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2010-05-10 12:19:22

Study tests if familiar voices can heal traumatic brain injuries Karen Schroeder's voice, recorded on a CD, reminded her son, Ryan, of his 4-H project when he was 10 and decided to raise pigs. "You bid on three beautiful squealing black and white piglets at the auction," she said softly. "We took them home in the trunk of our Lincoln Town Car, because we didn't have a truck." Recordings from Ryan's mother, father or sister were played through headphones for him four times a day. They were...

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2010-02-04 13:00:00

A study by British and Belgian researchers found that a man who had been presumed to be in a vegetative state for five years, can communicate "yes" and "no" using only his thought patterns, Reuters reported. The researchers said the man sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a traffic accident in 2003. He remained physically unresponsive and was presumed to be in a vegetative state for five years. The study results, published in the authoritative New England Journal of Medicine, said...

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...

2008-09-04 18:00:33

A Florida court holds in its hands the life of a 57-year-old woman, whose husband and mother disagree over whether she should be taken off life support. Karen Weber has been in a partial vegetative state since suffering a stroke in December, WPBF-TV, Palm Beach, Fla., reports. Weber is currently hospitalized on a feeding tube. Her husband, Raymond Weber, wants the tube removed to allow her to die. "She has pneumonia," he said. "She has colostomy bags. She has a breathing apparatus."...

2008-08-21 21:00:35

Trauma care professionals and patients differ regarding patients' care rights and divine intervention in recovery from an injury, U.S. researchers said. While 61.3 percent of the public said they believed a person in a persistent vegetative state could be saved by a miracle, 20.2 percent of the trauma professionals believed that. More than half of the public -- 57.4 percent -- felt divine intervention could save a person when physicians have said treatment is futile versus 19.5 percent of...

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2008-02-11 03:00:00

Second of two parts Her skin cold to the touch, Anna Kindt lay in the hospital as frigid saline was pumped into her veins for more than 10 days. A crack about one-third of an inch wide ran along the top and right side of Kindt's skull, just one of several fractures to her head and face. Her car looked just as bad, a collapsed roof and a crushed side. While passing another car on the shoulder of a road near Hartland in August 2006, Kindt lost control of her Honda Civic, which turned into a...

2006-01-19 20:09:46

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials on Thursday suspended plans to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a coma, saying her condition had changed, just two days after a court cleared the way for her to be allowed to die. Haleigh Poutre's death could lead to murder charges against her stepfather, Jason Strickland, 31, an auto mechanic accused of battering her but who had fought to keep her on life support. Massachusetts state officials said doctors would run...

2006-01-19 16:53:39

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials on Thursday suspended plans to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a coma, saying her condition had changed, just two days after a court cleared the way for her to be allowed to die. Haleigh Poutre's death could lead to murder charges against her stepfather, Jason Strickland, 31, an auto mechanic accused of battering her but who had fought to keep her on life support. Massachusetts state officials said doctors would run...

2006-01-19 16:40:54

Corrects second paragraph to read Haleigh Poutre's death By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials on Thursday suspended plans to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a coma, saying her condition had changed, just two days after a court cleared the way for her to be allowed to die. Haleigh Poutre's death could lead to murder charges against her stepfather, Jason Strickland, 31, an auto mechanic accused of battering her but who had fought to keep her on life...


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