A new study highlights a promising new treatment for brain injury. It appears that repetitive Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBO) treatments, started 1 hour after traumatic brain injury can significantly reduced axonal loss and neuronal degeneration, suggesting that HBO was able to attenuate the effects of brain damage by reducing the progression of neuronal injury. HBO is the same type of modality done for divers suffering from the bends, and is a way to force extremely high levels of oxygen into the brain and the body. The finding of this study is important to brain injury victims because axonal injury is one of the primary causes of loss of brain function, and also historically has been one of the most difficult mechanisms of injury to treat. Much more work needs to be done on this potential treatment. It could drastically change the outcomes of brain injury victims for the better!
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