Army says it's found test to diagnose brain injuries, concussions; one researcher says it will

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Army researches have announced that they have discovered a simple blood test to diagnose if someone has suffered traumatic brain damage.

"This is huge," Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff, told USA Today.

Doctors often fail to diagnose traumatic brain damage, or concussions, because it is a hard-to-detect injury that can affect young athletes, infants with "shaken baby syndrome" and combat troops.

The new blood test looks for unique proteins that spill into the blood stream from damaged brain cells. It has accurately diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury in 34 patients, the paper reported.

Brain injuries afflict 1.4 million Americans each year, according to the National Brain Injury Association.

The test was developed by the Army and Florida-based Banyan Biomarkers, a company created by former faculty member of the University of Florida.

The test now must win FDA approval.

If that happens, it could be a milestone in brain-injury care, predicted Army Col. Dallas Hack still, who oversees the research.

"It's going to change medicine entirely," Hack said.




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