An article by Gregg Zoroya in USA Today reports that nearly 275,000 military service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) over the last 13 years. In response to all of those service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain injuries, over 50 expert neural scientists attended a symposium at the Pentagon earlier this year to explore scientific advancements in the study and treatment of TBI.
Research Results and Products Presented at the Pentagon Symposium
- New cell phone apps — including Concussion Coach and Concussion Recognition & Response — developed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help determine whether one has suffered a concussion
- New research exploring blood tests that are capable of revealing hidden brain injuries
- Scientific evidence that progesterone can reduce the number of deaths caused by severe head injury by 50%
$100 Million in New TBI Research
According to the USA Today article, in a continued effort to bridge critical gaps in diagnoses and treatment research, the Pentagon will be funding approximately $100 million in new research. This research will have two main focuses, TBI-related psychological illnesses and the long-term effects of brain injuries. This research will not only benefit veterans but also the estimated 1.7 million Americans who experience brain injuries each year.
Help with TBIs for Veterans
Traumatic brain injuries are a serious issue for all service members and their families. All of us at Perkins Studdard are excited to see a continued focus on improving understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of these injuries. Our attorneys are proud to be able to assist veterans in obtaining benefits due to them for their service.
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There is even more news about TBI research. Click here to read an updated article about some possible new medical treatment.