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Bombs' hidden impact: The brain war

Wartime explosions may be creating an epidemic of brain damage — and a major challenge for scientists.

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Sharon Weinberger is a Carnegie fellow at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Weinberger, S. Bombs' hidden impact: The brain war. Nature 477, 390–393 (2011).

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