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Hyperbaric Oxygen and Type 1 Diabetes: New Animal Study Suggests Preventive Effect

May 17, 2012

When HyperbaricLink talks diabetes we're usually talking diabetic ulcers. But we note with great interest a promising new paper published online last week in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes, in which scientists at the University of Miami say they used hyperbaric oxygen to prevent or slow the progression of Type 1 diabetes in mice. Our first question is, How does hyperbaric

Autism Postscript: State of the Science on Causes and Mechanisms

May 14, 2012

Friday we lamented the lack of any clinical evidence to support the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in children with autism. Yet the science in this field continues to fascinate. Later that night we enjoyed Charlie Rose's enlightening conversation with some leading autism experts: Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Gerald Fischbach of the Simons Foundation, Uta Frith of University College

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Autism: New Systematic Review of the Medical Literature

May 11, 2012

For anyone interested in the use of hyperbaric oxygen to treat children with autism, we note the publication today of a simple but helpful systematic review in the online open-access journal Medical Gas Research, by Ahmad Ghanizadeh, Director of Research Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran. From today's abstract: The electronically [

Wound Care Advantage: Distinguishing Its Approach and Model from the New Healogics

May 10, 2012

Soon after the launch of Healogics, with some 540 wound care and hyperbaric centers across the US, comes the first open letter to the community from a key competitor, Wound Care Advantage. Founder and CEO Mike Comer writes: Granted our approach and model differs from the new Healogics. Wound Care Advantage is focused on turning around existing centers that are doing poorly and helping

USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber Featured in Scientific American Blog

May 09, 2012

For the last month the "Expeditions" blog on the Scientific American website has run an excellent series on the University of Southern California Dornsife Scientific Research Diving program. The May 4 installment covers the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Written by dive safety officer Gerry Smith, the short piece nicely summarizes the center's important role in treating recreational and

Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona, Adds Third Hyperbaric Chamber

May 08, 2012

The growing hyperbaric oxygen therapy center at Boswell Banner Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona, helped this man with bladder spasms caused by delayed radiation injury and caught the attention of this local TV health reporter. The center will host a community open house to show off its new chamber 8a to 11a on Wednesday 16 May.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Figures in 60 Minutes Exposé on US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet

May 08, 2012

Last night 60 Minutes interviewed two pilots who refuse to fly the US Air Force's F-22 fighter jet after experiencing serious health problems, including decompression sickness, vertigo, and a chronic "Raptor cough," apparently caused by hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. One of the pilots reports he had to be treated in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber after one test flight. Faulty emergency oxygen controls,

Headstrong: Postshow Brain Injury Discussion (Part 1) and Extended Run

May 04, 2012

Since this morning's post the Ensemble Studio Theatre production of the stage play Headstrong has been extended through May 27. As advertised, we bring you these videos of Ivan Oransky's postshow discussion last evening with neuropsychologist Dr Jill Brooks and ESPN senior writer Peter Keating. Part 1 (29:10) Hat tip: Rich Kelley (@rpmkel)

NFL Legend Junior Seau: Apparent Suicide, Possible Brain Injury, Stirring Tragedy

May 03, 2012

When football great Junior Seau was found dead at his home yesterday, from a gunshot wound to the chest, his family and the police and reporters and sportswriters everywhere made the logical leap from concussion to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to depression to suicide. All you have to say is "Duerson." Select stories here, here, and here, along with our previous coverage. But just

Hyperbaric Physician and Tech Charged with Manslaughter in 2009 Florida Chamber Fire

May 02, 2012

Three years after the first fatal hyperbaric chamber fire in the US, on 1 May 2009 at Neubauer Hyperbaric Neurologic Center, formerly Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center, in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, medical director Dr George Daviglus, 81, and hyperbaric technologist Lance Bark, 51, have been arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter. The fire killed an Italian boy, Francesco

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