Just hold your breath…

… and you might live longer. OK, I’m just slightly over-interpreting the contents of this article, which tells in substance that cells that were deprived from oxygen might not die from oxygen starvation (they apparently survive a few hours without oxygen), but kill themselves when oxygen comes back. According to the article, some mitochondria mechanism to fight cancer cannot tell the difference between lack of oxygen and cancer, or something like that.

Interestingly, this was “the way I knew things”, and when I talked about this with colleagues here, they seemed to agree. Is it possible that this would be old news for European or French emergency response teams, and a recent discovery or something still under debate in the US? If you know the answer, please post a comment.

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