Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
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Data to help scientists assess prevalence
of brain injuries in youth sports
Starting this fall, the biggest public high schools in Texas are required to report all sports concussions to a central database as part of one of the nation’s largest statewide endeavors to track brain injuries in youth athletics.

The project, a partnership between UT Southwestern and the University Interscholastic League (UIL), is among multiple requirements recently implemented in Texas that signify a notable shift in how public schools are addressing rising concerns over player safety. Only a few states have applied similar requirements, and the addition of Texas brings heft to an emerging effort to fill a major gap in concussion research.

“The pendulum is swinging toward concussion awareness, yet there is still so much we don’t know about brain injury in middle and high school athletes,” said  Dr. Munro Cullum , a neuropsychologist overseeing the database at UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute. “We need to get a sense of how many of these injuries are occurring. Then we can use the data to look for answers: Do concussion numbers decrease after a school gets new equipment? How do concussions vary by gender and age?”

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10 science-backed tips
for more productive shut-eye
My life to this point is marked off in two epochs: Before Nap and After Nap.

From birth until about age 30, I had no patience for napping; naps left me groggy, hungry, cold, and disoriented, or feeling as if I was missing out on something much more interesting in the world. And that’s if I could fall asleep at all, which was almost never.

Seven years ago, that all changed when I moved to Spain on a Fulbright fellowship to research a book on the history of the siesta (yeah, I didn’t know the government gave out money for that either). I would spend my mornings working in the archives and go home around 2 p.m. to cook whatever lunch I could afford on my stipend, then crawl into bed for the next phase of my “research.” For the first few days, I just laid there, eyes wide open and thoughts racing. Day after day, I worked at it, until I finally achieved that first perfect nap.

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And why it matters where you read it
In the past month alone, the United States has been struck repeatedly with a now familiar horror: the mass shooting. First Gilroy, California, at the town’s cherished annual garlic festival, then another in El Paso, Texas, and finally a third in Dayton, Ohio. To me, it felt like just another example of how the supposed safety in which I live my life was dissolving, leaving so many of us raw and exposed to the horror and injustice of gun violence.

I saw that fear echoed in my friends and on social media, where people expressed how they now  enter public spaces with anxiety and trepidation : always note the exits and keep your wits about you. Feeling like we’re able to institute small habits to keep ourselves safe in the face of terrorism is one way that we can emotionally — and, God forbid, physically — survive it. We don’t have ultimate power over our circumstances in public, but there are small ways we can take control, allay our anxieties, and feel safe.

It made me wonder about how much the relentlessness of the news — and the thousands of tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram stories that multiply it — contributes to this fear and anxiety. 

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What We are Reading We Think
You Might FInd Interesting
How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

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5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

" Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. "

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