Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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A freak accident nearly took the life of a 13-year-old Maryland boy last weekend when a 6-inch screw entered his skull, his family and doctor told CNN.
Darius Foreman was building a treehouse Saturday when he fell from a branch, knocking over a five-foot-long wooden board, which came down on top of his head, his mother Joy Ellingsworth recounted.

An X-ray from Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the boy was airlifted, shows a portion of the screw lodged right between the two halves of the brain -- threatening to tear the largest channel that drains blood and other fluids from the brain. Injury to this part of the brain could have been "catastrophic," according to his  surgeon, Dr. Alan Cohen.

"He was a millimeter away from having himself bleed to death," Cohen, chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, told CNN.

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Would you like to help others while helping yourself?
Have you had a brain injury (TBI) /concussion?
Cared for someone with TBI/concussion?

CALL Principal Investigator,
Vani Rao, MD at (410) 550-2288

Johns Hopkins researchers
in collaboration with
are seeking people interested in participating in
TBI mental health research.

Participants can either be:
  • people with TBI / concussions who have experienced emotional problems or
  • caregivers,
  • program coordinators or
  • clinicians involved in the care of people with TBI/concussions and emotional problems.

The Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved the study. 

Qualified Participants who complete the study are eligible for up to $400 in compensation.

  • Screening to determine eligibility
  • Participation in four research education courses
  • Participation in a 2-hour focus group
  • Completing a non-identifiable demographic form at the start of the study

If you are interested in joining this study or have any questions, please,

CALL Principal Investigator,
Vani Rao, MD at (410) 550-2288
How is it that we are able—without any noticeable effort—to listen to a friend talk in a crowded café or follow the melody of a violin within an orchestra?
A team led by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Birkbeck, University of London has developed a new approach to how the brain singles out a specific stream of sound from other distracting sounds. Using a novel experimental approach, the scientists non-invasively mapped sustained auditory selective attention in the human brain. Published in the  Journal of Neuroscience , the study lays crucial groundwork to track deficits in auditory attention due to aging, disease or brain trauma and to create clinical interventions, like behavioral training, to potentially correct or prevent hearing issues.

“Deficits in auditory selective attention can happen for many reasons—concussion, stroke, autism or even healthy aging. They are also associated with social isolation, depression, cognitive dysfunction and lower work force participation. Now, we have a clearer understanding of the cognitive and neural mechanisms responsible for how the brain can select what to listen to,” said  Lori Holt , professor of  psychology  in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a faculty member of the  Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition  (CNBC).

To determine how the brain can listen out for important information in different acoustic frequency ranges— similar to paying attention to the treble or bass in a music recording— eight adults listened to one series of short tone melodies and ignored another distracting one, responding when they heard a melody repeat. 

What did the researchers discover? CLICK HERE.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a disease that has been exhibited in hundreds of athletes who have incurred repeated blows to the head, throughout their careers in contact and combat sports. CTE causes parts of the brain to slowly die, resulting in issues such as memory loss, depression, dementia, and increased suicidality.

The damage to the brain is caused by a protein named pTau. It was previously thought that this protein was released inside the brain, in greater amounts than what occurs naturally, when concussion symptoms are experienced.

However, a new study by the Boston University School of Medicine and College of Engineering, suggests that the process that culminates in CTE does not require any concussion symptoms at all. In other words, blows to the head — which do not cause the sufferer to be knocked unconscious, experience dizziness, or lingering headaches — are enough to cause degenerative damage to the brain.

“The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” said Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate professor at Boston University, when interviewed by The Washington Post. “It’s really the hit that counts.”

Every month a little bit more information, CLICK HERE
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
Winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction

Winner of the 2017 National Business Book Award

Shortlisted for the 2016/2017 Donner Prize

From the bestselling author of  The Organized Mind , the must-have book about how to analyze who and what to trust in the age of information overload. 

It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions and outright lies from reliable information? In  A Field Guide to Lies , neuroscientist Daniel Levitin outlines the many pitfalls of the information age and provides the means to spot and avoid them.

    Levitin groups his field guide into two categories--statistical infomation and faulty arguments--ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. It is easy to lie with stats and graphs as few people "take the time to look under the hood and see how they work." And, just because there's a number on something, doesn't mean that the number was arrived at properly. Logic can help to evaluate whether or not a chain of reasoning is valid. And "infoliteracy" teaches us that not all sources of information are equal, and that biases can distort data.
    Faced with a world too eager to flood us with information, the best response is to be prepared.  A Field Guide to Lies  helps us avoid learning a lot of things that aren't true.

For The Book, 

  (If you decide to buy anything mentioned in #5ThoughtsFriday, don't forget to use  Amazon Smile  and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Even the genius asks questions."

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