Brain Zap Can 'Wake' Nearly-Comatose Patients

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Mild electrical stimulation has been shown to increase responsiveness in minimally conscious patients, according to research published in the April issue of Neurology. Nearly half of the minimally conscious patients became more responsive following a 20 minute mild electrical stimulation and two patients exhibited nonverbal communication. No response was seen in patients in a vegetative state. The results lasted for several hours. The authors hope to conduct future studies on patient responsiveness, length of stimulation, and effectiveness.

Brain Zap Can 'Wake' Nearly-Comatose Patients
Brain Zap Can 'Wake' Nearly-Comatose Patients
Researchers in Belgium have found that mild electrical stimulation can temporarily rouse nearly-comatose patients, according to a study from the April issue of Neurology. Steven Laureys, co-author of the study and a neurologist and professor at the University of Liège in Belgium, said that the ...

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