The National Security Council (NSC) reported that preventable deaths are at a record high. They also point out that pubic awareness is lagging. A recent survey by the NSC documents the fact that many of us are unaware of some of the greatest risks to our lives. In fact, less than half of Americans (49%) believe we can eliminate most or all “accidental” deaths.
We have all heard of traumatic brain injury (TBI). We know that people of every age can suffer brain injury. But do you know that the top causes of brain injury are different for children and teens? We hear about brain injuries affecting athletes, resulting from terrible traffic accidents, or from gunshot wounds. But we typically do not hear as much about brain injuries in children and teens, often leaving them disabled for the rest of their lives. The top three causes of TBI (according to traumaticbraininjury.com) are car accidents, firearms, and falls.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injury in the U.S. every year. About 50,000 die from the brain injury and 85,000 suffer long term disability. About 5.3 Americans are living with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury. [Read more…]