The researchers used electroencephalogram, or EEG, a test that measures electrical activity in the brain.
The size and direction of the brain waves can signal abnormalities.
“That could help, in part, explain the reason for persistent problems.” The study included 147 active-duty service members or Veterans who had been exposed to blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Of those, 115 had m TBI, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of all traumatic brain injuries.
All of which will make it a lot easier for veterans to secure higher disability ratings for injuries they sustained in the military. Shulkin case, which ruled that Sharp was entitled to another C&P assessment consistent with the new guidelines set by the court provides a precedent for other veterans who want to challenge their disability ratings.
“When you’re looking at an EEG, you can’t easily tell where in the brain signals associated with TBI and PTSD are coming from,” said Laura Manning Franke, Ph.
D., the study’s lead researcher and research psychologist at the Hunter Holmes Mc Guire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
The differences in the levels of the waves may explain some of the symptoms of the two disorders, suggesting a decline in responsiveness for someone with m TBI, for example, and more anxiety for someone with PTSD.
Franke also noted that more low-frequency power has also been linked to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and less low-frequency power to problems such as drug addiction.
The court ultimately ruled that the system was inadequate, because not all C&P examiners consider flare-ups and pain when determining what disability rating a veteran should receive. Sharp, an Army Korean War veteran who suffers from numerous musculoskeletal injuries, argued that VA medical examinations he received were inadequate because the examiner failed to “ascertain adequate information — i.e., frequency, duration, characteristics, severity, or functional loss — regarding his flares by alternative means,” according to court documents.