Monday, November 12, 2012

Many U.S. Troops Return Home With Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD

As Americans remember the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers today, it is important to remember that many of those soldiers return home with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and PTSD. TBIs and PTSD are the hallmark of injuries caused by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While PTSD was already known to be suffered by soldiers in prior wars, such as the Vietnam War, the recent wars have brought TBIs to the forefront of American medicine and the American conscience.

One positive that can be taken away from the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is that treatment of TBIs is likely to greatly improve as a result. The brain is now being mapped better than ever, and the effects of TBIs are now better understood than ever before. TBIs may no longer be a silent epidemic. The effects on U.S. soldiers, couple with the recent revelation of the effects of concussions on football players has led to a far greater understanding of the result of blows to the head.

This has caused the medical community to make strides, such as the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Military Medicine. The Center has been awarded grants to continue research using high-definition fiber tracking that allows doctors to see the neural connections severed by TBIs and neurological disorders. To read more about this program, check out the following link: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12317/1276283-298.stm

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