Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
The Friday the 13th Fun Facts Edition
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AUGUST 19, 2018
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
A lot of our daily actions are automatic. Your brain like autopilot.

That’s how it conserves energy.

For better or for worse, our habits shape us.

Breaking a bad habit ultimately is about rewiring your brain.

Habits are found in an area of your brain called the basal ganglia.

The more often you perform an action or behave a certain way, the more it gets physically wired into your brain.

This amazing adaptive quality of your brain is known as neuroplasticity.

Your brain forms neuronal connections based on what you do repeatedly in your life — both good and bad.

Every time you act in the same way, a specific neuronal pattern is stimulated and becomes strengthened in your brain.

David Eagleman writes in “Incognito”: “Brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in the decision making. And most of the time, it’s not.”

Habits are the brain’s internal drivers.

If you want to change how you work or a bad habit, you should have a clear exit strategy to break out of the chain.

You KNOW you have a few habits that could use breaking!

Bicyclists' injury risk seen doubled
if they lack latest helmets
The next time you hop on a bicycle to head across town, consider this: your helmet may not perform well enough in an accident.

A first-of-its-kind study using the latest techniques for simulating head injuries found significant variations in how bike helmets protect against concussions.

Urban-style helmets which have nearly solid covers with few vents and those that haven't adopted the latest anti-concussion technology were more than twice as likely to result in injuries, researchers from Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in a study released Tuesday.

"I'm of the opinion that the less you hit your head, the better," said Steve Rowson, director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab and an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics. "But when you do hit your head, you want to have the very best protection because you want to reduce the forces that the brain is experiencing."

Current standards for bike helmets, set by the U.S. government in 1999, do a good job of testing whether they'll prevent skull fractures and death in a direct impact, Rowson said. But they aren't a good reflection of most real-world bike spills.

For one, he said, they don't assess the strength of the helmet rim covering the side and forehead areas, which are frequently where cyclists strike the ground.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission standards also aren't very good at determining whether someone will get a lesser, though still serious, head injury such as a concussion, the new study found.

An estimated 81,000 people went to U.S. emergency rooms for bike-related head injuries in 2015, the most for any sport, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And that doesn't include those who went to private doctors or didn't seek treatment.

CLICK HERE to see what else Virginia Tech has discovered.
Police to give "tickets" to kids caught wearing bicycle helmets . They can trade the "tickets" in for ice cream cones.
Police in Rhode Island are giving free ice cream to children who wear bicycle helmets and cross the street safely.

The Woonsocket Police Department says it's starting a new campaign to promote safety and create opportunities for positive interactions between officers and kids.

Officers on patrol will look for kids with good safety habits and give them a "ticket." The ticket can be used for an ice cream cone at participating restaurants.

The department says a staffer suggested it after learning about a similar program in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where officers gave kids tickets for pizza for wearing bicycle helmets.

Now, if this just worked with speed cameras...

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2) What We Are Reading We Think You Might Enjoy

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Traumatic brain injury can interrupt without warning the life story that any one of us is in the midst of creating. When the author's fifteen-year-old son survives a terrible car crash in spite of massive trauma to his brain, she and her family know only that his story has not ended. Their efforts, Erik's own efforts, and those of everyone who helps bring him from deep coma to new life make up a moving and inspiring story for us all, one that invites us to reconsider the very nature of "self" and selfhood.

Ruthann Knechel Johansen, who teaches literature and narrative theory, is a particularly eloquent witness to the silent space in which her son, confronted with life-shattering injury and surrounded by conflicting narratives about his viability, is somehow reborn. She describes the time of crisis and medical intervention as an hour-by-hour struggle to communicate with the medical world on the one hand and the everyday world of family and friends on the other. None of them knows how much, or even whether, they can communicate with the wounded child who is lost from himself and everything he knew. Through this experience of utter disintegration, Johansen comes to realize that self-identity is molded and sustained by stories.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” 

There are very few people that are universally liked by nearly everyone that they meet... Lisa was one of them.

She was always the life of the party and her ability to make a stranger feel comfortable and a friend to feel like family was uncanny.

Lisa may be gone, but she will never be forgotten.
In an effort to celebrate her life and raise money on behalf of the
National Stroke Association, we are proud to announce the first annual
August 18, 2018
at Centennial Park
in Howard County, Maryland.

This is a men's softball tournament with be two double elimination divisions (D/E and E/Recreational) with a prize package for the winner of each.

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