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Veridical OBE Perceptions in a "Standstill" Operation

Dr. Mario BeauregardNeuroscience researcher Dr. Mario Beauregard and colleagues recently reported a 2008 case of veridical (real, verified) perceptions in a patient undergoing a deep hypothermic cardiocirculatory arrest or "standstill" operation similar to Pam Reynolds' operation in 1991.

The 31-year-old patient J.S. underwent emergency surgical correction of an aortic dissection. She did not see or talk to members of the surgical team. It was not possible for her to see the machines behind the head section of the operating table as she was wheeled into the operating room. J.S. was given general anesthesia and her eyes were taped shut. In an out-of-body experience (OBE) during the operation, J.S. reported feelings of peace and joy and seeing a bright light. From a vantage point above, she reported seeing a nurse passing surgical instruments to the cardiothoracic surgeon and seeing anesthesia and echography machines located behind her head. Beauregard and his colleagues verified that her descriptions were accurate, confirmed by the surgeon who operated on her.

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Update on AWARE Study from UK Hospital

UK hospital in the midst of AWARE project...A recent article indicates the international AWARE study is proceeding towards its targeted conclusion next year.  Dr. Sam Parnia, one of the project originators, mentions interesting results but provides no clues about whether a target has been identified by an out-of-body experiencer.  He said: “The evidence that is interesting to me is that, contrary to my training, the entity we call the human mind and consciousness appears to continue to exist during the early stage of death.” In another recent interview , Dr. Parnia stated that study results will be published in late 2011 or early 2012, at the earliest.

Dr Bruce Greyson Consulted on CO2 Study Linked to NDEs

Study Links High CO2 Levels to Incidents of NDEs

Zalika Klemenc-Ketis, MD, of the University of Maribor in Slovenia, and colleagues completed a prospective study of cardiac arrest patients and reported "Our study suggests that some physiological factors or processes might be important in the provoking of near-death experiences," the researchers wrote in the open-access online journal Critical Care.

Fox News picked up the story from Agence France-Presse and published it with the headline Near-Death Experience Explained by High Levels of CO2”.  The Fox News version reads as follows:

A study suggests that people who report having "near-death experiences," such as seeing lights or divine encounters, have increased levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, Agence France-Presse reported.

According to research, between 11 and 23 percent of heart attack survivors report having near-death experiences.

The study, which is reported in the journal "Critical Care," looked at 52 heart attack victims. Eleven had a near-death experience and the common link was a high level of carbon dioxide in the blood. Researchers said more work still needs to be done to confirm the findings, but understanding a near-death experience is important.

A more sophisticated source, MedPageToday (MPT), in its General Psychiatry section reported the story with the somewhat less assertive headline: “Blood Parameters May Explain Near-Death Experience”.  The MPT article solicited observations on the study from preeminent NDE researcher, Dr Bruce Greyson. 

The MPT webpage featuring the article also carried the sidebar advice to doctors to explain to their patients “that although some studies suggest there may be physical causes for these experiences, they are still largely unexplained by medical science”.

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Dr Raymond Moody's new book: Glimpses of Eternity

GlimpsesOfEternityRaymond Moody presented key ideas from his new book, Glimpses of Eternity, on Shared Death Experiences at the IANDS Conference in Durham September 2-4, 2011.

Written with Paul Perry, this book provides numerous examples of the shared death experience in which persons present at the death of a loved one experience leaving their own body, viewing the life review of their loved one and traveling part-way toward the Light. Moody describes seven key elements of the shared death experience which are very similar to those of the near-death experience. Watch this YouTube video of Dr. Raymond Moody's interview with Paul Perry.

New Research Tool - 128 Years of Information

Anyone who has gone looking for solid information about NDEs knows how difficult it can be to find. Now IANDS has an online answer. The most powerful search tool about NDEs is being offered as a free benefit with every IANDS membership at the Supporting and Professional levels or higher.

The NDE Research Index covers all scholarly and many popular English language articles about NDEs from 1877 through 2005. That's 128 years of information! Using the flexible search tools of the Index, you can roam through the abstracts of almost 900 articles, finding author, title, year of publication, journal title, issue number, and page numbers.

For students, teachers, researchers, curious experiencers - anyone with a deep interest in near-death and similar experiences - this is like having a library catalog in the living room. Many of the actual articles will soon be available on the IANDS website, and others can be obtained from libraries and publishers with the citation information provided in the Index.

For more detailed information about the Index and how to access it - or to upgrade your membership or join IANDS in order to use the Index - go to this page. If you are already a Supporting, Professional, or higher level member of IANDS, the Index is now yours to use.

Research Activity

Participate in Research. Faith Nouri, a doctoral student, is researching the electromagnetic aftereffects of the near-death experience. To participate in the near-death experience research, please contact Faith at 972-992-3992.

Intriguing Articles. There are many important NDE research articles. If you haven't already seen it, we suggest you read the August 31, 2007 edition of Time Magazine which discusses The Science of Near-Death Experiences.

Ask Us. Are you a student or researcher who is conducting a near-death study at the master's or doctoral level? We'll help you locate subjects. Please email the following information to us: your name, address, phone, email, title of the project, university, supervising professor's name with phone, a 250 word description of the project, including tools that you're using for it, and a copy of the questionnaire.

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Expanded Version of Research Bibliography on CD-ROM

The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) is pleased to announce the release of the new expanded version of Near-Death Experiences: Index to the Periodical Literature through 2005. This updated tool is an invaluable tool for all NDE researchers as well as others interested in an in-depth investigation of NDE’s. 

Near-death experience (NDE) researchers were thrilled when the Near-Death Experiences Research Bibliography came out two years ago. The CD-ROM indexed every Anabiosis/Journal of Near-Death Studies (JNDS) article through 2005 by about 140 NDE-related topics. As useful as it was, the new version, Near-Death Experiences: Index to the Periodical Literature through 2005, is a resource for NDE researchers to almost die for. It covers not only JNDS articles but every article published in the first 25 years of near-death studies, a total of over 800 articles: 703 scholarly (mostly refereed journal articles) and 123 non-scholarly (popular magazines, newspapers, etc.).

With this invaluable tool, researchers can find virtually every article addressing a particular NDE-related topic—or combination of topics. Through article abstracts that appear for over 98% of articles that originally included abstracts, researchers are further helped to select just those articles that are relevant to their own areas of inquiry.

Click here for more information or to order the bibliography.

Having created a custom list of citations, researchers who do not have access to free reprints—such as higher education faculty who can acquire free reprints through inter-library loan service—can purchase one reprint of each article from the office of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In either case, researchers can feel confident they have conducted a very thorough review of the available NDE literature through 2005.


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