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Comas typically only last a few weeks, and most people do come out of comas, but whether they can return to a functioning life is the question. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may help with this problem. TMS could help the more than 300,000 soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain injuries.

WHAT IS IT?: TMS uses strong magnetic fields to induce or inhibit electrical activity in brain neurons, therefore either turning off or stimulating parts of the brain. TMS activates different areas of the brain depending on the severity of the coma. When one is in a coma, it can be caused by several factors, but damage to the brain is often seen. When in a coma, the brain is at its lowest functioning level. TMS stimulates a damaged brain so that it functions more.

It's like jumpstarting the brain. TMS poses little discomfort for the patient and is generally thought to be safe. Some side effects may include seizures, minor headaches and fainting.

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