September 12, 2006
More Recent PVS DiscoveriesTopics: News, The Truth About PVS
"We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state - doctors can only make a sufferer's last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? Across three continents, severely brain-damaged patients are awake and talking after taking ... a sleeping pill. And no one is more baffled than the GP who made the breakthrough. Steve Boggan witnesses these 'strange and wonderful' rebirths."
In today's issue, the Guardian reports how PVS patients are becoming aware and communicating after taking the sleeping pill zolpidem.
"Across three continents, brain-damaged patients are reporting remarkable improvements after taking a pill that should make them fall asleep but that, instead, appears to be waking up cells in their brains that were thought to have been dead. In the next two months, trials on patients are expected to begin in South Africa aimed at finding out exactly what is going on inside their heads. Because, at the moment, the results are baffling doctors."
Posted by Mary at September 12, 2006 2:25 PM
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