August 13, 2013 | Nicola

I’m a bit dubious about today’s news – that US researchers may have found the cause of near-death experiences.

The team studied electrical activity in the brains of rats in their final moments. They found that gamma waves – linked to consciousness and REM sleep in humans – briefly increased, while other activity decreased, before the heart stopped.

However, other scientists have commented that as we can’t communicate with animals, it’s impossible to know whether they have the same experiences.

Time to bring in Dr Dolittle!

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It is estimated that around 20% of patients who survive cardiac arrest have a near-death experience.

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