Latest topics
» POOFness for APR 18: MIDWEEK BY ZAP the Lying Internet Panhandler
Today at 2:19 am by RamblerNash

» This will be Jerzy's next excuse!! LOL
Today at 2:17 am by RamblerNash

» Hey Purps...We should have a "What Will Jerzy/ZAP Beg For This Week" Poll!
Today at 2:14 am by RamblerNash

» Jerzy/ZAP And The Saga Concerning "Mary" - FOUND!
Today at 1:38 am by RamblerNash

» Office of PROOFness - Zap/Jerzy "Damage Control"
Today at 1:15 am by RamblerNash

» Out Of Mind Viewer Poll ~ "What Will Jerzy/ZAP Beg For This Week?" ~ Guests welcome to vote
Today at 12:41 am by RamblerNash

» POOFness for APR 22: When The Ships Come In I will be at the airport eating a ketchup sandwich
Today at 12:14 am by RamblerNash

» Barrie Trower On 5G Microwaves ; There is No safe Place, No Where To Go
Yesterday at 9:18 pm by Consciousness Of Economic

» TURN OFF YOUR WIFI ROUTER BEFORE BED!
Yesterday at 8:54 pm by Consciousness Of Economic

» Interplanetary shock wave hits Earth’s magnetic field creating red, yellow, green southern lights and blue northern lights
Yesterday at 8:12 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Have you ever considered the idea that a regular combat soldier obeying orders is actually a murderer ?
Yesterday at 8:08 pm by PurpleSkyz

» EMERY SMITH - UNDERGROUND BASES - ET AUTOPSY - DISCLOSING the SECRET SPACE PROGRAM
Yesterday at 7:45 pm by PurpleSkyz

» What Do You See?
Yesterday at 7:31 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Impossible Warangal Hindu Temple. Unthinkable skill of stone processing
Yesterday at 7:28 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Bill Gates Funding Web of Satellites For Global Real-Time Surveillance
Yesterday at 11:58 am by MartyM

» Unexplained holes in Arctic sea ice appear in new NASA aerial photography
Yesterday at 10:45 am by PurpleSkyz

» Kill Your Excuses or They Will Kill You
Yesterday at 10:41 am by PurpleSkyz

» The Prison You Live In And How You Hold The Key to Escape It
Yesterday at 10:38 am by Consciousness Of Economic

» Corporations That Want You Dead - Jim Marrs
Yesterday at 10:36 am by Consciousness Of Economic

» 11 MILLION DOCS RELEASED!! GEORGE SOROS CAUGHT UP IN THE LARGEST DATA LEAKS IN HISTORY
Yesterday at 10:07 am by PurpleSkyz

» NXIVM sex cult actress Allison Mack arrested; naming names
Yesterday at 10:06 am by PurpleSkyz

» The Veils of Amnesia/Illusion being lifted: The stages of initiations and soul growth
Yesterday at 9:41 am by PurpleSkyz

» Humming in the Sky over Ajman ,United Arab Emirates
Yesterday at 9:09 am by PurpleSkyz

» Simpsons Predicted PRINCE...Shakespeare 400-year Anniversary
Yesterday at 9:08 am by PurpleSkyz

» Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf's Letter to Francis Lloyd and USM Sanchez, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
Yesterday at 9:05 am by PurpleSkyz

» Q: THE WORLD IS WATCHING: The Satanic Death Cult is Losing -- Harley Schlanger
Yesterday at 8:43 am by PurpleSkyz

» Jeff Rense & Charlie Robinson - The Octopus of Global Control Pt.1
Yesterday at 8:42 am by PurpleSkyz

» OOPS - US Govt Accidentally Releases File Detailing Electromagnetic Weapon for ‘Remote Mind Control’
Yesterday at 8:40 am by PurpleSkyz

» Earth Day 2018
Yesterday at 8:35 am by PurpleSkyz

CURRENT MOON

You are not connected. Please login or register

Out Of Mind » THE INSANITY OF REALITY » SCIENCE » Researchers Restore Consciousness In Man Who Spent 15 Years In Vegetative State

Researchers Restore Consciousness In Man Who Spent 15 Years In Vegetative State

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

PurpleSkyz

avatar
Admin
Researchers Restore Consciousness In Man Who Spent 15 Years In Vegetative State

For the first time in 15 years, a man who lived in a vegetative state is showing signs of consciousness. He is far from complete wakefulness, but the development is being lauded in the scientific community, as it is the first time researchers have achieved such a feat.
Scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research simulated the vagus nerve in an attempt to study whether or not this action would result in restored consciousness. This nerve connects the brain to the gut, in addition to other body parts. As New Atlas reports, stimulation of the vagus nerve has been proven to sometimes benefit people with depression or epilepsy. The nerve also plays a role in the process of waking up from sleep and staying alert.

Credit: Urbo
Corresponding author, Dr. Angela Sirigu, was particularly interested in whether or not stimulating this nerve could restore consciousness in patients with unresponsiveness wakefulness syndrome. Aware that the longer a person in a vegetative state, the less likely they are to recover, she sought a patient who had gone the longest without improvement. The chosen individual has been in a vegetative state for 15 years, after having a car accident at the age of 20.
For weeks, the team stimulated the vagus nerve with no response. Then approximately one month after the trial began, the man turned his head on request. The study, published in Current Biology, says that his eyes followed a moving object, and he appeared to stay conscious longer when being read to. When someone else’s head neared his face, he spontaneously opened his eyes wider.
Electroencephalogram (EEGs) also showed increased brain activity. And, metabolic activity was found to have increased in the sub-cortex and cortex. The authors noted that this is an indication more “fuel” is needed among brain cells. As a result of this development, the patient’s status has been upgraded from unresponsive to “minimal consciousness.” Sirigu said in a statement:  “Brain plasticity and brain repair are still possible even when hope seems to have vanished.”

A comparison of the patient’s brain “before” and “after” the vagus nerve stimulation. Credit: Corazze et al.

The vagus nerve affects the brain by inducing the release of the hormone norepinephrine, also known as noradrenaline. The hormone, which acts as a neurotransmitter, is responsible for keeping us awake and enhancing information sharing between brain regions. As a result of this latest finding, Sirigu and co-authors believe they may have discovered where “consciousness” lies within the brain. In the paper, entitledRestoring consciousness with vagus nerve stimulation,” they wrote that the parental context is “a major player in guiding the expansion of neural activity across brain regions.”
This latest finding challenges the notion that after one year in a vegetative state, the chances of waking decrease substantially. The team wrote:
“These findings show that stimulation of the vagus nerve promoted the spread of cortical signals and caused an increase of metabolic activity leading to behavioral improvement as measured with the CRS-R scale and as reported by clinicians and family members. Thus, potentiating vagus nerve inputs to the brain helps to restore consciousness even after many years of being in a vegetative state, thus challenging the belief that disorders of consciousness persisting after 12 months are irreversible.”
The team is now planning a large collaborative study to “confirm and extend the therapeutic potential of VNS for patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state,” reports Eureka Alert. According to Sirigu, findings from the additional research will advance scientists’ understanding of the “fascinating capacity of our mind to produce conscious experience.” 
If there is a future for those in an unresponsiveness wakefulness syndrome, this could be the breakthrough of the decade.
h/t Eureka Alert


Thanks to: http://themindunleashed.com



  

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum