Hyperbaric Autism Treatment Shows Possible Promise

"This treatment has no apparent negative effects except for the cost [of out-of-pocket payments]," said Wiznitzer. "I tell parents that use of complementary and alternative treatments can be explored as long as there is no significant risk of injury, it does not interfere with other interventions, it is affordable and it has a defined endpoint."

Offit urged parents to be cautious.

"The way we work in this country ... when a paper comes out, we tend to take it as fact," he said. "We should wait until we see if this is reproduced."

Rossignol agreed that further study is needed.

"This is not a cure for autism or anything like that," he said. "It may be an adjunct and be helpful, but it's certainly not going to cure anybody."

ABC News' Michelle Schlief contributed to this report.

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