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Disability May Last Years After Concussion For Members of The Military

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Concussions are typically thought of as a “short-term” injury. After a week or two, it is assumed a person will heal and be back to work and normal life. But, for the military service members who sustain concussions in combat, a brain injury is just the start of several symptoms that grow and last for […]

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Research Shows Pattern of Downward Spirals For Veterans With TBI

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered the “signature injury” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan due to the huge number of soldiers returning home with documented brain injuries. However, new research shows many more veterans returned to civilian life with undiagnosed TBI which has wreaked havoc in their post-deployment lives. According to the research […]

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Study Shows Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect Judgement

Study Shows Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect Judgement

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Individuals who have experienced one of the most severe forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are likely to struggle with judging situations involving disputes or requiring discipline, according to a study recently published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN). “The ability to judge such things as a business dispute, family argument or a child’s […]

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Veterans With TBI Face Higher Rates of Unemployment Years Later

Veterans With TBI Face Higher Rates of Unemployment Years Later

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as up to 20% of those deployed return having experienced brain injuries. However, a new report suggests TBI can have a large impact on veterans’ lives long after they return home. According to data presented by researchers from the […]

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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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Research Shows Brain Injuries From IED’s May Be Unique Brain Disease

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been commonly called the signature injury of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but new research published in Acta Neuropathologica Communications suggests a large percentage of these brain injuries caused by bomb explosions may be a unique brain condition of their own. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and roadside bombs […]

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Research Finds Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Combined With PTSD Linked To Poorer Outcomes

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A recent study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma has found military veterans with both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) have poorer mental health outcomes than veterans diagnosed with just one of the conditions. However, the study also found that mTBI alone could potentially cause mild ongoing cognitive problems. Previous […]

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Veterans With Brain Injury at Increased Risk for Dementia

Veterans With Brain Injury at Increased Risk for Dementia

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New research published in the journal Neurology shows that veterans who have experienced brain injury while in active service are 60 percent more likely to develop dementia later in life than those without head injuries, bolstering the association long believed to exist between brain injuries and cognitive difficulties in later life. The study evaluated more […]

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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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