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Study: Oxygen Thearpy New Way To Treat Brain Damage

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A lab worker takes samples for testing.  (credit: Nick Laham /Getty Imgaes)

A lab worker takes samples for testing. (credit: Nick Laham /Getty Imgaes)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a brain attack occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. You can greatly reduce your risk for stroke through lifestyle changes and in some cases, medication.

According to a recent study, Israeli researchers have found a revolutionary way to treat brain damage.

Tel Aviv University researchers and staff at the Asaf HaRofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin have found that high levels of oxygen in a pressurized atmosphere can significantly improve chronic brain damage, reported by Business Standard.

According to the researchers, the benefit of using high levels of oxygen in a pressurized cabin is that the oxygen reaches deeper into the brain tissues, reviving dormant nerve cells and reactivating blood vessels.

Over 50 people who had suffered mild traumatic brain injuries participated in the study. These patients had were still bothered by headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and other cognitive impairments at the time of the study.

The researchers then divided the participants into two groups. One received two months of treatment while the other was not treated at all.

The treatment included 40 one-hour sessions of each patient breathing 100 percent oxygen from a high pressure chamber 5 times per week over a 2 month period.

Those participants’ brain functions and quality of life were then evaluated and compared through a computed tomography scan.

Researchers showed that the hyperbaric oxygen therapy group led to significant improvements in cognitive functions and quality of life.

The study was published in the journal PLOS One.

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