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Video: BrainLine.org Confronts Traumatic Brain Injury Crisis
Date:11/10/2008

WETA Launches National Multimedia Project Aimed at Preventing, Treating, and Living with 'Invisible' Injuries

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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"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."

WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, recognized this national need and partnered with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center to launch BrainLine.org.

The site features video webcasts, recent research, personal stories, and articles on living with, treating and preventing traumatic brain injuries. "We wanted to present valuable information in easy to understand language that anyone -- a service member, a mother, a teenager -- could use," said BrainLine.org executive director Noel Gunther.

An estimated 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year from incidents involving motor vehicle crashes, bicyclist or pedestrian injuries, falls, sports-related accidents, and injuries due to physical abuse an
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