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Laboratory research mimics blast-induced brain trauma in soldiers

Researchers have developed a procedure to mimic in laboratory experiments a form of brain trauma commonly seen in combat veterans, and findings suggest a new diagnostic tool for early detection and a potential treatment.
About one in five wounded soldiers suffers from traumatic brain injury and an estimated 52 percent of those injuries are blast-induced neurotrauma. A subclass called mild blast-induced neurotrauma is particularly difficult to diagnose because people who have it often display no obvious motor impairment or other neurological symptoms, said Riyi Shi, a professor in Purdue University's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

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