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nerve stimulation has 'woken' a man after 15-years spent in a vegetative state


a man has opened his eyes after 15 years spent in a vegetative state, thanks to a potential new treatment that administers non-invasive electrical zaps to the brain. the patient in france was involved in a car accident in 2001 that saw him spend over a decade without consciousness, a state which steven laureys of the university of liege, belgium, says many experts incorrectly believe is just a stage of “waiting to die”. the new findings indicate that it is indeed possible for some patients to make a partial recovery. caiaimage/sam edwards via getty images the 35-year-old was in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” and although he was capable of some involuntary movements, he had no awareness or self or his environment, and this had not improved over time.the team of surgeon...






man regains consciousness after 15 years in vegetative state


a french man has regained consciousness after 15 years in a vegetative state, doctors reported monday in the journal current biology. the man, who remains unnamed, was in a car crash at age 20 and has spent the last 15 years in a vegetative state, able to occasionally open his eyes (therefore ruling out a coma, which results in no bodily movement), but with no other signs of awareness. the study was led by dr. angela sirigu of the institut des sciences cognitives — marc jeannerod in lyon, france, who, along with a team of researchers, discovered that the key to waking the man up lied in the vagus nerve. the vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve, extending from the colon all the way up through the abdomen, chest, and neck to the brain. it’s in charge of tasks like re...






i woke up from a coma locked-in my own body


tiler84 via getty images i woke up from my medically-induced coma and quickly felt like i was fully conscious. however, for two weeks, i was assessed as vegetative. i was still good-fun-kate and actually very much unconscious - a state where i was aware of my thoughts and everything around me - just completely unable to give any communication signal. i guess it was the closest feeling to waking up inside your own coffin. i wasn't dead or bloody vegetative, i'd suffered a huge brainstem stroke and was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome to boot. like 20-40% of those declared vegetative, i was misdiagnosed.i didn't understand how this could happen to me. i was a 39-year-old, 70-mile-a-week running mum, who was in training to scale kilimanjaro, via the dangerous western breach, for my...






brain zapping could speed up us navy seals' training


us navy seals are undergoing a controversial form of electrical brain stimulation in a bid to make training more efficient.the technology, called transcranial electrical stimulation, is designed to increase the neuroplasticity of the brain by stimulating the motor cortex. halo the commander of the us navy’s special operations has said he hopes the therapy will improve seals’ mental and physical performance.rear admiral tim szymanski told military.com: “in experiments, people who were watching these screens ... their ability to concentrate would fall off in about 20 minutes.“but they did studies whereby a little bit of electrical stimulation was applied, and they were able to maintain the same peak performance for 20 hours.”the stimulation is delivered by halo neuroscience ...






implant-free stimulation could treat brain conditions


the resolution isn't as good as conventional stimulation techniques, but it's very precise. and importantly, it doesn't affect other parts of the brain -- you won't trigger side effects.if the creators can refine their method to produce specific effects, they could use it to treat many of the conditions where deep brain stimulation is already useful, ranging from parkinson's to depression. more importantly, the noninvasive nature should make it easy to tackle different conditions. you wouldn't have to think about wiring or new surgical procedures, after all. while this isn't likely to result in cures, it could lead to treatment that's easy, quick and consistently available.






scientist claims he can ‘talk’ to brain-dead patients


a british scientist claims his findings are proof we can communicate with patients in vegetative states.adrian owen, a neuroscientist based in canada, said by using simple brain scans it’s possible to detect signs of life in patients who’ve experienced severe brain injury.for more than 25 years, owen has studied the brains of healthy people and compared them with those of people who’ve suffered catastrophic brain trauma.he claims in the future doctors will be able to talk to their patients who are in a vegetative state, to ask their wishes – for example, if they want their life support to be switched off.in 2010 experts joseph fins and nicholas schiff, both at weill cornell medical college, hailed owen’s findings a “potential game changer for clinical practice.”and even owen ...






deep brain stimulation may reduce severe tourette’s syndrome


illustration of thought processes in the brain. (istockphoto)an experimental technique reduces the tics, or involuntary movements and vocal outbursts, associated with severe tourette's syndrome in young adults, a study published friday found.the surgical technique, called thalamic deep brain stimulation (dbs), sends electrical impulses to a specific area of the brain that reduces the tics, according to the study published in the journal of neurosurgery. the finding adds to the growing body of evidence about the safety and effectiveness of deep brain stimulation, which might eventually lead the food and drug administration to approve the treatment for tourette's syndrome, according to the researchers.“our study shows that deep brain stimulation is a safe, effective treatment for young...






