Oxygen Therapy Helps Autistic Kids

But despite study, treatment remains controversial
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2009 5:59 PM CDT
Oxygen Therapy Helps Autistic Kids
Hyperbaric treatment has been shown to have some benefit in other neurological conditions such as fetal alcohol syndrome and cerebral palsy.   (Getty Images)

Pressurized oxygen helps autistic children interact with people and better understand what they're saying, a new study finds. After 40 hours in a decompression chamber, a group of autistic kids aged 2 to 7 showed considerable gains. Experts theorize that oxygen cuts down inflammation and improves air flow to the brain, but they admit benefits may only be temporary, the BBC reports.
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