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The total number of service members in Iraq diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is now...The total number of service members in Iraq diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is now 50, a Pentagon spokesman said in a CNN report. The TBI diagnoses follows a missile strike at the Iraqi military's Al-Asad Airbase, where US and coalition troops were present. Fifteen of the 16 US service members who were recently diagnosed returned back to duty in Iraq. Officials said that the number of diagnoses is expected to change. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sixteen additional cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been diagnosed amongst US troops stationed in Iraq, bringing the total number of service members diagnosed to 50, a Pentagon spokesman said in a CNN report on Tuesday. The TBI diagnoses follows a missile strike at the Iraqi military's Al-Asad Airbase, where US and coalition troops were present. Iranian forces on January 8, launched a barrage of missiles at the airbase and other US-locations in the country, but no American or coalition forces were killed. The Iranian missile strike was a retaliatory gesture after the US conducted a drone strike killing the regime's Quds Force commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. US officials, including President Donald Trump, said at the time that no US troops were harmed. It wasn't until a week later that the Defense Department corrected the record and said "several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed." A total of 34 US troops were initially diagnosed with concussions and TBI. Eleven US service members were transported to medical facilities in Germany and Kuwait for additional screening and treatment. Fifteen of the 16 US service members who were recently diagnosed returned back to duty in Iraq, according to CNN. Officials reportedly said that the number of diagnoses is expected to change. Pentagon officials reasoned that the fluctuation in the number of diagnoses were attributed to TBI, which they claim "comes over time." According to the US's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs are defined as "a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury." The CDC says that the severity of each TBI case can range from mild, "a brief change in mental status or consciousness," to severe, "an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury." Despite the seriousness of the condition, Trump downplayed the diagnoses and likened them to "headaches." "I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things," Trump said during a public press conference in Davos, Switzerland, last Wednesday. "But I would say, and I can report, it's not very serious. Not very serious." Trump's remarks drew concern from medical experts and veterans, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), one of the largest veterans organizations in the country. "The Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter," VFW National Commander William Schmitz said in a statement to Task & Purpose. "The VFW expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks."SEE ALSO: US military's Special Operations Command says its newest recruits may have an 'unhealthy sense of entitlement' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We can thank the US military for the smelliest weapon in the world
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley just posted a first bald selfie, and she says alopecia is at the root of her hair loss
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced last week that she has alopecia, and is now completely bald...Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced last week that she has alopecia, and is now completely bald as a result. In a tweet on Sunday morning, Pressley showed off her smooth head under a wide-brimmed hat. She says she is still "making peace" with having no hair. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley first realized something odd was happening to her hair back in the fall of 2019. "I had been waking up every morning to sinkfuls of hair, " the freshmen Democrat from Massachusetts told The Root. She was dealing with the tell-tale signs of alopecia areata, a disease in which the body attacks its own hair follicles, prompting hair loss. By the time President Trump was impeached in December, all of her hair was gone. "Impeachment eve, the last little bit of my hair came out," she said. "I was completely bald." She has kept up her coiffed appearance since then by quietly wearing wigs until last Thursday, when she went public by showing off her smooth bald head in a 7-minute video posted on The Root. On Sunday, Pressley also posted her first bald selfie on Twitter. Happy Sunday! #baldsquad #baldbaddies #baldisbeautiful Thank you for the warm welcome #alopecia nation #hairlosscrew. New year. New decade. New truths. New swag. #theyaintreadyforthissmoke pic.twitter.com/M3ggSNrV9B — Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 19, 2020 Her colleague, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded quickly in support of the wig-free look. "Ayanna leads the fight for justice and does it all walking backwards, in heels, with a matching lip AND makes space for others rocking a hat better than anyone you know. A queen," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. Ayanna leads the fight for justice and does it all walking backwards, in heels, with a matching lip AND makes space for others rocking a hat better than anyone you know.A queen. 👑👑👑 https://t.co/1um7UIXPdD — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 19, 2020 The hair-free look is a dramatic change from Pressley's previous Senegalese twists, which she said she first started wearing about five years ago. Those long, rope-like tresses made her feel like she'd "met" herself "fully for the first time," she said. Pressley is the first black congresswoman from Massachusetts, and she said it has become hard for her to separate her hair from her political identity. "My twists have become such a synonymous and conflated part of — not only my personal identity and how I show up in the world — but my political brand," Pressley said in the video. "We receive letters from all over the globe of women who talk about their own emancipation, that they feel that I've given them permission [to do their hair differently]." Pressley said she's still "making peace" with having alopecia, but added she also doesn't feel like herself when she wears wigs. "People are well-meaning, and have been reminding me of the India Arie song, you know, 'I am not my hair,' she said. "You are not your hair, and that's true. But I still want it!" There's no cure for alopecia Alopecia areata is a condition that can crop up in women and men, both old and young. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation estimates that as many as 6.8 million people in the US have it. One 2019 study suggests the condition may be more common among African-Americans than other ethnic groups. There's no cure for the baldness, but there are some treatments like Rogaine that try to stimulate hair follicles (they don't work for everybody, though). Sometimes a person's hair grows back on its own. "In its most common form, alopecia areata causes small round or oval patches of baldness on the scalp," according to Harvard Health. "The area of bald skin looks smooth and normal." Most people with alopecia are otherwise healthy, though some also develop brittle, ridgy, dented, or red nails. According to the Mayo Clinic, hairstyles that "pull your hair tight" can cause what's called "traction alopecia," and hot oil treatments and perms can inflame hair follicles, and eventually lead to hair loss. Read more: The only things that actually cure baldness, according to science Everything you need to know about Trump's impeachment process: What's happened, who the players are, and what comes next Rep. Ayanna Pressley goes public with alopecia and baldness Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Last minute gift wrapping? Here's how to wrap your present in under 2 minutes.
The freshman congresswoman unveiled her new look and said she felt she owed little girls inspired...The freshman congresswoman unveiled her new look and said she felt she owed little girls inspired by her natural hair an explanationThe US congresswoman Ayanna Pressley unveiled a bold new look on Thursday.The 45-year freshman representative from Massachusetts is completely bald, a condition she revealed is caused by alopecia. Continue reading...