i'm not muslim and i've to be woken up by azaan, says sonu nigam in an early mor


sonu nigam on monday sparked a fresh controversy after his tweet on being woken up by azaan (call for prayers from mosques) went viral. as early as 5:30 am on monday morning, the singer went on a rant for being woken up with the sound of azaan every morning, despite not being a muslim. he also pointed out that he is against the use of electricity or loudspeakers  by any religious group to wake up those who don’t believe in a particular religion. he criticized azzan for forcing “religiousness” on people.“god bless everyone. i’m not a muslim and i have to be woken up by the azaan in the morning. when will this forced religiousness end in india,” read his tweet.god bless everyone. i’m not a muslim and i have to be woken up by the azaan in the morning. when will this forced reli...






driver in vegetative state sent back home


good samaritans help pay up hospital bills and fly the patient to pakistan following gulf news reportdubai: a pakistani driver, who had been lying in a hospital in a vegetative state for more than two months, was flown home with the help of gulf news readers.last month, gulf news reported that 33-year-old mohammad ilyas, had been in coma following a cardiac arrest in april.following the report that included an appeal from pakistan association dubai (pad), good samaritans came forward to help clear the hospital bill as well as bear the repatriation cost.ilyas was flown to islamabad on june 23 through a special arrangement on an emirates airline flight along with a nurse and an attendant.according to rizwan fancy, senior executive member of pad’s welfare committee, ilyas will continue rece..






please, leave our sleep alone. bhajan and azaan can do without loudspeakers


at 5:30 am on monday morning, singer sonu nigam was woken up by the sound of azaan (call to prayer from mosques).  the cranky, sleep deprived man pushed a tweet right away after complaining: “god bless everyone. i’m not a muslim and i have to be woken up by the azaan in the morning. when will this forced religiousness end in india.”full sympathies for the singer. no one deserves to be woken up by noise in the middle of their sleep. that’s a crime against humanity. in a world full of negativity and darkness, an unbroken sleep remains our only chance at sanity. no religion can be above our right to a good night’s sleep and our peace of mind.on twitter, the matter has escalated to such an extent that filmmaker vivek agnihotri joined the party with nigam and gave a call to the maha...






creative play: the magic of make-believe


we all know that children have amazing imaginations, often surprising us with their ability to create and explore make-believe worlds. this isn't just a joy to watch, it's also a vital part of their cognitive development. creative play, in which children use their imagination rather than prescriptive instructions, supports the development of a wide and varied set of skills, from decision making and problem solving to self-expression and socialising. there have been some fascinating research projects exploring the power of play, with psychologists analysing how, and why, different play patterns can benefit child development. many of these studies involve children being given either convergent stimulation or divergent stimulation during playtime, before being faced with a challenge involvi..






evidence points to nerve gas says world health organisation


victims of a chemical attack in syria show symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent, the world health organisation said on wednesday."some cases appear to show additional signs consistent with exposure to organo-phosphorus chemicals, a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents," who said in a statement, confirming the death toll at at least 70. the world health organisation says a nerve gas was likely to have been the source of the chemical attack in the syrian town of khan sheikhoun. photo: qasioun news agencythe united states has said the deaths were caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by syrian aircraft. russia said the poison gas leaked from a rebel chemical weapons depot struck by syrian bombs.sarin is an organo-phosporus compound and a nerve agent. chlorine and ...






evidence points to nerve gas says world health organisation


victims of a chemical attack in syria show symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent, the world health organisation said on wednesday."some cases appear to show additional signs consistent with exposure to organo-phosphorus chemicals, a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents," who said in a statement, confirming the death toll at at least 70. the world health organisation says a nerve gas was likely to have been the source of the chemical attack in the syrian town of khan sheikhoun. photo: qasioun news agencythe united states has said the deaths were caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by syrian aircraft. russia said the poison gas leaked from a rebel chemical weapons depot struck by syrian bombs.sarin is an organo-phosporus compound and a nerve agent. chlorine and ...






moving arms with thought and painting faces with light


today on in case you missed it: a quadriplegic man can now move his right arm thanks to the miracles of modern science. no, not like that. a team of doctors from the cleveland functional electrical stimulation center bridged the gap in his severed spine with a brain control interface and a "functional electrical stimulation" system allowing him to move his right arm. he still doesn't have a sense of touch but at least he can scratch his nose.we also take a look at new media artist nobumichi asai's latest work, a motion-tracking projector that paints its target's face and hands with digital designs. it's a more advanced version of what asai set up for lady gaga for her david bowie tribute. the system runs at 1000 frames per second and boasts a sub-10 millisecond lag time.as always, pl...






