Every 15 seconds an American suffers a brain injury.
Throughout the U.S. there are 500,000 new cases of TBI expected each year. An estimated 56,000 lives are lost annually as a result of TBIs.
Injury is the leading cause of mortality among Americans under 45 years of age, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is responsible for the majority of these deaths.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of TBI, accounting for 50% of all injuries - and alcohol is involved in 50% of all automobile accidents.
Each severe survivor of brain injury requires between $4.1 and $9 million dollars in care over a lifetime.
The direct and indirect costs associated with TBI is estimated to be $37.8 billion per year.
The typical survivor of serious brain injury requires between 5 and 10 years of intensive rehabilitation.
Only one in twenty brain injury survivors receives rehabilitative care.
With appropriate rehabilitation, 25% of severe brain injury survivors are capable of resuming a relatively productive life.
Studies on TBI mortality rates indicated that between 19.3 to 22.5 per 100,000 population die each year as a result of TBI.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 102 TBIs for every 100,000 in the U.S.
25% to 40% of abused children suffer traumatic brain injuries.
Studies have shown that child abuse can inhibit development of the brain and can permanently affect brain development.
At birth, your brain was almost the same size as an adult brain and contained most of the brain cells for your whole life.
The capacity for such emotions as joy, happiness, fear, and shyness are already developed at birth. The specific type of nurturing a child receives shapes how these emotions are developed.
Children who learn two languages before the age of five alters the brain structure and adults have a much denser gray matter.
You Can Learn Through Subliminal Messages: turns out that the scientist who conducted studies on subliminal messages in the 1950's lied about his results!
Brain damage is always permanent: "There are many different types of brain damage, and exactly how it will affect someone depends largely on its location and how severe it is. A mild brain injury, such as a concussion, usually occurs when the brain bounces around inside the skull, resulting in bleeding and tearing. A a severe brain injury means that the brain has suffered extensive damage.The important thing to remember is that there are still a lot of unknowns about the brain. When a person is diagnosed with a brain injury, it's not always possible for doctors to know exactly how well someone will be able to recover from the damage. Patients surprise doctors all the time and exceed expectations of what they're able to do days, months and even years later. Not all brain damage is permanent."
Listed below are some links to websites and videos which can provide you with more information about the brain. Please note: these
links will direct you off the AHIA website and to another web page.
100 fascinating facts about the brain
The brain and stress
A Kid's Guide to How the Brain Works
(this site is recommended by a Girl Scout Troop all the way in Minnesota!)
Your brain and nervous system - information for children
Inside the teen-age mind
Brain Wars: How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded - an ongoing investigation into soldiers' traumatic brain injuries
Understanding the brain: stroke (3 min video)
Understanding Memory (6 min video)