Caption: An Afghan girl practices skateboarding in a park in Kabul, Afghanistan., Credit: Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
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An Afghan girl practices skateboarding in a park in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

War News Radio: The Science of Traumatic Brain Injury

From: War News Radio
Length: 09:06

From Piecing it Together (August 7, 2009): War News Radio reports on scientific efforts to understand and help soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Getbinary_small Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one of the most common wounds facing veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More than a fifth of the wounded have likely suffered some kind of brain injury. Most are mild - concussions that clear up in a few days or months. Some are extremely severe, putting the patients into comas for years. So what exactly happens to the brain when it's injured this way? It's still an open question. Emily Hager has more on the researchers trying to untangle that knot, and what they've turned up so far.

 

 

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Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one of the most common wounds facing veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More than a fifth of the wounded have likely suffered some kind of brain injury. Most are mild - concussions that clear up in a few days or months. Some are extremely severe, putting the patients into comas for years. So what exactly happens to the brain when it's injured this way? It's still an open question. Emily Hager has more on the researchers trying to untangle that knot, and what they've turned up so far.

 

 

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