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 (plus a few more):
5)  When it comes to attendance, soon-to-be Dulaney High grad (and co-recipient of the 2017 BIAMD Partnership for Independence Award - Family Member) is PERFECT. 

in 13 years, Daniel Longest has never missed a day of school.

The school community recognizes Daniel's feat, Dulaney principal Sam Wynkoop said.  "His will is strong to be here and be involved, but what may go unnoticed is realizing how impressive that is," Wynkoop said of Daniel's accomplishment, adding that even adults take sick days.

A Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman said the district does not track perfect attendance. Wynkoop, however, said Daniel is a staple in Dulaney's hallways.

Daniel's quest to graduate with perfect attendance began at the end of his eighth grade year, when Ridgely Middle School recognized the Timonium teen for his regular presence at an end-of-the-year ceremony.

To read more about this remarkable young man, CLICK HERE
4) Longitudinal Study of Postconcussion Syndrome: Not Everyone Recovers

PCS encompasses a constellation of symptoms that commonly include headache, depression, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue.3 Little is known regarding the exact cause of PCS, but risk factors often cited in the literature include pre-morbid psychiatric illness, learning disability, migraine headaches, being female, and age. 

Multiple concussions have been implicated in the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive tauopathy,10 but it is unknown if PCS is a predictor of CTE. At present, PCS is a clinical diagnosis without a diagnostic biomarker and there is no evidence-based treatment. PCS sufferers often feel frustrated and helpless due to the difficulty in diagnosis and the absence of proven treatment. The purpose of the present study was to better characterize persisting PCS. We used the following criterion for the clinical diagnosis of PCS: the persistence of any symptom 3 months after concussion. The medical charts of 285 consecutive patients with the possible diagnosis of PCS were reviewed. Questionnaires were then sent to these patients to collect specific information about recovery from PCS. The aims were to determine differences between those who recovered from PCS and those who did not, and to identify potential factors that affect recovery time.

To read the journal article on this study, CLICK HERE.
3) Loss of Smell Could be linked to damage to neurotransmitter and neuromodulator receptors in the front part of the brain

Now a researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wants to shift the search for clues about this process back even further, to find out if there is a common factor responsible for the loss of smell that may also serve as an early warning signal for a number of neurodegenerative diseases. In a review published online in Lancet Neurology, Richard L. Doty, PhD, a professor of Otorhinolaryngology and director of the Smell and Taste Center, cites evidence that the common link could be damage to neurotransmitter and neuromodulator receptors in the forebrain -- the front part of the brain.

"We need to retrace the steps of the development of these diseases," Doty said. "We know loss of smell is an early sign of their onset, so finding common factors associated with the smell loss could provide clues as to the pre-existing processes that initiate the first stages of a number of neurodegenerative diseases. An understanding of such processes could provide novel approaches to their treatment, including ways to slow down or stop their development before irreversible damage has occurred."

Currently, it's is generally believed that the smell loss of various neurodegenerative diseases is caused by disease-specific pathology. In other words, different diseases can bring about the same loss of smell for different reasons. Doty's review -- the first of its kind -- looked at many neurodegenerative diseases with varying degrees of smell loss and sought to find a common link that may explain such losses. He considered physiological factors as well as environmental factors like air pollution, viruses, and exposure to pesticides.

"Ultimately, as each possibility was evaluated, there were cases where these factors didn't show up, which ruled them out as potential universal biomarkers."

To see more,  CLICK HERE
  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

 Made to Stick


Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.” 

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In  Made to Stick , accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle,” using the “Velcro Theory of Memory,” and creating “curiosity gaps.”

In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony–draw their power from the same six traits.

For More, CLICK HERE. 

  (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...

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
                                                                                                                                    - Joseph Campbell 


is designed for recent or long-term adult survivors of head injury or stroke who are seeking cost-effective ways to continue their rehabilitation.

WISH provides adults with speech, language and occupational therapy integrated into a variety of daily living activities.

WISH members also participate in twice weekly exercise programs within our Wellness Center.

Location: Towson City Center Building, One Olympic Place, Towson, MD 

Dates: June 20, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Tuesdays 9:30-12:00 p.m.
Group Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy
Wellness Center Exercise Program

Fridays 9:30-12:00 p.m.
Group Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy
Wellness Center Exercise Program
Daily Living and Community Skills

For more information, call 410-704-3095

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