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Pascrell TBI Amendment Passes House


Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) that would direct the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct a study on blast injury mechanics impacting soldiers on the battlefield. Rep. Pascrell's amendment was included in National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4435), which passed with a vote of 325-98.

Primary blast injury occurs when an explosion generates a blast wave traveling faster than sound and creating a surge of high pressure immediately followed by a vacuum. Studies have shown that the blast wave shoots through armor and soldiers' skulls and brains, even if it doesn't draw blood. Researchers still do not know the exact mechanisms by which primary blast injuries damages the brain's cells and circuits.

Rep. Pascrell's amendment would direct the Department of Defense, through the Peer-Reviewed Psychological Health and TBI Research Program, to conduct a study on blast injury mechanics covering a wide range of primary blast injury conditions, including TBI, in order to accelerate solution development in this critical area.

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