Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that treatment in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (high pressure) improves the condition of women with fibromyalgia – a syndrome characterized by widespread chronic pain and an increased and painful response to pressure . Between 2% and 4% of people in Western countries suffer from this chronic disease, 90% of whom are women.
Until now, there was no effective treatment. The TAU-led team, which included only scientists from the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University, the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Rice University in Houston, Texas, comes from publish in the open access journal PLoS One ITAL FIN ITAL (Public Library of Science One).
The brain mapping technique used was performed with a technology developed by the end of the TAU physicist Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob. The team developed an innovative and effective oxygen therapy that they say “dramatically improve” the condition of 70% of women who participated in the clinical study and could alleviate the suffering of millions of (mostly) women worldwide.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia – which is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (which also causes a lot of suffering in millions of women and men around the world) – is unknown, but experts say it is linked to genetic, psychological, neurobiological and environmental factors.
The main symptom – appears to result from neurochemical imbalances, including activation of inflammatory pathways in the brain, resulting in abnormalities in the treatment of pain.
By JUDY SIEGEL-Itzkovich for the Jpost in English
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