First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced that 130 U.S. medical schools and research facilities have combined forces to combat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The number of U.S. citizens recognized as having PTSD and/or TBI is massive. For example, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually and an estimated 3.1 million people live with a lifelong disability as a result of a TBI in the U.S. alone, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. The large number of young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBIs and PTSD has shed new light on the fact that more research must be done in order for doctors to better serve those with these significant disabilities. Thus, 130 medical schools and research facilities have come together to combat this severe problem.
This is the first of several blog posts on Traumatic Brain Injury that will appear on Disability Insight as a prelude to the month of March, which is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.
More on this topic can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-announces-major-coordinated-effort-americas-ac.