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The program shows clips of Gary Bettman where the NHL commissioner says there is no connection between playing hockey and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain.

Hall of Fame center Eric Lindros is featured in the program. He suffered six concussions in two years, the last of which changed him forever. The star of the Philadelphia Flyers was skating into the zone in the 2000 Eastern Conference finals against the New Jersey Devils when he was elbowed by Scott Stevens. The hit left Lindros unconscious.

"I was tired a lot," Lindros says. "I used to hate crowds. Never used to hate crowds. I was fine and I started to really hate rooms with a lot of people. ... I was furious because here I went from being a really good player to being just a shadow of myself."

For a while, Lindros wanted nothing to do with hockey. But eventually, he made it his mission to spread awareness on head injuries in hockey. On the day he retired, Nov. 8, 2007, Lindros donated $5 million to the facility that helped him deal with his symptoms.

Last winter, he teamed up with Montreal Canadiens doctor David Mulder and asked the NHL to fund research to protect its players.

"We thought that a million dollars a team, $31 million, was the right number," Lindros says.

HBO correspondent David Scott responded: "Modest start for a $4-billion league. And what do they say?"

"You know, we didn't hear a whole lot back," Lindros says .

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not set specific safety standards meant to reduce ejections through sunroofs, but that could change soon.
After 18-year-old Liza Hankins was thrown through the closed sunroof of her sport-utility vehicle during a crash and paralyzed, her family sued the truck’s maker, claiming it had failed to live up to its safety responsibilities.

The carmaker, Ford, won the case after it pointed out that no government regulations required a sunroof — even a closed one — to keep someone inside a vehicle in a crash.

Today, more than a dozen years after Ms. Hankins’s crash, there are still no government regulations meant to prevent the hundreds of sunroof ejections that happen every year — even as more buyers are ticking the box for the sunroof option and more carmakers are stretching the size of the glass overhead with larger, panoramic sunroofs.

Some automakers have already taken steps to make sunroofs safer by using laminated safety glass, while gadgets now in the works could help limit sunroof ejections during rollovers. And a new test created by researchers at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could mean the federal government is laying the groundwork for regulations governing sunroofs.

In the current climate, are NEW regulations even possible?
Research indicates that techniques fail to trigger the type of brain activity thought to produce therapeutic benefits
Noninvasive brain stimulation is having its heyday, as scientists and hobbyists alike look for ways to change the activity of neurons without cutting into the brain and implanting electrodes. One popular set of techniques, called transcranial electrical stimulation (TES), delivers electrical current via electrodes stuck to the scalp, typically above the target brain area. In recent years a number of studies have attributed wide-ranging benefits to TES including  enhancing memory improving math skills alleviating depression  and even  speeding recovery from stroke . Such results have also spawned a cottage industry providing commercial TES kits for DIY brain hackers seeking to boost their mind power.

But little is known about how TES actually interacts with the brain, and some studies have raised serious doubts about the effectiveness of these techniques. A study published on February 2 in Nature Communications ups the ante, reporting that conventional TES techniques do not deliver enough current to activate brain circuits or modulate brain rhythms. The electrical currents mostly fizzle out as they pass through the scalp and skull. “Anybody who has published a positive effect in this field is probably not going to like our paper,” says  György Buzsáki , a neuroscientist at New York University School of Medicine and a senior author of the study.

The mechanisms behind TES have remained mysterious, in part because without penetrating the skull, researchers cannot measure neural responses while they apply stimulation. Conventional TES methods produce electrical noise that swamps any brain activity detected on the scalp.

To get around this problem, Buzsáki’s team first implanted electrodes inside the brains of rats and measured neural activity while they applied TES externally. By varying the stimulation parameters, they found the minimum electric field strength needed to trigger neuronal firing or to alter brain rhythms.
Next, the researchers wanted to figure out how much current they needed to apply to the human scalp to produce those electrical fields inside the brain. But these invasive experiments cannot be done in people, so Buzsáki’s team went with the next best thing: human cadavers. By implanting recording electrodes inside the cadavers’ brains and applying TES externally, the researchers found that they needed to zap the scalp with about 4 to 6 milliamperes of current—well above typical current levels.

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Brain Injury Awareness Day
Annapolis Maryland 
MARCH 7, 2018

  Room 180
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Come for breakfast and conversation about the needs of individuals with brain injuries, their families, and communities in the state of Maryland. 

Brain Injury Panel 

The Opioid Crisis:
Creating a New Legacy of Brain Injury

Pending Brain Injury Legislation Briefing:

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Commemorative Display
as Part of
Brain Injury Awareness Day: 

The mission of Unmasking Brain Injury is to promote awareness of the prevalence of brain injury; to give survivors a voice and the means to educate others of what it’s like to live with a brain injury; to show others that persons living with a disability due to their brain injury are like anyone else, deserving of dignity, respect, compassion and the opportunity to prove their value as citizens in their respective communities.
2) What We're Reading We Think You Might Enjoy
From the bestselling author and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this is the story of NHLer Steve Montador—who was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015—the remarkable evolution of hockey itself, and a passionate prescriptive to counter its greatest risk in the future: head injuries.
Ken Dryden’s  The Game  is acknowledged as the best book about hockey, and one of the best books about sports ever written. Then came  Home Game  (with Roy MacGregor), also a major TV-series, in which he explored hockey’s significance and what it means to Canada and Canadians.

Now, in his most powerful and important book yet,  Game Change , Ken Dryden tells the riveting story of one player’s life, examines the intersection between science and sport, and expertly documents the progression of the game of hockey—where it began, how it got to where it is, where it can go from here and, just as exciting to play and watch, how it can get there.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

Social Worker -
RETURN! Brain Injury
Community Re-entry Program
This unique position in brain injury rehabilitation provides clinical and case management services for the RETURN! Community Reentry Program at Sinai Rehabilitation Center. Facilitates appropriate admissions into the program, provides psychosocial support to clients and families and links program clients to vital and timely resources. Assists with departmental operations and improvement projects. This position presents an exciting chance to be part of an established, well-regarded rehabilitation program.
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