Journal Club April 2012: mTBI in US Soldiers

Article title:  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in U.S. Soldiers Returning from Iraq
Authors:
Hoge CW, D McGurk, JL Thomas, AL Cox, CC Engel, and CA Castro
Journal/Source:
New England Journal of Medicine, 2008; 358: 453-63. 

Discussion:
This study was conducted by the Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  The researchers saw a gap in the literature concerning the long-term medical and psychiatric effects of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), or concussion, particularly from proximity to blast explosions, on soldiers returning from the Iraq war.  More than 1.5 million U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 and about ¼ of these members have reported head and neck injuries.  The purpose of this study was to provide information to advance prevention and treatment strategies for this population and inform public health policies.  Mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) was defined as an injury with loss of consciousness or altered mental status (including dazed and confused symptoms). LEARN MORE by downloading the article and discussion below.

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