Barbara Ann Galante-Gray

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Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing it’s possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious.<p>Three people tested using a special …

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Clinically Dead Brains Are Highly Active

The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the Univ. of Michigan …

Shopping is a 'loop of loneliness,' study finds

Sad shoppers are getting sadder.<p>Findings from a new study show when we're feeling blue and socially isolated, we shop. Shopping, meanwhile, makes us even more depressed and alone. To fix it, we shop — and the vicious cycle continues.<p>But there's hope. It turns out there are three types of …

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We don't know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them

Recent attacks on antidepressants simplify a complicated picture about their effectiveness, and people with depression suffer for it<p>Lately, it seems as if everyone is anti-antidepressants. In a recent CiF article, Giles Fraser bemoaned the apparent need to treat anything vaguely resembling …