Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
BIAMD's #5ThoughtsFriday - 02/10/2017
Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:

We’re all pretty familiar with what happens when we sustain a knock on the head: First, the all-too-audible crack, accompanied perhaps by a moment of surprise. Then, the swelling and, if we’re lucky, just a minor bump or scrape.

But what happens on the other side of our skulls when we hit our heads? If we can bruise, scrape and cut the relatively tough tissue of our skin and muscle with an impact, what happens to the cells that comprise the spongy, gelatinous matter of our brains?

That question is on the minds of UC Santa Barbara researchers Kimberly Turner, Megan Valentine, Adele Doyle and industrial partner Owl Biomedical, as they investigate — on the cellular level — what happens when mechanical forces are applied to brain cells.

Enter μHammer (“microHammer”), a cellular-scale machine built to tap, strike, squeeze and poke individual neural progenitors (and later, neurons and neural tissue) to elicit responses that will then be studied and recorded to add to a body of knowledge that can help unlock the mysteries of the brain.

To read more about this fascinating study, CLICK HERE

4) We all could use a little Mental_Floss...

Whether you want to be a Jeopardy! champion or just need to remember where you parked your car, here are 11 things you can do right now to turn your mind from a sieve into a steel trap.


These days we’re all about things being faster. That’s why this advice is invaluable: When you really need to remember something, concentrate on it for at least 8 seconds. That can seem like a long time when you're running around trying to get a million things done, but it is worth it. Studies have shown that 8 seconds is the minimum amount of time it takes for a piece of information to go from your short-term memory to your long-term memory.


We’ve all walked into a room and suddenly realized we can’t remember why we needed to be there in the first place. Don’t worry, you’re not getting more forgetful—chances are it was the act of walking through a doorway that made you go completely blank. Researchers found that participants in both virtual and real-world studies were far more likely to forget what object they had just placed in a container if they were asked right after walking through a doorway than if they carried the object the same distance in a single room. Scientists have yet to figure out why, but something about entering a new place seems to restart our memory.

To read the rest, CLICK HERE.

3) Did you catch latest from the Association of Academic Physiatrists about college students?
 College students take longer to
recover from a concussion

A new study, presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, shows college students take significantly more time to recover from a concussion than the general national average of seven to 14 days.

"Recovering from a concussion requires active rest and refraining from excessive physical and cognitive stimuli, such as contact sports, reading, writing and even the need for limitation of watching television and online activities, says Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD who is lead investigator on the study and is an attending physician at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "These are all things that the average college student encounters on a daily basis and will find challenging to limit. Therefore, our research team wanted to determine if recovery time for patients in a college setting is different from those people outside of that setting."

For More on this story, CLICK HERE.

  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Find Helpful...
Broken Arrow Boy by Adam Moore

When Adam Moore was 8 years old, a fluke accident resulted in an arrow piercing his brain. The accident led him into a world of hospitals, operations, and physical therapy. Just one year later, Adam was inspired to use his experiences to create a book, Broken Arrow Boy.  It tells of his remarkable recovery from brain injury.

He entered his book into the 1989 Landmark Editions' National Written & Illustrated by ... Contest, open for students ages 6 to 19.

Adam won the Gold Award.

  (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...

On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%, and that’s pretty good.”
                                                                              - Unknown   
  "Partners in Progress"  on March 23-24, 2017,  is a multi-track  neuro- conference focusing on issues related to:  individuals with brain injury  and family members, children and adolescents in the school system, advocacy, and professional and clinical training. The purpose of the two-day conference is to provide state-of-the-art information about brain injury treatment, services, research, and advocacy and to improve collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals.
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