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  72% of traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits among children are attributable to consumer products
Traumatic brain injuries among children and teens in the United States are most often associated with everyday consumer products and activities, such as home furnishings and fixtures or sports, according to a new study.

About 72% of traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits among children are attributable to consumer products, found the study published in the journal Brain Injury on Monday.

The study found that the top 10 leading products contributing to non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in children younger than a year to 19 years old are:

  • floors
  • beds
  • football
  • stairs
  • bicycles
  • basketball
  • ceilings and walls
  • chairs
  • soccer
  • tables

Traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when a sudden trauma -- such as a bump, blow or jolt -- causes damage to the brain.
These sports are most likely to send kids to ER with brain injuries
These sports are most likely to send kids to ER with brain injuries
The new study involved national estimates of approximately 4.1 million non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents in the United States between 2010 and 2013. The data came from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program.

The data showed that the most common product groups related to TBIs in children were related to sports and recreation, which was linked to 28.8% of injuries; home furnishings and fixtures, tied to 17.2% of injuries; home structures and construction materials, tied to 17.1% of injuries; child nursery equipment, tied to 2.7% of injuries, and toys, tied to 2.4%, among other products. of health behavior and health promotion at Ohio State.

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Skateboarders have long glorified confrontations with security
workers. This one led not only to a life-altering injury, but also
to soul-searching in a sport about to have its Olympic debut.
The open area outside 555 California Street in San Francisco is known as Black Rock to skateboarders, who turned this otherwise unexceptional corporate plaza into a magnet for the sport beginning in the 1990s.

With its low, stone walls and steps lined with steel banisters, the plaza has served as an ideal stage for the skateboarding videos that proliferate on the internet, attracting skaters from across the region to a spot where skateboarding is prohibited.

In November, a group of skaters descended upon the plaza. Within minutes, a security guard who had worked at 555 California for 12 years, Dan Jansen, arrived to shoo them out, moving steel barriers in front of the area where the skaters wanted to do their tricks.

Just as quickly, skaters removed the barriers, and an increasingly tense show of force from both sides ensued. At one point, Jansen picked up a skateboard and tossed it into the street. That is when the situation turned violent. Within seconds, he was lying unconscious in a pool of his urine.

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Neuroaesthetics is a new and rapidly expanding field of research that is aimed at the intersection of psychological aesthetics, biological mechanisms, and human evolution. 
Think back to a time in your life before deadlines rolled in relentlessly and smartphones kept you tethered to an endless list of to-dos. Do you remember having space and time to explore the world through all your senses? To play without keeping score and to create without boundaries? To literally stop and smell the roses? 

For some of us, to recall that time of joy and wonder we have to dive deep into our reservoir of childhood memories for the best moments. For others, it’s as easy as listening to a favorite piece of music, watching a stunning sunset, or dancing the night away.

As a child, I savored my freedom to explore and create, making necklaces from dandelions and clover, inhaling the smell of a thunderstorm approaching and creating stories from shadows cast on my bedroom walls. That drive to behold and create aesthetic experiences permeated everything in my life and has enriched me throughout it, expanding to many art forms.

The truth is that aesthetic experiences—and the arts—are hard-wired in all of us. They are evolutionary imperatives, encoded in our DNA as an essential part of our humanity. And they are fundamental to our health, well-being, and learning.

While artists have always intuitively understood these truths, our scientific understanding of the arts is relatively new. The field of neuroaesthetics, situated at the crossroads of brain sciences, technology and the arts, is on a quest to explore their full potential.

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Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this #1  New York Times  bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America" ( Wall Street Journal ).

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve  more , even in life's darkest moments.

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5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

" The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

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