PET study provides clues to effect of shock waves on veterans

06/16/2010 | Seattle Times, The

Researchers using PET to study 12 veterans who have been exposed to shock waves from blasts in the Iraq war have discovered decreased activity in four brain areas that play a role in emotional processes, language, mental ability and sleep, among other functions. The findings indicate that veterans can suffer significant neurological damage from shock waves, which is in contrast to previous thinking among researchers that the brain can quickly recover from mild brain trauma.

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