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    How Scans Are Reaching Coma Patients’ Buried Minds

    They live on the border. Nonresponsive patients were long assumed to be unaware of anything, merely existing without brain function. But new techniques of communicating via brain scans show that 15 to 20 percent of seemingly vegetative patients are actually fully cognizant, even if they can’t react or speak. This new form of communication allows doctors to get answers from patients thought to be out of reach — and could give credence to loved ones who detect ever-so-subtle signs of consciousness in patients doctors have written off.

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