world health organization: syria chemical attack likely involved nerve agent


beirut — a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in syria likely involved a banned nerve agent, top medical groups concluded wednesday, as the united states and european allies at the u.n. security council demanded a full investigation.the attack on the northwestern town of khan sheikhoun was the deadliest assault on a civilian population in syria since government forces attacked rebel-held suburbs of damascus with sarin nerve agent in 2013, bringing the obama administration to the brink of war.the world health organization said the victims showed symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent, stockpiles of which president bashar al-assad’s government was supposed to have destroyed more than three years ago in an attempt to stave off u.s. military intervention.addressing...






world health organization: syria chemical attack likely involved nerve agent


beirut — a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in syria likely involved a banned nerve agent, top medical groups concluded wednesday, as the united states and european allies at the u.n. security council demanded a full investigation.the attack on the northwestern town of khan sheikhoun was the deadliest assault on a civilian population in syria since government forces attacked rebel-held suburbs of damascus with sarin nerve agent in 2013, bringing the obama administration to the brink of war.the world health organization said the victims showed symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent, stockpiles of which president bashar al-assad’s government was supposed to have destroyed more than three years ago in an attempt to stave off u.s. military intervention.addressing...






us military developing ‘super seals’ with enhanced brainpower


by: pti | washington | published:april 6, 2017 6:22 pmthe us military is developing a division of “super seals” using brain-stimulation technology to create warriors of the future who would be faster, smarter and more deadly, according to a media report. the us navy is now actively testing devices, that look like headphones, that stimulate the brain using electricity to enhance soldiers’ cognitive abilities.  transcranial electrical stimulation was one of the technologies touted by then-defence secretary ashton carter in july 2016 as part of his defense innovation unit (experimental), or diux, initiative. since then, multiple seal units have begun actively testing the effectiveness of the technology, officials with naval special warfare command told military.com.“earlier this...






patuxent’s hayley jackson among biggest winners at maryland state track champion


baltimore — patuxent’s hayley jackson didn’t take any time to celebrate her second maryland outdoor state championship saturday at morgan state.after crossing the finish line in the 1,600 meters in a 2a state record-breaking 4:51.26, the senior shifted her focus to the upcoming 800, and the person who finished one spot ahead of her the last time she ran it at the state meet.in march, during her freshman year at elon, molly offstein, a graduate of mountain view in frostburg, was struck by a car during a morning run. offstein remains hospitalized in a vegetative state.“[offstein] was a really good competitor of mine, and i loved racing her because there was always somebody there to push me through when i was tired,” said jackson, who broke the 2a 3,200 record thursday in 10:21.73.i...






patuxent’s hayley jackson among biggest winners at maryland state track champion


baltimore — patuxent’s hayley jackson didn’t take any time to celebrate her second maryland outdoor state championship saturday at morgan state.after crossing the finish line in the 1,600 meters in a 2a state record-breaking 4 minutes 51.26 seconds, the senior shifted her focus to the upcoming 800, and the person that finished one spot ahead of her the last time she ran it at the state meet.in march, during her freshman year at elon, molly offstein, a graduate of mountain view in frostburg, was struck by a car during a morning run. offstein remains hospitalized in a vegetative state.“[offstein] was a really good competitor of mine and i loved racing her because there was always somebody there to push me through when i was tired,” said jackson, who broke the 2a 3,200 record thursd...






nerve agent found on kim jong un's brother, police say


the half brother of north korea's leader who was killed in a kuala lumpur airport more than a week ago had a nerve agent on his eye and his face, according to malaysian police. in a statement released friday from the inspector general of police, a preliminary analysis from the chemistry department of malaysia identified the agent at "vx nerve agent."kim jong nam, the half brother of north korean leader kim jong un, died feb. 13 shortly after two women put a substance on his face while he was checking in for a flight.police have not said how the women were able to apply the nerve agent to kim's face and also avoid becoming ill themselves. it has also not been made public if they were wearing some sort of thin gloves or if washing their hands quickly removed the danger.police had said e...






what is sarin gas, the suspected nerve agent in the syria attack?


the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention describes sarin as a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent.         






kim jong nam: vx nerve agent found on kim jong-nam: malaysia police


kuala lumpur, malaysia : malaysian police said friday that the half-brother of north korea's leader who was killed in a kuala lumpur airport more than a week ago had a nerve agent on his eye and his face. a statement friday from the inspector general of police said that a preliminary analysis from the chemistry department of malaysia identified the agent at ``vx nerve agent.'' kim jong nam, the half brother of north korean leader kim jong un, died feb. 13 shortly after two women put a substance on his face while he was checking in for a flight. police have not said how the women were able to apply the nerve agent to kim's face and also avoid becoming ill themselves. it is not known if they were wearing some sort of thin gloves or if washing their hands quickly removed the danger. polic...






