Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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"Over the half century since the performance standard for seatback design was written, thousands of consumers have been killed or catastrophically injured by a standard so weak it could be passed by a lawn chair. After decades of delay by the auto industry which resulted in far too many preventable tragedies, particularly to children, the time has finally come to end the nightmare of seatback failures."
WASHINGTON DC – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, yesterday, July 1, introduced a package of four bills designed to improve automotive and traffic safety across the United States.

The lawmakers are releasing these proposals in advance of the Senate Commerce Committee’s consideration of a “safety” title for Congress’s broader surface transportation reauthorization legislation.

“In 2019, an estimated 38,000 people lost their lives in car crashes, while over 4 million people were seriously injured,” said Senator Markey. “These numbers repeat year after year and reveal a public health crisis that we must not accept as inevitable. We can prevent these unnecessary tragedies with proven strategies and technologies. That’s why I am proud to introduce a robust legislative package that will address several of the most dangerous safety issues on our roads. As Congress debates infrastructure and surface transportation reauthorization, I will fight for these bills and ensure that safety is at the forefront of everything we do.”

“Despite decades of auto safety advancements, it is still true that one of the most dangerous things you can do is get in a car,” said Senator Blumenthal. “Senator Markey and I have partnered on a comprehensive package of legislation that will put safety back in the driver’s seat – addressing dangerous auto recalls, defect investigations, distracted driving, and seat back standards. Any discussion of transportation programs must include steps to protect the lives of drivers and passengers, and these proposals are the right place to start.

CLICK HERE to read more about these four critically important bills now before the US Senate.

To find out how to contact your Maryland elected officials to support these important bills CLICK HERE.
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"He respects the burden of authority placed upon law enforcement but looks forward to the continued implementation of systemic changes to eliminate police brutality," Zarcone said.
Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester who was injured when he was pushed by Buffalo police, was released from Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday, his attorney Kelly V. Zarcone announced in an email to media.

Gugino, who Zarcone said suffered a fractured skull when he fell backward, will recover "at an undisclosed location in order to ensure his privacy," Zarcone said.

"Martin wants to thank the entire hospital staff for their exceptional dedication and professionalism. He received truly outstanding care and for that, he is grateful," Zarcone wrote.

Zarcone said she saw Gugino on Tuesday and that "he looks great."

"He can walk with a little help and his condition will continue to improve with rest and time. " Zarcone said.

CLICK HERE to read more about Guigino's injury and recovery.
"Putting matters succinctly, questions about physical brain injury seem to have motivated no one, not even the pioneer researcher of “battered women.” The diagnoses and medical attention granted to these two different populations were themselves inextricably gendered phenomena."
In 1990 a letter appeared in The Lancet: “A 76-year-old woman was admitted to hospital unconscious after being found at home with multiple injuries. She had rib fractures, multiple bruises and abrasions to the head, and signs of left-sided weakness. She had a history of a stroke and had become demented over the past few years, this manifesting predominantly as memory loss and mental confusion. Relatives told us that her husband had been violent towards her for many years, particularly in relation to his drinking, and the patient had often been seen with cuts and bruises.” 2  The letter, titled “Dementia in a Punch-Drunk Wife,” was followed by a post-mortem description of a battered woman with a pathology found in deceased boxers with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The Lancet connected two patient populations—boxers and victims of intimate partner violence—together for the first time. 3

Both conditions, then referred to as punch-drunk disease and battered woman syndrome respectively, linked violence and medicine. Both drew together men, masculinity, and violence in their aetiology. Both produced the same cluster of symptoms in a patient. But the conditions varied in significant ways, including character and origin. One was licit, the other illicit. One was derived from a public spectacle; the other broke domestic tranquility. One involved men perpetrating violence on other men for public accolades; the other involved men perpetrating violence on the women in their private lives, usually in secret (and men were found to be the main perpetrators of such violence). 4  Whereas pathologist Harrison Martland had first described punch-drunk syndrome classically in 1928, the battered woman syndrome emerged with physician J. J. Gayford's 1975 foundational study. 5  It was not the difference in the gender composition of these populations, or even the difference in when they were identified, that made them so distinct.

CLICK HERE to read more about this historical examination of the way gender has directly affected brain injury research.

CLICK HERE to read or download the Social Science & Medical journal article in PDF format.

ONLINE Brain Injury Support Groups

Severe Brain Injury Caregiver Group
Zoom Room Internet Conference
2 nd  and 4 th  Sunday of the month, 7:30 p – 8:45p
Tom Gallup 301-502-8420

BIAMD Check In Chats
Every Friday at Noon
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Young Stroke Group
The first and third Fridays of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
​For individuals in their 20’s to 60’s, Contact: Susan Emery

Rockville Brain Injury Support Group
2 nd  Thursday, 6:30p – 7:30p
Tom Wilkinson 240-493-8472
Anne Arundel County Brain Injury Support Group
3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Debbie Cottrill (410) 320-8948 

Brain Injury Support Group
1st Monday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Candice Rebuck (410) 448-6303

Caregivers Support Group
4th Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gwen Alexander (410) 448-6311

Stroke Support Group
Meets monthly 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Brandy Breaux (410) 448-6821
Call for the monthly calendar
Online stroke support and information resources
The John “Jack” Godfrey Brain Injury Support Group
2nd Tuesday, 6:00p – 7:00p 
Dawn Moreland (301) 618-2364 
Brentrell Spencer (301) 618-2134
BIADC Support Group
3rd Wednesday, 5:30p – 7:30p
Gemma Rosas (NRH) (202)-877-1192
Joan Joyce (NRH) (202) 877-1420

2) What We are Reading This Week and Know You Will Find Enlightening and Important
CLICK HERE to listen The Trevor Noah Podcast.
Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

CLICK HERE for more on this book.

If you can, we HIGHLY encourage you to let Trevor tell you his own story by purchasing or listening to the Audio Version of this book. We KNOW you will enjoy this choice.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“Stop asking yourself what you want, what you desire, what interests you.
Ask yourself instead:
What has been given me?
What do I have to give back?
And give it.

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