More Advances in Minimally Conscious States

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The media is all-abuzz about the possibility of a "pacemaker" for the brain–and appropriately so.

For six years, a tube-fed minimally conscious man hasn't been able to evidence much independence, but after a new implant that stimulates brain activity, he's doing things that nobody could've expected. According to the patient's mother, the responses are nothing short of a miracle:

"But now, she says, her 38-year-old son can eat, drink from a cup, laugh, watch a movie, and say, "I love you, Mommy."

While this is an exciting day for those affected by minimally conscious states, it's important to note that there are a lot of questions that surround the procedure–including how it actually works.

For more information on the implanted electrodes procedure, click here.

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