Brain Ailments in Veterans Likened to Those in Athletes

mckee-130x150goldsteinNew York Times
Lee Goldstein, School of Medicine
Ann McKee, School of Medicine

Scientists who have studied a degenerative brain disease in athletes have found the same condition in combat veterans exposed to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, concluding that such explosions injure the brain in ways strikingly similar to punishing tackles and knockout punches.

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Additional coverage:

Boston scientists help pinpoint brain damage in vets similar to football injuries (Boston Globe)

Study: War vets’, athletes’ brain injuries similar (CBS Evening News)

Revealing brain damage from battlefield to playing field (Reuters)

Scientists find signs of brain disease in soldiers exposed to IED blasts (Globe and Mail)

‘Blast Wind’ Linked to Chronic Brain Injuries in Military (HealthDay News)

Traumatic brain injuries linked to roadside bombs (GlobalPost)

Military mental health: Grey matters (Time)

Brain damage from IED blasts and football concussions is similar, study shows (Washington Post)

Does brain injury link NFL players, wounded warriors? (

Self-Worth Shattering: A Single Bomb Blast Can Saddle Soldiers with Debilitating Brain Trauma (Scientific American)

Afghanistan, Like Football, May Be Bad for the Brain (Science Now)

Explosions Might Increase Risk of Brain Trauma in Veterans (Medical Daily)

Explosions cause brain damage through head movement (New Scientist)

Report: Single Bomb Blast Causes Soldiers NFL-like Brain Trauma (U.S. News & World Report)

New study links exposure to even a single bomb blast to serious life-long brain disease (Stars and Stripes)

Study Links Vets to Brain Disease Seen in Athletes (Associated Press)

Athletic, combat brain injuries similar (United Press International)