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BIAMD's #5ThoughtsFriday -  01/13/2017
Here are the 5 things we thought were worth sharing with you this week:
5) We KNOW you would like to know about this...

"Partners in Progress" on March 23-24, 2017,  is a multi-track neuro- conference focusing on issues related to: individuals with brain injury and family members, children and adolescents in the school system, advocacy, and professional and clinical training. The purpose of the two-day conference is to provide state-of-the-art information about brain injury treatment, services, research, and advocacy , and to improve collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals.

4) After being hit in the head by an industrial crane he never seemed to be the same brother she grew up with... 

_Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post_
(Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post)

In Franklin Square, many of the homeless men and women who huddle on benches within sight of glass-windowed office buildings and $12 takeout lunches knew Joseph Watkins as the Cigarette Man.

Watkins, who sold loose cigarettes to many of his fellow homeless people in the park on K Street NW, was found dead there at age 54 on Monday.  He was likely the first homeless person to die this year in the District, where the organization People for Fairness Coalition recently memorialized 35 people who died without homes in D.C. in 2016.

"They found him on the park bench. My brother died on the park bench," Denise Watkins of Landover said wearily on Wednesday. "That's kind of sad. He was a good soul, you know."  She said that even when Joseph lost his apartment three years ago, becoming homeless at age 51, he still insisted he didn't need any guidance from his little sister. Two years her senior, Joseph always prided himself on being Denise's big brother.

To read the rest of the story, CLICK HERE. 

3)  This single brain activity might diagnose a concussion...


Currently there is not a single test that can reliably and objectively diagnose concussions, but new research suggests measuring the brain's response to sound could take the guesswork out of the diagnosis.

"Our ambition is to produce a reliable, objective, portable, user-friendly, readily available, and affordable platform to diagnose concussion," says Nina Kraus, a professor at Northwestern University and and director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory.

By observing research subjects' brain activity as they were exposed to auditory stimuli, Kraus and colleagues discovered a distinct pattern in the auditory response of children who suffered concussions compared to children who had not.
The researchers placed three simple sensors on children's heads to measure the frequency following response, which is the brain's automatic electric reaction to sound. With this measure they successfully identified 90 percent of children with concussions and 95 percent of children in the control group who did not have concussions.

To read more,   CLICK HERE. 

2)  What we're reading that you might enjoy ...

The Broken Road

In Pennsylvania, Kara Sanders receives a package from her late husband. Secrets are revealed and the road of a life traveled crumbles. Realizing those she loves the most need protecting, Kara races to her car and speeds away. 

With a sharp turn of the wheel five years of memories disappear. Kara is confused by a husband she can't recall marrying, a daughter that only her heart remembers, and a son with anxious eyes. Her desire for answers begins a journey that few would venture...  

(If you decide to buy it, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1)  Quote we are contemplating... 

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The secret of sucess is found in your DAILY routine."

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