Scientists studying traumatic brain injury from bomb blasts are finding disturbing news. The invisible surge of compressed air traveling from these blasts is causing cellular death in the brain that leads to symptoms like memory deficit, headaches, vertigo, anxiety, apathy, or lethargy that may not surface for months or years. This newly discovered brain damage at the cellular level can be permanent. Of additional concern is the fact that this level of brain damage cannot be detected with imaging tests such as head CT scans or brain MRI’s. Pentagon scientists believe these findings could mean that the number of brain-damaged soldiers and Marines may be far greater than reported. These veterans deserve and need a lifetime of support for these insidious injuries.
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