Patients suffering from locked-in syndrome can speak with their pupils

Locked-in syndrome (LIS) is the harrowing condition that leaves fully conscious patients unable to communicate due to complete paralysis. Now, researchers have uncovered a new way to help victims of LIS communicate with the outside world — by measuring changes in the diameter of their pupils. » 8/06/13 9:00am 8/06/13 9:00am

Man Thought to Be in a 23-Year Coma Was Conscious the Whole Time

It's a nightmarish medical scenario: a man spent 23 years paralyzed but conscious while his doctors believed he was in a vegetative state. And his situation might be more common than we'd like to think. » 11/24/09 10:30am 11/24/09 10:30am