Mar 28 2016
Could this be a cure for concussions?
Posted 9:38 PM, March 25, 2016, by Susan Roesgen, Updated at 07:47pm, March 28, 2016
WESTWEGO, La. (WGNO) – The idea first intrigued Dr. Paul Harch nearly thirty years ago, as he treated commercial divers in Louisiana who’d gotten “the bends”– a lack of oxygen to the brain from surfacing too quickly.
Dr. Harch, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the first President of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association, began to believe that the pressurized oxygen he was using to treat divers’ injured brains, might be a treatment for other brain injuries as well.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) involves surrounding the patient with pure oxygen while increasing the atmospheric pressure to a level that’s about what a diver experiences at 16 feet below sea level. The result is an increase in blood flow to the injury, and in turn, a growth of new tissue.
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