Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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01/05/2018The
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Without your help, we would not have been able to provide help and hope the hundreds of families who contacted us this year.

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our 35th year of service, our very best.
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
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A University of Pennsylvania study found eating fish weekly is associated with higher IQs and better sleeping patterns in children.

Ivy League researchers advise parents to incorporate fish into their children's diets after a study found a weekly fish regimen is linked with higher IQs and better sleep.

University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the IQs, fish-eating habits and sleeping patterns of more than 500 Chinese children aged 9 to 11. They found children who ate fish weekly scored nearly five points higher on IQ tests than those who never or seldom ate fish. Children who had fish sometimes had a roughly three-IQ-point advantage over those who didn't or rarely ate it.

The research team of Jianghong Liu, Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Alexandra Hanlon and Adrian Raine said the finding builds on existing research about the positive effects of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3s, which are found in fish, have been tied to intelligence and sleep independently, but "they've never all been connected before," a university statement read.

Another reason to add fish to your weekly menus
Two-Way Brain-Gut Interactions May Worsen Outcome After TBI
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have found a two-way link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intestinal changes. These interactions may contribute to increased infections in these patients, and may also worsen chronic brain damage.

This is the first study to find that TBI in mice can trigger delayed, long-term changes in the colon and that subsequent bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal system can increase posttraumatic brain inflammation and associated tissue loss. The findings were published recently in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

“These results indicate strong two-way interactions between the brain and the gut that may help explain the increased incidence of systemic infections after brain trauma and allow new treatment approaches,” said the lead researcher,  Alan Faden, MD , the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma in the Departments of  Anesthesiology Anatomy & Neurobiology Psychiatry Neurology , and  Neurosurgery  at UMSOM, and director of the  UMSOM Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Center .

‌Researchers have known for years that TBI has significant effects on the gastrointestinal tract, but until now, scientists have not recognized that brain trauma can make the colon more permeable, potentially allowing allow harmful microbes to migrate from the intestine to other areas of the body, causing infection.. People are 12 times more likely to die from blood poisoning after TBI, which is often caused by bacteria, and 2.5 times more likely to die of a digestive system problem, compared with those without such injury.
More on this brain/stomach connection, CLICK HERE
3) Individuals with Brain Injuries face many of the same physical and cognitive challenges as aging adults. As we spend more time indoors this season, here are a few tips to ensure safety at home.

Our homes fulfill many needs. One must feel safe and secure at one’s home. A home must render an individual with utmost comfort and state of well-being. The importance of home grows manifold as one attains his older age. For seniors, a home is a like a palace filled with beautiful memories of past. It serves as a site of interaction for the family.
Ensuring safety of the seniors is one of the most important concerns for a family. A home may be equipped with tools which may look simple, but, can be dangerous for the seniors. Thus, it becomes quite important to ensure that the seniors carefully use these tools without facing any trouble. In this regard, following safety tips to use various home tools and using various safety gadgets can help to provide security and safety to the seniors. This article mainly focuses upon this very fact itself. In this article, we aim to provide various safety tips for various home tools and related safety gadgets.
The physical and mental skills of a person depreciate as one attains the older age. The effect of this can be seen through the change in visual and sensing abilities. The muscular strength and bone density reduces imparting the seniors with problems like painful fractures, disfigurement and loss of mobility. With such kind of problems, it becomes very important for seniors to lead a life on their own. Thus, they need a set of safety tips and outside help to lead a healthy life.

For important safety tips around the home, CLICK HERE.
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
A prescriptive guide to restoring cognitive calm, based on Amen Clinics chief psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Annibali’s three decades of treating patients who suffer from overloaded, overstimulated brains.
 
Dr. Joseph Annibali has treated thousands of people with overloaded, overstimulated brains. Some people describe their brain as being “in chaos”; others feel that their brain is “on fire.” But whether they are ultimately diagnosed with anxiety, disabling OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, or even substance abuse, the underlying problem is a Too-Busy Brain, a great irritant that interferes with attention, concentration, focus, mood, and often much more. It may even be a sign of undetected damage to either the brain or the body itself. But through practical strategies, understandable explanations, and prescriptive mind-management techniques, Dr. Annibali will help readers finally reclaim their brains and get back in control of their lives.

For The Book, 

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“I think in terms of the day's resolutions,
not the years'.

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