Even mild brain injuries from bomb blasts may put soldiers at risk for long-term health effects, HealthDay News reported.
According to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, researchers used diffusion tensor imaging – a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – to analyze the brains of 10 American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. All of the vets had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries.
The researchers found that the veterans demonstrated significant differences in their brains’ white matter, when compared to a group of 10 people without any brain injuries. The differences were linked with a variety of health problems – including attention deficits, delayed memory and poorer movement and motor skills.
According to the researchers, these findings suggest that even mild brain injuries from blasts can result in long-term brain changes.
Allen West Warns Blackistone Not to ‘Spew His Insidious Drivel in the Company of Current or Retired Soldiers’
Responding to ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone’s statements on last Wednesday’s Around the Horn that the national anthem is a “war anthem” and should not be played before sporting events, retired Lt. Col. Allen West told Breitbart News on Monday that Blackistone’s commentary was “insidious drivel.”
[Y]ou should also be selling the rest of the military symbolism embrace of sports. Whether it’s the singing of a war anthem to open every game. Whether it’s going to get a hotdog and being able to sign up for the Army at the same time. Whether it’s the NFL’s embrace of the mythology of the Pat Tillman story. It has been going on in sports since the first National Anthem was played in the World Series back in 1917. And it’s time for people to back away….You are conflating a war anthem with a simple game. When you have military flyovers and the military symbolism that goes on in sports, I think you’ve got a problem.
West shot back by stating that Blackistone “represents the typical liberal progressive socialist intelligentsia that fails to realize that outside the classroom no one cares what they think. One day this incompetent fellow will come to realize that because of those who salute when the National Anthem is played, he has the freedom to say stupid things.”
West added, “However, I would caution him to refrain from spewing his insidious drivel in the company of current or retired Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as we may feel compelled to provide a lesson in American history and respect to our national character and themes.”