I think there’s a lot to be said for the JudeoChristian idea of absolute good and evil. But sometimes it’s just easier to believe, as the ancient Greeks did, that this universe is being run by drunken, skirt-chasing, egotistical morons.
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Bad stuff does happen sometimes, Nicolas. Always remember that, but remember that you have to move on, somehow. You just pick up your head and stare at something beautiful like the sky, or the ocean, and you move the hell on.
—James Patterson (via quotes-shape-us)
George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained in a fitful, minimally conscious state until his mother, in 2002, decided to give him the sleep aid drug Ambien to quiet his moaning and writhing. The next thing she knew, her son was quietly looking at her and trying to talk. He has been using the drug ever since to maintain awareness, but no one could understand why Ambien led to such an awakening.
Now, a team of scientists led by Weill Cornell Medical College has discovered a signature of brain activity in Melendez and two other similarly “awakened” patients they say explain why he and others regain some consciousness after using Ambien or other drugs or treatments. The pattern of activity, reported Nov. 19 in the journal eLife, was identified by analyzing the common electroencephalography (EEG) test, which tracks brain waves.
Shawniqua T Williams, Mary M Conte, Andrew M Goldfine, Quentin Noirhomme, Olivia Gosseries, Marie Thonnard, Bradley Beattie, Jennifer Hersh, Douglas I Katz, Jonathan D Victor, Steven Laureys, Nicholas D Schiff. Common resting brain dynamics indicate a possible mechanism underlying zolpidem response in severe brain injury. eLife, 2013 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.01157