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

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 2:48pm12/07/12 2:48pm

Man in coma uses his thoughts to tell doctors, 'I'm not in pain'

Back in 2010, neuroscientists confirmed that it was possible to communicate with some patients locked in a vegetative state by using an fMRI scanner. Though limited, the breakthrough suggested that more meaningful dialogue with patients in a coma could someday be possible. And now, two years later, it has finally… »11/13/12 9:30am11/13/12 9:30am

New study suggests "vegetative" people may be conscious and aware

Traditionally, doctors diagnose severely injured people as "vegetative" when their eyes can't track movement and they can't wiggle any of their fingers. But a new medical study suggests that some of these patients may actually be fully conscious and aware — but trapped in unresponsive bodies. Researchers used EEG… »11/09/11 7:50pm11/09/11 7:50pm