Helping veterans with traumatic brain injury; A grant awarded to hyperbaric study

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 12/18/2013 9:37 pm Published: 12/18/2013 9:24 pm

A study that uses oxygen to help service men and women will soon be underway.

A grant was awarded by the American Legion Post in Braman, OK to the Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. The grant will allow for a clinical trial to evaluate whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy might east traumatic brain injury in veterans.

Associate Professor of Medicine at OSU Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Johnny Stephens, told FOX23 that at this point there aren’t many options for veterans who suffer a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It looks like the hyperbaric chamber has the potential to possibly be a therapy for them,” said Dr. Stephens.

Stephens said that study begin in three months and include approximately 200 participants.

Participants will undergo oxygen therapy over the course of eight weeks.

Stephens said the grant will allow researchers the chance to conduct a definitive study to find out if the hyperbaric chamber is helpful.
“This will take patients down to a depth that increases oxygen levels in their blood,” said Stephens, “More oxygen gets to their brain, which could help with healing.”

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