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Headaches Take Soldiers Away From War
Date:10/28/2011

can be caused by the heavy Kevlar helmets soldiers often have to wear for long periods of time.

"Everyone who goes on patrol wears a Kevlar helmet. They are heavy. They are hard to wear. But if you get a headache from your helmet, you still must wear it. If you can't tolerate your helmet, you can't do your job. It would be too dangerous. So these folks end up being evacuated and not returning to duty," study leader Dr. Steven P. Cohen, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, said in a Hopkins news release.

The study was published online Oct. 12 in the journal Cephalalgia.

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about headache.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, October 2011


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