Tucked into the “cromnibus” was the gift of increased funding for neuroscience priorities.
Nice to see additional funds being provided to further research brain health and nueroscience in America. The statistics cited are startling:
- One in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ASD, a developmental disability, is characterized by impaired social cognition, which makes relating to other people difficult.
- More than 2 million Americans each year experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sufferers run the gamut from soldiers on the battlefield to athletes to those injured in car accidents or falls. TBI is a leading cause of long-term disability.
- And more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a number that is expected to grow rapidly as baby boomers get older. Alzheimer’s robs patients of their minds and memories, eventually making it impossible for them to care for themselves.