Brain “Potholes” in Veterans with TBI Impact Cognitive Functions

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The growing incidence of traumatic brain injury among veterans returning from combat duty has meant an extensive body of research into brain injury in the military population.

The growing incidence of traumatic brain injury among veterans returning from combat duty has meant an extensive body of research into brain injury in the military population.  Recently, researchers who analyzed data involving veterans returning home from combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with a brain injury found that these persons are much more likely to suffer from “potholes,” or abnormalities in the brain, compared to persons who did not have a brain injury.

The study was conducted by psychiatrists at the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care.  The researchers found that the number of abnormalities in the white matter of the brain, or “potholes” as they are referring to these abnormalities, increased depending on the severity and complexity if the brain injury.

They also found that these abnormalities in the brain white matter were linked to cognitive deficits in the persons.  For instance, veterans who suffered from these abnormalities in the brain were much more likely to suffer from cognitive deficits, like an impact on their ability to plan or make decisions.

In fact, when the team of researchers studied the existence of such brain potholes in the civilian population too, they found that such abnormalities also existed in civilians, who had never been through combat duty.  In fact, in the civilian population, the incidence and severity of the potholes was much greater than in the military population.

There are lessons in this for brain injury patients and brain injury lawyers.  If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is recommended that you undergo testing to see whether the injury has affected your cognitive abilities.  Such potholes are believed to affect cognitive function, or the ability to make plans, or execute these plans effectively.

 

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Study Aims to Find Brain Injury Biomarkers

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A group of researchers are involved in an effort to detect biological signals or biomarkers, that could help give doctors strong and reliable evidence of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A group of researchers are involved in an effort to detect biological signals or biomarkers, that could help give doctors strong and reliable evidence of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  The research, believed to be one of the largest of its kind, will be based at New York University’s medical school.

The five-year study aims to find biological signals in persons who have suffered a brain injury, or are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Currently, the techniques that are in place to detect a brain injury are not always effective in detecting an injury in time.  Very often, mild signs of brain injury may go undiagnosed.  Brain injury lawyers therefore find a significant time gap between the actual injury, and the detection of the injury, which further delays treatment.

According to the researchers, it is important to raise mental health to the same standards that we now have in place for physical health.  They are researching a simple test that can help detect these biological signals or biomarkers, which can in turn be used to determine if a person has suffered a brain injury.  A test could be administered to detect the presence of these biomarkers, and if these are found, it can quickly lead to a diagnosis.  Treatment can begin immediately, reducing the risk of any long-term impact of danger

Previous studies that have tried to locate strong evidence of brain injury have not been very successful.  However, that has not stopped private foundations and the federal administration from coming forward to finance new efforts in this direction.  For instance, at a Maryland institute, researchers are currently experimenting with a technique that could help locate post traumatic stress disorder biomarkers.

 

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