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Friday, July 22, 2011

Army device will gauge blast hits on soldiers

The Army will outfit a brigade of soldiers in Afghanistan in the next few weeks with gauges worn on their bodies that can alert medics to an explosion's severity — proof of possible brain injury.
It is the beginning of an effort over the next several months to wire up soldiers and vehicles with sensors, black boxes and digital cameras.
The data may shed light on how blast exposures damage the brain, even when a soldier appears only dazed, researchers say. An estimated 300,000 troops have suffered mild brain injuries, mostly from blast, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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