Navigation Links
Brain Scans Suggest Some Vegetative Patients May Be Aware
Date:2/3/2010

not responsive behaviorally is, in fact, conscious."

Patients in a vegetative state appear to awaken after a coma but show no signs of awareness of self or their environment. Though their eyes are open, they have no purposeful actions, explained Dr. Allan Ropper, a neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who wrote an accompanying editorial. Their behavior is limited to reflexive behaviors, such as roving eye movements, swallowing or yawning.

The minimally conscious state is a newer term that describes patients with very limited and erratic verbal or motor responses to a spoken voice or other external stimuli.

The research raises provocative questions about the nature of consciousness and self-awareness, Ropper said.

Even if brain scans show hints of residual consciousness, "the question is, what does it mean? That is what people are going to have to grapple with," Ropper said. "It has to do with what you think life is and what is a meaningful life. Those are social, cultural and theological questions."

Ropper also cautioned against families gleaning a false sense of hope. Evidence of consciousness was found in only a small percentage of patients. And all of those were patients who had suffered traumatic brain injury, not "anoxic" brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen from, say, cardiac arrest.

The ultimate hope is that brain scans could one day enable some level of communication, said Dr. Joseph Fins, a professor of medicine and public health and chief of the division of medical ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

"Restoring communication is the holy grail," Fins said. "The thing that families overwhelmingly want is for their loved one to be able to express their wishes, and to know that their loved one is not in pain. These are things that could profoundly impact the decisions of families found in the difficult situation of caring for someone who is veget
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Brain Damage Seen in People With Severe Sleep Apnea
2. Alterations in the brains reward system related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
3. Brain dopamine receptor density correlates with social status
4. 3 brain diseases linked by toxic form of same neural protein
5. Brain Damage: NFL ‘Gets It,' American Society of Anesthesiologists Still Appears ‘Asleep'
6. Study finds reduced brain gray matter concentration in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea
7. Brain Thermostat May Suppress Non-Essential Information
8. UC Davis researchers identify brain protein for synapse development
9. Scientists Decode Brain Cancer Cell Line
10. UCLA cancer researchers perform complete genomic sequencing of brain cancer cell line
11. Discovery of mechanism in brain cell injury in Huntingtons offers new treatment approaches
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/29/2014)... Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration ... that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors ... risk of attempting suicide. , The discovery, described online ... that changes in a gene involved in the function ... significant role in turning what might otherwise be an ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Diabetes is a common condition diagnosed in millions of people. ... while the production of insulin is decreased. , Insulin ... needed by the body to regulate blood sugar levels. Diabetes ... as there are numerous complications that can be developed by ... read a complex review of Matt Traverso's new book go ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... For numerous women from all over the world, ... out being quite hard. Well, the author of the Make ... that can help all these women. This is the formula ... love and attention every day. , Daily Gossip reveals ... by Alex Carter who published a unique eBook to detail ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Daily Gossip writes in its Fibroids Miracle review that this ... users how to permanently eliminate uterine fibroids. The system has ... the world. , They have been able to get ... as 12 hours. This means that pain and other disturbing ... Fibroids Miracle review also indicates that the method was developed ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want young children ... them something that,s healthy is good for them. Doing ... good, a new study suggests. "Parents and caregivers ... may be better off simply serving the food without ... yummy the food actually is," said study authors Michal ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:A blood test for suicide? 2Health News:A blood test for suicide? 3Health News:Reverse Your Diabetes Today Review Exposes Matt Traverso’s New eBook 2Health News:"Make Him Desire You" Review Reveals Unique Formula to Make Men Feel a Special Kind of Love 2Health News:Amanda Leto’s Fibroids Miracle Review Reveals Clinically Proven Uterine Fibroids Cure System 2Health News:Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods 2
... The Substance Abuse and,Mental Health Services Administration ... inaugural Science and Service Awards. These awards,recognize ... treat mental illnesses and substance abuse., ... to public sector,organizations and community-based groups and ...
... Collection Donates 100% of Net Profits to The ... Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, ... anniversary of its partnership with The Ovarian Cancer Research,Fund (OCRF) and ... decade, L,Oreal Paris has offered hope to the tens of,thousands of ...
... Sicko Serve as Reminder of Need for Genuine Reform -,Nurses ... ... International Nurses Panel Lauds Guaranteed Healthcare Systems, ... Michael Moore,s Sicko will lead a delegation of several,hundred registered ...
... the pharmacys name or logo rather than instructions on ... in the September 10 issue of the Archives of ... 1.5 million medication errors occur each year in the ... the mistakes. While the Food and Drug Administration has ...
... medications again, study finds , , TUESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay ... chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and ... prescription drug plans, new research shows. , The ... also found that many of those seniors do not ...
... The Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) has embarked ... year strategy with the launch of the first ... health mosquito control products. The three projects, ... IVCC projects developing improved mosquito control information systems. ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:SAMHSA Announces First Science and Service Award Winners 2Health News:SAMHSA Announces First Science and Service Award Winners 3Health News:SAMHSA Announces First Science and Service Award Winners 4Health News:L'Oreal Paris Celebrates Ten Years of Hope and Healing 2Health News:L'Oreal Paris Celebrates Ten Years of Hope and Healing 3Health News:L'Oreal Paris Celebrates Ten Years of Hope and Healing 4Health News:L'Oreal Paris Celebrates Ten Years of Hope and Healing 5Health News:September 11th First Responders Lead Emotional Rally at State Capitol Tuesday 2Health News:Prescription labels geared toward pharmacies, not patients 2Health News:Medicare Spending Caps Cause Seniors to Stop Meds 2Health News:IVCC launches groundbreaking insecticide projects with Bayer and Syngenta 2
(Date:7/29/2014)... McGraw-Hill Education Professional, a leading global provider ... medical communities, has announced the launch of the ... the world-renowned medical education platform. A ... available for download onto all iOS and Android devices, ... access to valuable AccessMedicine diagnostic resources in ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... -- Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: NBIX ) announced ... 2014 financial results after the Nasdaq market closes on ... live conference call and webcast to discuss its financial ... 7, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (5:00 a.m. ... conference call by dialing 866-952-1907 (US) or 785-424-1826 (International) ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... July 29, 2014 Research and Markets ... Respiratory Devices Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. ... A respiratory device is a medical device used to ... difficulty in breathing and cannot achieve adequate oxygen levels ... cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD, and ARDS require the need ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:McGraw-Hill Education Professional's AccessMedicine App Delivers Instant Access to Essential Diagnostic Tools 2McGraw-Hill Education Professional's AccessMedicine App Delivers Instant Access to Essential Diagnostic Tools 3Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Conference Call And Webcast To Report Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Global Respiratory Devices Market 2014-2018 2
... dedicated fluorometer from Berthold Technologies, has ... variety of measurement modes to support ... scanning, dual ratio measurements plus top ... valuable instrument for any researcher using ...
The VICTOR² D fluorometer is suitable for clinical assays based on fluorescence or time-resolved fluorescence from a wide variety of plates....
... VISUCAM non-mydriatic fundus camera ... simplicity of fundus imaging. ... to set the standard ... features a unique combination ...
Small, compact and versatile, the CLK-4 light source is compatible with all Olympus fiberscopes and is ideal for the vast majority of routine fiber-endoscopic procedures, especially in the out-patien...
Medicine Products: