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Patient in 'Vegetative State' Not Just Aware, but Paying Attention, Study Suggests

 
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Patient in 'Vegetative State' Not Just Aware, but Paying Attention, Study Suggests
Oct. 31, 2013 A patient in a seemingly vegetative state, unable to move or speak, showed signs of attentive awareness that had not been detected before, a new study reveals. This patient was able to focus on words signalled by the experimenters as auditory targets as successfully as healthy individuals. If this ability can be developed consistently in certain patients who are vegetative, it could open the door to specialised devices in the future and enable them to interact with the outside world.

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They found that one of the vegetative patients was able to filter out unimportant information and home in on relevant words they were being asked to pay attention to. Using brain imaging (fMRI), the scientists also discovered that this patient could follow simple commands to imagine playing tennis. They also found that three other minimally conscious patients reacted to novel but irrelevant words, but were unable to selectively pay attention to the target word.

These findings suggest that some patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state might in fact be able to direct attention to the sounds in the world around them.

Dr Srivas Chennu at the University of Cambridge, said: "Not only did we find the patient had the ability to pay attention, we also found independent evidence of their ability to follow commands -- information which could enable the development of future technology to help patients in a vegetative state communicate with the outside world.

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Re: Patient in 'Vegetative State' Not Just Aware, but Paying Attention, Study Suggests
Remember Terry Schiavo. The people that supported starving her to death should all die slow and painful deaths
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Remember Terry Schiavo. The people that supported starving her to death should all die slow and painful deaths
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the state of floriduh shbould have ERUPTED over this decision.

to die by starvation and even DENIED FULL LAST RITES of the Catholic Church--no Communion.

since WHEN is FOOD,WATER a slow IV an advanced medicine or technoligy ?

bastards.

i CANNOT IMAGINE THE SHEER UNENDING SUFFERING for her mother and family wanting to TAKE HER HOME AND CARE FOR HER.

Terri Schiavo suffered immensely the same ANYONE WOULD.
bastards.

wtf difference would that have made to the bastards on the judiciary ?

what AN ABUSE OF POWER.
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11/02/2013 09:19 AM
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Re: Patient in 'Vegetative State' Not Just Aware, but Paying Attention, Study Suggests
bump
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11/02/2013 09:24 AM

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yes, bump. poor terri and her family.

Godless state.
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11/02/2013 09:31 AM
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Re: Patient in 'Vegetative State' Not Just Aware, but Paying Attention, Study Suggests
My 7 year old niece was 2 years old when a furniture package fell on her head. It crushed her brain and she's in a vegetative state since then.
I'm not sure she notices anything.
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11/02/2013 09:44 AM
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Somehow this contradicts these observations: there is this girl born without a brain, who is alive and shows sigs of being attentive, etc. even though she only has the autonomous nervous system, the vegetative nervous system, but now central nervous system, aka a brain.
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