Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:

It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows.

But the report doesn’t confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players’ repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before death.

“There are many questions that remain unanswered,” said lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist. “How common is this” in the general population and all football players?

“How many years of football is too many?” and “What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have evidence of this disease despite long playing years,” she noted.

It’s also uncertain if some players’ lifestyle habits — alcohol, drugs, steroids, diet — might somehow contribute, McKee said.

To read more, CLICK HERE, and CLICK HERE


Five Things to Know about CTE, CLICK HERE

Cannabis is the perfect medicine for athletes," says retired NFL offensive lineman Eben Britton over the phone, stating matter-of-factly what's still, generally, considered taboo. (In the world of modern cannabis advocacy, you're never talking about "weed," "pot," "marijuana," or [insert slang term here]. It's cannabis.)

"This is not some back-alley street drug," he continues. "It's a medicinal herb that provides the only potential solution to both concussions/CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and the opiate epidemic."

That hypothesis is the impetus behind Athletes For Care, a new nonprofit of which Britton—alongside 26 other athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL and UFC—is a founding member. The organization is dedicated to promoting a holistic, alternative approach to athlete wellness, both for those still playing and retirees. Cannabis is but one part of the wellness package—albeit an important one.

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BIAMD's Newest Event
What a great way to wind down Summer, crank up Fall, and help us start a new BIAMD tradition full of food, folks, and fun.

Check out the Key Brewery's Taphouse, pick crabs to your heart's content, maybe win some prizes, and doing it all for a great cause.  

This event is designed to support the Brain Injury Association's Maryland Brain Injury Connection Center (1.800.221.6443) which receives over 300 calls a month from all over the country.

Please join us at this inaugural BIAMD party!  



September 10, 2017

1 - 4 pm


Key Brewery Taphouse

2500 Grays Road

Dundalk, MD 21222


All-You-Can-Eat Crabs

Crab Soup

Hot Dogs


Baked Beans


Mashed Potatoes

Soft Drinks

Beer & Wine for Purchase


Early-Bird Pricing: (Until 11:30 PM, August 28, 2017)

Individuals: $65.00

Table of 8: $400.00

Although psychiatrists typically are not the primary prescribers of opioid medications, they often treat psychiatric disorders in patients with chronic pain who take prescription opioids.

A recent study found that, despite representing only 16% of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than one-half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United StatesTherefore, psychiatrists must be aware of risk assessment strategies for patients receiving opioids.

This article provides recommendations for managing individuals with opioid use disorder, including:

  • how to identify risk factors for opioid use disorder and use screening tools
  • how to evaluate a patient with suspected opioid use disorder and make the diagnosis
  • how to treat a patient with opioid use disorder, including a review of approved pharmaceutical agents.

Please read this helpful resource,  CLICK HERE.  
  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die.

We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own.

Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, HURT takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.

"This is an amazing book--absolutely spellbinding,

from a powerful writer.

Dr. Musemeche has done

a super job."

- Sue Baker MPH, Professor Emeritus, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Prevention and Policy

For The Book,  CLICK HERE.

  (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...

There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.

September 6-7, 2017

201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care.

Established in 2016, BrainFutures is a non-profit organization providing a "one-stop-shop" for rigorous and unbiased information about advances in brain health resulting from breakthroughs in understanding neuroplasticity of the brain. We focus on two key areas:

Advances in treatments and programs that produce superior results combining digital therapies and new medications with self-care strategies including mindfulness, exercise, diet and fitness.

Digital and self-care strategies involving brain fitness that strengthen neural networks, and improve brain health and functioning.

For more informaiton, or to Register, CLICK HERE. 
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