Tarry for the Nonce

June 28, 2006

The Zolpidem Solution

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 11:56 am

A pill may reverse the vegetative state:

A sleeping pill can temporarily revive people in a permanent vegetative state to the point where they can have conversations, a study finds . . .

Dr Ralf Clauss, now in the nuclear medicine department at the Royal Surrey Hospital was one of the researchers who carried out the study.

He told the BBC: “For every damaged area of the brain, there is a dormant area, which seems to be a sort of protective mechanism.

“The damaged tissue is dead, there’s nothing you can do.

“But it’s the dormant areas which ‘wake up’.”

Technically, this study may actually be further evidence that “permanent vegetative state” – like “the common cold” – is a poorly defined condition.

In any case, it’s exciting. There is so much left to learn about human physiology!

(Hat tip to Father Kish.)

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