Monday, October 28, 2013

Prenatal intake of certain fatty acids may reduce wheezing risk in babies

From MedWire News (U.K.) (10/10):

Prenatal intake of certain fatty acids may reduce wheezing risk in babies

High levels of eicosapentenoic acid and docosahexenoic acid during pregnancy was linked to a reduced likelihood of wheezing in babies between 23 months and 29 months of age, a Japanese study in the Annals of Epidemiology showed. Researchers found no evidence that mothers' cholesterol, intake of other fatty acids, ratio of n-3 to n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption, or meat and fish intake were associated with infant wheezing.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Risk of mood disorder higher in young people with prior head trauma...and treatment with HBOT

From (10/17):

Risk of mood disorder higher in young people with prior head trauma

Almost 3% of teens and young adults who sustained a traumatic brain injury developed mood disorders during the five years following their injury, compared to 1.52% among those without prior TBI, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Patients who suffered from head trauma were also more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers found that among TBI patients, men were more likely to get develop mood disorders between ages 15 to 19 and women between ages 20 to 24.

Full article:

In addition to other uses, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been shown to decrease inflammation due to head trauma and post-concussive injuries. HBOT is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. It significantly increases the partial pressure of oxygen in the body tissues and promotes increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. By increasing the amount of oxygen rich blood, HBOT stimulates the body to release substances that promote healing.

We have a hard chamber unit in our CT office and soft chambers available for home rentals. If you are interested in HBOT, please call Dr. O'Hara or Dr. Szakacs at 203-834-2813. For more information and articles on HBOT visit our website at:

Fall Newsletter

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Special Needs classes available at the Darien YMCA

For our local families...

The Darien YMCA has space available in their special needs classes.

Message from the Darien Y:
There is still time to join in the fun! There are six more classes in the fall session and we have openings in Music & Movement for ages 4-8, Sports Skill Builder for ages 6-10, and Zumba for ages 10-teens. Each class has a prorated cost of $75. For more information click here:

Eczema severity in children linked to more chronic health problems

From (6/22):

U.S. researchers looked at more than 90,000 children and teens and found that those with severe eczema were at greater risk for asthma, bleeding gums and toothaches than those without the skin condition. Higher eczema severity was also associated with impaired overall health as well as poor sleep, according to the study published in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

The vaccine debate

Why is the debate still raging over whether vaccines cause autism? One of the main reasons is the complete liability protection Congress gave vaccine manufacturers and doctors back in 1986 in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act.

Our position remains that although vaccines do not cause autism, they often play a role in the "dis-ease" of our children.

Check out this 5 min. video on the subject:

Congress will hold hearings beginning in November on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Please share this with friends, family and your members of Congress.