Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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We have had a few teams make a request to extend the race deadline to next week.

So we have extended the race deadline to


If you were waiting til the last minute,
this is it.

And don't forget to keep sending those pics to!
WHERE IN THE WORLD are you running/walking/rolling/strolling YOUR
Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge?
The 2021 Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge Series will be held from October 16, 2021 through November 24, 2021. 

This Virtual event, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD) will rally survivors, families, friends, and supporters around the common goal of raising awareness about brain injury within the community and providing much needed funding to support the programs and initiatives of BIAMD.

  • CLICK HERE to Register for the Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge Series before November 24, 2021.
  • Complete a 1 Mile Run/Walk, 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) at your convenience any time anywhere before November 24, 2021. 
  • Celebrate your accomplishment by sharing on your preferred social media site and use the hashtag #ScarecrowBrainChallenge2021 so we can find it!

Every entry gets you an All New 2021 Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge long sleeve tee that you’ll love to wear with pride, AND, for the second time Brain Challenge Series, ALL runners will receive a Scarecrow Classic Finisher Medal AND the SECOND piece of the 5 piece Brain Challenge Medal. 
This year the piece will be the OCCIPITAL LOBE
CLICK HERE to watch and listen to the Ken Burn's "Civil War" segment on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
#5Thoughts Friday
Neurons communicate with each other via electrical impulses, which are produced by ion channels that control the flow of ions such as potassium and sodium. In a surprising new finding, MIT neuroscientists have shown that human neurons have a much smaller number of these channels than expected, compared to the neurons of other mammals.

The researchers hypothesize that this reduction in channel density may have helped the human brain evolve to operate more efficiently, allowing it to divert resources to other energy-intensive processes that are required to perform complex cognitive tasks.

“If the brain can save energy by reducing the density of ion channels, it can spend that energy on other neuronal or circuit processes,” says Mark Harnett, an associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences, a member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and the senior author of the study.

CLICK HERE for more on this new look at our neurons.
March 24-25

The Brain Injury Association of Maryland will hold its 2022 Annual Conference LIVE IN PERSON on March 24th-25th in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's Conference Committee is now accepting applications for breakout session presentations on all topics that affect individuals with brain injuries, their families, and the professional healthcare providers that care for them.

Every year, for over three decades, we have been able to provide a forum to amazing researchers, healthcare providers, family members and survivors who bring their unique perspectives and stories to our conference attendees.

If you are interested in presenting at our conference next March, please complete the online application form below. We look forward to seeing you then.

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America's drug epidemic is the deadliest it has ever been, new federal data suggests.

More than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States during the 12-month period ending April 2021, according to provisional data published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That's a new record high, with overdose deaths jumping 28.5% from the same period a year earlier and nearly doubling over the past five years.
Opioids continue to be the driving cause of drug overdose deaths. Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, caused nearly two-thirds (64%) of all drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending April 2021, up 49% from the year before, the CDC's 's National Center for Health Statistics found.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the rise in use of fentanyl have both been key contributors to the rising overdose death toll, experts say.
The latest provisional data on drug overdose deaths captures those occurring in May 2020 through April 2021. Covid-19 killed about 509,000 people in that same timeframe, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

CLICK HERE for more on this ongoing tragic challenge.
The toolkit is a collaboration with the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA).

CLICK HERE for more info.

CLICK HERE for the toolkit.

Toolkit — Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Use Disorders: Making the Connections

This toolkit merges the content on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders (SUD) to expand capacity to address both issues in treatment. The author, Dr. Carolyn Lemsky, is a board-certified neuropsychologist with over 25 years of experience working in rehabilitation settings in the U.S. and Canada. The toolkit provides valuable and practical information for advancing behavioral health providers’ capacity when serving persons who have brain injuries. The toolkit is a collaboration with the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA).

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday pledged to "get to the bottom" of so-called "Havana syndrome," which some allege could be caused by Russian microwave attacks.

Seeking to assure concerned US diplomats that the government was taking the puzzling affliction seriously, Blinken named two senior figures to lead the State Department's response.

Officially called anomalous health incidents (AHI), cases of Havana syndrome first surfaced in 2016 in the Cuban capital, with US and Canadian diplomats complaining of severe headaches, nausea and possible brain damage after hearing high-pitched sounds.

Since then the number of US officials in the diplomatic and intelligence corps reporting similar experiences in countries including China, Austria, Colombia and Russia, has risen to the low hundreds, according to reports.
"All of us in the US government, and especially we at the State Department, are intently focused on getting to the bottom of what and who is causing these incidents, caring for those who've been affected, and protecting our people," Blinken said.

He said that the State Department had arranged for treatment of those affected at Johns Hopkins University, and was collecting baseline data from US diplomats before they deploy to use in analyzing reported cases.
CLICK HERE to see about this latest chapter in the "Havana Syndrome".
2) What We are Reading This Week
After an accident that left him permanently paralyzed over ten years ago, Dr. Bradford Berk made it his mission to help others recover from acute neurological injury (ANI). As the founder and director of the University of Rochester Neurorestoration Institute, he brings his abundant experience in working with patients and making his own ongoing recovery to Getting Your Brain and Body Back, the most up-to-date guide for survivors of spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Each of these acute neurological injuries can result in similar physical and psychological challenges and require similar treatments, medications, and assistive devices. Getting Your Brain and Body Back offers comprehensive, reassuring guidance for your every concern:
How to deal with grief and trauma in the aftermath of accident or injury—and build resilience as you find your way forward.

CLICK HERE to see more.
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