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USA Today (4/8, Zoroya) reports that neurologists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency “are learning how roadside bombs — the most common weapon used against US troops in the field — harm the brain.” Using pigs, they have “discovered a sliding scale of injury ranging from brain cell inflammation to cell damage or cell death, depending on the power of the blast.” According to neurologist Army Col. Geoffrey Ling, “future research…may lead to ways in which battlefield medics can use a combination of helmet sensors and over-the-counter pain reliever to identify and treat mild cases of blast-caused brain injury.” The team “also found that brain damage from an improvised explosive device (IED) can be made worse for those riding inside an armored Humvee, because materials in the vehicle magnify the blast wave effect.” To date, “up to 360,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may have suffered brain injuries, the Pentagon announced last month,” with “many of those injuries” resulting “from IED blasts.”

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Florida’s St. Petersburg Times (2/13) editorializes, “The number of soldiers who killed themselves rose to 128 in 2008, the highest number in a single year since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.” Now, some “advocates for military personnel argue that not enough is being done, and some top Army officials agree.” The Army plans “to conduct a ‘stand-down,’ a day focused on recognizing suicidal tendencies and removing obstacles” preventing “soldiers from getting help.” In addition, “personnel will be trained to spot signs of suicidal behavior, and chaplains will become directly involved for the first time.” The Army is also “collaborating with the National Institute of Mental Health in a five-year project to identify the causes of suicide.” Despite these efforts, “many serious problems remain,” foremost of which is the Army’s “warrior culture.” Therefore, “President Obama and Congress should help convince the Army’s top brass that soldiers’ mental health should be a top priority.”

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