Long Term Effects of Brain Injuries Studied - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/4/08

Long Term Effects of Brain Injuries Studied

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Soldiers who survive an explosion may still have battles to fight later in life, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  Experts reviewed data on the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury in soldiers.  They found experiencing a moderate to severe brain injury increased the risk for Alzheimer's-like dementia and Parkinson's-like symptoms, and reduced a soldier's ability to maintain social relationships.  Mild brain injuries were linked to aggression, depression, and memory problems.  Experts estimate more than 5500 military personal have suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The committee is recommending a pre-deployment cognitive test for all military personnel so it will be easier to identify post-injury consequences.

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