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Oxygen therapy may slow Alzheimer’s, say Israeli researchers after mice study

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Build-up of plaque on the brain, a characteristic of Alzheimer’s, has been slowed in an animal trial using oxygen therapy, Israeli scientists claimed in peer-reviewed research published on Thursday.

Tel Aviv University researchers have spent years exploring the purported anti-aging potential of therapy in a pressurized — or hyperbaric — chamber, breathing pure oxygen for some of the time.

In their latest study, they concluded that the therapy boosts the functioning of the human brain, and was shown in animals to fight the build-up of brain plaque that is associated with Alzheimer’s.

“I don’t think this can ‘cure’ Alzheimer’s in humans, but it may be able to significantly slow its progression and severity,” Prof. Uri Ashery, lead author of the research published in the journal Aging, told The Times of Israel. “Further studies are needed, but people could possibly start benefiting from this in just a few years.”

Tel Aviv University’s championing of hyperbaric therapy to fight aging-related decline attracted mixed reactions among experts. Dr. Deborah Toiber, an Alzheimer’s scholar from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, who was not involved in the new........

© The Times of Israel

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