a potentially lethal lack of oxygen to the brain. Eye exams detected tiny blood vessel blockages in the brains of people with cerebral...

2009-01-13 11:52:00

Stardust-NExT on Its Way to Explore Comet Tempel 1 DENVER, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 14, NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft will fly by Earth during a gravity assist maneuver that will increase its velocity and sling shot the spacecraft into an orbit to meet up with comet Tempel 1 in February 2011. Flight operations for the spacecraft are performed from Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area in Denver, Colo. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. provides the precision...

2009-01-03 16:24:36

Doctors in London say movie actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is in stable condition after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home last month. The 85-year-old Attenborough, who directed Ghandi and acted in Jurassic Park, had fallen into a coma after the Dec. 18 accident but has since regained consciousness. Attenborough remains at St. George's Hospital, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The British newspaper said the Oscar-winner has suffered from an irregular heartbeat that...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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