Researchers are only just beginning to really understand anaesthesia awareness.
General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. But now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.
An early halt to a trial of deep brain stimulation for depression reveals little about the treatment but more about the changing nature of clinical trials.
Peter Forbes reports on the potential first treatment for this devastating condition.
Using sleep deprivation to combat severe depression may seem odd, but for some it’s the only thing that works.
Five quirks of memory that can mess with your sense of reality.
When a brain tumour left Pat Long with persistent déjà vu, he began to question the very nature of reality. Here, he tells his story for the first time.
Boxers know they risk injury in the ring. But there’s a more insidious danger they don’t often talk about: the long-term brain damage that repeated blows to the head can cause. Lyra McKee meets the families who are breaking the silence.
Gaia Vince celebrates the newcomers in our evolving linguistic landscape.
Language is all around us but where does it sit inside us?
A burst aneurysm caused bilingual Basia Grzybowska to lose both her English and her Polish. Now she has recovered – partly.
Are people who speak only one language missing out? Gaia Vince reports on the benefits of being bilingual.
In this talk for 5x15, author Jo Marchant discusses the connections between the mind and the immune system.
Roger Highfield discusses consciousness, brain scanning and permanent vegetative state.
Jo Marchant asks if we can harness the mind to reduce side-effects and slash drug costs.
We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the facts and fiction.
Treating disease could become far more precise by using bioelectronics rather than drugs.
Gaia Vince describes a device that deals directly with the nervous system to help control obesity.
Is your nervous system being hacked by the bacteria in your gut? Gaia Vince investigates.
A snail woke up in a museum one day...
Could a drug induce suspended animation? One scientist has a lead.
The extreme survival tricks of hibernators could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, Frank Swain discovers.
Scientists are collecting stories of the near-death experiences of coma patients.
Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.
Each week, patients from across Europe are wheeled in to the Coma Science Group in Liège.
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.
Perhaps the most brutal decisions in writing concern what to leave out. But Alzheimer’s disease is complicated. Here are a few of the intricacies Michael Regnier discussed with scientists while researching ‘The Alzheimer’s enigma’.
Michael Regnier on why detective fiction is an apt metaphor for Alzheimer’s disease research – and science.
The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?