Shelley Moore Capito, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently introduced legislation that would help veterans suffering from brain injury. The Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Access to Care Act would allow veterans in rural areas access to better care and treatment for their injuries. Oftentimes, veterans are limited in where they can receive appropriate care, and are forced to travel long distances to select VA hospitals that have the proper technology to treat traumatic brain injury. According to the article on WHSV.com, twenty percent of the injuries to soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars involve some sort of brain injury, making access to proper treatment important to veterans across the country. To view the status of Capito’s bill to protect the victims of traumatic brain injury, follow the hyperlink.
It’s estimated that 20% of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury caused by the impact of improvised explosive devices. The medics in Afghanistan have seen an increase in TBI cases in the past eight months. The aid station is capable of stabilizing patients until they can be transported to a larger base for treatment, but it’s not equipped to treat traumatic brain injury. They can only assess them, treat signs and symptoms because they don’t have a lab. Traumatic brain injury is an “invisible wound” which makes it difficult to diagnose. Medics say the increase in traumatic brain injury cases is a serious problem in Afghanistan. If a soldier is hit by an IED three times, the victim can be taken off patrols in order to avoid brain injury. To read more about the war’s injuries, please click the link.
Last week, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ announced the opening of several Veteran Service Offices across the state. The offices will act as a resource where veterans can access state and federal benefits. Among the most notable of the new services is a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder program. It is the first state program of its kind in the U.S. and it will provide brain injury screening and 24-hour support to Illinois veterans suffering from these injuries and conditions. Read more about the Illinois brain injury program for veterans.
One result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a growing number of American troops suffering traumatic brain injury. A new treatment that could supply high doses of oxygen to the brain to speed up the growth of brain tissue is underway. Hyperbaric chambers have been used to help patients recover from such conditions as the bends. Now, doctors are testing to see if these medical devices may help in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Currently, soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury at Brooks City Base in Texas are participating in the study. Doctors are hopeful for positive results, but caution that the treatment will take place in conjunction with other brain injury treatments such as therapy and drugs. Read more about the use of hyperbarics for brain injuries.
A new study has show that of the 15% to 25% of the mildly brain injured veterans returning from both Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 98% are reported experiencing post traumatic headaches. These headaches are reported to occur roughly 8 days a month and last on average about 4 hours. Studies show these headaches usually begin within a week of suffering brain trauma. For information on attorneys litigating brain injuries in the Chicagoland area, please click here. To read more about this brain injury study, click here.
Strong munitions, explosive blasts, and automobile accidents are leading military personnel to be at a higher risk of traumatic brain injury. Afghanistan and Iraqi war veterans are at an even greater risk for traumatic brain injury than previous war veterans. According to a study, these statistics are resulting from advanced technology in warfare. Also, symptoms from a traumatic brain injury may be delayed, and thus TBI often goes misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.
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Illinois has launched a program (the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program) to help brain injured veterans receive proper care. Often brain injuries can impact a veteran’s life and ability to function after serving in the war. This new Illinois brain injury program will help brain injured veterans receive proper physician care and proper brain injury screening upon their return home. Many Chicago, Illinois veterans are in need of proper medical care to address brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other war associated injuries. To read about this brain injury program click here.
Epilepsy is a neurological disease typified by recurring seizures and abnormal brain activity. 1 out of 100 people are affected by epilepsy, and it causes about 50,000 deaths per year. The seizures caused by epilepsy can cause traumatic brain injury, having effects such as developmental delays, depression, and even death. US soldiers in Iraq who suffer from traumatic brain injuries are at a great risk for developing epilepsy. Based on the severity of the condition and it’s prevalence in society, much more research is needed on the subject. For more information, click here.
A new treatment that is geared specifically for U.S. soldiers from the Iraq war has been developed for those with traumatic brain injury. The brain injury treatment will treat diver’s bends, which occurs when a diver is exposed to pressures that begin to increase without proper precautions. The brain injury treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Scientists believe that when applied to a traumatic brain injury victim, HBOT may be able to relieve the pressures of an explosive blast-induced brain injury, which has become very common in the Iraq war. Victims of the brain injury may find hope in the new treatment, which can be physically, mentally and financially devastating. To read the full story, click here.