We hope our readers in the United States are having a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday and that those elsewhere in the world are enjoying whatever non-stuffed-turkey-involved events are appropriate to their locale. The luxury of few days off has given us the opportunity to relight the boilers and get the weekly roundup moving again.
Surgeons in the department of thoracic surgery, Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School, Samsun, Turkey, report in the December 2010 issue of The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon that a week of hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps healing of anastomosis surgery wounds after irradiation and resection of the trachea in an animal study.
Preliminary results from a 24-patient study in China suggest that hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be effective for improving recovery from erectile dysfunction after posterior urethral reconstruction.
Medscape Today provides a case report of a rare necrotizing infection involving an intraperitoneal rupture of an infected urachal cyst. Apparently, HBOT wasn't available in this case.
On December 10th, from noon to 1:00 pm, Dr Thomas Serena, medical director of the Snyder Institute for Vascular Health and Research, will discuss how the Snyder Institute is utilizing hyperbaric oxygen to prevent amputation in diabetics. His presentation is part of a free seminar at the Alle-Kiski Medical Center Hospital in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
Check out this video tour of McMurdo General Hospital in Antarctica. Conducted by Major Greg Richert, flight surgeon, the tour includes the continent's hyperbaric chamber.
One of the miners who escaped from the Pike River mine in New Zealand after the initial explosion was treated with HBOT for carbon monoxide poisoning according to the New Zealand Herald.
Perry Baromedical has been selected to supply hyperbaric chambers to Restorix Health. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Restorix Health is a community-based center for advanced wound care affiliated with the Restorix Research Institute.
The story in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on carbon monoxide poisoning reports numerous incidents and insight from Dr. Kevin S. O'Toole, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's hyperbaric medicine department.
From the Twin Cities Pioneer Press comes a wonderful success story. The combined efforts of The Hennepin County Medical Center, an Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Accredited Facility, and the renowned Mayo Clinic saved a woman's foot and even seem to have eliminated her migraine headaches. She's published a book and is donating the proceeds to hyperbaric research. Osteomyelitis, or bone infection, is one of the FDA-cleared conditions for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Migraine and other conditions await more research.
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