Brain activity continues after death

14th Mar 2017

Researchers from the University of Western Ontario have suggested that brain activity continues even after the heart stops beating. The brain activity recorded was similar to the patterns of deep sleep. 

The study involved scientists analysing four critically ill subjects, who were taken off life support. The level of activity differed for each participant, with one showing brain activity for 10 minutes after being diagnosed as dead. However, the researchers stressed that a larger sample needs to be studies, as not all of the participants in the current study showed brain activity after being diagnosed as clinically dead.

Nevertheless, the researchers concluded that this new insight will be helpful for medicine and will pave a way for future research. 

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