STUDY: BRAIN SCANS REVEAL HIDDEN CONSCIOUSNESS IN PATIENTS


A  standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness.

A study released Thursday is the latest to investigate using technology to help meet the challenge of making that distinction, which now is generally based on a doctor’s bedside exam.

Patients in a vegetative state have open eyes and show periods of sleep and wakefulness, but they are unaware of themselves or others and unable to think, respond or do anything on purpose. Patients in a minimally conscious state show only intermittent and minimal signs of awareness of themselves or their environment.

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BRAIN SCANS REVEAL HIDDEN CONSCIOUSNESS IN PATIENTS


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A study released Thursday is the latest to investigate using technology to help meet the challenge of making that distinction, which now is generally based on a doctor’s bedside exam.

Patients in a vegetative state have open eyes and show periods of sleep and wakefulness, but they are unaware of themselves or others and unable to think, respond or do anything on purpose. Patients in a minimally conscious state show only intermittent and minimal signs of awareness of themselves or their environment.

http://www.infowars.com/brain-scans-reveal-hidden-consciousness-in-patients/

Brain Activity Is as Unique – and Identifying – as a Fingerprint


image-20151012-17858-w4ne84-668x450 For example, they could help predict who is at risk for developing a disease. Maybe there’s something in the individual patterns of strong and weak brain connections that reveals how susceptible someone is to different neurological or mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression or Alzheimer’s disease. If we collect fMRI images from people while they are still healthy, and then follow them over time to see who goes on to become ill, perhaps we can build a model relating parts of the connectivity profile to future health. Then we could apply this model to a brand-new person’s profile to predict their likelihood of getting sick. This could be a way to target and treat high-risk people early on, in hopes that intervening early will improve their outcomes.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1883090-brain-activity-is-as-unique-and-identifying-as-a-fingerprint/

BRAIN ACTIVITY IS AS UNIQUE – AND IDENTIFYING – AS A FINGERPRINT


fingerprint To investigate, my colleagues and I looked at brain images from volunteers scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI. This technique measures neural activity via blood flow in the brain while people are awake and mentally active. We calculated a “functional connectivity profile” for each person based on their individual patterns of synchronized activity between different parts of the brain.

In fact, it turns out that the ebb and flow of brain activity is like a fingerprint: each person has their own signature pattern, according to our study just published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Using only their connectivity profiles, we could identify individuals from a group. Based purely on these profiles, we could also predict how people would perform on one type of intelligence test.

http://www.infowars.com/brain-activity-is-as-unique-and-identifying-as-a-fingerprint/

4 REASONS WHY YOUR BRAIN GETS FOGGY – AND HOW TO STOP IT


120214brainpowerStudies suggest neurotoxins impede brain development in kids, something that might also lead to ADHD, autism, or Parkinson’s later in life. Keeping your brain free from toxin exposure could go a long way in boosting overall brain health, but if your thoughts are feeling a little sluggish, there might be other things—besides pollution—you should consider

Four Causes of Brain Fog

If you’re having trouble concentrating, thinking clearly, or even relaxing your mind, your brain may have invasive forces trying to impede your health. Here are just four reasons your brain could be foggy.

http://www.infowars.com/4-reasons-why-your-brain-gets-foggy-and-how-to-stop-it/

RAY KURZWEIL: IN THE 2030S, NANOBOTS IN OUR BRAINS WILL MAKE US ‘GODLIKE’


brain-force We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. We’re going to be better at expressing loving sentiment,” Kurzweil said at a recent discussion at Singularity University. He is involved in developing artificial intelligence as a director of engineering at Google but was not speaking on behalf of the company.

Kurzweil predicts that in the 2030s, human brains will be able to connect to the cloud, allowing us to send emails and photos directly to the brain and to back up our thoughts and memories. This will be possible, he says, via nanobots — tiny robots from DNA strands — swimming around in the capillaries of our brain. He sees the extension of our brain into predominantly nonbiological thinking as the next step in the evolution of humans — just as learning to use tools was for our ancestors.

http://www.infowars.com/ray-kurzweil-in-the-2030s-nanobots-in-our-brains-will-make-us-godlike/

Jimmy Carter: Melanoma has spread to brain


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Speaking with a calm, measured tone for the better part of an hour Thursday, former President Jimmy Carter revealed the extent of his cancer, telling reporters gathered in Atlanta for a news conference that doctors have found “four spots of melanoma” on his brain and that he will undergo radiation treatment starting later in the afternoon.

“I was surprisingly at ease, more so than my wife

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/jimmy-carter-to-undergo-radiation-treatment-for-brain-melanoma-121558.html#ixzz3jNd5f2aA