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U.S. Army continues its study of traumatic brain injuries

As many Michigan residents know all too well, brain injuries can cause life-lasting consequences. One reason that the results of brain injuries can be so severe, medical professionals believe, is that they are sometimes diagnosed late. When milder brain injuries are diagnosed and treated early, the long-term effects can be less traumatic. The U.S. Army is continuing to study brain injuries to learn more about diagnosis and treatment methods, and a recent news report detailed that research effort.

The U.S. Army has been working on a particular brain injury study for the past six years, using sensors that have been embedded into the helmets of soldiers. The gadget is glued into the helmets, and when it detects a blow it reportedly measures acceleration information. The data is meant to help medical professionals better understand what happens during the impact.

According to a news report, more than 27,000 active-duty soldiers have worn the helmets, and the National Football League is also reportedly using the same technology in order to learn more about football-related head injuries.

The helmets are not able to actually diagnose brain injuries; instead, they collect and record data that can then be used for further brain injury study.

Head and brain injuries, of course, are a major issue for the military. Since 2000, more than 250,000 U.S. soldiers have been diagnosed with brain injuries.

The U.S. Army's research, however, may benefit the larger public as well. Brain injuries do not only affect soldiers and football players, but rather all types of citizens. Traumatic brain injuries are often incurred in car accidents, athletics-related accidents, and even falls. Brain injuries not only lead to a lifetime of symptoms, but also often a lifetime of medical bills, and it is important that brain injury victims are aware of their rights.

Source: Orange County Register, "Helmet sensors help Army study brain injury," Kevin Sablan, Feb. 22, 2013

  • Our personal injury law firm helps brain injury victims obtain compensation for medical expenses and other costs related to the injury when the accident was caused by negligence.

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