Pure oxygen for pain relief

Carla Catherine Medina Rodriguez) [creativecommons license] via Wikimedia Commons

Chronic pain affects about 76 million people in the US and is usually treated with analgesic drugs (such as morphine, ibuprofen, etc.). But because these medications do not provide complete or sustained relief, alternative solutions for chronic pain management are greatly needed. In the search for alternatives, Yangmiao Zhang and Raymond M. Quock (Washington State University, Pullman) have targeted hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the medical use of 100% oxygen at higher-than-atmospheric pressure.

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