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Oxygen: Friend or foe?

from Emergency Medicine Literature of Note

I'm a huge fan of oxygen. I breathe oxygen nearly every day, and without it, I would literally, more so than figuratively, die. But, oxygen is a highly reactive molecule with many adverse effects in the human body. Recognition of such seems to be in direct contrast to the otherwise reasonable hypothesis of increased oxygenation providing benefit in ischemic disease states. The most recognizable of these is acute myocardial infarction, where oxygen is enshrined in the classical (and outdated) MONA mnemonic. more


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