For friends and family, fewer things are more agonizing than not knowing if or when a loved one in a coma will regain consciousness following a severe head injury or drug overdose. Researchers have shown that a common test can measure awareness in comatose patients—and even predict when they might wake up.
Down is the most effective commonly-available insulator for outdoors apparel. But, it’s also expensive, loses its ability to insulate when wet (if untreated) and — there’s no way around this — is horribly cruel to most of the ducks and geese who donate their underfeathers. Now, there may be a real alternative:…
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.
Doctors have managed to communicate with a patient who's been in a vegetative state for more than a decade by using brain scans—and he even told them he wasn't in pain.
For decades people have spoken to people in vegetative states, hoping their voices will be heard. But these days researchers are going much further than that: in controversial experiments, a group of scientists are working out how to communicate with people in comas.
An old man dies. Such is life, my son. And for all our sadness, life surely must go on. Except when the old man didn't actually die, and woke up inside the morgue a day later. Then it's time for an explanation.
Remember that story about the guy who was supposedly revealed to be fully conscious (but physically paralyzed) and not in a 23-year coma? There are some serious concerns about the validity of that discovery, with some calling it bogus.
Rom Houben has been trapped in a series of worst nightmares, including trying for 23 years to alert those around him that he was not in a coma. A new report suggests he's not alone in his experience.
I'm going out the same way I came in. Pow! See you around, suckas. Hope you fools enjoyed my jibba jabba. Don't do books, read milk, drink your drugs and respect yo mommas.
Mr. T doesn't need no science or no brain pressure reliever. Mr. T can bring children out of comas by just going to their rooms. See exhibit T, a boy who was unlucky enough to fall into a coma some time in the mid-1980s. All I had to do is go to his hotel room, say some words, close the curtains, and by the time I was…