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Sunday, September 8th, 2019
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Sunday, October 13th, 2019
From 9:00pm - Noon

UMBC -Catonsville Campus
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Catonsville, MD US 21250  

Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
Photo by  Jeffrey F Lin  on  Unsplash
Children and adolescents are at increased risk for concussions, a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that can change the way the brain normally works. While most children and adolescents no longer experience symptoms within two weeks of the injury, some—especially those who have a history of concussions—may have symptoms that last for months or even longer ( Eisenberg, Andrea, Meehan, & Mannix, 2013 ). Concussions need to be addressed correctly to help reduce the risk for short- or long-term health problems that can affect a child’s or adolescent’s thinking, learning, behavior, and/or emotions ( Brosseau-Lachaine, Gagnon, Forget, & Faubert, 2008 McClincy, Lovell, Pardini, Collins, & Spore, 2006 Moser, Schatz, & Jordan, 2005 Schatz, Moser, Covassin, & Karpf, 2011 ).

To help address this public health concern, the Children’s Health Act of 2000 (H.R. 4365) ( Library of Congress, 1999–2000 ) charged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to implement a public information campaign to broaden public awareness of the health consequences of TBI. In response, CDC developed and launched the Heads Up concussion education campaign. Over the last 10 years, CDC’s Heads Up campaign has grown into a cohesive suite of educational initiatives that share a common goal: to help protect children and adolescents from concussions and other serious brain injuries by raising awareness, enhancing knowledge, and informing action to improve prevention, recognition, and response to concussions. This report describes the process CDC employed to develop and carry out the Heads Up campaign.

CLICK HERE to see more on this report.
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Scientists have a totally new understanding of thirst
The well-known “8 x 8” rule — you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day — is not only daunting, it’s unfounded. In fact, nobody is sure where the idea came from, and science doesn’t support it. “It has no basis in fact,” says Michael Farrell, a professor at Monash University in Australia, who studies how the brain responds to thirst and other sensations. Likewise, the old advice to “drink before you’re thirsty” is countered by the latest research, as scientists finally figure out how the brain knows when you’re thirsty, and when you’ve had enough.

The human body is 55–60% water, varying by individual (muscle has more water than fat). Blood is 83% water, and 70% of your brain is all wet. Water aids digestion, clears toxins from the liver and kidneys, removes excess sodium from the bloodstream, regulates body temperature and blood pressure, protects skin and other tissues, and keep joints lubricated.

A person can survive weeks without food, but seldom more than a few days without water. Even mild dehydration, within hours, can affect mood, cognitive function, and physical performance, studies show.
We lose water constantly, by breathing, sweating, and using the toilet. But water loss is highly variable. On a cool day when a person isn’t active, eight glasses of water could be “well in excess of need, in which case a lot of water will be excreted” along with vital substances like sodium, Farrell says. Alternately, a person exercising on a hot day might need more than eight.

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A group of U.S. government workers potentially exposed to  unexplained phenomena in Cuba  have less white matter
in their brains and less connectivity in the areas that control vision and hearing than similar healthy people.
The findings  from University of Pennsylvania researchers  are the most specific to date about  the neurological condition  of the U.S. diplomats, spies and their families who reported  strange sounds and sensations  while serving in Havana between 2016 and 2018.
Yet while doctors found "significant differences" in their brains compared to a control group, they couldn't say whether they were caused by  whatever may have happened in Cuba , nor whether those differences account for the Americans' symptoms.

The medical findings, revealed Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, come as U.S. national security officials tell NBC News that more than two years into the mystery, the government still has not determined who or what is responsible for what transpired in Havana.

The FBI, enlisted in 2017 to investigate what the U.S. has called "targeted attacks," paid multiple trips to Havana but has exhausted its leads in the case, individuals briefed on the investigation say. While the investigation hasn't been formally closed, no external energy source in Cuba has yet been identified that could have caused the injuries, they said. The FBI declined to comment.

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What We are Reading We Think
You Might FInd Interesting
This book presents a comprehensive interdisciplinary team approach to the rehabilitation of acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors. Medical and clinical specialists will receive a deeper understanding of not only each other’s roles but of their complementary functions in this field. Many case examples are provided, illustrating a wide range of challenges and stages of recovery. This edition features 3 entirely new chapters and multiple updated chapters by new and returning authors.

Featured in the coverage: 

The role of Robotics in acquired brain injury
  • A comprehensive chapter on physical therapy in ABI
  • Outstanding recoveries woven together by a video news producer who recovered from a meningioma 
  •  State of the art updates on neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry, neuropsychiatry and neuro-optometry.
  • Updated chapters on neuropsychology, speech-language and occupational therapies including new technology and approaches as well as evidence based practices
  • Psychosocial challenges and treatment following ABI
  • The importance of family as team members
  • Post rehabilitation options and experiences

Acquired Brain Injury: An Integrative Neuro-Rehabilitation Approach, 2nd edition provides clarity and context regarding the rehabilitation goals and processes for rehabilitation specialists, interdisciplinary students of neuro-rehabilitation as well as practicing clinicians interested in developing their knowledge in their field.

CLICK HERE to find out more.
5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Take a shower, wash off the day.
Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark.
Lie down and close your eyes.
Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. 
You’re doing just fine.

Lifeline 100 Classic

ALL proceeds go to Anne Arundel county non-profits including The Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, and BikeAAA.

Rides for Every Age and Ability!
Lifeline100 is pleased to be an inclusive event offering scenic 65 and 100 mile county tours with water views and historic sites, 15 and 30 mile flat, paved trail rides; and a free bike rodeo for children!  We welcome riders with special needs and bikes of all kinds!

Registration Fees
  • Century Ride – Individual Registration: $50.00 (regular $50, walk-in $60)
  • 60 mile Ride – Individual Registration: $40.00  (regular $40, walk-in $50)
  • 30 mile Ride – Individual Registration: $30.00   (regular $30, walk-in $35)
  • 15 mile Ride – Individual Registration: $25.00  (regular $25, walk-in $30)
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