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F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Mon Aug 2 00:13:41 EST 1999

Let me support the caution re the controversial "hyperbaric" treatment:
so far as I know, efficacy has not been demonstrated, and dangers have

F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
New York Neuropsychology Group

In <37a4e03d.6247973 at news.btinternet.com>
daveludlow.no-spam at clara.co.uk (Dave L) writes: 
>On 31 Jul 1999 04:21:23 -0400, Allan Adler <ara at zohar.ai.mit.edu>
>>I've read and heard some accounts of the use of certain scans of
>>human brains. I think they monitory the amount of oxygen used
>>by each part of the brain using MRI, but I'm not really sure.
>>Using this technique, they have been able to determine which
>>parts of the brain "light up" when certain tasks are performed.
>>They have also determined differences in the ways the brains of
>>people suffering from depression work.
>>What I would like to know is whether these techniques have been
>>applied to the brains of retarded persons, particularly those
>>whose retardation was induced by brain damage suffered at birth.
>>I would be interested in reading the relevant literature.
>>Allan Adler
>I am aware of a scanning tool for cerebral blood flow - SPECT imaging.
>Not what you asked about but it may be relevant. Try this link for a
>brief explanation: http://hyperbaric-oxygen.com/spect2.htm
>BTW, as you may know, HBOT for long term brain damage (e.g. CP) is an
>unproven therapy and currently the subject  of much debate.
>Discussion on this  (and other actual/potential therapies) surfaces
>from time to time in  alt.support.cerebral-palsy; sometimes you can
>get a useful link or two (in between the arguments!). 
>My interest (as a parent) is in learning and physical disabilities
>caused by brain damage from birth asphyxia/hypoglycemia,  and in
>potential therapies. I wonder what your ... Oops - sorry, drifting off
>topic :)
>Dave L

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