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Brain Stimulation Partly Awakens Patient after 15 Years in Vegetative State

BeautifulDay

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This latest study reminds me of this thread posted by @hixxy regarding "The treatment of fatigue by non-invasive brain stimulation". http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde...igue-by-non-invasive-brain-stimulation.50772/

"Brain Stimulation Partly Awakens Patient after 15 Years in Vegetative State"
https://www.scientificamerican.com/...s-patient-after-15-years-in-vegetative-state/

There are various forms of brain stimulation and multiple variables, but it sure looks from the many studies on various diseases that brain stimulation (depending upon the mode and issue) is something to keep an eye on going forward.
 

perchance dreamer

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Interesting, @BeautifulDay! Reading the article reminds me of Oliver Sacks' Awakenings. Those only partially conscious patients came back for a time when they received L-Dopa. I wonder if they would have retained full consciousness longer if they had also had the benefit of some type of brain stimulation.

You might enjoy reading this thread in which we discuss light stimulation for the brain. Several of us have bought devices from Vielight. The one that helps me is the Vielight Gamma.

http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/led-red-intranasal-light-therapy.24195/

http://vielight.com/neuro-alpha-gamma/
 

IreneF

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I thought the results were underwhelming but worth pursuing.

The article didn't really touch on the issue of physical damage to the brain, not only the from initial injury but possible continuing deterioration while in a vegetative state. Terry Schiavo (famous right-to-die case) suffered anoxic brain damage, and after 15 years in a vegetative state her brain mass was only half of what it should have been.

But NIBS might be most useful in the first stages of treatment.