USA Today reports that VA scientists “have discovered signs of early aging in the brains of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans caught near roadside bomb explosions, even among those who felt nothing from the blast.” Years after returning home, veterans “are showing progressive damage to the brain’s wiring, according to a study published in Brain, A Journal of Neurology.”
The study’s results “expand on VA research published in November that reported a lack of communication between areas of the brain according to scans taken of troops who had been within 30 feet of an explosion.”
“The most important message of these two studies is that they show for the first time in a large cohort of (Iraq and Afghanistan) veterans that exposure to explosions in combat affects the brain whether or not the soldier showed symptoms of a concussion at the time of the explosion,” Milberg said.
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