This past year brought with it some encouraging news and research that will no doubt shape the course of brain injury treatment for years to come. Here are some of my personal favorites:
The Brain Injury Recovery Kit, designed by TBI survivor Lisa Keller, was launched in September. The kit is an indispensible tool for family members and survivors learning to deal with the everyday repercussions of brain injury.
Research on the drug Neurostat holds some exciting promise as a means of slowing down damage to the brain. I’ll keep my eyes open for any follow up studies from New Mexico.
Blood test for TBIs may soon be an ER standard. The more information available to trauma surgeons may in turn save lives by both saving time and directing focus where it is most needed.
The topic of wartime brain injuries is finally getting national recognition. Soldiers with brain injuries aren’t as likely to get ignored with large media coverage from outlets like NPR.
We should take encouragement from all the wonderful advances and advocacy campaigns that 2005 brought, but it’s certainly no time to rest on our laurels. The reality is simply that brain injury continues to be a critically under-funded, under-recognized injury that demands reforms in legislation and healthcare. Let’s hope that 2006 yields fewer injuries, greater strides in research, and stronger social support throughout the world.