Google +LinkedInPinterestYouTubeInstagramTwitterFacebook

Study to look at ways to treat TBI

Study to look at ways to treat TBI
Dr. Paul Harch, a Louisiana State University researcher who is leading a study on use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for traumatic brain injury. Jeff Stoffer

On March 15, Jacob Gadd, assistant director for Program Management in The American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, participated in a conference call on hyperbaric oxygen treatment of traumatic brain injury. The International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation conducted the conference calls with Dr. Paul Harch, a Louisiana State University researcher leading the study, and Dr. James Wright, a retired Air Force colonel in charge of research on hyperbarics for the Air Force.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often referred to as the "signature wounds" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doctors used hyperbaric oxygen treatment decades ago mainly for treatment of divers. However, Harch's recent study of 15 cases of veterans afflicted with blast injuries found, "a 15-point increase in IQ in little more than a month, 51 percent reduction in depression, 40 percent clinically significant improvement levels of post-concussion systems such as headaches and sleep disturbances, and a 30 percent improvement in PTSD. The study can be found here.

The Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis also conducted a relative study, Hyperbaric Oxygen Shows Potential Benefit for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, in January. The study found a significant benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatment to improve brain metabolism and its ability to recover from injury. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Additionally, the study showed that cells need oxygen to fuel metabolism for cellular growth and repair. After a traumatic brain injury, there's a direct correlation between clinical outcome and the degree to which a brain's metabolism is restored. Dr. Gaylan Rockswold, who conducted the study stated, "in previous research we learned that the brain's energy is improved and maintained with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, but this study confirms that hyperbaric oxygen treatment has a major impact in terms of increased energy production."

The International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation launched their new nationwide study this week at 15 sites within Florida, California, Louisana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, Washington and South Carolina. They are asking for 1,000 individuals to participate in the study. To participate in the study or receive more information, go to http://www.hyperbaricmedicalfoundation.org/.

The American Legion does not have an official position on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for treatment of TBI and PTSD at this time. However, the Legion will continue to monitor the research and study by Harch's team and continue to urge VA and DoD to fully explore options for research and treatment for the signature wounds of Iraq and Afghanistan.

More in Veterans Benefits Center

 

VitaHound

January 28, 2011 - 10:12pm

VitaHound offers Petzlife products at the lowest price guaranteed. So why not eliminate bad breath in dogs. It is our industry leading research in dog health that allows us to determine the most effective products for dog bad breath remedies.

payodatech

January 24, 2011 - 2:44am

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment specified by Dr. Paul for treatment for traumatic brain injury, it will have major impact for public.

razz8

January 21, 2011 - 1:48am

I hope they will find a way to fix to this injury

TechBryan

March 20, 2010 - 1:18pm

Since 1900 HyperBaric Oxygen Treatment has been used to dramtically speed up treatment for amputations, 'shell shock,' tinnitis, TBI, PTSD, CO and Cyanide poisonings, etc...almost exclusively by concerned citizens and private doctors. In 1919 in Ohio, a 60 foot in diameter HBO tank was built with multiple air locks, living quarters for staff and patients and treatment rooms. This facility was initially built to treat difficult to heal wounds and amputations; but, there were unexpected side effects that dramatically helped patients---and soldiers---who were suffering from 'shell shock'---now known as PTSD---TBI, tinnitis, For ten years this facility successfully treated War related maladies until our new FDA, the AMA and other outfits whose business of treatment of these maladies---generally to warehouse patients for years and years---brought legal action against the facility and had it closed. Get the FDA out of HBO Regulating!

TechBryan

March 20, 2010 - 1:17pm

Since 1900 HyperBaric Oxygen Treatment has been used to dramtically speed up treatment for amputations, 'shell shock,' tinnitis, TBI, PTSD, CO and Cyanide poisonings, etc...almost exclusively by concerned citizens and private doctors. In 1919 in Ohio, a 60 foot in diameter HBO tank was built with multiple air locks, living quarters for staff and patients and treatment rooms. This facility was initially built to treat difficult to heal wounds and amputations; but, there were unexpected side effects that dramatically helped patients---and soldiers---who were suffering from 'shell shock'---now known as PTSD---TBI, tinnitis, For ten years this facility successfully treated War related maladies until our new FDA, the AMA and other outfits whose business of treatment of these maladies---generally to warehouse patients for years and years---brought legal action against the facility and had it closed. Get the FDA out of HBO Regulating!

solartrek

March 18, 2010 - 6:15pm

I fell off an aicraft to the deck. Little was done to ensure there was not damage. In fact much was done to alter maintenence records and to blame me for the incident. I have over the years developed ideo pathic hypersomnia with chronic fatique. More must be done as the VA does so very little for those with more problems than I have. This treatment schedule should be explored and determined how best to use it and at what stage of the initial trauma. Since this has so much promise why is so little being accomplished? It would be so nice to see all our hospitals empty because the patients were healed rather than empty because of a lack of funding or of knowledge to treat patients.

Add new comment

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Tell us what you think