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5) Brain Injury Awareness Day in
Washington, D.C. is March 20, 2018
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is pleased to announce that Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.), has scheduled Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill for Tuesday, March 20, 2018. As in years past, there will be an awareness fair, congressional briefing, and reception.
Brain Injury Awareness Day Schedule
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brain Injury Awareness Fair
Rayburn First Floor Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Congressional Briefing
Longworth House Office Building Room 1539
5 to 7 p.m.
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2045

If you are unable to attend Brain Injury Awareness Day in person, don't worry — you can take action at home! Set up meetings in your elected officials' district offices to share the needs of individuals with brain injury in your state. Call your elected officials in Washington, D.C., and invite them to attend the events on March 20 or invite them to events you are hosting in your state. Get active on social media: like your elected officials on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and share  our resources  with them. 

Please continue to check  BIAA’s home page  for additional information. You can also sign up for BIAA’s weekly e-newsletter,  Policy Corner , for updates regarding Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill.

For more on this important brain injury awareness event
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children represents a major public health burden in the United States and significant gaps in care need addressing, federal health officials said in a  Report to Congress  this week.

Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to compile the report to review the burden of TBI in children, identify gaps in systems of care, and offer recommendations for improving short- and long-term outcomes in this vulnerable population.

"Over the past 30 years, we have seen a proliferation of research that better describes children's brain development, outcomes from a TBI, and service needs. Unfortunately, services to support TBI management in children after initial injury care have declined in availability, length of time, and consistency within the United States," the report notes.

In 2013, there were roughly 640,000 TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, 18,000 TBI-related hospital admissions, and 1500 TBI-related deaths among children aged 14 years and younger. Leading causes of TBI in children include sports and recreational activities, motor vehicle crashes, and falls.

For more on this release, CLICK HERE.

For a Free Downloadable Copy of this Important Report - CLICK HERE
Your brain has peaked by age 13. The creation of new brain cells in the hippocampus ends before we even reach adulthood, according to a  study  published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Previously, scientists generally believed that the human hippocampus generates new brain cells or neurons throughout adulthood. There's no consensus about the number of neurons made in adulthood; some researchers believe that hundreds of neurons are added each day, while others contend that very few are created after childhood.

This birth of new brain cells -- or neurogenesis -- is "a fascinating process," said  Arturo Alvarez-Buylla , senior author of the new study and a professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Are you still a teenager in your own mind? : CLICK HERE
2) What We're Reading We Think You Might Enjoy
Are You Overwhelmed by Stress, Worry, and Anxiety?

Unending daily to-do lists. The frantic pace of modern living. The race to stay relevant in the face of disruption. The very real threat of superbugs and terror in our everyday lives... It's not hard to see why so many people today are experiencing stress, worry, and anxiety attacks.

Unfortunately, these aren't simply innocent states of emotion-they can insidiously develop into chronic depression and psychosomatic illnesses, and lead to destructive behaviors. But here's the good news: While stress is depleting and debilitating, it can be defeated and driven from your life.

In LIVE THE LET-GO LIFE, Joseph Prince shows you how to beat stress and anxieties that come with the everyday demands and pressures of modern living. Discover how you were not designed by God to live under stress, but called to live the life of rest. You will learn how to let go of stress and see His grace flow unabated in the worry-free areas of your life.

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  (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...

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

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