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World Kidney Day: Hyperbaric Oxygen’s Small But Vital Role in the Treatment of Kidney Disease

March 08, 2012

Happy World Kidney Day. How does hyperbaric oxygen figure in today's celebration and in the treatment of kidney disease? Scanning our own list of diseases and conditions we go straight to diabetic ulcers. Diabetes and obesity figure prominently in this formidable threat to the public health. We've written here and here about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with dialysis helps spare kidneys

Decompression Sickness: "Diving Without Water"

March 07, 2012

In postscript to yesterday's plug for the Divers Alert Network (DAN) webinar, we ran across a delightful item in the Phuket Gazette. (Let's be careful with that pronunciation.) It's a refreshingly different answer to the question, What's it like to take a dive in a hyperbaric chamber? Hats off to Isaac Stone Simonelli for this charming slice of life. Bonus: Another keen photo of the "Steel Ball

Divers Alert Network Free Webinar Tonight: "Demystifying HBO Treatment for Divers"

March 06, 2012

Tonight, Tuesday 6 March, at 8 o'clock EDT, the Divers Alert Network (DAN) and Broadway Divers (New York) are hosting a webinar on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for decompression sickness (DCS), or the bends. DAN medic Marty McCafferty will present “Demystifying HBO Treatment for Divers.” The online session is free and open to the public, though limited spots are available. Register and get more

Open House: New Wound Care Location for Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

March 06, 2012

This Wednesday, as advertised, the expanded Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, will reopen at a new location. From the press release: The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at BMC has treated more than 3,500 patients and has a heal rate of 96 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average. In

New on HyperbaricLink: American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH)

March 03, 2012

Today we have published a profile of the American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH), the certifying body endorsed just last month by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM). From the ABWH website: The American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH) provides a pathway for certification to wound care and hyperbaric practitioners who meet established educational, professional, clinical and

Roundup: New Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Centers

March 01, 2012

In February we discovered a number of wound care centers that made the news but have not yet made our hyperbaric treatment center directory. Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center (Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett, Washington). More, including video, at King5.com Seattle. Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine (Beverly Hospital, Montebello, California). Outpatient Wound

Rare Disease Day 2012

February 29, 2012

As we celebrate Leap Day we join millions around the globe who mark Rare Disease Day 2012. This year's theme is Solidarity. We declare ours in support of more funding for more active clinical research into the 6,000 to 8,000 diseases classified as rare. But it also strikes us that diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, infections, and accidents, the major underlying causes of the diseases

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