Brain Death

Thoughts on Brain Death: The Last Time I Felt Like a Healer

Thoughts on Brain Death: The Last Time I Felt Like a Healer

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Finding the balance of empathy and professionalism is a skill that not enough of us recognize as essential, and even fewer seek to teach.

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

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Attempting to engage on an intellectual level about the heady concept of brain death while in the throes of bereavement can often lead to mistrust and confusion.

Brain Death Determination Still Differs Despite Guidelines

Brain Death Determination Still Differs Despite Guidelines

While there have been improvements, variation still exists.

Functional Connectivity May Predict Comatose Patient Outcome

Functional Connectivity May Predict Comatose Patient Outcome

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Functional connectivity strength between the PCC and mPFC was significantly different in comatose patients who went on to recover compared to those who remained comatose.

Thalamocortical Damage Prevents Motor Function in Covertly Aware Vegetative Patients

Thalamocortical Damage Prevents Motor Function in Covertly Aware Vegetative Patients

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A selective structural disruption in fibers connecting the thalamus and primary motor cortex may be behind the absence of overt motor function in vegetative patients who are covertly aware.

Death at Home Brings More Peace Than In-Hospital

Death at Home Brings More Peace Than In-Hospital

The benefits for both the patient and caregiver were evident.

Temperature Control After Cardiac Arrest Has Little Effect on Brain Damage

Temperature Control After Cardiac Arrest Has Little Effect on Brain Damage

Reducing body temperatures to 91.4 degrees or 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit didn't seem to affect brain damage after cardiac arrest.

Determination and Associated Controversies of Brain Death

Determination and Associated Controversies of Brain Death

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Determinations of brain death are becoming increasingly clouded by special circumstances, religious beliefs, and inconsistencies across state lines.

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