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Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State

By Shawna Williams | September 25, 2017

Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.

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Quantifying Consciousness

By Tanya Lewis | May 26, 2016

Overall brain metabolic rate can distinguish between pathological states of human consciousness, a study shows.

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Vegetative States Probed with PET

By Bob Grant | April 17, 2014

Researchers find that positron emission tomography scans can help determine the degree to which some vegetative patients retain consciousness.

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Measuring Consciousness

By Dan Cossins | April 17, 2013

Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.

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