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Scientists win Nobel Prize for work with oxygen molecule

Important work by scientists to discover how oxygen affects the body at a cellular level has been recognised with a Nobel Prize. William Kaelin of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Gregg Semenza of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Peter Ratcliffe of the University of Oxford and the Francis Crick Institute won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for ‘their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.’

Although the work’s main focus was around how genes are restricted by oxygen levels, and the way in which this allows cancer cells to live in low-oxygen conditions, the recognition of the work gives a boost to hyperbaric oxygen therapy which revolves around this vital molecule. Many people with multiple sclerosis report excellent results from this treatment, including improvement in fatigue and bladder problems. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is safe, and it is offered at MS National Therapy Centres across the UK. To find a therapy centre near you, visit

Source: MS-UK 08/11/2019

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