Washington: A team of US and Indian researchers has identified hidden epidemic of neurologic disability for India fuelled by brain injury, stroke and age-related dementia.The researchers detailed three emerging trends contributing to this public heath problem and outline measures to stem its growth.Abhijit Das, MD, DM, Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, and Glenn Wylie, DPhil, are researchers at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, New Jersey. Kurupath Radhakrishnan, MD, DM, FAAN, is the director and professor of neurology at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Trivandrum, India.Analysis of epidemiologic data showed the rise in neurologic disability in India is fuelled by increases in traumatic brain injury (TBI), age-related dementia, and stroke. Together, these three account for more than 3.5 million new cases of disability each year. That is 11,000 each day, or 7 people every minute who acquire a neurologic disability, emphasized Dr. Radhakrishnan. “Because of the uneven distribution of wealth and health care, the rural poor are disproportionately affected. Lack of awareness and stigma associated with disability contribute to the problem,” he noted.
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