Sleep drug helps car crash victim to talk again

January 7, 2015 4:53 PM

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Sleep drug helps car crash victim to talk again

A 43-year-old car-crash victim in Italy who fell into a "minimally conscious state" to the point where he could no longer speak suddenly started chatting again after receiving a sedative, LiveScience reports.

A study published in November in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience said it's the first case showing "the 'awakening' effect of midazolam," a drug typically used to induce sleepiness before surgery.

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