VA urged to form registry of roadside bomb victims

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Roadside bombs have killed nearly 3,600 military service members and wounded 34,000 others in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But many of the long-term health effects are still unknown for those who seemingly walked away without serious injury.

The Institute of Medicine is now calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a registry of service members who were exposed to roadside bombs.

It’s a way to better track the long-term consequences.

Medical researchers often establish disease registries to help monitor health trends in participants. The registries serve as a giant database that researchers can review for signs of problems common to those included.

The institute is part of the National Academy of Sciences, a private organization chartered by Congress to advise the government on scientific matters.