Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
04/14/2017 (Part Deux)

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April 29, 2017
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
Older adults who are admitted to the hospital with head trauma over the weekend have a 14 percent increased risk of dying than those admitted on a weekday, according to research presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Weekend hospital admission is associated with higher instances of death in cardiovascular emergencies and stroke, but the effect of weekend admissions on head trauma patients is not well defined. Researchers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, used data from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Nationwide Inpatient Sample — a large publicly available dataset that contains a sampling of data for seven million hospital stays each year — to determine if older adults admitted to the hospital for head trauma over the weekend were at a higher mortality risk than those admitted during the week.

The team identified 38,675 head injury patients in the sample who met their criteria —including serious and severe head injuries based on the Abbreviated Injury Scale, which measures injuries from minor to not survivable. From the initial group, they isolated 9,937 patients who were admitted on the weekend. The average age of both weekend and weekday patients was 78. Weekend patients had fewer additional injuries and co-existing diseases outside of head trauma than those admitted during the week. Weekend patients were also predominantly female when compared to weekday patients (52 percent vs. 50).

Dr. Hirani noted the median length of stay in the hospital was one day shorter for weekend patients (four days vs. five), and there were no significant differences in the charges incurred during each patient’s stay – both groups averaged around $27,000 per patient per stay.

To read more on this important study, CLICK HERE

RIVIERA BEACH, FL—If a neurologist is at a sporting event during which a player sustains a head injury, audience members or officials may look to him or her for guidance, according to an overview delivered at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Southern Clinical Neurological Society. Understanding how to diagnose and manage concussion may be a vital skill for neurologists, regardless of specialty.  

Investigations currently under way aim to improve understanding of concussion, as well as to aid diagnosis and treatment. Researchers are looking for a reliable biomarker of concussion that can be detected with an easy, cost-effective, and preferably noninvasive test. Saliva, tears, urine, blood, and CSF are among the candidate samples being studied. CSF is the most reliable fluid to test because of its proximity to the brain and its low susceptibility to extracerebral confounders, but it is the most invasive option. Groups are examining potential serum biomarkers such as S100b, neuron-specific enolase, myelin basic protein, glial fibrillary acidic protein, and cleaved tau.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.

On Friday Feb. 10 at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists in Las Vegas, Brad Kurowski, MD, MS, a physician in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children's, presented research on long-term effects of TBI – an average of seven years after injury. Patients with mild to moderate brain injuries are two times more likely to have developed attention problems, and those with severe injuries are five times more likely to develop secondary ADHD. These researchers are also finding that the family environment influences the development of these attention problems.

For more about Cincinnati Children's Research, CLICK HERE
  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.

Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion,  Big Magi c cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

For More, CLICK HERE. 

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” 
                                            - Vincent Van Gogh
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