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Bends cure liver disease hope

20th February 2009

Scientists from Edinburgh University are examining whether a treatment for divers suffering from the bends could be used to help cure alcoholic liver disease.

They are studying whether Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can improve liver function and stimulate bone marrow stem cells. The trial will see participants breathing pure oxygen to higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders over a total of 20 two-hour sessions with blood samples compared before and after the sessions.

 

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