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Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. The 20 numbers highlighted below, some drawn from figures released on Sept. 1, 2021, by the Costs of War Project, help tell the story of the Afghanistan War.... Read more»

Concussion-prevention effort targeting younger athletes

Organizers of an effort to reduce concussions in high school sports are appealing to a younger audience with a smartphone game geared toward athletes ages 8-12. "Barrow Brain Ball" expands upon Barrow Brainbook, the interactive online education that the Arizona Interscholastic Association requires for every high school athlete in Arizona.... Read more»

Congressman slams military's brain testing program

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., took to the House floor on Thursday to denounce flaws in the military's cognitive testing program and garner support to fix it following a ProPublica and NPR story on the issue earlier this week.... Read more»

Few troops injured in bombings checked for concussions

More than half of U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan have been exposed to bomb blasts in the last year, but only about one in five of them said they were examined for concussions.... Read more»

Brain injuries undiagnosed in thousands of soldiers

The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found.... Read more»