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Piecing together the puzzle through brain imaging. Piecing together the puzzle through brain imaging. Stephenphampshire

Brain images give clues to activity in vegetative patients

A serious illness or brain injury can put a person into a coma: a sleep-like or a vegetative state where they are awake but unaware. These disorders of consciousness are sometimes not accurately diagnosed…
The shoulder-charge ban will encourage tackles rather than ‘big-hit’ collisions. The shoulder-charge ban will encourage tackles rather than ‘big-hit’ collisions. AAP

Safety before entertainment – league’s priorities right on shoulder-charge ban

The Australian Rugby League (ARL) Commission’s decision last week to ban the shoulder charge from all competitions from 2013 has divided fans. Some applaud the decision in the name of improving player…
Tont-Filippini’s claims could arose fears in the community and prompt people to reject organ donation. Tont-Filippini’s claims could arose fears in the community and prompt people to reject organ donation. Melvin Es

Dead yet? Science, scaremongering and organ donation

In his new book, Catholic bioethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini attempts to portray the surgeons involved in organ donation as modern-day grave robbers. As described in a recent article in The Age, Professor…
Research in cerebral palsy has historically lagged behind other medical areas. Research in cerebral palsy has historically lagged behind other medical areas. EPA/Kerim Okten

Explainer: what is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability, affecting 35,000 Australians, or one in 500 people. It is estimated that one Australian child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours. We…
Intellectually disabled children who undergo the “Ashley procedure” are stunted to prevent the onset of puberty. Intellectually disabled children who undergo the “Ashley procedure” are stunted to prevent the onset of puberty. flickr/visions by vicky

Ashley’s treatment: the arrested development of a disabled child

A growing number of parents are seeking the “Ashley Treatment,” a highly experimental medical intervention designed to arrest the physical and sexual development of severely disabled children. This invasive…
The brain repairs itself only minimally following damage or disease. The brain repairs itself only minimally following damage or disease. x-ray delta one

Set to fade: is the brain doomed to degenerate?

Welcome to the sixth and final part of On the Brain, a Conversation series by people whose job it is to know as much as there is to know about the body’s most complex organ. Here, Professor Malcolm Horne…
Everything from playing sport to speaking a foreign language is better when done automatically. Everything from playing sport to speaking a foreign language is better when done automatically. pfv

Your brain knows the moves (you just get in its way)

Welcome to part two of On the brain, a Conversation series by people whose job it is to know as much as there is to know about the body’s most complex organ. Here, Malcolm Horne, deputy director of the…
US Senator Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head but is said to be recovering well. US Senator Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head but is said to be recovering well. AAP

Explainer: how is it that people can recover from serious brain injury?

The human brain is often referred to as the most complex organ on the planet. It is responsible for an incalculable number of tasks, thoughts and functions every second of everyday of our lives. The brain…

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Brain maps reveal where decisions happen

Data studied over 30 years has revealed that reasoning and behavioural control depend on a different area from decision-making…