Thursday, October 07, 2010

"Vegetative State" Patients May Soon Be Able to Communicate

Posted on Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network

(PhysOrg.com) - Researchers from Cambridge University in the UK have been able to communicate with brain-injured patients in "locked states" commonly referred to as persistent vegetative states (PVS). They predict such patients will soon be able to communicate and perhaps even move themselves around in motorized wheelchairs.

Neuroscientist Dr. Adrian Owen and colleagues used electroencephalography (EEG) monitors connected to 128 electrodes in a cap placed on the heads of brain injured patients, and were able to understand responses from them. Read more

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