Some vegetative patients show signs of consciousness; FTC aims to grow pharma-deal unit;

> British and Belgian neuroscientists using functioning magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) found that some patients previously thought to be in a vegetative state have shown signs of consciousness when asked to think about hitting a tennis ball or walking around their home or neighborhood. Article

> The pace of biopharma dealmaking has increased so much that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking for more funding to help handle the workload. FiercePharma

> American Medical Association president J. James Rohack is displeased with the Illinois Supreme Court's decision to reverse a law passed in 2005 that caps noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. Statement

And Finally... Maybe she was just lonely. Article