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“A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain.” [via]

Most of you know Adrian Owen from his work with patients in vegetative states, namely the paper in 2010, where he showed that 1 in 5 patients can communicate via brain activity in a scanner (remember the “think about playing tennis” experiment?) Knowing now that a patient may able to communicate pain, or other needs, as well as being able to form memories while in a vegetative state, is nothing short of a breakthrough.

Above, Prof. Owen explains the difference in activity between a healthy, vegetative and brain dead state, and hints towards why it might be reversible.

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    I’ll be watching the documentary. Using fMRI, these researchers have found a way to communicate with people presumed to...
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  8. chrisinthestudio said: the guy asking the same question over and over seems slightly vegetative to me. :)
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  10. jtotheizzoe said: We be postin the same posts at the same time WHOA
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