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Groundbreaking Study Finds Drug Arouses People from a Permanent Vegetative State
LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/24/06 | Terry Vanderheyden

Posted on 05/24/2006 4:13:30 PM PDT by wagglebee

SPRINGS, South Africa, May 23, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – South African researchers have discovered a medication that temporarily arouses patients from a permanent vegetative state.

Scientists Ralf Clauss, now practicing nuclear medicine in the UK, and Wally Nel, in family practice in South Africa, found that Zolpidem, an insomnia drug, effectively restored consciousness to three individuals who were all in permanent vegetative states for at least three years before commencing the trial. After administering the drug, which the doctors have been doing every morning for three years, the three individuals all “wake up” to varying degrees, answer simple questions and engage in activities like watching television.

Their findings, published in the most recent issue of the journal NeuroRehabilitation, describe the confirmed permanent vegetative states of two motor vehicle accident patients and one near drowning patient. Drs. Clauss and Nel stated that, according to accepted measures of cognitive function – the Rancho Los Amigos Cognitive score – their level of consciousness was dramatically improved from a range of I-II before to V-VII after the drug.

According to BBC News coverage, patient L had been in a vegetative state for three years, showing no response to touch and no reaction to his family. After Zolpidem, he was able to talk to them and answer simple questions. Patient G was also able to answer simple questions and catch a basketball. Patient N had been ‘constantly screaming,’ but stopped after being given the drug when he started watching TV and responding to his family.

Dr. Clauss told the BBC that “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,” he explained. “But it’s the dormant areas which ‘wake up’.”

Read the journal abstract on line:
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2late4terri; cognition; medicalresearch; medicalscience; medicine; pvs; terrischiavo
This is a huge development!
1 posted on 05/24/2006 4:13:33 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: 8mmMauser

PING!!!


2 posted on 05/24/2006 4:13:51 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

A little late for Terri, though.


3 posted on 05/24/2006 4:14:48 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: wagglebee

Wow! They should make a movie about this!


4 posted on 05/24/2006 4:14:51 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: wagglebee

too late for terri schiavo


5 posted on 05/24/2006 4:15:22 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: wagglebee
Pls send a double prescription to the US Senate.....
6 posted on 05/24/2006 4:16:01 PM PDT by llevrok (Stop the Latin Insurgents !!!)
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To: wagglebee
Drug Arouses People from a Permanent Vegetative State

Tuber, or not tuber, is that the question? :-)

It will be interesting to see which patients can be helped, and which cannot.

7 posted on 05/24/2006 4:16:26 PM PDT by sourcery (Political & economic freedom: More important than gays burning flags at their weddings)
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To: wagglebee

Truly a huge development - will be very interesting to watch and see.


8 posted on 05/24/2006 4:16:47 PM PDT by justche ("Art, like morality, consists of drawing a line somewhere." G. K. Chesterton)
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To: wagglebee

Had they tried telling them that "Gilligan's Island" was about to start?


9 posted on 05/24/2006 4:17:28 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Make Love, Not Cartoons. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: wagglebee

I'm glad Congress has a good drug benefit policy...they need this drug desperately.


10 posted on 05/24/2006 4:17:51 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: wagglebee

Sounds like the movie "Awakenings" with Robin Williams.


11 posted on 05/24/2006 4:19:17 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: machogirl

I guess you can't use the drug on a person you killed.


12 posted on 05/24/2006 4:54:00 PM PDT by ardara
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To: wagglebee

Sounds like good news for Kramer!

Or would that be bad news, it's so hard to tell.


13 posted on 05/24/2006 4:58:13 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with really stupid enemies.)
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To: sourcery

I don't know. Getting to the point where you can just watch TV strikes me as moving from one PVS to another type of PVS.


14 posted on 05/24/2006 5:17:33 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: wagglebee

To late for my son.


15 posted on 05/24/2006 5:18:03 PM PDT by Dawggie
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To: wagglebee

Wow, give a dose to every Democrat and the Republicans will win every election.


16 posted on 05/24/2006 5:19:26 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: wagglebee

Holy schmoly! This is potentially great news.

On the other hand, it could be that the doctors have misdiagnosed Permanent Vegetative State in these patients. We all know that is a highly contentious issue. They claim the brain has turned to mush, but nobody with a mush brain can catch a basketball, right?


17 posted on 05/24/2006 6:21:50 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: llevrok
Pls send a double prescription to the US Senate.....

Send a quadruple dose to Bush on immigration.

18 posted on 05/24/2006 6:28:04 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Illegal Aliens will take down the Democrats and Republicans and give rise to a new American party)
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To: Tribune7; JudyB1938

And JudyB1938, too.


19 posted on 05/24/2006 7:38:13 PM PDT by bvw
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To: wagglebee

Didn't anyone see AWAKENINGS?


20 posted on 05/24/2006 8:02:37 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Dawggie

My Prayers.

May god bless you and your son.....


21 posted on 05/24/2006 8:17:52 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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