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Report: Mild TBI linked to multiple ailments
Report: Mild TBI linked to multiple ailments
By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Dec 4, 2008 13:47:28 EST

A review of about 2,000 studies reveals that service members with mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions are more susceptible to depression, aggression, memory problems, dizziness and irritability.

And according to the review by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, those who suffered a moderate or severe brain injury are more likely to have dementia, Parkinsons disease, endocrine dysfunction, growth hormone insufficiency, long-term social function problems such as unemployment or diminished relationships, and premature death.

The researchers also found evidence suggesting connections between people with moderate or severe head injuries and diabetes, psychosis and neurocognitive issues; and between mild head injuries and seizures, visual deterioration, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons and post-traumatic stress disorder.


There also may be a link between decreased drug and alcohol use and traumatic brain injury, as well as suicides. The scientists said more research needs to be done in those areas.

The committee found many instances of long-term outcomes of TBI, although some acute outcomes resolved or lessoned over time, whereas other (conditions) become more apparent several years after injury, such as psychiatric outcomes, the report states.


Rest of article at: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/12/military_tbirepor...
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