syria chemical attack symptoms consistent with nerve agent use, says who


by: reuters | geneva | updated: april 5, 2017 5:28 pm a man breathes through an oxygen mask as another one receives treatments, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of khan sheikhoun in rebel-held idlib, syria april 4, 2017. (source: reuters)victims of a suspected chemical attack in syria appeared to show symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent, the world health organization said on wednesday. “some cases appear to show additional signs consistent with exposure to organophosphorus chemicals, a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents,” who said in a statement, putting the death toll at at least 70. the united states has said the deaths were caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by syrian aircraft. russia has said it believes pois...






malaysia says vx nerve agent used in killing of north korean leader's half broth


kuala lumpur, malaysia –  the banned chemical weapon vx nerve agent was used to kill kim jong nam, the north korean ruler's outcast half brother who was attacked by two women who rubbed the substance on his face at the airport in malaysia's capital last week, police said friday.authorities were checking the kuala lumpur airport for traces of the toxin, 11 days after the attack. but news that a powerful nerve agent was used to kill someone in a crowded airport raised serious questions about public safety.police said one of the alleged attackers had been vomiting after the feb. 13 attack, but there were no reports that anyone else had been sickened.vx nerve agent, deadly even in minute amounts, was detected on kim's eyes and face, malaysia's inspector general of police said in a writt...






malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect


kuala lumpur, malaysia –  malaysia's health minister said sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused "very serious paralysis" that killed the exiled half brother of north korea's leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.the investigation has unleashed a serious diplomatic fight between malaysia and north korea, a prime suspect in the feb. 13 killing of kim jong nam at kuala lumpur's airport. friday's revelation by malaysian police that the banned chemical weapon vx nerve agent was used to kill kim raised the stakes significantly in a case that has broad geopolitical implications.health minister subramaniam sathasivam said the state chemistry department's finding of the vx toxin confirmed the hosp...






kim jong-nam killed by vx nerve agent: malaysia police


south korea slams the use of the nerve agent as a ‘blatant violation of the chemical weapons convention and other international norms’kuala lumpur: north korean leader kim jong-un’s half brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the united nations (un) as a weapon of mass destruction, malaysian police said on friday.releasing a preliminary toxicology report on kim jong-nam’s murder at kuala lumpur airport, police revealed the poison used by the assassins was the odourless, tasteless and highly toxic vx.the news brought condemnation from south korea, which slammed the use of the nerve agent as a “blatant violation of the chemical weapons convention and other international norms”.experts in the south said on friday north ko...






family of prichard colon files $50 million lawsuit over fight that left boxer in


the attorney for the parents of boxer prichard colon filed a lawsuit wednesday in d.c. superior court seeking damages in excess of $50 million stemming from a bout in fairfax two years ago that left the puerto rican super welterweight in a coma.the complaint cites richard ashby, the ringside physician for the fight on oct. 17, 2015, at eaglebank arena, as negligent for “failing to take any of the required steps” after colon repeatedly indicated he was experiencing head pain as the result of blows from his opponent, terrel williams.also named in the suit are headbanger’s promotions and dibella entertainment, co-promoters for the premier boxing champions card that was televised on nbc.“prichard, a promising young professional boxer, lies in a vegetative state at his mother’s home w...






family of prichard colon files $50 million lawsuit over fight that left boxer in


the attorney for the parents of boxer prichard colon filed a lawsuit wednesday in d.c. superior court seeking damages in excess of $50 million stemming from a bout in fairfax two years ago that left the puerto rican super welterweight in a coma.the complaint cites richard ashby, the ringside physician for the fight on oct. 17, 2015, at eaglebank arena, as negligent for “failing to take any of the required steps” after colon repeatedly indicated he was experiencing head pain as the result of blows from his opponent, terrel williams.also named in the suit are headbanger’s promotions and dibella entertainment, co-promoters for the premier boxing champions card that was televised on nbc.“prichard, a promising young professional boxer, lies in a vegetative state at his mother’s home w...






