Vets' mild head injuries, concussions don't linger

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2011 - 12:27 AM

Most soldiers surveyed recovered quickly from concussions, minor injuries.

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scottfinkJan. 3, 1110:40 PM

A "minor" brain injury can be devastating to someone who is working for a living trying to support his or her family. I love how the government tries to minimize the silent pain that many returning vets are feeling. Been there done that and felt that pain. Regards

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europeaJan. 4, 1112:42 AM

These soldiers were apparently self-reporting concussions, even though research shows the event of a concussion obscures the recollection of a concussion. Particularly, the extent of blast related trauma is hard to categorize because a battlefield is rife with variables. There is no report here that these sujects underwent formal pre-concussion screening, so there was no objective baseline from which to measure the effects of in-country trauma. There is also no report here of computerized post trauma neurological assessment or even MRIs. Concussions cause micro tears in the brain that physically result in tissue stiffness. The effects are chronic and may take years to manifest into behavioral displays. It's simply too early to evaluate the long term effect of blast concussions. The other silly statement in this report is that the behavior manifestations of concussive injury and the diagnosis of PTSD are the same: they most certainly are not! No matter how artfully she concocted an oral survey, it could not test her hypothesis. It only surveys former soldiers' subjective thoughts about their current circumstances. Every football coach in Minnesota has heard a kid who had his bell rung scream "put me back in coach!" just before falling to grass.

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ccschonsJan. 4, 11 1:07 AM

Here is how to prevent PTSD 100%: Don't invade foreign nations.

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larrymeaseJan. 4, 11 1:35 AM

so... would obama or bush let us kick their heads a little to test this theory out? heck no! IMO, the results are as dubious as the judith miller pieces in the nytimes.

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inoallJan. 4, 11 3:19 AM

europea is right. My son stepped on a bomb over there and lost his leg. Nobody contacted him about any PTSD or concusssive data. VA study is flawed in the direction of "Let's get closure on PTSD."

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lindo1759Jan. 4, 11 5:25 AM

After spending over half my life in the military and dealing with VA, I`ve come to learn that they do most surveys from the government side of things... whatever it takes to NOT spend money. When I came back from Iraq, the only test we had was on paper. We were asked a few questions and if you answered over 50% yes, then you have PTSD. Once I went to the VA hospital, I was given some medication and had to talk to a shrink every other week. The medication was an anti-depressant and, the doctor was more concerned with my smoking habit. Sometimes I still have symptoms because they haven`t treated the problem.

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loonienewsJan. 4, 11 6:45 AM

Take the yellow or red pill. Here you have a story telling us; the soldiers (me being one of them) has no ongoing issues. What a crock of you know what; this is what all of you will have too put up with having to use "Obamacare".....Take the yellow or red pill for your problems.

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gamerunner2001Jan. 4, 11 6:47 AM

I guess we have to be clear on exactly what is a minor head injury? Should this be minor brain injury? Last time I checked the skull is the helmet for the brain.. Volunteer at the VA in the TBI area, you'll develop a greater understanding of "head injuries", the physical and mental side of the injury. Light weight study....

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putney1968Jan. 4, 11 7:08 AM

Many commenters have ignored the statement that the researcher expected to find a relationship between concussions and subsequent problems. This is what real scientists do: test hypotheses. In the pseudo-science best represented by global warming alarmists, the results are a foregone conclusion and data are massaged until they fit right. Kudos to this researcher for having the integrity to publish conclusions that contradicted her hypothesis. Maybe there is hope for science after all.

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mockscrapeJan. 4, 11 7:37 AM

I wonder if U.S. troops returning from the eradication of 12 million Native Americans suffered any lingering head complications?

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