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Visor might protect troops from blasts

Current military helmet lets explosive forces in through the face, computer simulations show

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4:23pm, November 22, 2010

Adding a face shield to the standard-issue helmet worn by U.S. troops could help protect soldiers from traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A new study that models how shock waves pass through the head finds that adding a face guard deflects a substantial portion of the blast that otherwise would steamroll its way through the brain.

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