Scientists have developed a procedure that mimics the type of traumatic brain injury commonly seen in combat veterans using mice as animal models. These blast-induced neurotraumas are dangerous to soldiers and they are incredibly difficult to diagnose because often times, there are no obvious immediate symptoms. Later on, these injuries lead to long-term degenerative neurological dysfunction.
By using mice, researchers can study these traumatic brain injuries and find ways to prevent and treat these problems. Early detection is imperative, and the scientists have found that drug therapy could help in treating this brain damage. I know that those in the military community will share my appreciation for these researchers as they are continuing to help wounded soldiers.