Monthly Archives: August 2009

Retinal artery occlusion

I recently had a patient referred for treatment of retinal artery occlusion (RAO), which gives me the opportunity to discuss this disorder and explore the role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Although RAO is not very common, it is not rare … Continue reading

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How to prevent a stroke

We often read about ways to prevent heart attacks: Control blood pressure, control diabetes, quit smoking, lose weight, exercise and so on.  Roughly 20 percent of Americans who die each year do so from coronary heart disease, the leading cause … Continue reading

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Avacular necrosis of the hip

The hip is a ball and socket joint that is weight bearing.  The blood supply to the femoral head, the ball part of the joint, is precarious, somewhat like the brain.  If this blood supply is disrupted for any reason,  … Continue reading

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Hyperbaric oxygen may stimulate brain stem cells

A few weeks back, I wrote about the animal model of cerebral palsy.  Although animal models have pitfalls, by and large, medicine has often advanced through wise interpretation of these models.  Rats are often used because the scientist can do … Continue reading

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