Study of Fort Lewis soldiers notes brain injuries - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Study of Fort Lewis soldiers notes brain injuries

SEATTLE, Wash. - A study conducted at Fort Lewis found mild traumatic brain injury in 15 to 25 percent of the soldiers deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Nearly 98 percent of the soldiers who experienced a concussion, head injury or blast exposure had headaches, and 40 percent of those said the headaches interfered with daily activities.

The study of 978 soldiers was conducted by a doctor at Madigan Army Medical Center, Brett Theeler. It will be presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology beginning April 25 in Seattle.

The study says health care providers need to identify and properly treat headaches among soldiers.

Sen. Patty Murray has sponsored legislation to increase research and treatment of brain injuries.

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