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5) BIAMD's Jess Nesbitt gives her best pointers on creating a high quality presentation or training.
CLICK HERE to get Jess's informative and downloadable Prep Sheet in PDF Format.

The Nomination Categories are:

  • Individual with a Brain Injury
  • Family Member / Partner / Friend
  • Healthcare Professional - Working in the Brain Injury Community
  • Supporter / Advocate - Making Contributions in an Official Capacity

Awards will be presented at the BIAMD Annual Conference General Session on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. 

Nominations should be received by no later than March 1, 2020 to allow us adequate time to select the award recipient and make arrangements for them to attend the awards ceremony.  

Photo by  Nigel Tadyanehondo  on  Unsplash
The brain waves generated during deep sleep appear to trigger a cleaning system in the brain that protects it against Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Electrical signals known as slow waves appear just before a pulse of fluid washes through the brain, presumably removing toxins associated with Alzheimer's, researchers  reported  Thursday in the journal Science.

The finding could help explain a puzzling link between sleep and Alzheimer's, says  Laura Lewis , an author of the study and an assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Boston University.

"Some disruption to the way sleep is working could potentially be contributing to the decline in brain health," Lewis says.

The finding also suggests that people might be able to reduce their risk of Alzheimer's by ensuring that they get high-quality sleep, says William Jagust, a professor of public health and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study.

Scientists are already testing other lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise changes, to protect brain health. And sleep should be "high on the list" of measures worth trying, he says.

CLICK HERE read the rest of the article or listen to NPR's Health News Story on this topic.
MSKTC Recruiting Participants for TBI Consumer Factsheet Testing

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center ( MSKTC) is recruiting individuals with traumatic brain injury and their caregivers to provide feedback on new consumer factsheets on a wide range of topics such as behavior problems and sleep apnea.

To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years old. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for their time. Call (202) 403-5600 or email  to register.  
For years, Frank Plummer was dependent on alcohol, drinking 20 ounces of scotch a day. An infectious disease scientist who worked in Kenya at the height of the HIV epidemic, Plummer turned to alcohol in the 1980s to deal with the stress of his job, and also the grief that came with witnessing the devastation of AIDS firsthand.

Plummer drank to celebrate and relax, too. Alcohol controlled his life, but he didn’t realize that until 2012, when his liver began to fail. Even when he got a liver transplant in 2014, he soon started drinking heavily again. He tried Alcoholics Anonymous, rehab, medication, and counseling, but nothing worked. He wasn’t able to stop drinking.

“I was basically on a path to death,” he tells OneZero.
Then he learned about an experimental treatment for alcohol use disorder that would require drilling two nickel-sized holes into his skull. There was no guarantee it would work, but Plummer decided to sign up for a  small study in Canada  to test the treatment. In December 2018, surgeons opened up his skull and placed two tiny electrodes deep in his brain. The electrodes deliver steady pulses of electricity, like a pacemaker.

A few weeks after Plummer’s surgery, researchers turned on the electrical current. Plummer can’t feel the stimulation, but he thinks it is helping. Since getting the implant more than a year ago, he says he doesn’t crave alcohol as much as he used to. Though he isn’t completely sober, he thinks the implant is allowing him to moderate his drinking.

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2) What We are Reading We Think
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These days, it seems like everything in our day-to-day lives—from our increasingly unpredictable world, the smart phones we can’t stop using, to the processed foods we eat all day long, to the many hours we spend at our jobs—is setting us up to feel drained. The short-term effects of becoming drained are uncomfortable, but the long-term effects can be life-threatening.

Left untreated, it can quadruple your risk of high blood pressure—the #1 cause of preventable death. Finding natural solutions to anxiety and insomnia is becoming increasingly vital as sleeping pills, antianxiety medications, and hospitalizations have seen a dramatic spike recently.

More and more people are desperate to heal their drained brains.In his latest book, Dr. Mike Dow offers a 2-week plan designed to help you naturally balance your brain. He explains what drains modern brains, which groups are wired for it, and provides clinically proven tools to help you feel less drained. 

CLICK HERE for more on this interesting book.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"You haven't learned how to live until you've learned how to give. "

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