HDNet World Report Investigates a New and Promising Treatment for Soldiers With Traumatic Brain Injuries and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder TBI/PTSD
An excerpt from the HDNet World Report website 4/13/2010
On tonight's "HDNet World Report" correspondent Carol McKinley travels to Louisiana to investigate what may be a big breakthrough in treating the estimated 320,000 veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – that treatment is called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT.
During the HBOT treatment, patients are exposed to pure oxygen, one hour at a time, in an airtight chamber.
The man behind this new therapy is Dr. Paul Harch, who has been treating soldiers at his clinic outside of New Orleans with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
"What is theorized is that there are damaged brain cells that aren't yet dead, they are disabled," Harch tells McKinley. "It's like a car that's broken and can only go in first gear, somehow it [the oxygen] is restoring energy metabolism capability to cells."
Promising results from an LSU pilot study that treated veterans suffering traumatic brain injury with hyperbaric oxygen therapy have led to a national trial that will be launched in the coming weeks.
Dr. Paul Harch, a clinical associate professor with the LSU Interim Public Hospital in New Orleans, presented the cases of 15 military veterans during a meeting of the Eighth World Congress of the International Brain Injury Association in Washington, D.C. The cases all involved veterans who were helped by the treatments.
On Monday, Harch participated in a teleconference to explain the treatment process and trial results to journalists.
To date, Harch has treated nearly 40 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury, usually as a result of explosions, with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy originally developed to help deep-sea divers suffering from brain decompression illness.
An excerpt from University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences 1/3/2010
By Gary Niemeier
A Technophile's Dream Job
Even as Edward Fogarty, MD mentions kite sailing as a way of integrating physics into an extreme sport, he never strays far from his view of radiology as the ultimate playground for a tech-obsessed doctor. Without question, he says, the computer has been the biggest agent of change. It has allowed for CT (computed tomography) scanners that can image the entire heart, taking a rapid series of photographic "slices” in just one beat. (He proudly notes that MedCenter One has the only 320-slice scanner in North Dakota.)
But mention that most vital of organs, the brain, and Fogarty really gets excited. Stroke victims, for instance, have always been vulnerable to the time delays typical with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, which take up to 45 minutes. "The ability to have CT data,” he says, "in all of three minutes, tracking the blood flow through the brain—this enables the neurologist or ER doc to say with confidence, ‘this person is having a stroke right now,' and they administer a powerful, yet risky drug that can eliminate the blockage in the affected cerebral artery. It's pretty amazing to see that!”
NAUS urging DoD to begin testing on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
An excerpt fron the National Association for Uniformed Services® website12/22/2009
Wednesday morning, NAUS President Matz and Legislative Director Rick Jones attended a meeting at the VFW Washington headquarters for a briefing from former Secretary of the Army Martin Hoffman in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the treatment of brain injuries.