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Adult Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injury, most often caused by a blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain, is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States for people between the ages of 1 and 44.
More than $60 billion is spent each year in the United States on traumatic brain injury with the typical patient most often a young male injured via a automobile accident, motorcycle accident, industrial accident or fall.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans, approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population, currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, and/or emotions. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.
It is for these reasons, as well as the expertise of the management team, led by the work of Dr. Beverly Walters, our chief medical officer, that EBM Care's first product, is for traumatic brain injury.
Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
EBM Care Future Products
While there are many challenges confronting health care in the United States, one of the most significant problems is Diabetes. Responsible for nearly a quarter million deaths each year the exact cause(s) remain illusive. Even though family history provides specific clues, it is widely recognized that environmental factors and life style choices (diet and exercise) contribute significantly to the disease.
Diabetes exists when the body is not capable of producing sufficient amounts of insulin or when the body is not capable of utilizing insulin correctly. Healthy individuals produce correct amounts of insulin (a hormone) where it is used to convert food (sugars and starches) into energy.
Nearly 24 million adults and children (approximately 8% of the U.S. population) have diabetes. And surprisingly almost 6 million of those with diabetes are unaware that they have the disease. Because this disease is more often chronic and not acute, treatment is generally provided in doctor's offices and clinic locations versus a hospital setting.
As a result, EBM Care diabetes products are being designed for ease of use by practitioners where ever service is provided ... offices, clinics or hospital settings.
A stroke occurs either when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts, causing damage to a part of the brain. A stroke is also sometimes called a brain attack. Each year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the United States. Over 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Among the survivors, stroke can cause significant disability including paralysis as well as speech and emotional problems.
Stroke also results in substantial health-care expenditures; the mean lifetime cost resulting from an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, is estimated at $140,000 per patient. Nationwide, costs related to stroke are in excess of $60 billion annually.
Strokes can—and do—occur at any age. Nearly one quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65. On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke.
Source: Center for Disease Control and the American Heart Association
Spinal Cord Trauma
Spinal cord trauma occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord that results in a bruise (also called a contusion), a partial tear, or a complete tear. Because the spinal cord is the central carrier of signals throughout the body, damage to the spinal cord can have serious consequences.
A spinal cord injury, depending on its location and severity, may result in a partial or total loss of movement, sensation, and organ function. There is a range of severity in spinal cord injuries. A mild contusion of the spinal cord may cause the loss of only some function below the site of the injury. A complete transection, or severing of the spinal cord, is a total and permanent loss of sensation and movement below the site of the transection. Patients with spinal trauma also are likely to develop infections of the bladder, lungs, and skin.
The primary causes of spinal cord injury are motor vehicle accidents (44 percent of cases), violence (24 percent), falls (22 percent), and sports (eight percent). Most spinal cord trauma happens to young, healthy individuals. Men ages 15-35 are most commonly affected. The death rate tends to be higher in young children with spinal injuries.
Long-term effects of spinal trauma vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. The body below the site of the injury is affected, so the higher the injury occurs in the spinal column, the more severe the symptoms usually are. For example, an injury in the cervical spine will affect all of the limbs, as well as the muscles that control breathing and other essential functions. An injury in the lumbar spine, however, will affect the lower extremities and bowel and bladder function, but usually will not damage other organs or systems.
Complete injuries high in the neck and trauma complicated by other serious injuries may result in death or require total care for the rest of the patient's life. EBM Care is working now to develop products that bring evidence-based medical care to bear wherever and whenever best on behalf of patients who suffer from a spinal cord trauma.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an abnormal function of the heart or blood vessels. It can cause an increase in risk for heart attack, heart failure, sudden death, stroke and cardiac rhythm problems, thus resulting in decreased quality of life and decreased life expectancy. The causes of cardiovascular disease range from structural defects, to infection, inflammation, environment and genetics. In order to help prevent cardiovascular disease one must adopt a healthy lifestyle and avoid smoking, fattening foods and stress. One in three American adults has some form of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).
Despite impressive and sustained declines in the mortality rates from these diseases, the magnitude of the problem is still staggering. Heart disease and stroke are the most common cardiovascular diseases. And they are the first and third leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. Most countries face high and increasing rates of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular Disease includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke. Each year, CVD kills more Americans than cancer. It is the leading cause of death in America and the World.
EBM Care is working now towards a better understanding of how and where best evidence-based medicine can play a role in fighting CVD, an understanding that will lead to an expected 2012 roll-out of the Corporation's first cardiovascular disease product.
Source: Cardiovascular Disease Foundation