NEW ORLEANS - At the age of 15, Dr. Bennet Omalu made history by going to medical school. Then he made history again with his research. Now the movie "Concussion" takes on the controversy about his research and the potential dangers of playing contact sports.
Dr. Omalu, played by actor Will Smith in 'Concussion,' was the first doctor to discover, diagnose and name a chronic brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. It's found most often in football players, professional hockey players, and wrestlers.
Effective Concussion Treatment Remains Frustratingly Elusive, Despite a Booming Industry
New York Times, July 3, 2015
by Barry Meier and Danielle Ivory
In a small brick building across the street from a Taco Bell in Marrero, La., patients enter a clear plastic capsule and breathe pure oxygen.
The procedure, known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, uses a pressurized chamber to help scuba divers overcome the bends and to aid people sickened by toxic gases. But Dr. Paul G. Harch, who operates the clinic there on the outskirts of New Orleans, offers it as a concussion treatment.
One patient, Rashada Parks, said that she had struggled with neck pain, mood swings and concentration problems ever since she fell and hit her head more than three years ago. Narcotic painkillers hadn’t helped her, nor had antidepressants. But after 40 hour long treatments, or dives, in a hyperbaric chamber, her symptoms have subsided.
“I have hope now,” Ms. Parks said. “It’s amazing.”
Photo: Dr. Paul G. Harch, who operates a clinic on the outskirts of New Orleans, contends treatment in a hyperbaric chamber can alleviate symptoms that follow a concussion.Credit William Widmer for The New York Times
Had a [4WWL] television appearance with one of the TBI study patients. Former paramedic and someone I have known for 20 years. Excellent paramedic, motorcycle rider, had an accident, TBI. Great testimonial at the end. Thanks, PGH.
Local doctor wins grant for brain injury treatment
Meg Farris / Medical Reporter 5:48 p.m. CDT April 17, 2015
Medical Advances in Brain Injury Repair Were Discovered Twenty-Two Years Ago
(2013) Portales, New Mexico
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