Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
As part of our Original Content Initiative, please Check out Our New Harm Reduction Fact Sheet

Your BIAMD Staff
5 ) BIAMD Harm Reduction Fact Sheet
To Learn More Checkout:

To Download as a PDF - CLICK HERE
The Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition - CLICK HERE
The Maryland Harm Reduction Training Institute - CLICK HERE

March 26-27, 2020


for the first time
in 8 years

SAME great CONFERENCE in an all new place and all new space. Save the date today and watch #5Thoughts for more information as it becomes available.

If you would like to present with us next year, please fill out the online Call for Presentations Application by

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Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
“More is better.” From the number of gigs in a cellular data plan to the horsepower in a pickup truck, this mantra is ubiquitous in American culture. When it comes to college students, the belief that more is better may underlie their  widely-held view  that laptops in the classroom enhance their academic performance. Laptops do in fact allow students to do more, like engage in online activities and demonstrations, collaborate more easily on papers and projects, access information from the internet, and take more notes. Indeed, because  students can type significantly faster than they can write , those who use laptops in the classroom tend to  take more notes  than those who write out their notes by hand. Moreover, when students take notes using laptops they tend to take notes verbatim, writing down every last word uttered by their professor.

Obviously it is advantageous to draft more complete notes that precisely capture the course content and allow for a verbatim review of the material at a later date. 

Only it isn’t.  

New research  by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more. 

Across three experiments, Mueller and Oppenheimer had students take notes in a classroom setting and then tested students on their memory for factual detail, their conceptual understanding of the material, and their ability to synthesize and generalize the information. Half of the students were instructed to take notes with a laptop, and the other half were instructed to write the notes out by hand. As in other studies, students who used laptops took more notes. In each study, however, those who wrote out their notes by hand had a stronger conceptual understanding and were more successful in applying and integrating the material than those who used took notes with their laptops.

What drives this paradoxical finding? 

CLICK HERE - to find out.
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One in five teens say they've had at least one concussion, and  a new study finds  young girls might be waiting too long to get treatment.Ashley Williams makes tumbling passes look easy. She loves cheerleading, especially high-level competition."It's just so much fun and the environment is like amazing. The people are so encouraging, and it really pushed me to become such a better athlete," the 16-year-old junior at Mill Valley High School said.

But right now, she's not cheering on the sidelines or training to compete. During a high school cheer practice last month, she was dropped from the air, her head hitting the ground.
"I immediately felt off. The lights were hurting my eyes. I felt nauseous. My head was hurting," she said.
The diagnosis: a concussion.

"It really is important for parents to know what's going on, the athlete to know what's going on, to recognize signs and symptoms," said Dr. Brian Harvey, a pediatric sports medicine physician with Children's Mercy.

Even though concussion spotting and testing has gotten a lot better, new research shows there's still room for improvement.
Young female athletes are found to delay important treatment, which can have a huge impact on recovery.
CLICK HERE and f ind out more on this important issue.
2019 Maryland Rural Health Conference

 Driving Rural Communities towards Equity, Prevention, and Personalized Health Care

Mark your calendars! The Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Maryland Rural Health Conference October 20 – 22, 2019 at the  Harborside Hotel – National Harbor  in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
DRAFT AGENDA  now available!
For the detailed PreventionLink Pre-Conference Draft Agenda click  HERE .

Please consider becoming a Conference Sponsor! Your support helps further the MRHA Mission: To educate and advocate for the optimal health and wellness of rural communities and their residents.
What We are Reading We Think
You Might FInd Interesting
THE LONG BLINK is a narrative nonfiction book by Emmy Award-winning journalist, Brian Kuebler, who exposes the staggering cost of the American trucking industry's rising crash rate through the intimate struggle of Ed Slattery, who is left to piece his family back together after a trucker fell asleep at the wheel and killed his wife and maimed his son.

From the historic, public settlement with the trucking company and an emotionally explosive confrontation with its driver to one father's ongoing fight on Capitol Hill for safer roads, the Slattery's story is a revealing, emotional look at the rapidly growing danger we all face from the passing lane each and every day.

CLICK HERE to find this story about a family near and dear to BIAMD and all of the Maryland families they have touched.
5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

  “The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other,... but to be   with  each other.”

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