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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:41 PM

Oxygen Chamber Can Boost Brain Repair

http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=17851
Oxygen Chamber Can Boost Brain Repair
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hyperbaric treatment has significantly resuscitated activity in damaged brains, TAU researchers find

Stroke, traumatic injury, and metabolic disorder are major causes of brain damage and permanent disabilities, including motor dysfunction, psychological disorders, memory loss, and more. Current therapy and rehab programs aim to help patients heal, but they often have limited success.

Now Dr. Shai Efrati of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine has found a way to restore a significant amount of neurological function in brain tissue thought to be chronically damaged — even years after initial injury. Theorizing that high levels of oxygen could reinvigorate dormant neurons, Dr. Efrati and his fellow researchers, including Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of TAU's School of Physics and Astronomy and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, recruited post-stroke patients for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) — sessions in high pressure chambers that contain oxygen-rich air — which increases oxygen levels in the body tenfold.

Analysis of brain imaging showed significantly increased neuronal activity after a two-month period of HBOT treatment compared to control periods of non-treatment, reported Dr. Efrati in PLoS ONE. Patients experienced improvements such as a reversal of paralysis, increased sensation, and renewed use of language. These changes can make a world of difference in daily life, helping patients recover their independence and complete tasks such as bathing, cooking, climbing stairs, or reading a book.



Seventy-four participants spanning 6 to 36 months post-stroke were divided into two groups. The first treatment group received HBOT from the beginning of the study, and the second received no treatment for two months, then received a two-month period of HBOT treatment. Treatment consisted of 40 two-hour sessions five times weekly in high pressure chambers containing oxygen-rich air. The results indicate that HBOT treatment can lead to significant improvement in brain function in post stroke patients even at chronically late stages, helping neurons strengthen and build new connections in damaged regions.

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:57 PM

1. My BIL does this a few times a week

He lives in Miami. He had a minor stroke a year ago. Very cool and thanks for posting this.

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Response to cspanlovr (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:13 PM

2. You’re welcome!

Best of luck to your BIL!

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:28 PM

3. to be denied makes one an oxymoron? n/t

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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:11 PM

4. Bet the insurance companies deny coverage

"Experimental"

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