Friday, March 16, 2007

I billion people affected by neurological disorders!

Dr. VS Mehta, President of the Neurological Society of India and Madhuri Behari, head of Department of Neurology, AIIMS recently announced a series of awareness programs focused on neurological diseases, which afflict one-sixth of humanity. It is estimated that about one billion people suffer from such disorders that include migraines, epilepsy and dementia. Neurological ailments account for about 12.8 million deaths every year. This is expected to escalate with the increase in population.

Dr. Mehta suggests, “A person should see a neurosurgeon if he experiences speech disturbance, numbness on one side of the body, memory loss, weakness, vomiting and behavior abnormality.” Many do not know or understand this. The awareness programs are expected to create more alertness among the people.

The highlights of the awareness programs are observance of:

APRIL 11 - PARKINSON’S DAY

JUNE 24 - STROKE DAY.

SEPT. 21 - ALZHEIMER’S DAY

OCT. 16 - TRAUMA DAY

NOV. 17 - EPILEPSY DAY

(Acknowledgement: The New Indian Express.)

BE INFORMED, INFORM OTHERS!

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