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Oxygen Therapy Spurs Recovery in Some Stroke Patients
Date:1/23/2013

brain injury.

The study did have one significant limitation in that there was no group that did not receive oxygen therapy for the sake of comparison, Ben-Jacob pointed out.

But another expert noted that the trial followed what is considered the gold standard for assessing how effective a treatment is during a clinical trial. The stroke victims who got the oxygen therapy first were chosen randomly, the treatment regimens were compared going forward in time and other factors that might have influenced the outcome were controlled for, explained Dr. J. Bradley White. He is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a neurosurgeon with the Texas Brain and Spine Institute in Bryan.

"People will look at this and see they did it the right way," he said. "I think it will garner more attention."

White added that although more studies are needed, he found the findings "exciting and promising."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

SOURCES: Shai Efrati, M.D., faculty member, Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, and head, Hyperbaric Institute, Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center, Israel; Eschel Ben-Jacob, Ph.D., physicist, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University and the Sagol School of Neuroscience; Bradley White, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, neuroscience, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and neurosurgeon, Texas Brain and Spine Institute, Bryan; January 2013 PLoS One


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