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Bustling argon: biological effect

Zhouheng Ye, Rongjia Zhang and Xuejun Sun*

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Department of Diving Medicine, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China

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Medical Gas Research 2013, 3:22  doi:10.1186/2045-9912-3-22

Published: 3 October 2013

Abstract

Argon is a noble gas in group 18 of the periodic table. Certificated to exist in air atmosphere merely one century ago, discovery of argon shows interesting stories of researching and exploring. It was assumed to have no chemical activity. However, argon indeed present its biological effect on mammals. Narcotic effect of argon in diving operation and neur-protective function of argon in cerebral injury demonstrate that argon has crucial effect and be concentrated on is necessary. Furthermore, consider to be harmless to human, argon clinical application in therapy would be another option.