In 2016, a team led by UCLA’s Martin Monti 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. Wired U.K. called the news one of the best things that happened in 2016. At the time, Monti acknowledged that although he was encouraged by the outcome, it was possible the scientists had gotten a little lucky. Now, 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.

 

 

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