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Notice to Readers: Brain Injury Awareness Month --- March 2005

Brain Injury Awareness Month was developed to increase public awareness of brain injuries and their consequences. Previously, Brain Injury Awareness Month was held in October. However, starting this year, it will be observed in March and will coincide with Brain Injury Awareness Week (March 14--20, 2005).

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often is called a silent epidemic because the problems that result from TBI (e.g., impaired memory) are not immediately visible. Each year in the United States, at least 1.4 million persons sustain a TBI; of these persons, approximately 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million are treated and released from emergency departments (1). Approximately 5.3 million U.S. residents have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI (2).

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Brain Injury Association of America is offering educational kits about living with brain injury. The kits include posters, a fact sheet, and additional resources. Materials are available at http://www.biausa.org/Pages/biam2005.html. Additional information about brain injuries, including causes, symptoms, and prevention tips, is available at http://www.cdc.gov/tbi and at http://www.biausa.org.

References

  1. Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Thomas KE. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2004.
  2. Thurman D, Alverson C, Dunn K, Guerrero J, Sniezek J. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: a public health perspective. J Head Trauma and Rehabil 1999;14:60215.

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