Shocks to the brain temporarily rouse people from vegetative states

After undergoing transcranial direct current stimulation, patients in a minimally conscious state exhibited signs of increased awareness and even the ability to communicate. The effect didn't last long — but the insights gleaned could lead to more effective interventions. » 2/27/14 2:20pm 2/27/14 2:20pm

Flatlining comatose patients may be more 'alive' than we realized

When working with patients in a deep coma, doctors interpret a flat EEG reading as a sign that the person is brain-dead and with little chance of waking up. But a new Canadian study raises the possibility of ongoing brain activity beneath that flat line. » 9/20/13 1:20pm 9/20/13 1:20pm

The neuroscience of comas, or what it means to be trapped inside your…

It's a fate that's only comparable to death. The coma, typically the result of a massive head injury or drug overdose, is a medical condition that continues to frustrate physicians, while also causing great anguish for friends and family members. But neuroscientists are starting to understand the condition a bit… » 12/07/12 11:48am 12/07/12 11:48am