In 2010 a neuropathologist was commissioned by the Pentagon to research how the human brain is affected after being in the close proximity of an explosion. It is now more crucial than ever to develop a better understanding of the effects of brain injuries as a vast number of service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries in the last two decades.
Daniel Perl, the commissioned neuropathologist tasked with providing the nation with a better understanding of how combat affects the brain, released a number of pivotal findings.
Perl’s research uncovered a pattern in soldier’s brains who were exposed to explosions. Perl found a ‘dust-like’ scarring present on the soldier’s brains who were subjected to explosives. This scarring developed almost immediately post-explosion and would likely affect sleep, cognition, and other basic brain functions.
Currently medical professionals have limited resources to test and identify TBI’s and symptoms associated with PSTD. If Perl’s research is confirmed to be true victim’s who suffer brain injuries will likely be diagnosed far faster and will ideally begin treatment sooner.
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