This is the second of a weekly compendium of events, research, news, and insights about Brain Wounds: Concussion, TBI, PTSD. The focus is on Brain Wound healing and reduction of suicidal ideation; the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a safe and effective treatment for brain wounds; and the clinical and evidence-based proof of a new era in our understanding of how to improve brain health and Quality of Life after a brain wound.


Congressman Murphy (R-NC) Introduces Legislation to Provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Veterans [here]

May 24, 2023 Press Release Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. introduced the Veterans’ National Traumatic Injury Treatment Act. This bipartisan bill would establish a pilot program at the Department of Veterans Affairs to furnish hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). [Bill language]

The perils of contact sport: pathologies of diffuse brain swelling and chronic traumatic encephalopathy neuropathologic change in a 23-year-old rugby union player [here]

There have been only isolated autopsy studies of young athletes reporting evidence of CTE-NC. To date, however, none with RHI/TBI exclusively through rugby union. This observation provides evidence of established neurodegenerative pathology in early life, active, contact sports participants, in advance of any recognizable clinical manifestation. Detection of CTE-NC at such young age supports the hypothesis that the processes driving TBI-related neurodegeneration are established many years prior to clinical presentation, reinforcing calls to limit exposure to sports-associated RHI and TBI.

Football bonded them. Its violance tore them apart. [here].

Harvard football teammates went separate directions; some suffered brain injuries unto death. None have been treated for brain wounds, but at least one continues to worry and warn about risks after the early death of their captain.

BU Finds CTE in Nearly 92 Percent of Ex-NFL Players Studied [here]

Significant Research Findings (starting in 2009) from Boston University’s CTE Center. According to its latest According to its latest report, the BU CTE Center said it has diagnosed 345 former NFL players with CTE out of 376 former players who were studied, a rate of 91.7%. The disease can be diagnosed only after death. CTE Center Director Ann McKee says the NFL ignores the risks of repetitive blows to the head and that it’s “foolish” to think the league will police itself


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