Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Brain Injury Mild or Closed in Gulf War Vets

Venus Hammack has spoke to hundreds of vets who report
after what the individuals thought was a minor head blow, with
dizzness and maybe blacked for 2-3 minutes have suffered
with headaches, confusion difficultly listening and reading.
Now realize they had post concussion syndrome.

The Federal doctors in the past rarely allowed advance neuro
diagnostic testing and blamed the sympthoms on Stress.
Today the testing procedures are more sensitive and now is
not too lated to be tested at VAMC or at a WRIISC clinic.

If you suffer from the above problems see a Neurologist
and file a claim to get VBA Rating. Because the minor
head blow/injury you head years ago will have the adverse
impact as listed in the Article below.
Reported January 3, 2008
War Veterans with Brain Injuries Decline Faster With Age
(Ivanhoe Newswire)
Brain-injured Vietnam War vets may have a harder time with
their mental condition as they get older.

A new study finds men who suffered brain injuries during the
conflict have a faster decline in their cognitive functioning as they
age than veterans without brain injuries.

The research shows how much the veterans declined depended on
how intelligent they were before they were injured, their level of
education, the size and location of the injury, and some genetic
markers linked to brain injury and neurodegeneration.

The more intelligent they were and the higher their level of education
before the injury, the less their cognitive functioning worsened.

With today's soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan
and with with brain injuries, study author Dr. Jordan Grafman,
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, says
governments need to keep these findings in mind.

Nearly two-thirds of injured US soldiers sent from Iraq to the
US army medical center have been diagnosed with traumatic
brain injuries, Grafman was quoted as saying. These veterans
would benefit from life-long care by neurologists and specialists
in head injury. Clinicians treating veterans with brain injuries
should evaluate any changes in their neurobehavioural status
carefully so as not to confuse an exacerbated decline in function
with dementia.

Researchers used the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)
to measure the veteran?s intelligence. It has a range from 0-100.
Results show veterans now in their mid to late 50s had a median
average AFQT score of 54 while veterans without head injuries
had an average score of 74. And there was a faster rate of decline
in the brain injured group.

The authors say their findings could help veterans, their families,
and their doctors with long term planning and potentially doing
things to protect against cognitive decline such as staying physically
fit and intellectually active.

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