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TBI, PTSD, and other mental health issues are common among discharged service members

TBI, PTSD, and other mental health issues are common among discharged service members

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More than half of all service members discharged from the military for misconduct also had an existing brain injury or mental health condition, according to a new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). This is particularly concerning because a misconduct discharge can make former service members potentially ineligible to receive health benefits from […]

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Imaging Soon After Brain Injury May Lead To Faster And Better Treatment

Imaging Soon After Brain Injury May Lead To Faster And Better Treatment

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A new study published in the journal Radiology suggests undergoing brain imaging soon after experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can improve treatment and diagnosis for military service members. The study found that MRI scans can help doctors identify microbleeding in the brain in the time immediately following a brain injury, which can sometimes trigger […]

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PTSD Symptoms Immediately After Blast-Related TBI Predict Long-Term Disability

PTSD Symptoms Immediately After Blast-Related TBI Predict Long-Term Disability

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Early symptoms related to post-traumatic stress such as anxiety, emotional numbness, irritability, and flashbacks are the strongest predictors of later disability for military members effected by blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries according to a new report published in the journal Brain. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis did not expect […]

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US Military Announces New Guidelines for Brain Injury Treatment

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Earlier this month, the military announced it would be updating its protocol for treating and returning soldiers to active duty following traumatic brain injuries. Under the new regulations, individuals must complete a six-step process of progressing levels of activity before being returned to action. The new rules,published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, were […]

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Military Personnel With Brain Injuries Have Largely the Same Outcome, Regardless of Cause

Military Personnel With Brain Injuries Have Largely the Same Outcome, Regardless of Cause

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There has been some question about the difference in the brain injuries that occur from blast trauma compared to physical impacts. But, a new study suggests the injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan have similar outcomes regardless of the cause. According to the findings published in the June 16 issue of […]

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