The researchers developed a blast neurotrauma mouse model and used it to determine that head immobilization during blast exposure prevented blast-induced learning and memory deficits. “The contribution of blast wind to injurious head acceleration may be a primary injury mechanism leading to blast-related TBI and CTE,” they wrote. They said their results identify common pathogenic determinants leading to CTE in blast-exposed military veterans and head-injured athletes and provide evidence linking blast exposure to persistent impairments in neurophysiological function, learning, and memory.”
For more information about TBI, see the Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, Second Edition, available from American Psychiatric Publishing, here.
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