‘Blast Wind’ Linked to Chronic Brain Injuries in Military

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May 16, 2012

WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) — The same type of brain damage seen in athletes who suffer repeated concussions also occurs in soldiers exposed to large blasts, new research indicates. In the study, researchers at Boston University and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System analyzed brain tissue from four U.S. military personnel who were known to have been close to explosions. The results, published online May 16 in Science Translational Medicine, showed that exposure to a single blast — equivalent to the force from a typical improvised explosive device (IED) — results in chronic traumatic encephalopathy and long-term brain impairments associated with the condition.

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