Explosive blasts leave distinct injuries in veterans’ brains, study finds

January 15, 2015 5:29 PM

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Explosive blasts leave distinct injuries in veterans’ brains, study finds

Brain sections from three different individuals show (left) axons with large, bulb-shaped lesions characteristic of a motor vehicle crash; (center) many smaller lesions characteristic of a blast injury; and (right) fewer lesions characteristic of an opiate overdose. (Credit: Vassilis Koliatsos)

New research shows that veterans who survived explosive blasts have distinct brain changes, suggesting that these impacts may be to blame for many of the psychological and social problems that vets face upon returning home.

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