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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 09, 2007

Brain Injury: As Diverse As We Are is the theme for the 2007 Brain Injury Awareness Month campaign, which is dedicated to helping the public learn more about brain injury, and to improving the lives of those individuals living with brain injury and their family and caregivers.
 
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to a substantial number of deaths and permanent disability each year. CDC estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans—about 2% of the U.S. population—currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living due to TBI. Each year in this country, at least 1.4 million persons sustain a TBI.  Lifetime costs of TBI totaled $60 billion in 2000—this includes direct medical and indirect costs such as lost productivity.

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month and in response to this important public health problem, the Brain Injury Association of America, through the support of the Centers for Disease Control, is offering educational kits about living with brain injury.
 
To read about how to obtain these educational kits, as well as learn more information on brain injuries, visit
 
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/Spotlight/BIAM.htm

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