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Author Topic: Brain Scans Reveal Who Is Trapped In A Vegetative State  (Read 165 times)
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« on: August 14, 2013, 12:47:22 AM »

All jokes aside, this is about the most horrible thing I can think of. Being in a vegetative state and being aware of it.  I'm literally queasy just thinking about it.

I find this incredible.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 03:39:53 AM »

odd that you can be locked in a vegetative state when that usually implies you are brain dead.  at least as far back as I've heard any ways.

semantics aside, this can at least provide some amount of relief to those with loved ones in this state.  they won't have to doubt themselves for taking them off life support if this scan can tell them that they are not just in a coma.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 04:19:30 AM »

There probably a lot of confusion in terminology in the news report, as well as new terminology needing to be made. Major news networks are notoriously bad at science reporting.

A persistent vegetative state is considered close to braindead, but there can be some lower level functionality and reactions, but no real consciousness. It's close to a zombie state really to use terms closer to mass media.

These people aren't in that, but are rather conscious, and probably is better to be considered as in a form of locked in syndrome, which is where they literally have no conscious control over their bodies. And yes, that is terrifying.

This tech simply lets us better distinguish who is locked in, and who is actually braindead or in a persistent vegetative state. It can also better find us candidates for treatments and experiments aimed at finding a way to let the conscious mind reassert control, which will be useful for a wide variety of brain issues.
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