UAE woman Munira Abdulla is fully conscious after 27 years - but reports of her "miraculous" story are misleading.
Brain connections have been linked to consciousness.
Specific brain networks are at work when we are conscious. New results can help distinguish truly unconscious patients from those who have some degree of consciousness.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain characterised by recurrent seizures.
Epilepsy affects around 70 million people globally, 80% live in developing countries. A shortage of specialists, equipment and drugs complicates effective treatment and management.
Consciousness remains one of the most puzzling phenomena in science.
Consciousness is one of the most puzzling phenomena in science. How does the electric and chemical activity in your brain produce your subjective experiences; the colour red or the taste of chocolate?
We need to rethink our approach to routinely giving permanently unconscious patients life-prolonging treatment.
Search and rescue.
When patients suffer from a brain injury and are unresponsive, we often don’t know whether they have suffered irreversible damage from which they will never recover, or whether the damage is a temporary…
Piecing together the puzzle through brain imaging.
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…
New scanning technology may be able to measure blood flow in parts of the brain to translate the thoughts of completely paralysed and seemingly comatose patients.
Completely paralysed and seemingly comatose patients may eventually be able to have real-time conversations using scanning…