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2014-04-16 11:38:44

A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet. It is the first time that researchers have tested the diagnostic accuracy of functional brain imaging techniques in clinical practice. "Our findings suggest that PET imaging can reveal cognitive processes that aren't...

Vegetative Patients Recognize Loved ones
2013-12-17 08:29:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Patients in a vegetative state may be able to recognize photographs of their family and friends, according to a new study published this month in the journal PLOS ONE. Although patients in a vegetative state are awake, can breathe on their own, and appear to go in and out of sleep, they do not respond to what is happening around them, and exhibit no signs of conscious awareness. Since communicating with these patients is...

Awareness May Be Possible When In A Vegetative State
2013-11-03 04:35:27

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The concept of being in a coma or vegetative state is only made the more frightening when you add in the possibility that while lying there, hooked to medical equipment and having one’s life prolonged by a support system, a cognizance of one’s surroundings damns you to a waking nightmare of unknown duration. Thankfully, those in a vegetative state are spared this scenario. Or are they? According to a new study, a patient who...

2009-09-20 13:19:14

Research gives insight into possible rehabilitation of some patients Scientists have found that some individuals in the vegetative and minimally conscious states, despite lacking the means of reporting awareness themselves, can learn and thereby demonstrate at least a partial consciousness. Their findings are reported in today's (September 20) online edition of Nature Neuroscience. It is the first time that scientists have tested whether patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states...

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...