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February 27, 2007

Two Billion Affected By All Brain-Related Illness

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NIO-Logo.jpgNIO sent out this press release in response to the WHO Report on Neurological Disorders in order to shed light on entire scope of the problem we face.

Neurotechnology Industry Organization: WHO Report Underscores, Underestimates Impact of Brain-Related Illness

Group calls on industry, political, investment leaders to address growing problem

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 27, 2007 – NIO, the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, today announced that a new World Health Organization (WHO) report which estimates that one billion people worldwide suffer from neurological disorders is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to measuring the global impact of brain-related illness. According to NIO, when psychiatric illnesses including addiction, attention disorders, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and sleep disorders are incorporated, the number of people affected by brain disorders reaches nearly two billion, almost 100 million in the U.S. alone. The group estimates the global economic burden at $1 trillion per year.

“We applaud the WHO’s efforts to shed light on the very real and serious problem of worldwide neurological disorders,” said NIO Executive Director Zack Lynch. “Despite the large and growing unmet markets, massive economic cost, and untold human suffering, there are few effective treatments that delay, prevent and cure chronic neurological and psychiatric diseases.”

According to NIO the 500 companies worldwide focused on diseases of the brain, face fundamentally different investment requirements, research and development challenges, and regulatory milestones than other life science organizations. Despite significant hurdles, the industry is working to accelerate the development of new treatments by leveraging converging technological breakthroughs across biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology and neuroscience.

“As the global population ages, the burden of brain-related illness will continue to grow,” said Lynch. “The WHO report recommends a number of personal and political actions to help address this burden. NIO also calls upon the diverse neurotechnology companies across the medical device, diagnostic and drug development spectrum, as well as research institutions and advocacy organizations to work together and with legislators and regulators to accelerate investment, improve the clinical development process, and deliver effective treatments to individuals suffering worldwide.”

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1. James N. Fisher on February 27, 2007 11:40 PM writes...

I have very hard evidence that this large number of brain and neurological disorders are being caused by satellites running microwaves in peoples brain and anatomy. Long trail of heart attacks and epiplepsy and seizures to know it. Also my own body as a body of evidence and two different ct scans showing these microwaves from two different hospitals.

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2. Stephanie on February 28, 2007 7:46 PM writes...

NIO and WHO are busybodies. Instead of whining about the state of affairs of the worlds' brains, why not just ask individuals to start being responsible for what they do to their bodies?

The brain is the most important organ of the body. If people don't take care of their organ, that's their fault. It's none of government's business (or NIO, WHO) to meddle with this matter.

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3. Raj Chanani on March 9, 2007 3:13 PM writes...

In my openion, it is grossly overestimated. It may stem from not having enough control over one's life and wanting the same as the millionaire or the governor.

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4. Leslie Feldman on March 12, 2007 1:54 PM writes...

Many neurobiological disorders are related to age of the person father at the time of their birth.
Risk of autism, schizophrenia, MS, Alzheimer's etc. rise in offspring of older fathers. 35 is the age of the beginning of statistically significant effects of paternal age on the brains and nervous systems of offspring.
The ignorance of what has been noticed since the 1950s is abhorent.

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5. Raj on March 12, 2007 8:31 PM writes...

I like it. There maybe other factors including basic life energy factors, such as chi, prana, odic energy.

Ever feel like someone is draining the life out of you?

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6. Evan Martin on July 6, 2007 7:04 PM writes...

Hear that all you psychedelically inspired neuroscientists? 2 billion! That's a huge market in the 21st c. for those who understand mental health! So get out there and pave the way for the end of the 5000 year plague of psychosomatic ego dysfunction!

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7. Roy on July 18, 2007 5:35 PM writes...

Like a baseball player plays with the bat and ball he played with his...

Siddharta by Hermen Hessee

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8. Busy on July 26, 2007 11:53 PM writes...

What is our agenda? When you come into contact with a given person, jot down their gender, height, weight, age range, race, religion, nationality and put those programs in their heads and send them back to their groups. The rest will take care of itself.

Why are we doing this? Because, some of them have innacurate information and abberated programs in their mind and feel there is some short cut to the whole thing.

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