Marine Corps Capt. Wally Blair suffered a traumatic brain injury about three weeks into his deployment to Iraq in September 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle he was riding in. Eight years passed before Blair was diagnosed with TBI and today he is thriving, even working toward a second career as a social studies teacher.
Veterans who develop epilepsy were 2.6 times more likely to die during a five-year span than their peers, according to a study presented at an American Epilepsy Society meeting Sunday in Houston.
Blasts from explosives have long been known to cause mild traumatic brain injury in combat veterans, but a new study by Seattle experts sheds light on how — and where — lasting harm may occur.