Military improves brain trauma treatment

Nine years of conflict have revolutionized the way the military treats people wounded in battle.

That includes faster evacuations, better-executed trauma care networks, and huge advances in treating amputations and spinal-cord injuries, according to statements by Vice Adm. Adam Robinson Jr., the Navy surgeon general.

The armed forces have also made cutting-edge developments in identifying and treating brain injuries, which don’t always show outward symptoms immediately.

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Now the medical service of the military recognizes that roadside combs and blasts can physically alter the brain.


“When you are in a blast, there are actually neuron-cognitive changes that occur in how the brain and the synapses and the brain connections — the wiring of the brain — actually work,” Robinson said.

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