Every 21 seconds someone in America sustains a traumatic brain injury. That doesn't include the more than 19 percent of military personnel returning from combat duty in Iraq who may also have sustained mild to severe brain trauma.
"The numbers are staggering," said Dr. Carl Valenziano, director of trauma at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified traumatic brain injury as rising to national crisis levels," Valenziano, a surgeon with over 20 years of experience said. "While the care of TBI in our military has received a lot of media attention, there is a need to increase discussion about how to prevent brain injuries, treat brain injuries or live with brain injuries among the general public- whether you've sustained the injury yourself or are caring for a family member or friend."
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