Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a human brain at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium. Doctors say stimulation of the brain’s vagus nerve holds promise for treating patients in vegetative states. Photo: Reuters

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Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a human brain at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium. Doctors say stimulation of the brain’s vagus nerve holds promise for treating patients in vegetative states. Photo: Reuters
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