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Oxygen Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Survival

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Oxygen therapy is a routine treatment for people suspected of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests there may be no benefit for these patients. That was true even for patients who were older, smoked or had diabetes or heart disease, according to the Swedish researchers. The "study questions the current practice of routine oxygen therapy for all patients with suspected [heart attack]," said lead author Dr. Robin Hofmann, a cardiologist from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Patients who may have had a heart attack and are having trouble breathing, not getting adequate oxygen or have heart failure are often treated with oxygen therapy, in which oxygen is delivered through a mask or tubes in the nose, the researchers explained. "ESC [European Society of Cardiology] guidelines have gradually shifted towards more restrictive use of oxygen," said ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Attack, Oxygen, Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Post MI Syndrome

Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment. The treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It exposes a patient to pure oxygen within the confines of a carefully controlled pressurized chamber. During the therapy, the body gets three times the normal amount of oxygen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The saga began with every parent's nightmare. Just one day shy of her 2nd birthday, Eden Carlson nearly drowned in the family pool. The little girl was found floating face down, unresponsive. Alive, but just barely. The initial prognosis, noted Dr. Paul Harch, wasn't good. The little girl's heart had stopped beating. "It took 100 minutes of CPR at both the house and the emergency room to get a return of ... Read more

Related support groups: Oxygen, Diagnosis and Investigation, Head Imaging

Pediatricians Say No to Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Parents should think twice before buying "smart" clothing with vital signs monitors to keep tabs on their baby's health, pediatricians recommend. A new class of home baby monitor has come to the market. Electronic sensors attached to socks, onesies, buttons and such continually check "vitals" like breathing, pulse rate and oxygen levels. They notify parents of any abnormalities via smartphone. But repeated false alarms from the monitors jangle parents' nerves and lead to unnecessary tests performed on babies, said Dr. Christopher Bonafide. Bonafide is a doctor with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He's also lead author of an editorial in the Jan. 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These baby vital signs monitors have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and there's no evidence the devices prevent ... Read more

Related support groups: Oxygen, Delivery, Premature Labor, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging, Cesarean Section, Labor Pain, Apnea of Prematurity, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Oxygen Therapy Little Help for Those With Milder COPD

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – A new study says that oxygen therapy may not help people in the less severe stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is an umbrella term for the lung diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The study findings could change clinical practice, the researchers added. In 2014, close to 16 million Americans said they'd been diagnosed with COPD, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease stands as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. One common treatment for COPD is supplemental oxygen – with both portable and at-home devices. The therapy has been proven to prolong the lives of COPD patients with severe decreases in their blood oxygen levels, said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Wise. What's been unclear, he said, is whether it benefits patients with moderately low oxygen levels – ... Read more

Related support groups: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Maintenance, Oxygen, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Acute, Alpha-1 Proteinase Inhibitor Deficiency

Health Tip: The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by

-- Oxygen therapy provides extra oxygen if you have a health condition that prevents you from getting enough. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these potential benefits: Improved shortness of breath. Improved sleep, if you're bothered by a breathing disorder during slumber. Improved quality of life and lifespan for some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more

Related support groups: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Oxygen, Respiratory Tract Disease

'Mud Bogging' Motor Sport Tied to Carbon Monoxide Poisonings, Deaths

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – The off-road motor sport known as mud bogging can put drivers and passengers at risk of potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning, researchers say. Like its name implies, mud bogging involves navigating a vehicle through muddy pits or tracks. The problem is, mud can clog exhaust pipes, sending carbon monoxide into the cabin of the vehicle. The hazard first received widespread attention in 2013, when Shain Gandee, the 21-year-old star of the MTV series "Buckwild," died of carbon monoxide exposure while mud bogging. Two other men, one of them Gandee's uncle, were also found dead in the vehicle, according to published reports. But that was not an isolated case. Reporting in the Sept. 10 New England Journal of Medicine, doctors at one U.S. hospital report on similar incidents that landed four teenagers in the emergency room. In one, an 18-year-old driver and a ... Read more

Related support groups: Oxygen, Poisoning

Oxygen Chamber Therapy May Ease Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – The majority of women with fibromyalgia who underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy – best known for treating "the bends" in scuba divers – experienced relief from pain and other symptoms, a small study found. Brain scans of the patients showed that two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy may have also repaired abnormal brain activity in pain-related areas of the brain, the researchers said. "Seventy percent of the patients could not be categorized as suffering from fibromyalgia at the end of the treatment," said study author Dr. Shai Efrati, director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Tel Aviv, Israel. "The good correspondence between the physiological improvements and the changes in brain functionality ... make the results particularly convincing," Efrati added. The research is published in the June issue of the journal PLOS ONE. ... Read more

Related support groups: Fibromyalgia, Oxygen

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