Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, BIAMD has sought additional ways to support the learning and growth of our members. In this week’s “Learning Pack,” we have included fifteen books on topics including brain injury recovery, harm reduction, disability justice, anti-racism, power and privilege, and advocacy. While this pandemic is a sobering experience for all, we hope that these titles provide fodder for enhanced conversation and professional growth among our members.

CLICK HERE to download Arin's list.

CLICK HERE to Arin's list as a printable PDF.

Zoom Room Support Group Meeting for Caregivers

If you're missing your in-person Brian Injury Caregiver Support Group due to cancellations but still would like to join in with others caring for a Brain Injury Survivor, please join our Zoom Room Support Group Meeting for Caregivers this Sunday evening from 7:30-8:45pm (Eastern Time).
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A 17% surge in mortality from fall-related traumatic brain injuries from 2008 to 2017 was driven largely by increases among those aged 75 years and older, according to investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Nationally, the rate of deaths from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by unintentional falls rose from 3.86 per 100,000 population in 2008 to 4.52 per 100,000 in 2017, as the number of deaths went from 12,311 to 17,408, said Alexis B. Peterson, PhD, and Scott R. Kegler, PhD, of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in Atlanta.

“This increase might be explained by longer survival following the onset of common diseases such as stroke, cancer, and heart disease or be attributable to the increasing population of older adults in the United States,” they suggested in the Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) .

CLICK HERE to read the CDC Article.

CLICK HERE to see the MMWR where the article was printed.
We are witnessing mandated social isolation and social distancing on an epic scale. As part of BIAMD's interest in serving Maryland's Brain Injury Community, we are starting what we call "Check-In Chats".

We would like to "check in" with anyone looking to share their experiences and challenges with either an individual or in a social group setting.

Even though we can't meet in person, there are many ways open to us, and, if you are interested, we would like to hear from you about your needs and how we can help you feel more connected.

Once we hear from you, we can move forward in setting up our chats. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up using our online registration form and express your interest in participating an upcoming conversation either individually or in a group.

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Patients with suspected migraine and a normal neurological examination without any atypical features or red flags do not need an MRI or CT, according to recent updated recommendations in a  guideline  released by the American Headache Society.

Migraine with atypical features may require neuroimaging, according to the guideline. These include an unusual aura; change in clinical features; a first or worst migraine; a migraine that presents with brainstem aura, confusion, or motor manifestation; migraine accompaniments in later life; headaches that are side-locked or posttraumatic; and aura that presents without headache.

The recommendation to avoid MRI or CT in otherwise neurologically normal patients with migraine carried a grade A recommendation from the American Headache Society, while the specific considerations for neuroimaging was based on consensus and carried a grade C recommendation, according to lead author  Randolph W. Evans, MD , of the department of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues.

CLICK HERE to see the journal article in HEADACHE.
2) What We are Reading This Week and Know You Will Enjoy
Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Meg Wolitzer, John Turturro, Tig Notaro, and Hasan Minhaj, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more.

High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.

CLICK HERE for more.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”

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