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Web Date: January 18, 2013

Bomb Blasts Alter Brain Lipids

Neurochemistry: Using mass spectrometry imaging, researchers detect higher levels of a certain lipid in the brains of mice exposed to a mild explosion
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: ganglioside, mass spectrometry imaging, traumatic brain injury, Tay Sachs, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry, explosions

About 320,000 soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have struggled with neurological problems associated with traumatic brain injury, according to the Rand Corporation. Some veterans experience symptoms, such as memory loss and anxiety, without physical signs of brain injury. Now researchers report a possible chemical signature: Levels of a certain lipid spike in the brains of mice exposed to mild explosions (ACS Chem. Neurosci., DOI: . . .

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