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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with 24 % Oxygen at 1.3 Atmospheres of Pressure helped Children with Autism
Dr. Rossignol and colleagues studied 59 children aged 2-7 with documented autism spectrum disorder. Thirty children received 40 hourly treatments with 24% oxygen at 1.3 atmospheres of pressure. Twenty-nine additional children with autism were used as the untreated group (control group). 1.3 atmospheres is 30 % higher pressure than at sea level and is roughly equivalent to being submerged in 10 feet of water. The children receiving placebo treatment were placed in a hyperbaric chamber and received room air (21 % oxygen) at 1.03 atmospheres.
Home Hyperbaric Oxygen Units Approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 1.3 Atmospheres Pressure
Pauline Anderson interviewed Dr. Rossignol for April 2009's Medscape Medical News. Dr. Rossignol is quoted as saying that the researchers chose to study a pressure of 1.3 atm because the Food and Drug Administration has approved home units that provide these oxygen pressures. Portable hyperbaric chambers cost $4000 for a small unit and up to $17,000 for a chamber that can be used by 2 to 3 patients at a time. Hyperbaric chambers can be rented for approximately $2000-$3000/month.