Sixty-Six Garage, the random name he was given when he arrived at the UCSD Trauma Center in San Diego in 1999, is a John Doe who has been kept alive with machines since the vehicle he was traveling in crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Die angeblich fehlerhafte Hirntod-Diagnose in einem Krankenhaus bei Bremen hat eine alte Debatte neu entfacht: Wie riskant ist die Organspende? Ein Interview mit der Medizinethikerin Sabine Müller.
The idea of being trapped in one's own body without being able to communicate is, for some, just about the most terrible thing imaginable. ROUGHLY 20 percent of people in vegetative states appear to have some sort of conscious awareness But this scenario i
Brain scans from a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years show activity similar to that of healthy viewers.
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports. Read more...
The Brain Photo credit: Srivas Chennu. Both the left and center patients are in a vegetative state, but the one able to imagine activity in response to instructions has connectivity that resembles a healthy individual (right) Some patie
Code breaking all sounds very ‘007’ (or a bit Alan Turing if you’re into your WWII and Manchester history). For many it conjures images of special agents embroiled in top secret espionage; or perhaps a lone revolutionary working by candle
“Surely, if we are going to make judgments about whether people should be kept or alive or allowed to die after serious brain injury, it’s better if the people themselves are involved in that decision-making process, rather than others – doctors, rel
A team led by neuropsychologist Dr Adrian Owen has reported on a patient who supposedly fulfilled all the criteria for a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state (PVS) but was found to have conscious awareness. This seems a little confusing to me, as PVS
I talked earlier this year about a patient who recovered from a coma after 20 years. In that post, I discussed how -- with respect to the diagnostic criteria -- the difference between a persistent vegetative state and a minimally conscious state is the di
This year’s David Kopf Lecture on Neuroethics was given by Steven Laureys from the University of Liege. Dr. Laureys is both a clinician (neurologist) and a scientist, and has written extensively on clinical, and more recently, ethical issues regarding diso
Science has published research findings suggesting awareness in a woman in a persistent vegetative state (these findings were published as 'Brevia,' essentially an announcement of findings, not as a full peer-reviewed research article). The 23 year old wo
Deixo aqui o link para um artigo onde o neurocientista Adrian Owen pretendia saber se um paciente em estado vegetativo persistente estava consciente. Para isto pediu a este paciente para imaginar coisas e através da utilização de fMRI verificava se partes
I my last post I discussed Max Coltheart's claim that functional neuroimaging has nothing to say when it comes to deciding between two psychological theories. I concluded that, really, you just have to concede the point -- but on very narrow grounds. Yes,
BBC Radio 4's excellent discussion programme In Our Time just had an interesting edition on neuroscience - what it does, how it does it, and what it's telling us about the function of the mind and brain. It's generally a very interesting discussion, altho