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Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures (2014)

Another medical study from the Gulf War.

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A quick skim revealed no suprises. I expect there is so data in there that may be use for the medical folks. Dealing with vets in trouble I'm now very curious about mental health and the effects of combat injury.
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I got blown up a few times and it never both- both- bothered me.
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A quick skim revealed no suprises. I expect there is so data in there that may be use for the medical folks. Dealing with vets in trouble I'm now very curious about mental health and the effects of combat injury.
We have enough medics on ACG that I thought this might be of interest. I certainly don't expect this to be the hottest thread in town.
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Yeah, obviously that stutter is a residual childhood thing
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here is an interesting read
http://depts.washington.edu/meddev/u...in-wartime.php
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I've heard of it before, and I can't help but wondered about WW1 veterans, who endured shelling that was unlike anything seen since, in terms of number of rounds and frequency.
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I've heard of it before, and I can't help but wondered about WW1 veterans, who endured shelling that was unlike anything seen since, in terms of number of rounds and frequency.
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Its a very valid observation and I would imagine WW2 vets are far ahead of today's vets in terms of exposure!

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As for objective evidence to indicate that repeated blast exposure and mild traumatic brain injury causes brain changes in those vets? There hasn’t been any. Until this summer. “We now have brain imaging evidence that there are both functional and structural changes in the brain in these veterans,” says Peskind.
In short, the study's results are useless anecdotal evidence. That isn't to minimize the necessity of such studies or the potential damage blast can do to someone, but in this case it seems the results are more about building a case on what is essentially rumor, that blast has serious effects on people long term.
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Hi AJR

Its a very valid observation and I would imagine WW2 vets are far ahead of today's vets in terms of exposure!

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Yes, and latter portion Korean vets of various nations who fought trench warfare.

USMC units on the DMZ took a heavy pounding from 130mm guns, too.

Not to minimize today's veterans, but in previous wars the troops took a lot more and a lot more often with at best a metal helmet for protection.
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Yes, and latter portion Korean vets of various nations who fought trench warfare.

USMC units on the DMZ took a heavy pounding from 130mm guns, too.

Not to minimize today's veterans, but in previous wars the troops took a lot more and a lot more often with at best a metal helmet for protection.
Yes, not to mention sticking your hands over your ears (if they were not busy doing something else!! There is a long list of WW2 jobs which were in direct contact with ear damaging noise without any protection OFFICIALLY issued to protect the ears! You talk to stokers from the old battleships and you will not find many that are not very deaf and wearing some sort of hearing aid, Gunners, tank crews!! You name it! The powers that be preferred to save a few bucks bugger the poor sods hearing!! lcm1
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