Ophthalmology – HBOT and The Eyes

Todays continuation on the sharing of others’ work theme involves an exceptional paper published by Heather Murphy-Lavoie of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Also published in “Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association” in 2010, It is linked in here and entitled: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy And The Eye In many ways it supports our own

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Oxidative Stress, Free Radicals, RONS and Diabetes

Revisiting the often overstated topic of oxygen toxicity and oxidative stress at the cellular level, today’s paper and sharing of the work of others addresses, as a few other recent ones have, that HBOT provides it’s own protective mechanisms against oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS). It is established that hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases and triggers

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Genetics, Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Growth

Today’s snippet article only just touches on the subject of genetics. This is a field often beyond what most practitioners and chamber personnel need to be concerned with. It is interesting science though. As we know genetic expression underlies biological function. Things like transcription factors and proteins which trigger genetic regulation are what drive whether a gene is “switched on”

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Spreading The Word of Others

What began as a few lines in a Facebook post to introduce a paper recently published in the US became a little long winded, so is better shared as a “snippet article”. On occasion we take a break from writing and do some reading of what others have written. When we write, we do try to write for the patient

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Substance Abuse, Withdrawal and Detox

Having had recent occasion to commission a medical hyperbaric unit at a private hospital specialising in the treatment of substance abuse recovery and detox, and having had personal exposure to the loss associated with drug abuse, the subject of withdrawal and detox comes up for discussion. I confess, prior to this, it had barely crossed my mind that HBOT may

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Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Mental Health & The Effect of Oxygen

In the overview we cover the topic of depression, albeit from a different angle. The theory put forward in that paper is not too distant from today’s discussion on depression. Specifically depression and it’s associated conditions at altitude or places of lower pressure. In the article discussing altitude, as well the article discussing hypoxia, we discuss the effect hypoxia (low

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Thermal Burns

Having known folks who have been badly burned and having myself been badly burned, today’s discussion is thermal burns. But rather than re-inventing the wheel and simply authoring a similar article today, we share an interesting publication from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). UHMS are the global society to which most hyperbaric units belong and to whose standards

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Hyperbaric Oxygen for Gas Gangrene

Covered in some ways in the previous article https://cumbria-hyperbaric.org/2019/08/06/wound-healing/ today’s discussion tightens the focus a little on the anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties of oxygen, specifically hyperbaric oxygenation. In the article on wound healing we discussed problematic wounds which are slow to heal or even do not heal at all. Some wounds go that step further, and when bacteria normally found

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Oxygen Tolerance – Part Three – Pulmonary Oxygen Toxicity & The Repex Method

Following the first two installments of the toxicity discussion, we address the sometimes misunderstood and consequently overstated subject of pulmonary toxicity. This relates to the effect that long term oxygen breathing on a repetitive basis can have on the lungs. Being a fairly long article, and not all readers want all of the science, I’ll begin with the takeaway. If

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Oxygen Tolerance – Part Two – Cerebral / CNS Toxicity

Continued from the introduction, this is a form of toxicity or intolerance that affects the central nervous system including the spinal cord and the brain. In extreme cases it can lead to grand mal (generalized tonic-clonic seizure) like convulsions, and unconsciousness. These have no lasting effect and cause no lasting damage with no sequelae and are harmless to the patient

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