VA seeks feedback to guide new suicide prevention grant program

We received this today from SEN Hoeven’s office. We in the community have battled over the use of the word

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Congressional Focus on VA: HBOT for TBI

“One of my top priorities in the last Congress was the implementation of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for veterans,” said Senator Cramer. “I have seen real benefits from this innovative therapy. I’ve met dozens of veterans who have used it, as well as athletes and others.”

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5 MYTHS: TBI, PTSD and BRAIN INJURIES

Over 1.2 million post-9/11 service members are suffering from brain injuries related to their service. According to the CDC, about 150 Americans die from traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related injuries each day, and over 3.5 million citizens every year receive brain injuries from falls, sports, accidents, assaults, and other insults to the brain.

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Clinicians fear NFL’s concussion settlement program protocols discriminate against Black players

Data suggests race-based adjustments could have significant impact on payouts. By Pete Madden, Cho Park, and Ryan Smith 3 February 2021,

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VA SEC-designate commits to visit HBOT clinic

Following their conversation earlier this month, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) pressed Denis McDonough, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), during his Senate VA Committee confirmation hearing today on the issue of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and support for it in the VA Department. Senator Cramer invited Mr. McDonough to Fargo to visit the HBOT clinic there.

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Veterans with traumatic brain needed for hyperbaric oxygen therapy research

Terlup believes the Purdue HBOT research is the most comprehensive study underway, but he needs veterans to finish the project. “But in terms of what we are trying to do and where we are coming from, we are right where we were about a year ago. We got our approval for using our labs with COVID safety precautions in place for the MRI facility. Our HBOT facility down in Clark is good to go. Everything looks good.”

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HBOT and Anti-Ageing Research

There is growing evidence from clinical studies that HBOT, utilized in a repeated daily sessions protocol, has neurotherapeutic effects which can improve cognitive functions in post-stroke, traumatic brain injury and anoxic brain damaged patients even years after the acute insult [15–19].

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VA’s 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report fudges findings again

46,510 American adults died from suicide in 2018, including 6,435 U.S. Veterans. Here, we review, analyze, and report Veteran suicide data from 2005 to 2018, overall and across categories, including the number of suicide deaths, the average number of suicides per day, and suicide rates

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Hyperbaric Oxygenation in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help heal brain wounds: TBI/PTSD/Concussion. Peer-reviewed positive scientific and clinical evidence in over 7500 cases demonstrates that HBOT helps heal wounded brains and returns patients to a life denied them by DOD/VA/Army that will not talk about, or even use or pay for HBOT treatment for TBI/PTSD/PCS/Concussion. Successful treatment with HBOT [40 one-hour sessions] virtually eliminates suicidal ideation, an effective “suicide prevention” method. Patients also reduce their drug intake to nearly zero and experience 50% reduction in pain and time to withdrawal. The history of HBOT for TBI is littered with bad science, but evidence-based and clinical medicine data show the safety, efficacy and cost effectiveness of HBOT as a standard of care that should be put on-label and insured.

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BRAIN INJURY AND INFORMED CONSENT

Informed Consent is a necessity for patients with a brain injury because it is vitally important that the health care provider inform the patient of the availability of proven, alternative therapies like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat brain injuries.

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