LOS ANGELES (Dispatches) --- Researchers from the University of California reported that a 25-year-old man recovering from a coma had made remarkable progress following a treatment to jump-start his brain using ultrasound.
Now a team led by UCLA’s Martin Monti and colleagues report that two more patients with severe brain injuries -- both had been in what scientists call a long-term "minimally conscious state” -- have made impressive progress thanks to the same technique. The results are published online in the journal Brain Stimulation.
"I consider this new result much more significant because these chronic patients were much less likely to recover spontaneously than the acute patient we treated in 2016 -- and any recovery typically occurs slowly over several months and more typically years, not over days and weeks, as we show,” said Monti, a UCLA professor of professor of psychology and neurosurgery and co-senior author of the new paper. "It’s very unlikely that our findings are simply due to spontaneous recovery.”
The paper notes that, of three people who received the treatment, one -- a 58-year-old man who had been in a car accident five-and-a-half years prior to treatment and was minimally conscious -- did not benefit. However, the other two did.