AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Disrupted Brain Pathway, Altered Stress Hormones Key to TBI Impact Differences in Men, Women

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The brains of men and women are wired differently, and when it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), women are more likely to develop subsequent neuropsychiatric disorders, like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Until now, it’s been unclear why that is, but a new study by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) provides that missing link – a potentially disrupted pathway in the brain. The study, “Sex-dependent effects of mild brain blast injury on neuroendocrine stress response,” was funded by the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at USU.

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