global watchdog confirms nerve agent used in april attack on syrian civilians


louisa loveluck is a reporter in the post's beirut bureau, focusing on syria. she previously reported from egypt as the daily telegraph's cairo correspondent, and spent a summer in d.c. as the post's 2016 laurence stern fellow. follow @leloveluck






north korea says kim jong nam vx poison claim absurd


by: ap | tokyo | published:march 2, 2017 2:43 pm north korea is strongly denying the findings of a malaysian autopsy that suggest the deadly vx nerve agent was used to kill leader kim jong un’s half brother. (source: reuters)north korea is strongly denying the findings of a malaysian autopsy that suggest the deadly vx nerve agent was used to kill leader kim jong un’s half brother or “kim chol, a citizen of (north korea) bearing a diplomatic passport,” as its media and officials on the scene insist the victim be called. north korea’s state-run news agency today said the claim that small amounts of the extremely toxic nerve agent were detected in the corpse was an “absurdity” lacking “scientific accuracy and logical coherence.”watch what else is making newsthe korean c...






every penny of the treasury wd be spent for development, says jharkhand chief mi


by: pti | ranchi | published:august 24, 2017 10:00 pm jharkhand chief minister raghubar das. express photo by subham dutta.related newsjharkhand chief minister raghubar das on thursday said that every penny of the treasury would be spent for the development of the people and the state. “every penny will be spent on the people and the development of the state. for this ‘sarkar aapke dwar’ programme is being held in every division enablilng direct contact between the government and the people,” das told a meeting at oraiya tand village of podayahat block in godda district.calling upon for collective effort in making the state prosperous and self-sufficient, das said poverty of the rich state should end in five years. he added that the government was working with an aim that the...






biology - how would an astronaut conclude he's on earth, but 600 million years i


i think that it is very poor navigation if the ship lets the crew sleep much longer than intended and winds up on their home planet instead of the destination they were supposed to reach.at one percent of the speed of light the ship could have traveled 3 million light years to a nearby galaxy and back in 600,000,000 years. if the mission was to travel for 10,000 years to a star 100 light years from earth, wake the crew and have them explore, put them back in cold sleep, and return to earth after another 10,000 years, and the ship instead traveled for 600,000,000 years (30,000 times the planned duration) before returning to earth, shouldn't the ship have woken the crew and asked their advice or orders about the "minor" change in the mission.the travelers should ask the navigation compute...






world health organization: syria chemical attack likely involved nerve agent


beirut — a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in syria probably involved a banned nerve agent, top medical groups concluded wednesday, as the united states and european allies at the u.n. security council demanded an investigation.the attack on the northwestern town of khan sheikhoun on tuesday was the deadliest chemical assault on a civilian population in syria since government forces­ attacked rebel-held suburbs of damascus with sarin nerve agent in 2013.in southern turkey, witnesses evacuated for treatment described being enveloped by a fog of chemicals and said that rescue workers passed out among the people they were trying to help.“some people died as they were sleeping. the ones who did not, especially the children, were foaming at the mouths and shaking,” said a...






umbc robotics student invents help for those with disabilities like hers


by jonathan m. pitts and — baltimore sunby jonathan m. pitts and — baltimore sunseptember 25 at 5:37 pmbaltimore — kavita krishnaswamy had labored through seven years of coursework in math and computer sciences to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. the university of maryland baltimore county graduate student had invented robotic devices that are discussed around the world. she had spent three years narrowing the focus of her doctoral dissertation.but when the day arrived to defend her dissertation proposal before the panel of senior academics who would allow her to proceed, she never showed up.she sent her robot.krishnaswamy lives with spinal muscular atrophy (sma), a rare genetic disorder in which a breakdown of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord prevents the brain fro...






kim jong nam killed with deadly vx nerve agent


kim jong nam, the slain half-brother of north korean leader kim jong un, was killed with a deadly nerve agent classified as a weapon of mass destruction, according to malaysian authorities. nam died earlier this month after he was preparing to check into a flight at the kuala lumpur airport. he was attacked by two women who put a substance on his face. authorities in the southeast asian nation confirmed friday local time that the chemical was vx nerve agent. vx is an odorless and tasteless substance and is among "the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents," according to the centers for disease control.suspects in north korean assassination probe handled poisoncctv footage appears to show a man (circled in red) thought to be kim jong nam being ...






malaysia says vx nerve agent used


kuala lumpur: malaysian police say assassins used the most potent nerve agent to kill kim jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of north korea's leader kim jong-un.a statement from inspector-general of police khalid abu bakar on friday said a preliminary analysis of a substance taken from mr kim's eyes identified "vx nerve agent" which is classified as a chemical weapon under international laws governing theuse of chemicals in warfare. the united nations has classified it as a weapon of mass destruction.breakthroughs few in next iphonevideo duration01:03previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:00tensions escalate over kim jong-nam's ...tensions escalate over kim jong-nam's deatha diplomatic row between malaysia and north korea is escalating over the handling of a probe into the killi...






watch trump's full speech announcing scotus nominee


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