- "Brain Scan May Foster Communication With Vegetative Patients" from ABC News
- "Vegetative Patient Answers Yes and No Questions With His Brain" from Gizmodo.com
- "Brain Waves Allow Vegetative Patients to 'Talk'" from Discover.com
- "Some Vegetative Patients Show Awareness" from CBC News
With this news from medical science, I hope some of you critics out there won't give up on me completely. Sure, I may seem past hope, but stick me in an MRI and ask me the right questions, and maybe you'll see a little cerebral activity after all.
Update, Feb. 5, 2010: I added the NEJM link so you can read the original study yourself. Very cool.
Additional reading to consider: "The Rom Houben Case: Doctor Explains How He Knows Patient is Conscious." Rom Houben is the Belgian man that appeared vegetative, but was actually aware with nearly normal brain function and was able to communicate accurately using a toe. A technology known as PET revealed the nature of his brain activity. That was the same kind of test that a judge denied for Terry Schiavo, a test that might have resolved the conflicting claims about her responsiveness. See "The Schindlers Were Right to Insist on Tests for Terri."