Holding Breath For Several Minutes Elevates Marker For Brain Damage

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 07:21 in Biology & Nature

Divers who held their breath for several minutes had elevated levels of a protein that can signal brain damage. However, the appearance of the protein, S100B, was transient and leaves open the question of whether lengthy apnea (breath-holding) can damage the brain over the long term.

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