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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Army Tests Brains of Men Going into Combat

The press has done a mediocre job at reporting the numbers of soldiers kiled, but has somehow not been able to pick up on the terrible tragedy of the numbers of Brain Damaged men returning from combat. Some of this brain damage takes the shape of a personality disorder and the men and women are being misdiagnosed. But brain damage at any level can produce personality changes which make these people dangerous to society.
clipped from news.yahoo.com

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press Writer

Wed Sep 19, 9:16 PM ET
It's all part of a fledgling Army program that records how soldiers' brains work when healthy, giving doctors baseline data to help diagnose and treat the soldiers if they suffer a traumatic brain injury — the signature injury of the Iraq war.
The mandatory brain-function tests are starting with the 101st at Fort Campbell and are expected to spread to other military bases in the next couple of months
One veterans group wants to ensure the Army doesn't use the results to deny treatment by claiming that soldiers' problems came from pre-existing conditions.
Brain injuries caused by explosions have become some of the most common combat wounds suffered in Iraq. Thirty percent of soldiers taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center since 2003 suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
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