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Freezer Malfunction at Harvard Tissue Bank a Setback for Autism and Other Brain Research

June 14, 2012

A freezer and alarm failure, causing severe damage to one-third of the frozen brain tissue specimens stored at one Harvard Brain Bank center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, a collection owned by Autism Speaks, is a real setback to autism research and a wake-up call to other brain banks. The study of donated brains drives some of the most important research into autism, Alzheimer's

Summer Reading List: Young Men and Fire, by Norman Maclean

June 13, 2012

Across the western US today thousands of firefighters battle 19 active wildfires, on the ground, from the air, under thankfully improving weather conditions. Our thoughts with them. And to our readers once more we recommend Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press, 1992). It's so much more than a gripping history of the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy, in which a crew of elite

Summer Reading List: Young Men and Fire, by Norman Maclean

June 13, 2012

Across the western US today thousands of firefighters battle 19 active wildfires, on the ground, from the air, under thankfully improving weather conditions. Our thoughts with them. And to our readers once more we recommend Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press, 1992). It's so much more than a gripping history of the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy, in which a crew of elite

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Systematic Review of the Medical Literature

June 12, 2012

We are loath to recommend the work of such a controversial figure as Dr Daniel Rossignol. But his new systematic review and analysis of the medical literature on hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for inflammatory bowel disease is very helpful indeed. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract, includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Systematic Review of the Medical Literature

June 12, 2012

We are loath to recommend the work of such a controversial figure as Dr Daniel Rossignol. But his new systematic review and analysis of the medical literature on hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for inflammatory bowel disease is very helpful indeed. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract, includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative

Diabetic Ulcers without Optimal Glycemic Control: New Study Concludes HBOT Should Not Be Delayed

June 07, 2012

Physicians treating wounds in patients with diabetes often delay hyperbaric oxygen therapy until the patient has attained optimal blood sugar levels. A new multicenter, prospective cohort study, presented 24 May 2012 in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinoligists, suggests that, in patients with diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities, the

Diabetic Ulcers without Optimal Glycemic Control: New Study Concludes HBOT Should Not Be Delayed

June 07, 2012

Physicians treating wounds in patients with diabetes often delay hyperbaric oxygen therapy until the patient has attained optimal blood sugar levels. A new multicenter, prospective cohort study, presented 24 May 2012 in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinoligists, suggests that, in patients with diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities, the

In the News: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON)?

June 06, 2012

Today the National Hyperbaric Centre of Dublin, Ireland, reports success in using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to save the eyesight of a young man with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a mitochondrial disease that usually causes a loss of central vision within two to eight weeks. Eric Lokko, pictured here, began losing his eyesight at age 12, started HBOT at 14, and can see well

In the News: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON)?

June 06, 2012

Today the National Hyperbaric Centre of Dublin, Ireland, reports success in using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to save the eyesight of a young man with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a mitochondrial disease that usually causes a loss of central vision within two to eight weeks. Eric Lokko, pictured here, began losing his eyesight at age 12, started HBOT at 14, and can see well

Johns Hopkins Medicine: About as Good as Online HBOT Info Gets (and That’s Not a Compliment)

June 05, 2012

Should you somehow manage to find the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy page, somewhere under Dermatology, in the Johns Hopkins online Health Library, you will be rewarded with a pretty okay overview. You will learn that HBOT helps wound healing, prevents "reperfusion injury" (nice), blocks harmful bacteria, strengthens the immune system, and encourages the formation of new connective tissue and skin

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