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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Help in Brain Injury

According to a new study, people suffering from brain injury after stroke may benefit from HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). This therapy is given to scuba divers when suffering from “the bends”.

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This therapy is a new method for the treatment of brain damage that may help patients who suffer from brain injury after stroke or any other kind of trauma.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel, employed HBOT in 74 patients who had suffered stroke, and whose conditions didn’t show improvement any longer for six months to three years after the stroke. HBOT is carried out inside an oxygen chamber in which the pressure is very high. The therapy heightens the level of oxygen in the body about tenfold. Shai Efrati, MD at Tel Aviv University, led the study. It was hypothesized by the researchers that such increased levels of oxygen may revive the inactive nerve cells in the post-stroke patients’ brains.

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