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Old 13 Feb 14, 21:22
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IED Shockwaves Inject Hidden Damage in Troops, Study Claims

IED Shockwaves Inject Hidden Damage in Troops, Study Claims

Tens of thousands of American combat veterans, many seemingly uninjured, carry higher risks of developing neurological disorders – and perhaps future organ ailments – simply because they were “exposed” to IED shockwaves, the Institute of Medicine reported Thursday.

As the signature weapon in Iraq and Afghanistan, the improvised explosive device sends blast waves through the bodies of people even hundreds of yards from the detonation, leaving some nearby outwardly unharmed but disrupting their molecules and inner tissues. Years later, such changes could lead to adverse symptoms, according to a new IOM study.

“This is a totally different type of injury than our troops were exposed to 50 years ago,” said Dr. S. Andrew Josephson, associate professor of clinical neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a study co-author. “It’s going to require a fair amount of investigation to figure out the entire expanse of the blast injury, how to diagnose it, how to capture these soldiers who’ve been exposed, how to treat these patients long term and, as importantly, how to prevent these injuries.”
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Old 13 Feb 14, 21:50
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How is the concussion of an IED different from that produced by impacting artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?

Especially since some IEDs are made from artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?
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How is the concussion of an IED different from that produced by impacting artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?

Especially since some IEDs are made from artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?
Same question............how is it different than WW2........
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How is the concussion of an IED different from that produced by impacting artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?

Especially since some IEDs are made from artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?
Ditto.
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Just reporting folks, and all I got is what was in the article. Hoping someone more medical might come forth with more depth and story. I'm wondering the same as you are.
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Not realy diffrent than any other war. But maybe this is the first time a study has been done.
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Well hell...........I think i'll just stumble over to the VA and put in for disability for those 500# bombs they dropped about a mile from the hanger when I was in it..........I'm sure it shook my brain loose.........
No disrespect. but after reading this I see no correlation to anyrthing new that was not experienced by millions of soldiers in past conflicts......
I defer to LCM and those german 88's............
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Difference here is the amount of study of pressure wave or concussion injury in recent years. Relatively speaking we are just past the equivalent of germ theory and amputation as the universal treatment for wounds in understanding concussive injuries.
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This might be it.

I noticed the thread topic and thought this might be relevant. At any rate, it's free.

Gulf War and Health, Volume 9: Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures (2014)

http://www.nap.edu/download.php?record_id=18253
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"Shell shock, delayed action". The chiroquackers are going to love this.
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