‘Brain Dead’ Might Not Mean the Brain is Dead After All

LiveOrganDonationI’m an organ donor, but stories like this one (and that one) sure give me the creeps. I’m happy if my spare parts can help other people, but I’d like to think that I’ll be done with them before they come to take them out.

Via Newser:

An intriguing new study out of Montreal might redefine our concept of being “brain dead.” Researchers for the first time think that the brain remains active even in patients whose EEG lines have gone flat, reports the Los Angeles Times. The study sprang from an unusual case in Romania in which a patient lapsed into a coma, then got put into a deeper coma by doctors. Much to their surprise, doctors then detected cerebral activity in his hippocampus, never before seen in such a deep coma. The University of Montreal study replicated the feat with cats under heavy anesthesia.

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4 Comments on "‘Brain Dead’ Might Not Mean the Brain is Dead After All"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Sep 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm |

    Can we ‘ave your livah then?

  2. BuzzCoastin | Sep 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm |

    I’ve met plenty of brain dead people who are still alive

  3. Anyone that’s watched Fox News already knew that.

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