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Researchers study brain tissue to understand combat brain injuries

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Researchers are looking at brain tissue samples to better understand the effects of combat-related brain injuries and how to treat them.

After a military-related, the injuries aren’t always visible to the eye.

Traumatic brain injury is common and wounded veterans are struggling in ways most people never see.

Dr. Daniel Perl of the Uniformed Services University said, “When you ask a question and I respond, it may not be evident but there is a little pop in the clutch, a little millisecond delay in word searching.”

Doctors said they hope by studying the brain tissue, they can better understand the disease.

The goal is to figure out why some soldiers heal quickly while others suffer from sleep changes, memory problems, concentration issues and personality changes for an extended period of time.