1 in 3 people will suffer brain illness or injury in their lifetime.
Brain diseases and injuries cost society as much as $2 TRILLION per year in the US and EU.
Brain disorders and injuries cost society more than cancer and cardiovascular disease COMBINED.
1.7 MILLION Americans have Autism.
1.7 MILLION Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury every year.
Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease.
For every soldier killed in war in 2012, about 25 veterans took their own lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISABILITY in America.
By 2023, over 46 million American adults will suffer from a mental disorder.
53,000 Americans die every year due to Traumatic Brain Injury.
8 teenagers die EVERY DAY in the US from TBI.
Neurological disorders constitute 12% of total deaths globally each year.
There are 5 MILLION Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
Mental disorders make up 35% of the cost of all non-communicable diseases worldwide.
5.3 MILLION Americans have lifelong disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Direct and indirect cost of TBI is $76 BILLION per year in the US.
Nearly 8% of the US population suffers from POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS in their lifetime.
300,000 soldiers suffer TBI and/or PTS.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
There is 1 military suicide per day in the US.
FOUR people commit suicide EVERY HOUR in the United States.
In the U.S., serious mental illness causes earnings loss of $193.2 billion annually.
90% of suicide victims have a TREATABLE MENTAL DISORDER.
Nearly 10% of people with SCHIZOPHRENIA commit suicide.
Number one sport per capita for traumatic brain injury is GIRLS SOCCER.
HALF A MILLION children under 14 go to the emergency room every year for TBI.
Funding for brain research from government and pharmaceutical companies is DECREASING EVERY YEAR.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease EVERY 68 SECONDS.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in US adults.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
TBI patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicaid and Medicare spend $130 BILLION per year on Alzheimer’s patients.
One in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustain a concussion each year.
Over 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis.
An athlete who sustains a concussion is 5 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
People with TBI are nearly twice as likely to report binge drinking.
The lowest rates of Multiple Sclerosis are in countries nearest to the EQUATOR.
20% of U.S. troops returning from combat tours show symptoms of PTSD or major depression.
DEPRESSION is the LEADING CAUSE of disease burden in the U.S.
Nearly 7% of American adults had a MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE in the past 12 months.
81.1 million people will be affected by dementia by 2040.
Over 2 MILLION Americans over the age of 18 suffer from BIPOLAR DISORDER.
About one in 10 individuals will have at least one epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
TBI victims are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Over 2 MILLION Americans have SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Among people with MS, physical disability contributes to a nearly 70% unemployment rate.
The annual medical cost of Schizophrenia in the US is OVER $32B.

Recalling JFK’s ’61 Challenge, Biden Urges US to Think Big

Posted on May 26, 2011

(by Tracy Jan, The Boston Globe, May 26, 2011) Vice President Joe Biden yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s speech challenging the nation to put a man on the moon by lamenting that the United States has sometimes lost its will to pursue similarly big dreams.

The Democrat spoke to 400 philanthropists, policy makers, scientists, and other academics at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum during a fund-raising luncheon that launched a 10-year national plan to advance neuroscience research.

The campaign comes amid declining money for brain research and, thus, fewer experimental treatments, said Patrick Kennedy, a former US Representative and cochairman of the “One Mind for Research’’ initiative.

The goal is to develop a better understanding of the brain and find treatment for disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Biden, who has had two cerebral aneurysms, told the audience he is fascinated by brain research — which he likened to the “modern moon shot’’ — because of his personal experiences and his visits with hundreds of soldiers wounded in war. He urged the nation to invest in the field despite naysayers who cite the national deficit and a fragile economy.

“We’re better positioned to meet those daunting challenges in this young century,’’ Biden said. “America’s character has not changed; it has not changed from what it was in 1961. What has occasionally changed is the lack of vision and lack of leadership and lack of boldness and lack of resolve. We’ve become too incremental, in my view, in everything we do.’’

Biden recalled being an 18-year-old at a Catholic boys school when Kennedy, as the newly inaugurated president, addressed Congress and laid down a monumental challenge.

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth,’’ Kennedy declared on May 25, 1961.

That goal was achieved in July 1969, nearly six years after Kennedy was assassinated, when the crew of Apollo 11 visited the moon and returned home.

Biden told his audience: “Even then, my friends and I sensed that this challenge was about a hell of a lot more than landing on the moon. It was bigger than that. This was about a truly new frontier. You just knew in your gut that in the process of getting to the moon, it would open up whole new vistas for humanity.’’

The new frontiers on earth, he said, are as challenging and as capable of being conquered as the frontiers of space. But the goals are not America’s alone. Nations such as China, India, and Brazil that are also seeking to win the future have significantly invested in education, research, infrastructure, and innovation, he said.

“If we shrink from the bold approach that was laid out here 50 years ago, we run the risk of being left behind,’’ Biden said. “We’re either going to lead or follow. There isn’t anything in between.’’