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:
5) N.J.  Brain injury patient went to Capitol Hill last week to urge Congress to safeguard Medicaid

North Brunswick, N.J. resident Khalil Pereira, 22, was in a car accident while driving home from college and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. He was 18 years old at the time and in his first year of college.

He spent weeks in intensive care and another six months at Children’s Specialized Hospital’s acute inpatient rehabilitation facility in New Brunswick, learning to walk, talk, eat, breathe on his own, and regain control of his body. He relied on Medicaid to cover cranioplasty surgery, neurosurgeon visits, outpatient therapies, transportation and other care vital to his recovery.

On July 13, Khalil and his mother, Shanette Pereira shared their health care journey in meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill as part of the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day, an effort to protect children's Medicaid funding.

To read more, CLICK HERE

4)  John McCain Has Brain Cancer

Mr. McCain, 80, has a glioblastoma, one of the most common but also one of the most malignant brain tumors. It can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but medical experts said it almost always grows back.

Mr. McCain’s office said he was recuperating at his home in Arizona and “appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days.”

His office said Mr. McCain would decide when to return to the Senate as he consults with his medical advisers.

Medical experts said the type of tumor Mr. McCain has is particularly aggressive. The median survival of a glioblastoma is about 16 months, said Eugene S. Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009 from the same kind of aggressive brain tumor.

Mr. McCain learned of the tumor after undergoing surgery late last week at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

More on this difficult story?  CLICK HERE
30th Annual BIAMD Conference 
Call for Presentations
Due Date: Oct. 20, 2017  
Conference Date: March 15 -16, 2018 
Radisson North Baltimore, Timonium MD

The Conference Presentation Selection Committee will meet in October and November. Decisions will be made and announced by the end of November. 

Up to 2 presenters per session will attend for free on the day of their presentation and a discounted rate to cover food and material costs on the day that they are not presenting. 

(The Brain Injury Association of Maryland is unable to pay for presenters' travel, lodging, meals or other expenses associated with the conference. We greatly appreciate your time and interest.)

Please click the button below and complete all steps outlined on the online application.

If you have any questions, please call Caitlin Starr at 410.448.2924.

3) No Safe Level of Alcohol Use Following Concussion

A concussion — also known as a mild Traumatic Brain Injury — is a disruption of normal brain function that occurs when the skull is hit, suddenly thrust out of position, penetrated, or struck by an external force. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service, individuals from age 0-4 years, 15-19 years and 65+ years have the highest risk of having a brain injury. However, members of the military, especially veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, are at particularly high risk because of their exposure to explosive devices in combat.

A TBI is often the result of alcohol abuse (for example a fall as a result of intoxication). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to two-thirds of civilians with TBI have a history of alcohol abuse. Between 30-50 percent of people with TBI were injured while they were intoxicated. Up to two-thirds of people with traumatic brain injury have a history of alcohol abuse or high-risk drinking

Please take time to read this important story,  CLICK HERE. 

  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

Each of us has a unique, subjective inner world, one that we can never share directly with anyone else. But how do our physical brains actually give rise to this rich and varied experience of consciousness?

In this ground-breaking book, internationally acclaimed neuroscientist Susan Greenfield brings together a series of astonishing new, empirically based insights into consciousness as she traces a single day in the life of your brain. From waking to walking the dog, working to dreaming,

Greenfield explores how our daily experiences are translated into a tangle of cells, molecules and chemical blips, thereby probing the enduring mystery of how our brains create our individual selves.

For The Book,  CLICK HERE.

To See Susan Greenfield discuss the book at the London School of Economics and Political Science,

  (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...

“Let us be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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