People undergoing CPR may have consciousness despite the absence of visible external signs of consciousness, a study suggests.
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'I saw my entire life': People describe 'death experiences' after cardiac arrest in new study
One survivor remembers people placing the electrodes and then the shock. Another could feel “someone rubbing the bony bit” on his
It’s been assumed that people lose awareness or consciousness soon after their hearts stop beating.
But in a new study, some cardiac arrest survivors reported having lucid experiences, including a “purposeful review of their
lives” while being revived by CPR, even though their brains had “flatlined” and they had no visible external signs of
In some cases, brain activity returned to near normal physiological levels at different points up to an hour into CPR, “suggestive
of the emergence of consciousness and resumption of a network-level of cognitive activity,” the researchers report.
They describe their work as the “first report of biomarkers of consciousness during CPR.”
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Thirty-seven kids hospitalized: The E. coli outbreak that has raged through nearly a dozen Calgary daycares
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, speaking to reporters on Friday, cried as she spoke about the E. coli outbreak in 11 Calgary
daycares that has put dozens of children in hospital.
“I’m heartbroken by what these family families are going through,” Smith said in announcing the province will give families $2,000
for each child who became sick.
She said the province would also look into new regulations for shared kitchens and food safety.
Investigators were still looking for the source of the outbreak that began on the Labour Day weekend, but health officials have
said it almost certainly came from a central kitchen used by the daycares.
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The Indian state of Kerala is racing to contain a new outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, which has killed two people so far and
infected at least five, according to government officials.
Schools in the affected Kozhikode district are closed, several villages have been declared containment zones, and 950 contacts
have been identified, 213 of which are considered “high risk.” Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Wednesday confirmed the
fifth person infected, a 24-year-old health-care worker. An infected 9-year-old remains on ventilation, government media said.
In a statement on social media, Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala, told residents not to panic but to “face this
situation with caution” and “fully cooperate with the restrictions” to contain the disease. Kerala has seen four outbreaks of
Nipah since 2018, the last of which occurred in 2021, as the state was also fighting a wave of covid-19 cases.
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