Oxygen Therapy Helps Autistic Kids

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