In what seems to be a serendipitous stroke of luck, researchers may have stumbled upon a medical breakthrough in coma stimulation:
Before treatment with the drug, Patient L did not respond to any commands and showed no signs of language comprehension. According to Clauss, after taking his first, 10 milligram dose of zolpidem the patient could meaningfully interact with family, friends and strangers. He could name his favourite rugby player and make simple calculations.
While the initial reports sound promising, it’s important to remember that no hard research validates the findings. But it is a hope, and sometimes that’s enough to drive good science.
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